Doctors to join Wales Air Ambulance flights

WAA Doctors Announcmet

Deputy minister for health Vaughan Gething, Wales Air Ambulance paramedic Jason Hughes, pilot Grant Elgar, finance minister Jane Hutt, paramedic Gareth Williams and Dr Kyle Jacques, vice chairman of the Wales Air Ambulance board of trustees and consultant in emergency medicine

Wales Air Ambulance will have consultant-level doctors on its aircraft for the first time as part of a plan to enhance pre-hospital emergency medicine across Wales.

Deputy Minister for Health Vaughan Gething today visited the Wales Air Ambulance base in Swansea to launch the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS) Cymru, which will see senior doctors join the air ambulance crews in providing critical air cover to all of Wales, 365 days a year.

A rota of consultants will work alongside paramedics on Wales Air Ambulance flights, allowing an increased range of treatments to critically ill people across Wales.

Wales Air Ambulance Chief Executive Angela Hughes welcomed the development as a landmark in the charity’s 13-year history.

“To secure consultants on board is a remarkable leap forward in providing one of the most advanced air ambulance services in the world,” she said.

“Over the last few years we have received incredible support from our fundraisers to upgrade our three helicopters and trial night flights, and the addition of doctors to Wales Air Ambulance missions is another fantastic development in our service to people across Wales.”

Whilst the charity’s dedicated paramedics are seconded from the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust, a specially-selected team of doctors will be allocated to helicopter shifts from their respective health boards; forming part of their working week in hospitals.

The consultants will be clinical specialists in areas including emergency medicine, anesthesia and intensive care, and will be accompanied on the flights by an increased range of medical equipment, including blood for the first time.

Vaughan Gething, along with Finance Minister Jane Hutt, said the allocation of flying doctors would be phased-in as part of the broader EMRTS Cymru programme. The EMRTS programme would enhance, but not replace, Wales Air Ambulance’s existing helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) operations.

Wales Air Ambulance trustee and consultant in emergency medicine, Dr Kyle Jacques, said the introduction of doctors on board would help the charity save even more lives.

“Consultants can make advanced clinical decisions and deliver critical treatments very quickly, including drugs normally only used in a hospital setting,” he said.

“To have a team of Wales’ most experienced experts, including anaesthetists and paediatricians, flying directly to an emergency will mean patients in their most difficult hour will get the care they need even faster.”

The doctors are expected to join the air ambulances in Spring 2015.

Established in 2001, Wales Air Ambulance needs to raise over £6 million in charitable donations every year to keep its three helicopters flying.

For more information visit and @air_ambulance.

New series ‘The Airport’ takes off

A new series following life at Wales’s international Airport will premiere on Wednesday 1st October at 10.40pm on ITV Cymru Wales. Narrated by Eddie Butler, the series follows Cardiff Airport through a pivotal year of transformation under new ownership.

The six-part series, which follows Cardiff Airport throughout 2014, gives viewers a behind the scenes insight into the changes undertaken, the people that make the Airport operate and the airlines that connect Wales to the world.  Cameras have been given access to all areas of the business as staff work hard to ensure the Airport remains open for ‘business as usual’ during the transformation of the terminal building and car parks. Staff training programmes as well as a number of major events are also featured.

Jonathan Hill, Editor English Language Programmes at ITV Cymru Wales, said:

“This has been an extraordinary nine-month project as ITV cameras followed life at Cardiff Airport in perhaps the most crucial year in its history.

“The stakes couldn’t be higher as a new management team set out to bring back the good times. We’ve received unprecedented co-operation from Cardiff Airport which has made for a fascinating series.”

Brett Allen, Producer of The Airport, said: “From the pilots and crew to the check-in staff and the baggage handlers, from the Directors, Managers and technicians, the series provides a unique glimpse into life and work at one of Wales’ key businesses.”

“Narrator Eddie Butler’s distinctively wry style brings a combination of humour and observation that combines to make each episode compelling viewing.”

