Air One

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A big step towards keeping the Air One Helicopter in the skies of Central New York has been taken. The Onondaga County Sheriff's Department has won the federal approval to charge insurance companies for medical transports.

A plan to ground the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department's Air One helicopter was scrapped by county lawmakers Tuesday.  Lawmakers overwhelmingly voted against a proposal to sell the airship as surplus. 

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh says he’s determined to keep the county’s med-evac helicopter, Air One flying, despite the loss of county funding for the chopper.