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Multiflight Charter awarded Platinum Rating by ARGUS International

Multiflight Charter awarded Platinum Rating by ARGUS International

Multiflight Charter is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Platinum Rating by the global leader in aviation safety, ARGUS International, Inc. The Platinum Rating is the highest level of ARGUS Ratings for commercial air charter operators representing a positive safety culture, adherence to industry best practices, and qualified and trained operations and… Read more »

Source: Multiflight, 24-Jul-12

FB Heliservices signs Albanian military training contract

FB Heliservices signs Albanian military training contract

I am delighted to announce that FB Heliservices Limited has signed a contract with Albania’s Ministry of Defence to train a team of Air Force helicopter pilots and Search and Rescue crewmen at DHFS. The contract covers the training of twelve pilots and four crewmen operators. The first course is due to commence in July… Read more »

Source: FB Heliservices, 23-Jul-12

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Bond Air Services 2012 Olympiad Challenge

Bond Air Services 2012 Olympiad Challenge

In 2011, one of our dear friends and work colleagues was undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.  It was decided that the company should undertake a fundraising challenge to support a charity of her choice;  FOCUS (Fund forOncology Centre Users and Supporters) based at Cheltenham Hospital. When the Company Librarian, Mark Lloyd-Davies suggested the Three Peaks Challenge, he initially thought… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 23-Jul-12

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2012

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2012

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Robinson R22 (G-FIRS), loss of control on approach, Lake Vyrnwy, Powys on 16 January 2012 Westland Scout AH1 (G-BXRR), tail strike on landing, near Collingtree, Northamptonshire, 24 March 2012

20-Jul-12

British Chinooks to have Selex Elsag’s HF comms systems

British Chinooks to have Selex Elsag’s HF comms systems

SELEX Elsag is to provide Boeing Defense, Space and Security with SRT- 270 High-Frequency radio communication systems to equip new CH-47 transport helicopters in the Mark (MK)-6 version, recently purchased by the British Ministry of Defense. The system will feature next-generation ALE (Automatic Link Establishment) capability, the international standard which allows rapid and reliable HF… Read more »

Source: Selex Elsag, 19-Jul-12

Eurocopter UK’s maintenance mission control center ready for Olympics

Eurocopter UK’s maintenance mission control center ready for Olympics

Eurocopter’s new Maintenance Mission Control Center in Oxford, England is setting new standards in operator support – particularly for the security agencies involved in the upcoming London Olympic Games. Located at Oxford Airport and operated by Eurocopter UK, this facility manages more than 2,000 maintenance events per year at Eurocopter bases in Oxford and Hawarden/Wales,… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 19-Jul-12

London’s Air Ambulance providing advanced care for the Olympics

London’s Air Ambulance providing advanced care for the Olympics

London’s Air Ambulance, the Charity which runs London’s helicopter emergency medical service, is proud to announce that it is the designated air ambulance for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (“the Games”). In addition to providing Major Incident and serious injury cover for London during this time, London’s Air Ambulance medical teams will provide… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 17-Jul-12

Olympic airspace restrictions begin

Olympic airspace restrictions begin

Extra airspace restrictions around London and the Southeast, designed to ensure a safe and secure London 2012 Olympic Games, began on Saturday 14th July. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and the Ministry of Defence have worked together to inform airspace users about the restrictions and how people can continue to… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 16-Jul-12

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Helicopter carrier opens to public ahead of Olympics duties

Helicopter carrier opens to public ahead of Olympics duties

The helicopter carrier HMS Ocean will berth at Greenwich this evening for her Olympics duties, and will be open to the public on Sunday, 15 July – a unique opportunity to tour the largest ship in the Royal Navy Fleet. After the training exercises earlier this year, HMS Ocean is returning to London for a… Read more »

Source: Ministry of Defence, 16-Jul-12

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854 Sqn bases Sea Kings at Northolt for Olympics