Debra Barber, Managing Director at Cardiff Airport, added: “2014 has been an exciting yet challenging year for Cardiff Airport; we have listened and responded to what our customers want from their Airport by looking at the whole customer experience and working with airlines to deliver more destinations.

“The series has given us the opportunity to take everyone on the journey with us. By filming the Airport team throughout the year, viewers can see the full array of work undertaken on route development, the terminal, customer service and marketing. No stone has been left unturned as we work to give Wales an Airport to be proud of once again.”

During the series follow Cardiff Airport on Twitter @Cardiff_Airport for behind the scenes photos and to meet the team. Join the conversation using  #TheAirport

Programme synopsis:

Six part fly-on-the-wall documentary following staff and passengers at Cardiff Airport during a busy year of change.

Programme 1: The builders move in to remove a despised Airport landmark, and staff have to manage airline delays on one of the busiest days of the year – only for the fire alarm to force the terminal to be evacuated. The Airport’s firefighters get to grips with their new kit, while the arrival of a new airline brings excitement.

Programme 2: The race is on to dismantle the main security hall and move it to its new location before the first of the morning departures, and hundreds arrive at the terminal building all looking for a holiday bargain at a special travel fair. There’s a long night ahead for the runway repair team, while head of Customer Service Margaret James in on a mission to drive up standards.

Programme 3: There’s car park disruption, as wrongly parked vehicles threaten to delay vital improvement works, and on the runway a small jet with technical problems brings the Airport to a complete standstill. Ground crew have just 25 minutes to get the Barcelona flight turned around and back in the air with new passengers, and the Airport announces another new carrier.

Programme 4: The Queen’s Commonwealth Games baton arrives to a water fanfare, and at the giant BA maintenance hangar there’s a first class welcome for a brand new 777.  Airport Operations Assistant Cristina is left blushing as French rugby fans serenade her at Passport Control, and the never ending battle to keep the airfield free of birds.

Programme 5: Check-in staff deal with an unexpected passenger, and the Spanish Paralympic team fly in ahead of the European Athletics Championships. There’s a problem in the security hall as one of the new scanning machines develops a fault, while building work begins on a new terminal for the NATO summit.

Programme 6: There’s lock-down as the Airport gears up for the biggest event in its history and the arrival of world leaders for the NATO summit. One lucky staff member is asked to step in and meet the Spanish Prime Minister, while a runway ice-bucket challenge brings a moment of light relief.

The Airport: starts on Wednesday 1st October at 1040pm on ITV Cymru Wales

Fatal Caernarfon Airport plane crash in which father died on family trip was ‘probably caused by ice’

By Tryst Williams

A devoted father died in a light aircraft crash probably caused by ice, an inquest has heard.

Iain Nuttall, 37, a lorry driver, of Blackburn, died when a chartered Piper Cherokee piloted by his father John, 61, lost power on the descent into Caernarfon Airport as they travelled to North Wales for Sunday lunch.

Iain Nuttall

Iain Nuttall

The plane hit trees, nosedived into the ground just inside the airfield, and flipped over.

The dead man’s son Daniel, five, who was at the Caernarfon inquest for some of the hearing, received serious injuries as did John Nuttall.

Coroner Dewi Pritchard-Jones said: “The main cause of the crash is the icing of the carburettor and the failure of the pilot to probably appreciate that and apply carburettor heat to remove the icing.”

He recorded a conclusion of accidental death on Mr Nuttall who received a severe head injury.

The tragedy happened in May last year on a flight from Blackpool to Caernarfon.

John Nuttall said: “As I turned to face the runway the engine failed. The power stopped, it just went. I just couldn’t get the power back on.”

He said the power loss was “instantaneous”.

He saw the trees and had tried to gain height.

The coroner said the ice didn’t stop the single engine but reduced the flow of fuel into it.

An Air Accidents Investigation Branch report said: “Following the accident the pilot could not remember exactly when or for how long he had applied the carburettor heat, but the selector was found in the cold position.”

