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UK – BIH Parent Rigby Group acquires fixed wing operator

UK – BIH Parent Rigby Group acquires fixed wing operator

Rigby Group plc’s aviation division has completed its second UK acquisition of 2014 with the purchase of Exeter based Capital Air Charter Limited. Operating both the Capital Air Charter and Capital Air Ambulance services, the company has a long-standing reputation as an efficient, safe and commercially-capable operator offering executive corporate and private chartered flights, medical… Read more »

Source: Rigby Group, 04-Sep-14

Bond Air Services Names New Managing Director

Bond Air Services Names New Managing Director

Bond Air Services has announced the appointment of Tim Shattock as new Managing Director. Tim succeeds current Managing Director, Chris Greenhill, who is retiring after 34 years with the company. Tim comes to Bond Air Services with more than 30 years of senior management experience in the aviation industry, most recently as Chief Executive Officer… Read more »

Source: Bond, 04-Sep-14

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HeliUK Expo returns to Sywell Aerodrome, 29 to 31 May 2015

HeliUK Expo returns to Sywell Aerodrome, 29 to 31 May 2015

Leading helicopter manufacturers, suppliers and service providers are once again set to showcase the very best industry offerings to the UK and European based helicopter owners and operators at HeilUK Expo 2015, Sywell Aerodrome, 29 to 31 May 2015. With the aim of building on the success of the inaugural 2014 event, the HeliUK team understand and appreciates the sense… Read more »

Source: HeliUK Expo, 03-Sep-14

UK – Helipad upgrade at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital welcomed

UK – Helipad upgrade at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital welcomed

Air Ambulances which cover Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales today welcomed an upgrade of the helipad at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH). The upgrade, which will take about seven weeks to complete with work beginning from today (18 August), will allow some of the newer larger air ambulances to land on the site… Read more »

Source: RSH, 20-Aug-14

Medics fear new hospital helipad as 14-storey drop puts staff on edge

Medics fear new hospital helipad as 14-storey drop puts staff on edge

Worried staff working at one of Scotland’s biggest hospitals have raised fears over its helicopter pad. See Full Story

Source: Daily Record, 19-Aug-14

UK – Scillies service could resume in 2016 with AW189s

UK – Scillies service could resume in 2016 with AW189s

The return of a helicopter service connecting the Scilly Isles to mainland Britain has taken a step closer after advisers PwC delivered a report into the viability of reinstating the air link which closed in 2012. See Full Story

Source: This is Money, 19-Aug-14

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Eurocopter EC155B1 (OY-HJJ), loss of control after departure, North Sea, 6 November 2013

Source: AAIB, 18-Aug-14

AgustaWestland wins planning permission for storage archive

AgustaWestland wins planning permission for storage archive

YEOVIL helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland has been granted planning permission to turn a storage building into an archive. See Full Story

Source: Western Gazette, 18-Aug-14

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AgustaWestland applies for planning permission for new corporate archive

AgustaWestland applies for planning permission for new corporate archive

YEOVIL helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland is set to find out this later this month whether it can turn a storage building into an archive.     See Full Story

Source: Western Gazette, 12-Aug-14

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Great North Air Ambulance celebrates 10 years in Cumbria

Great North Air Ambulance celebrates 10 years in Cumbria

Today the Pride of Cumbria air ambulance celebrated a decade in action! Ten years on from flying into the county for the first time, the aircraft landed at Armathwaite Hall, near Keswick, where it was greeted by a crowd of staff, former patients, and volunteers. The aircraft, based at Langwathby, near Penrith, began work in… Read more »

Source: GNAA, 08-Aug-14

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Obituary – Flying TV’s MD Mike Smith

Obituary – Flying TV’s MD Mike Smith

From Flying TV’s website:- Mike Smith 1955-2014 It’s with enormous sadness and regret that we share with you the passing of our founder and MD, Mike Smith. Mike died on Friday 1st August in hospital, following complications from major heart surgery. His wife Sarah, his family, Mona and JP were with him. One of his… Read more »

Source: Flying TV, 04-Aug-14

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Super Puma co-pilot death preventable, says coroner

Super Puma co-pilot death preventable, says coroner

A helicopter crash which killed its co-pilot and 15 other men could have been prevented, an inquest has found.  See full story