854 Sqn bases Sea Kings at Northolt for Olympics

Navy Sea Kings today flew into London as the military ring of steel for the Olympics tightened a fortnight before the Games begin. The helicopters from 854 Naval Air Squadron, normally based at Culdrose in Cornwall, will spend the next seven weeks flying from RAF Northolt in West London as part of the aerial shield… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 16-Jul-12

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RAF Pumas arrive at Territorial Army Centre for Olympics role

RAF Pumas arrive at Territorial Army Centre for Olympics role

RAF Puma helicopters have arrived at Ilford Territorial Army Centre as they prepare for a key role providing air security for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The aircraft from 33 Squadron, based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, are part of a multi-layered air security plan. These additional security measures build on the RAF’s existing air… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 16-Jul-12

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AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat delivered to UK military

AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat delivered to UK military

A ceremony was held today at the Farnborough International Airshow, in the presence of the Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, to celebrate the successful delivery to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the new AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat multi-role helicopter. The first AW159 Wildcat was accepted in April 2012 and… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 12-Jul-12

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Bristow announces long-term contracts for 20 large helicopters

Bristow announces long-term contracts for 20 large helicopters

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), a leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, announced today that it has secured several major new multi-year contracts for the provision of a total of 20 large aircraft that are expected to generate in excess of $2 billion in revenue. In Europe, Bristow has been particularly successful with a number… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 12-Jul-12

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UK – Specialist Aviation Services orders six AW169

UK – Specialist Aviation Services orders six AW169

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that Specialist Aviation Services has signed a contract today for six AW169 helicopters including firm orders and options. The contract was signed by Henk Schaeken, Group Managing Director of Specialist Aviation Services at the Farnborough International Airshow. The helicopters will amongst others be used for emergency services missions with deliveries… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Jul-12

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Helicentre Aviation is first UK operator to be CEMARS certified

Helicentre Aviation is first UK operator to be CEMARS certified

Utility surveillance specialist Helicentre Aviation Ltd. confirmed today that it has become the first UK helicopter operator to achieve the prestigious ‘CEMARS’ award. Certification, which is based on compliance with the world class ISO 14069, was carried out by Achilles using their Carbon Reduction programme. Captain Sarah Bowen, the company’s Managing Director, commented “We are… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 10-Jul-12

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Bell appoints new Independent Representative for UK

Bell appoints new Independent Representative for UK

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the appointment of Heli-Charter Ltd. as its new independent representative for the United Kingdom. “We are delighted to be working with Heli-Charter. They have a top rate facility and offer the kind of world class experience we require for our customers,” said Danny Maldonado, Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Jul-12

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The Air Ambulance Service joins in Olympic Torch festivities

The Air Ambulance Service joins in Olympic Torch festivities

Olympic fever is heightening with less than two months left until London 2012 officially gets underway. Over the next few days people across the East and West Midlands will be turning out to watch the torch being carried through the streets on its way to London, and here at The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) we’re… Read more »

Source: The Air Ambulance Service, 05-Jul-12

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Hampshire/IOW Air Ambulance celebrates 5 years with 4,500 friends

Hampshire/IOW Air Ambulance celebrates 5 years with 4,500 friends

How many people can say that over 4,500 guests attended their birthday party.  Well Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance had just that.  On Saturday 30th June 2012 we held our 5th Birthday Summer Fair at Popham Airfield, as our big birthday celebration and it was the most wonderful day.  The sun shone for… Read more »

Source: Hampshire IOW Air Ambulance, 05-Jul-12

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Devon Air Ambulance on Sky1 from 8 July for 12 weeks

Devon Air Ambulance on Sky1 from 8 July for 12 weeks

Angela Griffin returns to Sky1 and Sky1 HD with the second series of the hit action-packed documentary series “Emergency with Angela Griffin”.  This time, however, the Devon Air Ambulance service features in seven out of the twelve episodes with Angela flying alongside the crew. Over 12 busy weeks, Angela spent many shifts with the Devon… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 05-Jul-12

