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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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New UK helicopter safety framework questioned by Norwegian unions

New UK helicopter safety framework questioned by Norwegian unions

The Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said it has no plans to duplicate the 32 safety improvements planned for Scottish offshore helicopters.  See full story

Source: BBC, 02-Jun-14

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EMS helipad planned at Fort William in Scotland

EMS helipad planned at Fort William in Scotland

THE Blar Mor development site in Fort William is to be investigated as a possible location for a permanent helipad for air ambulance helicopters.  See full story

Source: Lochaber News, 02-Jun-14

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UK military deploys BAE Systems’ Missile Warning System to Protect Troops

UK military deploys BAE Systems’ Missile Warning System to Protect Troops

The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded BAE Systems a $28 million (£16.7 million) contract for the third-generation (Gen3) configuration of its Common Missile Warning System (CMWS). This contract, which represents the first direct commercial sale of BAE Systems’ Gen3 CMWS technology, will enable the U.K. military to provide its aircrews with the latest CMWS… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 02-Jun-14

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Heli Air Scotland opens new purpose-built Heli Centre

Heli Air Scotland opens new purpose-built Heli Centre

Heli Air is pleased to announce that Heli Air Scotland will officially open its new purpose built Heli Centre with a launch party reception on June 6th 2014 at the new Eastern hangar premises at Cumbernauld Airport. At the launch event, guests will be given a tour of the premises and the opportunity to see… Read more »

Source: Heli Air, 02-Jun-14

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CAA urges UK aviation to improve noise performance and community engagement

CAA urges UK aviation to improve noise performance and community engagement

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today published a series of recommendations to help drive improvements in the way the aviation industry manages aircraft noise. More people in the UK are affected by aviation noise than any other country in Europe. With the Airports Commission currently considering proposals for increasing the UK’s aviation capacity,… Read more »

Source: CAA, 02-Jun-14

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CAA launches consultation on future GA policy in UK

CAA launches consultation on future GA policy in UK

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today launched a consultation on its future policy for General Aviation (GA) regulation. It builds on the recent GA Red Tape Challenge and the formation of the CAA’s first dedicated GA unit and will define how the CAA regulates GA on a day-to-day basis. The proposed policy seeks… Read more »

Source: CAA, 02-Jun-14

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Fourth UK training school adds Cabri to fleet

Fourth UK training school adds Cabri to fleet

British operator Elite Helicopters are this week taking delivery of the seventh G2 Cabri in the UK, and thus become the fourth training school to offer the type. Elite Helicopters is based at Goodwood and flies a range of helicopters from Robinson R22 up to AgustaWestland AW109 for both training and charter. Serial Number 1068… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-14

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KaarbonTech wins UK CAA approval for first unmanned aerial survey in London airspace

KaarbonTech wins UK CAA approval for first unmanned aerial survey in London airspace

KaarbonTech has become the first company to receive a special permission from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to fly a fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle within London airspace. The first flight, commissioned by The GeoInformation Group, took place over Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the home of the London 2012 Games. Flight plans, prepared by qualified… Read more »

Source: KaarbonTech, 30-May-14

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Glasgow EC135 – Lawyers describe Bond compensation offer “wholly inadequate”

Glasgow EC135 – Lawyers describe Bond compensation offer “wholly inadequate”

HeliHub.com editor note – The press release below from Irwin Mitchell is followed by a response from Bond Air Services, requested by the HeliHub.com team Lawyers representing families who lost loved ones in The Clutha helicopter crash six months ago have described the initial offers of compensation from the company responsible for operating the aircraft… Read more »

Source: Irwin Mitchell, 30-May-14

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New Commandant at UK’s Defence Helicopter Flying School

New Commandant at UK’s Defence Helicopter Flying School

Captain Paul Shawcross Royal Navy handed over command of the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) at RAF Shawbury this week to Colonel Julian Facer. Colonel Facer was commissioned into the Army Air Corps (AAC) in 1991 and is an experienced Apache Attack Helicopter pilot. His recently commanded 7 Training Regiment (AAC) at Middle Wallop, where… Read more »