Source: BBC, 28-Jul-14

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New Robinson R22 for Phoenix Helicopters

New Robinson R22 for Phoenix Helicopters

The good weather has been great for flying and has seen both branches flying record breaking monthly hours. Unfortunately helicopters lives are not infinite and each Robinson is timed out after 2200 hours of flying. Once the aircraft reaches its total allowable time it has to have a complete overhaul. The overhaul involves completely rebuilding… Read more »

Source: Phoenix, 23-Jul-14

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Bristow Certified to Fly AgustaWestland AW189

Bristow Certified to Fly AgustaWestland AW189

Bristow announced on 17th July that it has been certified to fly the much anticipated new generation AgustaWestland AW189 helicopter. Bristow is the launch customer for the aircraft which has now been fully certified by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. The company is due to commence flights with its first two new AW189 aircraft from… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 18-Jul-14

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Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance receive £75,000 donation

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance receive £75,000 donation

Motorsport Legend John Surtees OBE, has presented a £75,000 cheque to local charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, on behalf of the Henry Surtees Foundation. The presentation, which took place at Mercedes-Benz World, Surrey, was made to the Air Ambulance Chief Executive Adrian Bell; the money will be used for ‘High Fidelity Simulators’. Presented… Read more »

Source: Surtees Foundation, 18-Jul-14

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Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance selects the AW169

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance selects the AW169

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has selected an AW169 twin-engine light intermediate helicopter to perform emergency medical service missions. The aircraft will start operations from its base at Henstridge on the Dorset / Somerset border in South West England in 2016 and will be able to reach any… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-Jul-14

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AgustaWestland Awarded AW159 Wildcat FASGW Missile Integration Contract

AgustaWestland Awarded AW159 Wildcat FASGW Missile Integration Contract

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) valued at £90 million to integrate, test and install the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW) Heavy and Light missile systems onto 28 Royal Navy AW159 Wildcat helicopters. The contract award was announced today at the Farnborough International… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-Jul-14

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Airbus Helicopters celebrates 40 years as the all-in-one solution for UK helicopter industry

Airbus Helicopters celebrates 40 years as the all-in-one solution for UK helicopter industry

Airbus Helicopters UK is celebrating 40 years of operations in the United Kingdom, supporting its rotorcraft industry as a vital element of the economy, security and infrastructure. With headquarters in Oxford, a base at Hawarden/Wales, a dedicated Oil & Gas Service Center in Aberdeen and a presence at customer operating locations across the UK and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Jul-14

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Airbus Helicopters marks 40 years as a training partner for British military pilots

Airbus Helicopters marks 40 years as a training partner for British military pilots

The important role of Airbus Helicopters in the ab-initio training of British military rotorcraft pilots is being marked by Airbus Helicopters during this week’s Farnborough Airshow. During the past four decades, thousands of British crewmembers have earned their wings, trained on mission scenarios and practiced their flying skills aboard Airbus Helicopters-designed rotorcraft. This activity traces… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Jul-14

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Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance to fly AW169

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance to fly AW169

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT) has selected the new generation AW169 twin-engine light intermediate helicopter to perform emergency medical service missions. The aircraft will be operated by Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) for the KSSAAT. KSSAAT, a prime HEMS provider and the first, and presently only,… Read more »

Source: Specialist Avn Svs, 15-Jul-14

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EASA and UK CAA approve world’s first Category A Emergency Breathing System

EASA and UK CAA approve world’s first Category A Emergency Breathing System

The world’s first Category A Emergency Breathing System (EBS), developed by the Survitec Group, has gained approval and certification by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This is the first major response to the government inquiry and report into helicopter safety, which followed a fatal crash in the waters… Read more »

Source: Survitec, 15-Jul-14

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Helicopter Pilot Careers Advice Available at UK Events This Month

Helicopter Pilot Careers Advice Available at UK Events This Month

Helicentre Aviation Academy will be participating in several aviation careers events this month to assist future professional helicopter pilots pave their way into the industry. The events which include the Leeds FLYER Professional Flight Training Exhibition, and Farnborough International Airshow will provide potential new pilots with advice on how to train to become professional helicopter… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 15-Jul-14

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UK denies visa to Russian visitors for Farnborough