Sourced by Wales Online

NATO Wales 2014: Summit Flypast

Press Release by UK Government

World leaders and the South Wales public will be treated to an aerial display of military jets from 9 different countries at the NATO Summit.


The RAF’s Red Arrows will be joined by aircraft from across the NATO alliance for the flypast over the summit at the Celtic Manor resort on Friday 5 September at 9am.

Local residents in Cardiff should head to Cardiff Bay at 8.30am for the best view of the planes.

In Newport people should be ready to watch the display at 8.45am as it passes south of the City Centre, over Spytty Park, Beechwood Park and Lliswerry.

The planes will soar across South Wales, passing the National Assembly building in Cardiff Bay on the way to the summit, where world leaders including Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama will be among delegates from the 28 NATO member states.

Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb said:

The eyes of the world will be on Wales next week and we are proud to be hosting Heads of State and world leaders at the NATO Summit.

This flypast serves as another reminder of how the Summit is putting Wales on the world stage, as people look up and see jets from nations across NATO fill the skies of South Wales.

The display will showcase NATO’s formidable airpower with aircraft from the UK, USA, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal and the Netherlands.

It will be led by an RAF Typhoon flanked by two Polish Mig-29s and finished by the Red Arrows, the RAF’s aerobatic team, which will follow after Voyager, the RAF’s largest and newest aircraft. Other jets will include a Eurofighter and F-16 Falcons.

The display will represent some of the many NATO nations which have been involved in policing the air space across Europe as part of the Alliance’s efforts to support and reassure its Eastern member states.

The NATO Summit will be held on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 September and will host over 70 world leaders. The main aims of the Summit include addressing emerging threats from failed states, regional conflicts, terrorism and cyber attacks.

UK terrorist threat level raised to ‘severe’, Theresa May says

The UK’s terror threat level is being raised from “substantial” to “severe” in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria, Home Secretary Theresa May says.

The new alert level means an attack on the UK is “highly likely”, although Mrs May said there was no intelligence to suggest an attack was “imminent”.

It is the second highest of five possible UK threat levels.

PM David Cameron said at least 500 people had travelled from the UK “to fight in Syria and potentially Iraq”.

He said Islamic State (IS) extremists – who are attempting to establish a “caliphate”, or Islamic state, in the region – represented a “greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known before”.

During a news conference at Downing Street, Mr Cameron announced new legislation to make it easier to take passports away from people travelling abroad to join the conflict.

Efforts are currently under way to identify a suspected British jihadist who appeared in IS footage of the killing of US journalist James Foley.

National Policing Lead for Counter-Terrorism Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said security and protection measures were being increased from Friday.

Prime Minister David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron announced new measures to tackle terror suspects

In a statement Mrs May said: “The increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against the West.

“Some of those plots are likely to involve foreign fighters who have travelled there from the UK and Europe to take part in those conflicts.

“The first and most important duty of government is the protection of the British people.

“We have already taken steps to improve our powers and increase our capabilities for dealing with the developing terrorist threats we face. That process will continue and the British public should be in no doubt that we will take the strongest possible action to protect our national security.”

She said the UK faced a “real and serious” threat from international terrorism, urging members of the public to remain vigilant.

Sourced by BBC News

NATO Wales 2014: Information for Enthusiasts

Due to security restrictions surrounding the NATO Wales 2014 Summit there will be restrictions imposed to enthusiasts around Cardiff Airport.  There are currently two official locations for enthusiasts who are looking to take advantage of the rare visitors that the summit will bring.

The Cambrian Cafe Bar

As most people know the 2014 NATO conference takes place in Wales for the very first time. This will be high security event, with a high level of security forces, Police, PSCO’s and traffic wardens present as to be expected over the days before and during the event.

Rhoose road, Rhoose will be resident permit holders only, as issued by the Local council. There are a small number of places available for other vehicles near the white buildings, both employees of businesses’ present and those who have permits issued to them.

