CalvinAir Helicopters Performs its First Medevac for 2024; Airlifts Barbudan Stroke Victim to SLBMC

Antigua News Room

Just two weeks into January and CalvinAir Helicopters is already continuing its commitment in providing medical emergency evacuation service as mandated by its Chairman, Ambassador Calvin Ayre. Ayre, a businessman and philanthropist, is also the Founder of the Calvin Ayre Foundation, which funds the cost for the emergency flights.

CalvinAir Helicopters Brings Urlings Fisherman Home for Rehabilitation and Recovery

The Big Stories – Antigua Observer

Ruan Roberts, the Urlings fisherman who was recently medically airlifted to Guadeloupe by CalvinAir Helicopters has returned home. CalvinAir Helicopters picked up the patient, who had undergone treatment for decompression sickness at the University Hospital of Guadeloupe, late Saturday afternoon, right after he had completed the last round of treatment.

CAF and CalvinAir Helicopters Evacuates Old Road Fisherman Suffering from “the Bends” to Guadeloupe

A 53-year-old, Old Road fisherman is currently undergoing hyperbaric treatment for decompression sickness at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (University Hospital Center) in Guadeloupe, after being medically evacuated to the neighbouring island by CalvinAir Helicopters.

Bringing Christmas cheer to the differently abled

The Big Stories – Antigua Observer

On any other day, CalvinAir Helicopters Chief Pilot, Steve Gray, would be wearing his uniform and preparing for takeoff. But last Thursday he was dressed in his bright red Santa costume – complete with his sack of gifts – and rehearsing his Ho, Ho, Hos in front the mirror.

His mission? To bring Christmas cheer and gifts to the children and residents of both the Friends Foundation and the Care Project, all of whom he says were on his “good” list.

Search For Missing Teen Shamar Harrigan Takes To Air

By Samantha Simon for the Antigua Observer

The search for missing Willikies teen Shamar Harrigan was yesterday joined by helicopters scouring Antigua’s east coast from the air.The Calvin Ayre Foundation (CAF) volunteered the use of CalvinAir Helicopters, manned by experienced search and rescue pilots, to assist with locating the 19-year-old who has autism and has been missing since November 14.

Antigua and Barbuda signs Air Service Agreement with France

Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Newsroom

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda recently signed an air services agreement with the French Republic, the first such agreement between France and an OECS Member State. Under the new agreement Antigua and Barbuda has designated LIAT 1974 Ltd and CalvinAir Helicopters as its national carriers while the French authorities have designated Air France, Air Antilles, St Barth Commuter and St Barth Executive as its designated national airlines on the routes.

From gliding through mangrove forests to feasting on grilled lobster, the island of Barbuda offers the ultimate Caribbean escape

By Michele Peterson for The Globe and Mail

The best way to appreciate Barbuda’s unique beauty just might be from the air. I’m in the cockpit of an Airbus EC130 CalvinAir helicopter and, as pilot Mark Fleming tilts the controls, the island rushes toward us. It appears like a rainbow tourmaline, a crystalline speck of green forest fringed by white and pink sand, in a vast sea of blue.

Stab wound victim medically evacuated to Antigua for treatment

The Big Stories – Antigua Observer

A 42-year-old man is now recovering at the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre (SLBMC) after allegedly receiving a stab wound to the lower right abdomen on the sister-isle over the weekend.

The patient was medically evacuated to seek further surgical attention on the mainland.

Helicopter poised to assist search and rescue missions

The Big Stories – Antigua Observer

When disaster strikes at sea, every second counts in bringing those on board to safety. Locating boat passengers quickly – especially in choppy seas – can mean the difference between life and death. Fisher folk, sailors and cruisers alike will be better protected on the water thanks to the launch of a new helicopter service.

CalvinAir Helicopters has pledged to lend a hand to the Antigua and Barbuda Search and Rescue (ABSAR) in the event of an emergency.