UK denies visa to Russian visitors for Farnborough

Russian aviation industry sources are reporting that a significant number of people intending to travel to the UK this week for the Farnborough Air Show have been denied visas by the UK Government.  One report gives a figure of 167 visas granted to a Russian trade delegation numbering 347, implying that at least 180 have… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jul-14

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Military investigators issue preliminary report on April 2014 Lynx Mk.9 crash

Military investigators issue preliminary report on April 2014 Lynx Mk.9 crash

Two key statements sum up the current situation of the investigation of the crash of Army Air Corps Lynx Mk.9A ZF540 on 26th April 2014 20 km south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, killing all 3 crew members and the 2 passengers onboard:- The CVR [cockpit voice recorder] offers evidence of controlled flight and no acknowledgement… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jul-14

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AgustaWestland Sells Another AW139 VIP in UK

AgustaWestland Sells Another AW139 VIP in UK

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce the sale of an AW139 intermediate twin helicopter in VIP/corporate configuration in the UK. The aircraft will be delivered to an undisclosed customer in autumn 2015. This latest contract further expands the success of the AW139 for VIP transport missions in the United Kingdom, bringing to five the total of… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 14-Jul-14

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Aerial Camera Systems Continue to Go the Extra Mile

Aerial Camera Systems Continue to Go the Extra Mile

ACS’ (www.aerialcamerasystems.com/about-us) longstanding history within the aerial filming world continues to grow and sees its dedicated in-house aerial unit co-ordinating and filming aerial projects world-wide. Established by Peter Allwork, ACS’ roots in aerial filming are founded in excellence thanks to Peter’s Oscar winning cinematography for the multi award winning, Out of Africa. Over thirty-five years… Read more »

Source: ACS, 14-Jul-14

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New Managing Director at Airbus Helicopters UK

New Managing Director at Airbus Helicopters UK

Airbus Helicopters UK Ltd. has appointed Colin James as Managing Director, effective first of August. Mr. James, who has been leading Airbus Helicopter’s Engineering Test Centre organisation in the company’s Donauworth and Marignane facilities, succeeds Markus Steinke to head up the UK branch of the world’s largest helicopter manufacturer. Within Airbus Helicopter’s Research and Development… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 11-Jul-14

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Helicopter Pilot Careers Advice Available at UK Events This Month

Helicopter Pilot Careers Advice Available at UK Events This Month

Helicentre Aviation Academy will be participating in several aviation careers events this month to assist future professional helicopter pilots pave their way into the industry. The events which include the Leeds FLYER Professional Flight Training Exhibition, and Farnborough International Airshow will provide potential new pilots with advice on how to train to become professional helicopter… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 11-Jul-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Eurocopter EC155B1 (OY-HJJ), loss of control after departure, North Sea, 6 November 2013 Bell 206B (G-BPWI), engine failure leading to forced landing, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire, 4 October 2013 Hughes 369D (G-CCUO), loss of control and ground… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 10-Jul-14

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UK CAA responds to report on offshore helicopter safety

UK CAA responds to report on offshore helicopter safety

Any loss of life in aviation accidents is always tragic and the safety of those who rely on offshore helicopter flights is therefore our absolute priority. In February we announced over 70 actions and recommendations to improve safety, primarily aimed at preventing accidents but also to improve survivability following an incident. These were widely welcomed… Read more »

Source: CAA, 10-Jul-14

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Fatal Pave Hawk crash in UK attributed to multiple bird strike

Fatal Pave Hawk crash in UK attributed to multiple bird strike

THe US Air Force has released its official report on the fatal crash of one of its Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters on 7th January 2014 on the coast of Norfolk, UK. The very thorough document notes that the Accident Investigation Board President found “by clear and convincing evidence that multiple bird strikes caused the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jul-14

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SaxonAir announces rotary Air Operators Certificate

SaxonAir announces rotary Air Operators Certificate

Norwich based aviation operator and service provider SaxonAir has announced the issue of their new rotary Air Operators Certificate (AOC). This latest development through approval from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will allow SaxonAir to expand their helicopter operations into new markets with the addition of further helicopters to deal with the demand being… Read more »

Source: SaxonAir, 09-Jul-14

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Vector team achieve Boeing’s supplier gold rating