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Duchess opens Cornwall Air Ambulance HQ

Duchess opens Cornwall Air Ambulance HQ

The new headquarters building for Cornwall Air Ambulance was opened yesterday by the Duchess of Cornwall.  It is the first time in the UK that the fundraising and admin side of an air ambulance charity has been co-located with the operational side of the helicopter – the new hangar can hold two helicopters and is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jul-12

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Battling volunteers save the day at the Helicopter Museum

Battling volunteers save the day at the Helicopter Museum

Lee Mills, General Manager of the Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare, asking to nominate his team for an award – read this article to see why.

Source: Museums at Night, 05-Jul-12

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AW159 Wildcat delivery ceremony scheduled for Farnborough 2012

AW159 Wildcat delivery ceremony scheduled for Farnborough 2012

AgustaWestland is to hold a delivery ceremony next week at the Farnborough Air Show for the AW159 Wildcat.  The company will host the event on Wednesday 11th July from 9am in the morning. A short ceremony in the presence of Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Defence, will be followed by a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jul-12

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UK – Marines learn about AW101s from the Royal Air Force

UK – Marines learn about AW101s from the Royal Air Force

More than forty aircrew and engineers are laying the foundations for the future of the Commando Helicopter Force by getting to grips with its new aircraft – learning from the RAF. In under four years, the Merlin, not the redoubtable Sea King, will be the mainstay of global operations by the force, the wings of… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 04-Jul-12

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Dancopter EC155s commence UK-based Shell contract

Dancopter EC155s commence UK-based Shell contract

Sunday 1st July saw Dancopter commence operations out of Norwich Airport in the UK, flying for Shell.  Two EC155s were noted at the airport this morning – OY-HJA & OY-HSL. Handling work at Norwich is being provided to the Danish operator by SaxonAir Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-12

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UK R66 fleet reaches double figures

UK R66 fleet reaches double figures

The UK has for a long time been a Robinson sales stronghold, dating back to 1979 with Sloane Helicopters taking the dealership for the UK and the 18th R22 off the production line.  The UK Robinson fleet peaked in 2008 at 568 (231 R22s and 337 R44s), and even with the recession biting since, the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jun-12

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BBA Aviation ERO appoints regional manager for UK, Spain, Ireland, Portugal

BBA Aviation ERO appoints regional manager for UK, Spain, Ireland, Portugal

Lisa Cooper has been appointed Regional Sales Manager for BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO). Cooper will provide sales coverage for the United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland and Portugal. She is a 20-year veteran of H+S Aviation Ltd, a BBA Aviation ERO company. “Lisa has worked in customer service at H+S for 20 years,” commented… Read more »

Source: BBA Aviation, 28-Jun-12

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“Falklands 30 – the Conflict, the People” – Exhibition Opens 30th June

“Falklands 30 – the Conflict, the People” – Exhibition Opens 30th June

The new exhibition will display the largest collection of Falklands aircraft. It will include two Sea Harriers, the Westland Sea King which was piloted by HRH The Prince Andrew and a captured Argentinean Agusta109 helicopter which was later used by British Special Forces. Attending the exhibition opening will be Rear Admiral Chris Parry who, as… Read more »

Source: Fleet Air Arm Museum, 27-Jun-12

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CHC demotes Coastguard pilot over butcher shop stop

CHC demotes Coastguard pilot over butcher shop stop

UK Coastguard S92 captain Paul Bentley has been demoted after landing in a field on the Island of Orkney in April to pick up meat from a butchers.  Mr Bentley had been suspended by operators CHC after the incident came to light after a video was posted on YouTube.  Mobile phone footage – which has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-12

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Up to 20% landing fee reduction for single-engine helicopters at Barclays London Heliport

Up to 20% landing fee reduction for single-engine helicopters at Barclays London Heliport

