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A spokesperson for the Department of Health said that patients should not be affected by the grounding of air ambulances:
– department of health spokesperson
We understand this isa precautionary measure and that contingency plans with other air ambulancesand ambulance services are in place to ensure patients are not affected.
The partial suspension of the UK's air ambulance fleet is due to a discovery of a technical fault discovered on one, the Association of Air Ambulances said.
The grounding is as a result of a technical fault on one air ambulance aircraft with other Eurocopter EC135 in the UK and worldwide remaining operational at this time.
The suspension of operations is not as a result of the incident in Glasgow involving this type of aircraft on the 29th November, for which investigations continue.
– Association of Air Ambulances
Bond Air Services are continuing to investigate the technical fault that has resulted in the temporary suspension of services from the afternoon of the 11th December 2013.
The investigations include functional testing across each of the EC135 aircraft affected to gather more information and will ensure air ambulance operations are regularly updated.
We have confirmed that 16 air ambulance helicopters, operated by Bond Air Services, are covered by the suspension.
The 16 air ambulances operate in the following areas:
- Dorset and Somerset
- East Anglia
- Hampshire and Isle of Wight
- The Midlands
- The North West (three helicopters suspended)
- Scotland (two helicopters)
- Thames Valley and the Chilterns
- Wales (three helicopters)
Cornwall has an EC135 helicopter, but it is being serviced and a replacement is in operation. Devon has an EC135 but it is not operated by Bond Air Services, so it is still flying.
Councillor Ronnie Hughes from Conwy Council says that they can't afford to put that kind of money towards the pier and that other projects have to have priority.
NUT Cymru have always objected to the school banding policy given its flawed approach to measuring performance.
It is hard to see exactly what tangible benefit parents, pupils or teachers have seen since the introduction of school banding.
Seeing schools bounce around widely within the bands does not do much to fill anyone with confidence that they are having a consistent or balanced view of school performance.
– David Evans, NUT
Banding, as it currently is, has become discredited in the eyes of the profession and parents and is really hindering the efforts of those wishing to deliver the highest education standards possible.
A company that operates helicopters used by emergency services in the UK has grounded part of its fleet as a precaution after one aircraft experienced an "indication defect".
Bond Air Services operates 22 Eurocopter EC135 helicopters in the UK, all of which are covered by this temporary suspension.
The company confirmed to ITV News that it is "conducting functional tests" on each of its EC135 aircraft after they were grounded yesterday.
Picture Credit: ESA/HERSCHEL/SPIRE and PACS/MESS GTKP supernova remnant team. NASA/ESA/Allison Loll/Jeff Hester (Arizona State University). Acknowledgment: Oli Usher (UCL).
Scientists say a molecule containing a noble gas has been discovered in space by a team including astronomers from Cardiff University.
The find was made using SPIRE the Cardiff-led instrument aboard Europe's Herschel Space Observatory.
The molecule, argon hydride, was seen in the Crab Nebula, the remains of a star that exploded 1,000 years ago.
Noble gases rarely interact in chemical reactions and before the discovery, molecules of this kind have only been studied in laboratories on Earth.
The Crab Nebula is relatively close, at just 6,500 light years away, so it provides an excellent way to study what happens in stellar explosions.
Scientists using SPIRE were able to analyse the light emitted by spinning molecules. It has a very specific wavelengths, or colours, called emission lines.
Two of these lines proved the existence of Argon Hydride.
Joy Ballard is the Head teacher of Willows High and thinks banding allows schools to benchmark themselves against others, and this can only be a good thing.
The school in the Tremorfa area of Cardiff, have been ranked as a band 3, last year they received a Band 5 rating.
Conwy councillors have voted to press ahead with plans to demolish Colwyn Bay Pier.