Vector team achieve Boeing’s supplier gold rating

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announced today that its Project Julius Team, responsible for the embodiment of the avionics upgrade to the UK MOD’s fleet of 46 Chinook aircraft, has obtained supplier ‘Gold’ status for their First Time Quality (FTQ). This is an… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 09-Jul-14

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UK – Cardinal Helicopter Services gain operator licence

UK – Cardinal Helicopter Services gain operator licence

Cardinal Helicopter Services have recently been awarded their own “Type B Operating Licence” according to the latest update in the snappily-named “Official Record, Series 2” issued by the UK CAA.  Previously Cardinal operated under an “umbrella arrangement” with another operator, Capital Aviation Services of Oxford. Cardinal operate from the City Heliport at Manchester, a rotary-wing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jul-14

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London – Rotary Operations Conference postponed

London – Rotary Operations Conference postponed

The 2nd Rotary Operations Conference (ROC) was due take place at the Barclays London Heliport on Wednesday 9 July, 2014, but HeliHub.com have been notified by the organisers today that a new date in September is proposed. Jeremy Parkin from HeliHub.com was due to moderate two of the panel sessions – the Operators Panel and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jul-14

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Airbus Helicopters accept responsibility for North Sea ditching

Airbus Helicopters accept responsibility for North Sea ditching

Lawyers representing several passengers injured when a Eurocopter Super Puma helicopter came down in the North Sea 32 miles south west of Shetland in October 2012 have welcomed an acceptance of responsibility from the helicopter manufacturer which paves the way for settlements to be agreed. Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Aviation Law team represents 12 oil rig… Read more »

Source: Irwin Mitchell, 07-Jul-14

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Bristow transports Commonwealth Games Baton

Bristow transports Commonwealth Games Baton

As part of its massive 288 day tour of the Commonwealth countries, the Commonwealth Games Baton has today been taken to and from the Clair platform in the North Sea.  The baton is on a 40 day tour of Scotland from 14 June to 23 July, and the symbolic visit to the rig marks the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-14

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Topping-out ceremony marks construction milestone at new Bristow SAR base

Topping-out ceremony marks construction milestone at new Bristow SAR base

A traditional topping out ceremony has taken place to mark the construction of the new Search and Rescue helicopter base at Humberside Airport reaching its full height. The base will house two state-of-the-art SAR helicopters, operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd, their crews and support team.  It is due to become fully operational in April 2015,… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 02-Jul-14

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HeliHub.com owner to moderate two sessions at ROC 2014 conference

HeliHub.com owner to moderate two sessions at ROC 2014 conference

HeliHub.com owner Jeremy Parkin will be moderating two panel sessions at the Rotary Operations Conference (ROC) which takes place at Hotel Verta, adjacent to the London Heliport in Battersea on 9th July.  Jeremy will moderate both the Operator Panel and the City Heliport sessions. ROC focuses on the latest developments and initiatives within the rotary… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jul-14

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Helicentre Aviation will have ten Cabri G2s by early 2016

Helicentre Aviation will have ten Cabri G2s by early 2016

Helicentre Aviation Academy have announced the purchase of three additional Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopters which will expand their rapidly growing Cabri fleet to ten by early 2016 and make them the world’s largest single operator of Cabri G2 helicopters. The fleet includes the five brand new airframes currently in production with Hélicoptères Guimbal, as well… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 01-Jul-14

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance appoints aviation expert

Wiltshire Air Ambulance appoints aviation expert

An Internationally recognised Aviation experts has recently joined Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) to oversee the charity’s transition from its current collaborative partnership with Wiltshire Police to a completely separate and independent Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) provider at the end of this year. Giorgio Bendoni joined WAA in May as Bell 429 Program Co-ordinator to… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 01-Jul-14

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UK National Police Air Service update

UK National Police Air Service update

Brand new state-of-the-art camera and mission system equipment is being installed across a third of the National Police Air Service Fleet. The new equipment integrates a new high end camera with mission planning and mapping systems while retaining existing airframes with plenty of service life left. This enhancement will allow these aircraft to continue to… Read more »

Source: NPAS, 01-Jul-14

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Air BP debuts unleaded Avgas in conjunction with Goodwood Aerodrome