Source: RAF, 29-May-14

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance one of first to get Euro compliance

Yorkshire Air Ambulance one of first to get Euro compliance

The emergency rapid response charity – which operates two MD902 Explorer helicopters – has revised all its operator manuals to meet new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) requirements that come into force on October 28. It now becomes just the third out of nearly 70 UK operators to be awarded a new Air Operators Certificate… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air ambulance, 28-May-14

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Five Cabri G2s To Be Displayed at The Heli UK Expo

Five Cabri G2s To Be Displayed at The Heli UK Expo

This year at the Heli UK Expo’s first launch, Cotswold Helicopter Centre will be displaying 5 Cabri G2s at the event taking place at Sywell Aerodrome from the 3-4 June 2014. Cotswold Helicopter Centre, the exclusive UK distributors for Hélicoptèrs Guimbal will have five Cabri G2 Helicopters on display at Heli UK Expo. The Cabri… Read more »

Source: Heli UK Expo, 27-May-14

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Heli Air puts first R66 on an EASA national register

Heli Air puts first R66 on an EASA national register

Heli Air has become the first Robinson dealer to complete everything required to have an R66 legally carrying a registration from an EASA country.  Their first delivered R66 – serial 0016 and flying up to now on the FAA registration N66NN – has now become G-JNNH for owners Jenny ‘n Nick Hawes (hence the “JNNH”).  HeliHub.com… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-May-14

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New Chairman at Great North Air Ambulance

New Chairman at Great North Air Ambulance

AN acclaimed businessman from the North-East has been appointed as chairman of trustees at the region’s air ambulance. Technology entrepreneur Professor Brian Jobling (on left in photo, Ed) has joined the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) in a move which both parties hope will secure the long-term future of the life-saving charity. Mr Jobling… Read more »

Source: Great North Air Ambulance, 26-May-14

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Bristow’s second AW189 ready for delivery

Bristow’s second AW189 ready for delivery

The second AW189 for delivery to Bristow Helicopters is ready for its flight from the AgustaWestland factory in Italy to the UK.  This follows its registration with UK’s Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday as G-OENA, with serial number 49007. In strict numerical terms, this example precedes the first delivery, G-OENB serial 49008 but it is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-14

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AT Aviation sponsors the Pre-owned Area at Heli UK Expo

AT Aviation sponsors the Pre-owned Area at Heli UK Expo

AT Aviation provide the GA community a location to buy and sell light aircraft with greater ease and transparency. AT Aviation will be showcasing the following aircraft in their static display stand; two B206BIII , B206LI, MD500E , H269 , R44 Raven II and an Alouette . List Your Aircraft A separate section of the… Read more »

Source: Heli UK Expo, 22-May-14

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North West Air Ambulance flies 18,000th mission

North West Air Ambulance flies 18,000th mission

Since 1999 over 18,000 emergency missions have been flown – see full story

Source: Bolton News, 21-May-14

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Heli UK Expo are pleased to welcome HQ Aviation to this year’s show!

Heli UK Expo are pleased to welcome HQ Aviation to this year’s show!

HQ Aviation are THE Robinson Helicopter Specialists with a top of the range Flight Training School, EASA Part-145 Aircraft & Component Maintenance Facility & a Robinson approved Overhaul Centre! Make sure to visit HQ Aviation Ltd at this year’s Heli Expo UK Event! Rumor has it they will be bringing at least 10 of their… Read more »

Source: Heli UK Expo, 21-May-14

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UK – Southmead Hospital Bristol tests new helipad

UK – Southmead Hospital Bristol tests new helipad

The helipad at the new Accident and Emergency Department at Southmead Hospital Bristol has had its first successful test landing. At around 2.45pm on Friday, May 16 the Great Western Air Ambulance landed at the site. Martin Warren, Logistics Manager for the Move, said: “This is a landmark moment ahead of the Accident and Emergency… Read more »