A new pricing scheme to stimulate renewed interest amongst operators and owners of single-engine executive helicopters to use London’s only commercially-licensed heliport, is being announced today, 25th June, ahead of this summer’s Olympics in July.   The Reuben Brothers, who already own London Oxford Airport, purchased the heliport in Battersea four months ago.  Today, management of… Read more »

Source: London Heliport, 26-Jun-12

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Olympics – London 2012 pilot’s guide launched

Olympics – London 2012 pilot’s guide launched

A definitive pilot’s guide to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been launched today by the Airspace & Safety Initiative (ASI). The 100-page manual navigates pilots through the various security and operational airspace restrictions in place for the duration of the Games, as well as detailing the specific additional procedures to be followed… Read more »

Source: CAA, 25-Jun-12

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UK – WPD Helicopter Unit prepares for third and fourth EC135s

UK – WPD Helicopter Unit prepares for third and fourth EC135s

British powerline patrol operator WPD Helicopter Unit is expanding its EC135P1 fleet from two to four aircraft.  The third EC135 arrived Thursday 21st June at Oxford Airport for the fitment of high-intensity strobe lights by Eurocopter UK, and was still carrying it’s German registration D-HKUG, serial 0090.  It will shortly be re-registered in the UK… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-12

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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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Second Cabri G2 expected in UK next week

Second Cabri G2 expected in UK next week

Cotswold Helicopters, UK distributor for the Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter, are expecting to take delivery of the second British example of the type before the end of June – subject to the weather, which has quite frankly been appalling here in the UK for some weeks now! The helicopter is completed in an overall silver-grey… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-12

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UK – PDG Helicopters buys out capital investor

UK – PDG Helicopters buys out capital investor

Inverness-based PDG Helicopters has bought out the loan stock and shares owned by Maven Capital Partners – funded by the business and a £900,000 term loan from Clydesdale Bank. (see full story)

Source: The Herald, 22-Jun-12

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UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2012

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2012

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Robinson R44 (G-SRPH), loss of control on takeoff, Crossmaglen, Northern Ireland on 11 February 2012 Special Bulletin S2/2012, EC225 LP Super Puma (G-REDW), controlled ditching, 20 nm east of Aberdeen, 10 May 2012

Source: AAIB, 20-Jun-12

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UK – Royal Marines Aircrewman Receives The Billy Deacon Memorial Trophy

UK – Royal Marines Aircrewman Receives The Billy Deacon Memorial Trophy

Sponsored by Bristow Helicopters and Breitling UK, the Trophy has been established to further the memory of Mr Billy Deacon who was tragically lost while carrying out his duty as winchman with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Search and Rescue helicopter based at Sumburgh in the Shetland Isles in 1997. The Billy Deacon SAR Memorial… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 19-Jun-12

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Eurocopter clears Bond over EC225 ditching

Eurocopter clears Bond over EC225 ditching

In an unusual move, Eurocopter has announced that there is no blame on Bond Offshore Helicopters for the ditching of their EC225 on 10th May.  In an unpublished statement released only to the Aberdeen Press & Journal – and then widely re-reported elsewhere, Eurocopter have stated “the incident was caused by a rupture of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Jun-12

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UK – Weston Super HeliDays set for 21-22 July

UK – Weston Super HeliDays set for 21-22 July

The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare has confirmed that the 2012 Weston Super HeliDays fly-in and static helicopter display will take place over the weekend of 21st – 22nd July at the museum’s Weston Airfield Site. Already confirmed is the German Navy and participation from para-public agencies, in addition to a number of visiting civil helicopters… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 18-Jun-12

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UK – SportsDirect upgrades to a GrandNew

UK – SportsDirect upgrades to a GrandNew

The UK CAA yesterday registered a factory-new AgustaWestland AW109SP GrandNew as G-MAOL – serial 22271.  Although the registered owner is listed as “Mash Aviation Ltd”, the address matches that of sporting goods retailer SportsDirect – and owner Mike Ashley’s central company is “Mash Holdings”.  Ashley is also the owner of football’s Premiership club Newcastle United… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-12