Air BP debuts unleaded Avgas in conjunction with Goodwood Aerodrome

Leading international aviation fuel supplier, Air BP, in conjunction with Goodwood Aerodrome has today announced it has successfully started trials supplying unleaded Avgas (91UL) for customers flying general aviation light aircraft into Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex.  The debut coincides with what will be a busy weekend of general aviation flying with the Goodwood Festival… Read more »

Source: Air BP, 30-Jun-14

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Helicentre Aviation announce 2015 pilot scholarships

Helicentre Aviation announce 2015 pilot scholarships

Helicentre Aviation after attending the Heli UK Expo on the 3rd-4th June has now announced brand new scholarships for 2015. During the Heli UK Expo, Helicentre Aviation was able to promote the Flight Training center to the Helicopter community and to new potential student’s eager to begin their training. Helicentre Aviation Academy has announced it… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 27-Jun-14

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UK – Helicopter Air Games postponed

UK – Helicopter Air Games postponed

The Helicopter Air Games scheduled for this coming weekend at Sywell have been postponed. The Helicopter Club of Great Britain, who organise the event will be scheduling a new date in September, by which time they hope to have an even bigger list of competitors to make for an even more exciting contest. HCGB will… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-14

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New footwear for Essex Air Ambulance crew courtesy of Magnum

New footwear for Essex Air Ambulance crew courtesy of Magnum

The Essex Air Ambulance Air Crew are now proud owners of state of the art boots thanks to the support of Magnum. Georgina Lees, UK PR & Communication Executive for Magnum, said: “As a company that provide the professional services with comfortable, resilient and certified footwear, Magnum are delighted to announce that we will be… Read more »

Source: Essex Air Ambulance, 26-Jun-14

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Rotary Operations Conference 2014 at London Heliport takes on international theme

Rotary Operations Conference 2014 at London Heliport takes on international theme

The second annual industry conference dedicated to commercial helicopter operations, organised by MIU Events and hosted by The London Heliport,takes on more of an international theme this year.  Deliberately staged on Wednesday, 9th July, just one week ahead of Farnborough Air Show, it will serve as a prime opportunity to bring together helicopter manufacturers, operators,… Read more »

Source: London Heliport, 25-Jun-14

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance to provide extra cover during the Grand Départ

Yorkshire Air Ambulance to provide extra cover during the Grand Départ

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) has announced its operational plans during the Grand Départ when it is expecting to see an increase in its activity as well as busier operational periods. Yorkshire’s only emergency helicopter service has announced plans to operate a third aircraft for the week leading up to the Grand Départ as well… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 25-Jun-14

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Heli Air launches new modular in-house ground school training courses

Heli Air launches new modular in-house ground school training courses

Heli Air, the UK largest light helicopter company, is delighted to announce that it is expanding its training services to include full-time ground school courses alongside its well established flying training. Available from October this year, the new courses will be professionally delivered in a modular format at the company’s purpose-built facilities at Wycombe Air… Read more »

Source: Heli Air, 24-Jun-14

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Heli Charter to show Bell 505 mockup at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Heli Charter to show Bell 505 mockup at Goodwood Festival of Speed

UK representatives for Bell Helicopter have announced (via the Sales Director’s pseudonym LongBox on the popular PPRuNe forum) that they are taking the Bell 505 mockup to Goodwood Festival of Speed.  This event is a cross between a public motor show where manufacturers show off their model range to an out-and-out demonstration of race cars,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jun-14

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Finmeccanica board approves new Group Organizational and Operating Model

Finmeccanica board approves new Group Organizational and Operating Model

The Board of Directors of Finmeccanica, convened today under the chairmanship of Gianni De Gennaro, approved the guidelines to implement the new Group Organizational and Operating Model. The Model, illustrated to the Board of Directors by the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Mauro Moretti, encompasses in the new perimeter operating companies, 100% owned by… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 23-Jun-14

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22 Bristow engineering apprentices complete initial 8 months training

22 Bristow engineering apprentices complete initial 8 months training

Bristow Helicopters’ engineering apprentices well on their way to success Aberdeen-based helicopter operator, Bristow Helicopters Ltd, has confirmed that its latest intake of 22 engineering apprentices have successfully completed their initial eight months of training at the LRTT College in Gloucester. The future engineers were selected from a field of more than 1,300 applicants last… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 23-Jun-14