Source: North Bristol NHS Trust, 20-May-14

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Capital Air Services to introduce Europe’s first Sikorsky S76D

Capital Air Services to introduce Europe’s first Sikorsky S76D

London Oxford Airport’s resident executive helicopter charter operator Capital Air Services is preparing to mark its 20th anniversary in September with the arrival of a brand new Sikorsky S76D.  This will be the first of its type available for charter in Europe and Capital is managing this helicopter for a private owner who is moving… Read more »

Source: London Oxford Airport, 20-May-14

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Glasgow Heliport moves a mile and a half

Glasgow Heliport moves a mile and a half

Plans to move Glasgow Heliport were first aired at least four years ago as the site owners wanted to use the land for a hotel. Ever since its launch, the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre have been supportive of the heliport in one corner of its site alongside the River Clyde, so there was no… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-May-14

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UK – Great North Air Ambulance opens new base at Newcastle Airport

UK – Great North Air Ambulance opens new base at Newcastle Airport

The region’s air ambulance has opened a new base at Newcastle International Airport. The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) will now operate out of Tyne and Wear after a partnership agreement was made with the airport. GNAAS will still hold its main operational headquarters at Durham Tees Valley Airport near Darlington. It also operates… Read more »

Source: Great North Air Ambulance, 16-May-14

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UK – Helipad at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital unusuable at night

UK – Helipad at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital unusuable at night

Cornwall Air Ambulance is warning it may be unable to take critically ill patients to the region’s Major Trauma Centre in the hours of darkness unless major changes are made to the hospital’s infrastructure. The charity-funded emergency helicopter will be capable of flying in the dark from January 2015. However the charity is warning current… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 16-May-14

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UK – Durham Tees Valley Airport invests in new NPAS hangar facility

UK – Durham Tees Valley Airport invests in new NPAS hangar facility

Durham Tees Valley Airport, which has been the base for police air support operations across the area for almost 20 years, is now playing a key role in the development of the national service. The airport has invested in the construction of the new purpose-built hangar which is now the new ‘home’ for the national… Read more »

Source: Durham Tees Valley Airport, 16-May-14

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Bell puts 429 EMS Demonstrator into Europe as weight issues continue

Bell puts 429 EMS Demonstrator into Europe as weight issues continue

On May 3rd, Bell’s 429 demonstrator was shipped into their European base at Prague in the Czech Republic.  Within four days it had arrived in the UK where it has been demonstrated to Bond Air Services this week and is expected to visit other operators in the air ambulance market as well.  The helicopter is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-May-14

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Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance first to fly patient to new Bristol helipad

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance first to fly patient to new Bristol helipad

The new £3 million helideck at Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) was used for the first time on Friday 9 May by Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance just two days after its official opening. Air ambulances across the region have spent the last few weeks undergoing orientation test flights for the new helideck which is located… Read more »

Source: Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, 14-May-14

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Sloane Helicopters invites you to their stand at HeliUK Expo

Sloane Helicopters invites you to their stand at HeliUK Expo

Sloane Helicopters is delighted to announce that it will be at HeliUK Expo, at Sywell Aerodrome, 3-4 June 2014. As the UK and Ireland distributor for AgustaWestland and Robinson helicopters, Sloane will carry a wide range of aircraft on static display throughout AeroExpo UK and HeliUK Expo, as well as further aircraft at the Company’s… Read more »

Source: HeliUK Expo, 14-May-14

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EAAA Appoints New Medical Director

EAAA Appoints New Medical Director

The East Anglian Air Ambulance has appointed its first Medical Director with Mr Alastair Wilson joining to lead the clinical team, working alongside Brig. Professor Tim Hodgetts who has responsibility for Clinical Quality and Development. Mr Wilson has an impressive background in Accident and Emergency medicine and in the delivery of emergency medical care by… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 13-May-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Special Bulletin S3/2014: Agusta AW139 (G-LBAL), near Gillingham Hall, Norfolk, 13 March 2014