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CHC celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

CHC celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

CHC Helicopter has pledged to donate £5,000 to Cancer Research UK to celebrate the charity’s patron Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The company made the donation on behalf of staff working at CHC’s operations in Aberdeen, North Denes and Humberside, as well as search and rescue crews in Sumburgh, Stornoway, Lee-on-Solent and Portland, on… Read more »

Source: Cancer Research UK, 15-Jun-12

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Gama Aviation adds details on retaining Scottish Air Ambulance contract

Gama Aviation adds details on retaining Scottish Air Ambulance contract

Gama Aviation Limited (Gama), part of the global Gama Group, announced today that the Scottish Ambulance Service has selected Gama to be its dedicated provider of Air Ambulance services for a further 7 years (2013 – 2020). Gama’s long association with the Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS Scotland which commenced in 1993 was today furthered… Read more »

Source: Gama Aviation, 14-Jun-12

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UK – ‘Jobs safe’ at AgustaWestland and RNAS Yeovilton after MoD budget overhaul

UK – ‘Jobs safe’ at AgustaWestland and RNAS Yeovilton after MoD budget overhaul

Vital defence jobs in the West should be secured by a massive defence equipment programme announced yesterday, local MPO David Laws has said. (see full story)

Source: Western Daily Press, 14-Jun-12

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Scottish Ambulance Service renews with Gama – and upgrades to EC145T2

Scottish Ambulance Service renews with Gama – and upgrades to EC145T2

The next generation of Scotland’s air ambulance service will operate larger helicopters with more room and equipment for enhanced clinical care, as a new contract is due to be awarded to the incumbent air operator, Gama Aviation. The contract will commence in April 2013 and run for seven years with a lifetime cost of £120… Read more »

Source: Scottish Ambulance Service, 11-Jun-12

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Prince William qualifies as an operational Royal Air Force SAR captain

Prince William qualifies as an operational Royal Air Force SAR captain

The Duke of Cambridge has qualified as an operational captain within the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force. Flight Lieutenant Wales, as he is known in the military, will now command Search and Rescue operations in RAF Sea King helicopters. Until now, Flight Lieutenant Wales has only co-piloted the aircraft. The operational captaincy check… Read more »

Source: Prince of Wales website, 07-Jun-12

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Selex Galileo wins contracts for British Chinooks and US Army Apaches

Selex Galileo wins contracts for British Chinooks and US Army Apaches

Finmeccanica has been awarded new orders for a value worth EUR 220 million through its companies Ansaldo Energia, SELEX Galileo, SELEX Elsag and Telespazio. Ansaldo Energia, through its subsidiary Ansaldo Nucleare, has signed a service contract worth EUR 104 million with Nucleoeléctrica Argentina – Sociedad Anonima (NASA). The aim of the contract is to upgrade… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 04-Jun-12

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UK pilot union comments on Shell’s rejection of Bond

UK pilot union comments on Shell’s rejection of Bond

Commenting on the decision by Shell to withdraw from a contract with Bond helicopters following three  incidents in three years, Jim McAuslan, General Secretary of the British Airline Pilots’ Association, said: ‘People are used to contracts changing; it is part of commercial life in the North Sea. What is of concern in this instance is… Read more »

Source: BALPA, 01-Jun-12

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UK Government warns EU flight time proposals may jeopardise safety

UK Government warns EU flight time proposals may jeopardise safety

Proposed EU rules on the working hours and conditions for pilots and cabin crew must be improved or safety could be at risk, says the Transport Committee in a report examining draft proposals from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to change the rules that govern how many hours a pilot can fly. Report: Flight… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 01-Jun-12

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RAF Odiham unveils Chinook gate guardian