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London’s Air Ambulance performs world’s first pre-hospital REBOA

London’s Air Ambulance performs world’s first pre-hospital REBOA

World’s first pre-hospital REBOA carried out by London’s Air Ambulance Pioneering new technique to prevent trauma patients bleeding to death Control of severe pelvic haemorrhage, an injury most commonly associated with cycling incidents and falls from height 2 years of development with The Royal London Hospital Boris, “stunning advances in medical care are helping people… Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 19-Jun-14

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Helicentre Aviation Announces Brand New Scholarships for 2015

Helicentre Aviation Announces Brand New Scholarships for 2015

Helicentre Aviation Academy has announced it will be awarding several helicopter pilot training scholarships in 2015. The company has so far awarded four scholarships to trainee helicopter pilots and will this summer will be awarding a further five scholarships totalling around £100,000 in value. By 2015 a total of fifteen training scholarships will have been… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 19-Jun-14

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Profile – Survivex offshore underwater egress training

Profile – Survivex offshore underwater egress training

BBC has been given the first chance to try out a new safety device that could save lives in the future.  See full story

Source: BBC, 18-Jun-14

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The London Heliport prepares for a strong summer

The London Heliport prepares for a strong summer

Royal Ascot, The Goodwood Festival of Speed, The Santander British Grand Prix and Farnborough Air Show are all contributing to what is set to be a record-breaking summer for the capital’s London Heliport.  Overall, bookings at the city’s only licensed heliport are 50% up since the start of calendar year 2014. Bookings for Royal Ascot… Read more »

Source: The London Heliport, 18-Jun-14

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UK – PremiAir Aviation Services operating licence reinstated

UK – PremiAir Aviation Services operating licence reinstated

The CAA have advised in their snappily-named “Official Record Series 2, Number 2131” – dated 10th June 2014 – that PremiAir Aviation Services of Blackbushe have had their Type B Operating Licence reinstated effective from 23rd May 2014.  It had been suspended six and a half months earlier, as we noted here. PremiAir have yet… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jun-14

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RAF unveils first new CH-47F Chinook

RAF unveils first new CH-47F Chinook

The first of the RAF’s fourteen new Chinook helicopters have been unveiled today by the Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, following its entry into service on time. During a visit to RAF Odiham in Hampshire, the home of the Chinook force, Philip Hammond also announced a new £115 million agreement with Boeing Defence UK to maintain… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 17-Jun-14

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Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance flies 10,000th mission

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance flies 10,000th mission

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance announced this afternoon that it had carried out its 10,000th mission. The Charity’s EC135 helicopter, Pilot Max Hoskins, Paramedic Mark Williams and Consultant Doctor Ian Mews attended the incident which took place in the Shaftesbury area at 13.45 pm today. The patient, Carissa Ealson (24) was taking part in a… Read more »

Source: DSAA, 17-Jun-14

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Profile – London’s Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit

Profile – London’s Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit

The Guardian newspaper does an extensive profile of London’s police helicopter unit – see full story 

16-Jun-14

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New Aberdeen hangar for Bond Offshore Helicopters nears approval

New Aberdeen hangar for Bond Offshore Helicopters nears approval

A proposal for a new helicopter hangar at Aberdeen International Airport is to be considered by councillors next week. The Bond Offshore Helicopter plan, which proposes building a hangar at the corner of Farburn Terrace and Cordyce View, adjacent to the firm’s eastern terminal, has been recommended for approval. The proposed hangar, which would be… Read more »

Source: Aberdeen City Council, 13-Jun-14

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Airbus Helicopters responds to AAIB Final Report on EC225 North Sea accidents

Airbus Helicopters responds to AAIB Final Report on EC225 North Sea accidents

Today, the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) issued its final determination following its investigation into the causes linked to two controlled ditchings that occurred in the North Sea on May 10, 2012 and October 22, 2012 aboard EC225 helicopters. Airbus Helicopters affirms the conclusions drawn in the report concerning the causes of the two controlled… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Jun-14

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Cornish MPs Lend Support to Air Ambulance Campaign