Source: AAIB, 11-May-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 – Bristol Royal Infirmary helideck opens

UK – Bristol Royal Infirmary helideck opens

Air ambulance providers from across the region have spent the last few weeks undergoing orientation test flight for the new helideck on the roof of the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI). The last test flight finished on Tuesday 6 May The construction of the £3 million helideck is part of a wider programme of redevelopment and… Read more »

Source: Bristol Royal Infirmary, 08-May-14

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Oil & Gas UK applauds CAA safety review announcement

Oil & Gas UK applauds CAA safety review announcement

In response to the annoucement from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today, Oil & Gas UK chief executive, Malcolm Webb, said: “The CAA consultation with industry has been highly constructive, prompting and accelerating the introduction of breakthrough lifesaving equipment over a year ahead of CAA proposed action A10 (CAP1145) – a real milestone for safety… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 08-May-14

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CAA changes timescales for offshore helicopter safety measures

CAA changes timescales for offshore helicopter safety measures

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced changes to two of its requirements aimed at improving offshore helicopter safety. It follows discussions with the oil and gas industry, helicopter operators and representatives of the offshore workforce and pilots. In February the CAA announced a series of measures to improve the safety of offshore operations…. Read more »

Source: CAA, 08-May-14

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Four weeks to UK debut of Bell 505 JetRanger X

Four weeks to UK debut of Bell 505 JetRanger X

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X mock-up to have its first UK reveal at HeliUK Expo, 2014 Heli Charter will also be exhibiting the Bell 407 and are sponsors of Heli UK Expo, 3-4 June at Sywell Aerodrome. Heli Charter, the UK Bell Independent Retailer, will be bringing the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X mock-up to… Read more »

Source: HeliUK Expo, 07-May-14

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Vector Aerospace UK showcases growing composite proposition

Vector Aerospace UK showcases growing composite proposition

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services recently hosted a customer day at its impressive Almondbank facility in Perth. The event showcased the growing capabilities offered at the site – including a new composite repair facility, completed on 4 April – all of which are set to deliver… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 06-May-14

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust Host the 5th Aeromedical Conference

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust Host the 5th Aeromedical Conference

On Wednesday 30th April 2014, over 150 delegates from across the UK joined Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) for the 5th Aeromedical Conference at the ultra-modern CEME Conference Centre in Rainham. This free event sponsored by Medical Aviation Services saw a host of nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers present a variety of topics… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 05-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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Avincis Group lease two EC135s from AgustaWestland

Avincis Group lease two EC135s from AgustaWestland

A few weeks back, two Eurocopter EC135T2+ helicopters arrived in the UK at the end of a ferry flight from Azerbaijan. Previously operated by Silk Way Helicopter Services on EMS work from January 2012, the two had been replaced by new AgustaWestland AW139s and taken by the Anglo-Italian manufacturer in part-exchange. They have now been… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-May-14

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UK – CHC take on 35 apprentice engineers – out of 400+ applicants

UK – CHC take on 35 apprentice engineers – out of 400+ applicants

The three-to-five year programme, run by CHC, will train 35 young people to become qualified engineers for North-Sea aircraft.  See full story

Source: Original FM, 01-May-14

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Union seeks to get UK offshore seminar cancelled

Union seeks to get UK offshore seminar cancelled

BBC News is reporting that the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union is seeking the cancellation of a seminar which is looking at the legal implication of the CAA’s offshore safety review.  In particular they are concerned that the event will be used to advise employers of offshore workers how to relieve them of their… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-May-14

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UK CAA launches new industry safety tools

UK CAA launches new industry safety tools

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched a series of template risk models, highlighting a number of specific safety scenarios, which airline and airport operators, air navigation service providers, maintenance organisations, ground service providers and regulators can use as part of their own safety management systems (SMS). The models will allow organisations to assess… Read more »