RAF Odiham unveils Chinook gate guardian

Government defence secretary Philip Hammond  was at RAF Odiham last Thursday to meet serving RAF personnel and unveil a new ‘Gate Guardian’ – a retired Chinook helicopter which had been donated by Boeing Rotorcraft UK. (see full story) File photo Editor update – the said aircraft flew as 03-08003 in the US Army, and the… Read more »

Source: Basingstoke Observer, 01-Jun-12

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Shell abandons plans to sign contract with Bond Offshore Helicopters

Shell abandons plans to sign contract with Bond Offshore Helicopters

It is reported that the oil giant has pulled out of a deal with Bond to take over its UK flights as it did not have “sufficient assurances” of the safety of Bond’s operations. (see full story)

Source: STV, 31-May-12

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UK – Two more new AW139s for CHC

UK – Two more new AW139s for CHC

CHC Scotia Ltd yesterday registered two more new AW139s on the British Register.  Serial number 31414 as G-MGAR and 31418 as G-LOWC. This brings their UK registered fleet to eight, including the three contracted for Coastguard SAR work. Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-May-12

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Managing Director of Bond Offshore Helicopters quits

Managing Director of Bond Offshore Helicopters quits

The second part of Bond’s press release deserves a separate story… It was also announced that Bill Munro has decided to step aside as Managing Director of Bond Offshore Helicopters. Malcolm Paine, hitherto Director of Operations at the company, will assume leadership of the business with immediate effect. Paine brings an extensive knowledge of Bond… Read more »

Source: Bond Aviation Group, 28-May-12

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Bond Aviation Group appoints new CEO

Bond Aviation Group appoints new CEO

Bond issue a two-part announcement of people changes, here is part 1… The Bond Aviation Group announces the appointment of Richard Mintern to the role of Chief Executive Officer. Mintern comes with nearly 30 years’ experience leading different functions of international aviation businesses, most recently as Group COO of The Monarch Travel Group. Prior to… Read more »

Source: Bond Aviation Group, 28-May-12

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UK – Herts Air Ambulance adds new response vehicle

UK – Herts Air Ambulance adds new response vehicle

Herts Air Ambulance is being backed up with a new response vehicle thanks to the region’s emergency vehicle services and repair specialists, Essex Emergency Services 2000 Ltd in Romford, Essex. Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust Clinical Manager, Stuart Elms took delivery of the Volvo 4×4 on Friday 4th May at North Weald Airfield, home of the… Read more »

Source: Herts Air Ambulance, 28-May-12

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Midlands Air Ambulance celebrates 21 years

Midlands Air Ambulance celebrates 21 years

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is celebrating its 21stanniversary this week! Monday, May 21st marked 21 years of life saving missions for the rapid response service and the charity would like to say thank you for all the local support received over the last 21 years, ensuring the service has remained operational. The charity completed its first airlift… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 28-May-12

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UK – Ninewells Hospital helipad vandalised

UK – Ninewells Hospital helipad vandalised

The helipad is on the grass area at Maggie’s Centre near to the entrance to accident and emergency. It consists of a concrete square with a ring of recessed landing beacons, which were damaged. (see full story)

Source: STV, 28-May-12

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The Helicopter Museum gives special access to Royal helicopter

The Helicopter Museum gives special access to Royal helicopter

If you would like to savour the luxury of Her Majesty The Queen’s own helicopter, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will be available over the Bank Holiday weekend of June 2nd – 4th, when The Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare opens up its Royal Wessex helicopter to visitors.  Be sure to bring your children and your camera too…. Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 24-May-12

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Bristow ferry EC225 half way round the world

Bristow ferry EC225 half way round the world

Bristow yesterday returned a Eurocopter EC225 to the British register as G-ZZSH, having previously been flying it in Australia for two years as VH-ZFH.  However, it is unusual for such ferry flights to be done by air, as was the case here. The EC225 finally landed at Aberdeen around 2pm on Tuesday, and while we… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-12

