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UK – Almondsbury Heliport Gets Full Planning Approval

UK – Almondsbury Heliport Gets Full Planning Approval

Plans submitted by the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity for a helicopter base in Almondsbury have been approved. It’s been a long struggle for the campaign, after the local residents argued against it. As reported by Gazette Series, they were concerned over the noise pollution, disturbances due to night flights and the environmental concern of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Dec-16

New UK heliport for Police and EMS operations approved

New UK heliport for Police and EMS operations approved

The controversial proposals for a dual-service heliport at Almondsbury have now received planning approval, according to the Gazette series.  The site, close to the junction of the M4 and M5 motorways, will become the new base for both the National Police Air Service and the Great Western Air Ambulance in the Bristol area.  Both currently… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Aug-16

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UK – Planning approval reversed for Police and Air Ambulance heliport

UK – Planning approval reversed for Police and Air Ambulance heliport

South Gloucestershire Council has reversed its approval for a new helicopter base in Almondsbury following a legal challenge.  The heliport was planned to serve both the Great Western Air Ambulance and the National Police Air Service, whose helicopters are currently based at Filton Airfield.  Filton, most famous for its role in the development of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Apr-16

Great Western Air Ambulance has record year in 2015

Great Western Air Ambulance has record year in 2015

The rise is down to our new helicopter, a Eurocopter 135, which arrived at our base in Filton in October 2014. In 2015 HM65 and her crew attended 1,655 life-saving incidents across Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and parts of Wiltshire. This is an increase of 270 incidents compared to 2014, when we… Read more »

Source: Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, 18-Jan-16

UK – Police and Air Ambulance base at Almondsbury goes to judicial review

UK – Police and Air Ambulance base at Almondsbury goes to judicial review

A PROPOSED helicopter base in Almondsbury could have its planning permission quashed following a judicial review brought forward by nearby residents. See Full Story  

Source: Gazette, 14-Dec-15

Great Western Air Ambulance celebates one year of EC135

Great Western Air Ambulance celebates one year of EC135

The GWAAC helicopter is celebrating one year of saving lives across Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and parts of Wiltshire. Our Eurocopter 135, callsign Helimed 65, arrived at our Filton base on 16th October 2014. To celebrate her first birthday we’re going to have a party! We’re planning to surprise our crew on… Read more »

Source: Great Western, 26-Oct-15

Great Western Air Ambulance now carrying blood on board

Great Western Air Ambulance now carrying blood on board

GWAAC is carrying blood on the helicopter and rapid response vehicles which will benefit seriously ill and injured patients in need of emergency blood transfusion. The charity has teamed up with Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) to fund the initiative. WAA is also carrying blood on its helicopter. This means that the two air ambulances are… Read more »

Source: GWAAC, 07-Sep-15

Great Western Air Ambulance – where a pint is beer, not blood

Great Western Air Ambulance – where a pint is beer, not blood

Beer lovers will soon be able to support the local air ambulance while enjoying their favourite tipple.See Full Story.

Source: Bath Chronicle, 06-Aug-15

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Great Western Air Ambulance To Celebrate 7th Birthday

Great Western Air Ambulance To Celebrate 7th Birthday

The charity was formed in 2008, and the crew attended their first mission on 3rd June. See Full Story

Source: Now Bath, 02-Jun-15

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Great Western Air Ambulance upgrades to EC135

Great Western Air Ambulance upgrades to EC135

After a big fundraising campaign and support from members of the public Great Western Air Ambulance Charity have today received their new helicopter. The Eurocopter 135 will replace the current helicopter, an aging Bolkow, enabling the charity to transform the care they are able to offer to patients. The Movin’ On Up campaign was launched… Read more »

Source: GWAAC, 16-Oct-14

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BAE Systems to find new home for Police and EMS helicopters

BAE Systems to find new home for Police and EMS helicopters

A PLEDGE has been given by the owners of Filton Airfield to help find a new home for both the police helicopter and Great Western Air Ambulance. See Full Story

Source: Bristol Post, 10-Oct-14

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Great Western Air Ambulance to upgrade to EC135 in October

Great Western Air Ambulance to upgrade to EC135 in October

Bond Air Services have confirmed to HeliHub.com that the contract they have with Great Western Air Ambulance will see an aircraft upgrade in October 2014.  The move is largely prompted by their current Bo105 being incapable of operating from the newly-opened helipad at Bristol Royal Infirmary, one of two hospitals in the centre of GWAA’s… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jun-14

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Great Western Air Ambulance targets August for EC135 upgrade

Great Western Air Ambulance targets August for EC135 upgrade

The Great Western Air Ambulance Trust (GWAA) has confirmed to HeliHub.com that they expect to upgrade from their current Bo105 helicopter to an Airbus Helicopters EC135 this summer, with the target of the third week of August. GWAA is one of just two UK air ambulance operators in the UK flying the Bo105, with Scotland’s… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-14

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UK – Trial flight phase for Bristol Royal Infirmary helipad

UK – Trial flight phase for Bristol Royal Infirmary helipad

​Trial flights commenced on Thursday 17th April of the newly constructed helideck facility on the roof of Bristol Royal Infirmary – Initial trials were conducted using the Great Western Air Ambulance Bo105 helicopter, as depicted in the images here. Air ambulance MBB Bolkow105DBS-4, G-NDAA, undertook the first test flight on 17th April to prove the capability… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-May-14

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Great Western Air Ambulance – upgrade from Bo105 or don’t use new Bristol helipad

Great Western Air Ambulance – upgrade from Bo105 or don’t use new Bristol helipad

Great Western Air Ambulance said its current helicopter is too old to land at the £500,000 helipad being built at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. see full story

Source: BBC, 03-Jul-13

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UK – Great Western Air Ambulance plans upgrade to EC135

UK – Great Western Air Ambulance plans upgrade to EC135

BAE Systems says it will dedicate an area of Filton Airfield to the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity after the closure of the airfield in December.  The charity is launching its fundraising campaign next month to upgrade from its current 1968-build Bo105 with a more up-to-date EC135. (see full story)

22-Jun-12

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Great Western Air Ambulance confirms Filton as long-term home

Great Western Air Ambulance confirms Filton as long-term home

The British operator Great Western Air Ambulance Service has confirmed that it will remain at Filton, near Bristol, despite the sale of its current airfield home as it is no longer viable to owners BAE Systems.  The Chief Executive of BAE, Ian King, has told GWAA that they will ensure that its home will remain… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-11

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance to become an independent charity

Wiltshire Air Ambulance to become an independent charity

The long held ambition will soon be realised after Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) agreed last week to relinquish its sole trusteeship of the appeal.  GWAS had been criticised by air ambulance campaigners for being the sole trustee of the appeal. (Full story)

09-Aug-11

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Fuel prices threaten Great Western Air Ambulance

Fuel prices threaten Great Western Air Ambulance

Paul Weir, chief executive of the Great Western Air Ambulance, said the service was just breaking even at the moment, but that could change if the price of fuel continues to rise.  They operate a Eurocopter Bo105

Source: BBC, 20-Jan-11

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Great Western Air Ambulance move to new offices

Great Western Air Ambulance move to new offices

Chief executive of the air ambulance Paul Weir said: “We are delighted Eastwood Park has been able to accommodate us and at very charitable rates”

Source: Gazette, 02-Aug-10

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