Cornish MPs Lend Support to Air Ambulance Campaign

Local MPs have lent their support to a campaign for lifesaving improvements to landing facilities at the region’s Major Trauma Centre. Cornwall Air Ambulance took its campaign to Westminster on Monday 9th June at the annual reception of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Air Ambulances. Derriford Hospital is the region’s designated Major Trauma Centre… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 13-Jun-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Robinson R44 II (G-ODAZ), near RAF Wittering, Peterborough, 26 March 2014

Source: AAIB, 12-Jun-14

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AAIB issues formal report on North Sea EC225 accidents

AAIB issues formal report on North Sea EC225 accidents

The formal report on the accidents to a Bond and a CHC EC225 in 2012 has now been released by the AAIB.  A further seven new Safety Recommendations have been made, including five related to the liferafts and one related to the fatigue performance  of components manufactured from high strength low alloy steel.  These are listed below… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jun-14

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance to remain in Devizes

Wiltshire Air Ambulance to remain in Devizes

Wiltshire Air Ambulance are preparing to sign a five year lease allowing them to continue to operate from Wiltshire Police HQ at Devizes.  See full story

Source: Swindon Advertiser, 11-Jun-14

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UK Government considers corruption probe into Indian AW101 deal

UK Government considers corruption probe into Indian AW101 deal

AgustaWestland reportedly faces the prospect of a criminal investigation in the UK if any evidence appears in the current Indian investigation warrant it – see full story

Source: Exaro, 11-Jun-14

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Sloane Helicopters marks 25 years at Sywell and 45 in business

Sloane Helicopters marks 25 years at Sywell and 45 in business

British operator Sloane Helicopters recently marked an impressive 45 years in business, and 25 years at their Sywell headquarters.  As many countries marked the 70th anniversary on Friday of the D-Day landings on 6th June 1944, Sloane also remembered the launch event of their current facility at Sywell on 6th June 1989 and the company starting… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jun-14

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Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance completes 6,000 missions

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance completes 6,000 missions

Since 2008, Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) has been on hand to provide potentially lifesaving care to those who need it most. Thousands of people across the three counties have benefitted from the Charity’s lifesaving service and on Wednesday 4th June, during National Volunteering Week, the Charity reached a significant milestone. The service… Read more »

Source: TAAS, 10-Jun-14

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Cornwall Air Ambulance – Third Time Lucky at Business Awards

Cornwall Air Ambulance – Third Time Lucky at Business Awards

The annual event celebrate innovation and achievement among Cornish businesses. The 2014 awards ceremony was held at St Mellion International Resort in May. Guest speaker was businessman Gerald Ratner, famous for his honest appraisal of his own jewellery products. Cornwall Air Ambulance was recognised in the Best Third Sector Business category, sponsored by the Eden… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 09-Jun-14

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Cornwall Air Ambulance seeks night-time landing sites

Cornwall Air Ambulance seeks night-time landing sites

From December, the county will have two night-capable MD902s, and the charity is asking people and communities with potential sites to consider offering them.  See full story

Source: Cornishman, 08-Jun-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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Royal Seal Of Approval For Helicopter Museum team

Royal Seal Of Approval For Helicopter Museum team

The hard work and continued efforts of the work force at The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare has been recognised by Buckingham Palace with the group being awarded The Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service. This prestigious accolade is the highest award given to volunteer groups in the UK. Winners are chosen by a National Awards Committee and… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 05-Jun-14

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Unnamed seventh UK training school orders two Guimbal Cabris

Unnamed seventh UK training school orders two Guimbal Cabris

Cotswold Helicopter Centre, the sole UK distributors for Helicopters Guimbal are delighted to announce the sale of two brand new Cabri G2 helicopters to an unnamed flight training school in the south east of England. This order will take the UK Cabri fleet to 17 aircraft by the end of 2015. Andy Moorhouse from Cotswold… Read more »

Source: Cotswold Helicopter Centre, 04-Jun-14

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Bond win UK Police upgrade contract

Bond win UK Police upgrade contract

Brand new state-of-the-art camera and mission system equipment is being installed across a third of the National Police Air Service Fleet. The new equipment integrates a new high end camera with mission planning and mapping systems while retaining existing airframes with plenty of service life left. This enhancement will allow these aircraft to continue to… Read more »

Source: NPAS, 04-Jun-14

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