Source: CAA, 01-May-14

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Northrop Grumman LITEF at Heli UK Expo

Northrop Grumman LITEF at Heli UK Expo

Northrop Grumman has confirmed their participation at the Heli UK Expo during the 3-4 June 2014, at Sywell Aerodrome. Northrop Grumman LITEF GmbH (NG LITEF) is a leader in the development and manufacturing of inertial sensors – gyros and accelerometers – for navigation, reference systems and platform stabilization. Their customer base with civil and military applications covers the globe. Northrop… Read more »

Source: Heli UK Expo, 30-Apr-14

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Heli UK Expo welcomes Helicopter Club of Great Britain

Heli UK Expo welcomes Helicopter Club of Great Britain

Heli UK Expo is delighted to confirm its first Heli UK Expo Challenge Cup in partnership with Helicopter Club of Great Britain, which will take place during the Helicopter exhibition at Sywell Aerodrome, 3rd – 4th June 2014 Heli UK Expo will host an Air Challenge Qualifying Round and Finals over two days, which will… Read more »

Source: Heli UK Expo, 30-Apr-14

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Magpas joins Association of Air Ambulances

Magpas joins Association of Air Ambulances

Magpas is pleased to announce that it has joined the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA), which represents the majority of Air Ambulance operations in the UK following meeting the necessary membership criteria and agreeing to abide by the AAA’s Code of Conduct. Full, Associate or Affiliate members can access a tailor made range of benefits,… Read more »

Source: Magpas, 29-Apr-14

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Hampshire/IOW Air Ambulance appoints new chairman

Hampshire/IOW Air Ambulance appoints new chairman

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance are pleased to announce that Marcus de Ferranti has been appointed to the role of Chairman with immediate effect. With a strong aviation background that started as a Harrier pilot in the Royal Air Force, de Ferranti has had a highly successful career, both in the public and… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 28-Apr-14

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All regulatory hurdles cleared for Avincis sale to Babcock

All regulatory hurdles cleared for Avincis sale to Babcock

Babcock International Group PLC (“Babcock”), the UK’s leading engineering support services company, announced today it has received approvals from the Spanish Council of the National Markets and Competition Commission and the Portuguese Competition Authority in respect of the acquisition of the Avincis Group. All conditions to completion of such acquisition have therefore been satisfied. Completion… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 27-Apr-14

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Hampshire/IOW Air Ambulance carries out first blood transfusion

Hampshire/IOW Air Ambulance carries out first blood transfusion

On Thursday 17th April we carried out our first blood transfusion since we began carrying blood on board all flights earlier this month. The patient was taken to University Hospital Southampton following a road traffic incident in the New Forest. Using technology first utilised by the British military in Afghanistan, we are able to store… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 27-Apr-14

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Vector Aerospace UK strengthens its approach to safety management

Vector Aerospace UK strengthens its approach to safety management

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com/), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services has selected Atkins Global as a collaborative partner in producing a Safety Management System (SMS) which will enhance the support of its operating processes. “We are looking to optimise and widen our current practices to ensure that we have… Read more »

Source: Vector, 24-Apr-14

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UK Cabri fleet will be 15 by June 2015

UK Cabri fleet will be 15 by June 2015

The UK distributor for Helicopteres Guimbal – Cotswold Helicopter Centre – has told HeliHub.com in an interview this week that Cabri sales are shooting ahead. With six currently in country, they are now holding orders for another nine. The latest one of these is scheduled for delivery in June 2015. At present there are three… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Apr-14

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UK – Helicentre to Deliver University Helicopter Degree

UK – Helicentre to Deliver University Helicopter Degree

Leicester-based academy Helicentre Aviation have announced they will shortly be taking enrollments for a BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice Degree / Higher Apprenticeship* which will allow graduates to obtain the degree alongside their professional helicopter pilot’s licence. The BSc will be open to UK, EU and international students, with UK and EU students benefiting… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 22-Apr-14