Seventy five places have been allocated to ‘Aircraft Enthusiasts’ on a first come first serve basis. This will include that all important permit if you have a vehicle – if a vehicle is parked anywhere in the vicinity of the Airport White Buildings / Rhoose road, Rhoose without displaying a permit, it will be Ticketed or clamped and released only upon payment of a fee. In certain circumstances, vehicles will be removed at the owners expense. The Local authority are ensuring that several hundred extra car parking spaces are made available during the event and will be arranging signage accordingly.

It is intended to open the Cambrian Café Bar at the following times;

Tuesday – 2nd September 2014 – Normal hours 0900-1600
Wednesday – 3rd September 2014 – 0600-2000
Thursday- 4th September 2014 – 0600-1800
Friday-5th September 2014 – 0800-2000

Tickets are £25 per day for the 3-5th September and are available to purchase each day at our premises with all the necessary details to be taken at the time of purchase. You can buy individual entry on particular days or multiples of days along with the car parking permits – all on a first come first serve basis. Three day tickets will go on sale Saturday/Sunday 23/24th August 2014 – you must turn up in person and bring Photo ID to purchase these tickets.

For those turning up at the premises on each day of the event, tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis if any remain available. Once the allocated tickets are sold no-one else will be allowed access to the premises. Please do not ring us in advance as this is the only method of sale authorised to take place during the event. The premises will remain open each day of the conference from the times shown above.. No food will be provided in the entrance fee, however those who bring their own food and drink will be removed and have no further access during the event. Any liquids being taken into the premises will be removed and destroyed in accordance with security requirements.

To gain access there is a Police stop check at Rhoose Road and to the entrance at the cafe – Your luggage will be checked for any items deemed a security risk, and you MUST provide photographic ID. (passport/D.Licence). You will not be allowed access otherwise.

Porthkerry Caravan Park

The Vale of Glamorgan Council will be providing parking for enthusiasts at the Porthkerry Caravan Park.  Enthusiasts will be directed to the Porthkerry Caravan park by temporary road signs.

The car park will be open from the following times;

Tuesday – 2nd September 2014 – 14:00
Wednesday – 3rd September 2014 – 0600
Thursday- 4th September 2014 – 0600
Friday-5th September 2014 – 0600

There will be a charge of £3.00 per car.


NATO Wales 2014: Cardiff Airport Passenger Information

Information for passengers

Cardiff Airport will remain open and operate ‘business as usual’ during the NATO Wales Summit on 4th and 5th September and in the days leading up to the Summit. It is expected that all scheduled and charter flights will be operating as normal.

Passengers will be able to access the Airport via the main eastern approach (from Cardiff/Barry) with parking, pick up and drop off and public transport access unaffected.  The western approach (from Llantwit Major) will be closed periodically and passengers will access and exit the Airport site via the eastern route.  

Passengers are advised to leave extra time when travelling to and from Cardiff Airport during these dates to allow for any possible disruption on the roads in and around the region.

Statement from Vale of Glamorgan Council

Traffic restrictions during NATO Summit

The Vale of Glamorgan Council will be implementing temporary traffic restrictions to ensure the free flow of traffic and to manage any inappropriate parking close to Cardiff Airport during the NATO summit in September.

The temporary legal order will be in place between 12:00 Tuesday 02 September and 23.59 Friday 05 September 2014.

The order will prohibit waiting on Rhoose Road between the roundabout with Porthkerry Road and the road’s end. The road will remain open. However, a temporary legal order will be in place to enable the police to close the road if required. Waiting will also be prohibited on the unnamed roads that lead from Porthkerry Road to Porthkerry village.

Residents on the roads affected will be receiving letters from the Council giving them further details of the restrictions.

Operational Manager for Highways and Engineering, Michael Clogg, said: “Access and parking for residents and businesses along Rhoose Road will be maintained at all times and every effort will be made to minimise any disruption. Temporary parking permits will be issued to all residents and businesses who are registered keepers of vehicles along Rhoose Road before  02 September.”


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