Work has begun on the new National Police Air Service (NPAS) base in Almondsbury, South Gloucester which is due to be operational in autumn 2018. NPAS and Great Western Air Ambulance (GWAAC) will be housed at the new base funded by BAE Systems.
BAE Systems purchased the land in Almondsbury for use by GWAAC and NPAS as part of the agreement to sell Filton Airfield, where the services are currently based. The new base will replace the existing NPAS Filton site and be part of the national network of 15 bases from which NPAS operate borderless air support for the police forces of England and Wales. The base will predominantly serve the south west but as NPAS provide a borderless service and deploy the nearest available aircraft in response to the needs of police forces, the helicopter may provide air support elsewhere when appropriate.
Russ Woolford, Assistant Operations Director for the National Police Air Service, said: “Today is a significant milestone in the base move from Filton to Almondsbury as construction works begin. The new modern hanger will house the National Police Air Service helicopter and the Great Western Air Ambulance (GWAAC) helicopter.
“The base at Almondsbury will be part of the national, borderless network of 15 NPAS bases from which our crews support local police forces to keep communities safe.”
Anna Perry, CEO for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, said: “Everyone at GWAAC is so pleased that work is finally beginning. The charity is desperately in need of a modern air base and the great location will mean that even when we cannot fly our doctors and paramedics can get to patients quickly in our Critical Care Car. “
Mike Craddock, Programme Manager for BAE Systems, said: “I’m delighted that the construction work on the new Air Operation base at Almondsbury has started. The brand-new base will help both services continue their fantastic work for the region and we’re proud to be playing our part in this.”
NPAS exist to reduce the risk to communities by supporting local, regional and national policing. The new, modern base will allow operations to continue and will be operational 24/7/365 like all the other bases.
- Air Alderney prepares for EC155 scheduled services
- First Bell 505 delivered to Mexico
- EASA certifies Safran Arriel 2H on Avicopter AC312E
- EASA Management Board re-elects Executive Director
- VR-Technologies of Russian Helicopters start tests of VRT300 UAV
- AHS Rebrands as “The Vertical Flight Society”
- Rostec to create VRT500 prototype by the end of 2019
- Safran Ardiden 3C obtains EASA type certification
- Virginia State Police Honour Late Trooper
- Mexico – MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters
- Elbit Systems to Showcase a Modular Mission Helicopters Package
- New Trustee for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance
- Helicentre Announces 2019 US FAA CPL(H) Scholarship
- ARSA Supports Effort to Increase Part 147 School Flexibility
- EASA go to AERO 2018 with vision for the future of GA
- Rheinmetall Group and Sikorsky will lead in-service support for the CH-53K
- DRF upgrades Christoph 47 base from BK117 to H145
- Western Australian Police start process to replace ageing BK117
- New operator launches in Fiji with a Bell 212
- Philippines National Police receives first of three Bell 429s