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UK – Helicopter Museum Passes 100

UK – Helicopter Museum Passes 100

The Helicopter Museum at Weston-Super-Mare now has more than 100 aircraft in it’s diverse collection gathered from around the world, including a number of unique one-off helicopters and autogyros. The Museum, which celebrates it’s 25th anniversary of opening to the public this year, is planning further expansion to better display the collection. At the end… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Museum, 21-Apr-14

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UK – Marshalls sell AW109E and AS355N

UK – Marshalls sell AW109E and AS355N

Marshall Aviation Services’ aircraft brokerage business, JETability, has enjoyed a strong first quarter with a notable number of international sales transactions. Led by experienced Sales Director, Howard Povey, the business has sold three aircraft – a Cessna CJ2+, an Agusta Westland 109E Power, and an Airbus Helicopters AS355N.  Howard and the team have built up… Read more »

Source: Marshall, 21-Apr-14

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Gama Engineering wins UK Army Gazelle avionics update contract

Gama Engineering wins UK Army Gazelle avionics update contract

Gama Engineering Ltd, the Fairoaks Airport, UK based EASA Part 21J and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Design Approved Organisation Status company, has been awarded a contract to supply the design solution and major parts for a Traffic Alerting System, GPS and 8.33kHz VHF Comms upgrade to a number of Airbus Helicopters’ Gazelle helicopters for… Read more »

Source: Gama Engineering, 11-Apr-14

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Second rooftop EMS helipad goes live in London

Second rooftop EMS helipad goes live in London

Launched on Monday St George’s Hospital new helipad is the second helipad to be built in London, and the first to be built south of the river Thames The helipad cost £5m to build, with £1m being donated by the HELP charity appeal, and is expected to become fully functional following test flights. It will… Read more »

Source: St George’s Hospital, 11-Apr-14

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UK – Heli Air take over fixed-wing school and management of Booker airfield

UK – Heli Air take over fixed-wing school and management of Booker airfield

The owner of British helicopter operator Heli Air has branched out with the acquisition of Booker Aviation at Wycombe Air Park.  This brings with it both a fixed-wing training school and also the resposibility of running the airfield (probably better known as “Booker”) for its local authority owners, Wycombe District Council. Booker Aviation posted the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Apr-14

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Oil & Gas UK concerned by CAA offshore safety review

Oil & Gas UK concerned by CAA offshore safety review

Commenting, Oil & Gas UK’s health and safety director Robert Paterson said: “Oil & Gas UK is working with our members to assess the impact on safety of the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) Review. “Like the CAA, our primary focus is to create and maintain a safe environment for our industry to operate in.  If… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 10-Apr-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Eurocopter EC135 T2+, G-SPAO, Glasgow City Centre, 29 November 2013 – investigation update Agusta A109S (G-IOOZ), tail rotor strike on landing, at a private site near Withypool, Somerset, 8 December 2013

Source: AAIB, 09-Apr-14

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HIOWAA now carries blood on all flights

HIOWAA now carries blood on all flights

In keeping with our commitment to provide a path of continuous development, we are now carrying blood on board all flights. For patients with serious injuries, the most common causes of death before reaching hospital are problems with getting oxygen into the lungs or significant blood loss. Using a variety of treatments not usually available… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 09-Apr-14

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Australian Sea Kings shipped to UK for breaking up

Australian Sea Kings shipped to UK for breaking up

Shoalhaven residents had a last glimpse of 817 Squadron’s fleet of Sea King helicopters as the aircraft made their final journey from HMAS Albatross, on what was a suitably sombre, grey and rainy day. The helicopters were a familiar sight flying over the Shoalhaven for over 36 years, but may not have been immediately recognisable wrapped… Read more »

Source: RAN, 09-Apr-14

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