HealthNet Aeromedical Services, Inc. is announcing a new method of flight operation that will decrease the number of emergency medical services flights that have to be cancelled because of poor visibility or low-hanging clouds.

HealthNet frequently flies to Calhoun and regional counties for trauma victims or for emergency transfer from Minnie Hamilton Health System.

HealthNet showcased an EC-130 Eurocopter at Yeager Airport, a back-up chopper based at the airport.

The flight method, known as Instrument Flight Rules, allows an aircraft to operate in poor meteorological conditions --typically those where pilots must rely on navigation methods other than sight, including a system of navigation tools and satellite-based GPS systems.

"There have been many times in which HealthNet had to cancel flights because of poor visibility and other factors," said Clinton Burley, president.

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