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CHC transfers Super Puma from Angola to UK

CHC transfers Super Puma from Angola to UK

CHC have in the last 24 hours registered a AS332L2 Super Puma in the UK – serial 2398 as G-CHCY.  This aircraft had previously been operated for eight years by SonAir in Angola in full CHC colours and titles. Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-12

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Barclays London Heliport takes record bookings ahead of British Grand Prix

Barclays London Heliport takes record bookings ahead of British Grand Prix

With six weeks still to go before the 2012 British Grand Prix, The Barclays London Heliport is anticipating its busiest weekend of the year to date, having confirmed record bookings for the forthcoming Formula 1 Santander Grand Prix at Silverstone.  Bookings from City-based corporates and private individuals ahead of the July 6-8th weekend are up on… Read more »

Source: London Heliport, 23-May-12

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Specialist Aviation Services add another MD Explorer

Specialist Aviation Services add another MD Explorer

Specialist Aviation Services has added another MD Explorer to its fleet – a lease from sister company European Support Centre bvba in Belgium.  SAS’s Nigel Lemon told HeliHub.com that they see greater market opportunity for the Explorer in the UK and have thus transferred it from the Belgian register – where it was OO-EMS –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-12

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Heliflight UK Ltd leaves Patriot Aerospace Group

Heliflight UK Ltd leaves Patriot Aerospace Group

On 18th May 2012 Heliflight UK Ltd, one of Gloucestershire Airport’s longest established helicopter operators left the Patriot Aerospace Group and returned to its roots. Founder Jon Lane said ˜we’ve had an interesting couple of years as part of a larger organisation but with Patriot wanting to concentrate on its general aviation businesses at Coventry… Read more »

Source: Heliflight UK, 23-May-12

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UK CAA postpone EASA pilot licence start date

UK CAA postpone EASA pilot licence start date

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that the introduction of new EASA pilots’ licences in the UK has been delayed until 17 September 2012. The CAA said that due to the complexity of the transition to the new licence format, and changes to the associated requirements and infrastructure, the original 1 July 2012… Read more »

Source: CAA, 23-May-12

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Barclays Bank sponsor The London Heliport

Barclays Bank sponsor The London Heliport

The London Heliport, still known by many as Battersea Heliport, now has a sponsor.  Although no press release was issued, a hint was given in the footer of another press release that Barclays Bank have been the title sponsor of the Heliport from earlier this month. HeliHub.com will aim to get more information on this… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-12

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Norwegian Police lease second EC135

Norwegian Police lease second EC135

Up to now, Norway has had a single police helicopter – a1 Eurocopter EC135T2 based at Oslo-Gardermoen Airport (ENGM) and operated by Pegasus Helicopter.  They have operated it since April 2004.  A second helicopter was promised and funded after last July’s terrorist attacks, and back in January, we reported that there was a delay in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-12

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UK – Nobody has applied for Helicentre Aviation pilot scholarships so far

UK – Nobody has applied for Helicentre Aviation pilot scholarships so far

In February this year Helicentre Aviation announced the launch of two Professional Helicopter Pilot Scholarships – unbelievably not a single application has so far been received with just over ten months remaining until the March 2013 deadline! The two scholarships have been designed to offer graduates of Helicentre’s PPL(H) and CPL(H) courses the chance to… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 22-May-12

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UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2012

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2012

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- MD900 Explorer (G-CEMS), landing gear failure at Leeds Bradford Airport on 29 July 2011 Robinson R22 Beta (G-BXUC), loss of control after landing at Gloucester Airport on 22 September 2011 Robinson R44 II, Raven II (G-ROTG),… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 20-May-12

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Royal Aeronautical Society Rotary Wing conference approaches

Royal Aeronautical Society Rotary Wing conference approaches

Rotary Wing Mission Training Rehearsal & the Role of Flight Simulation London / 29-31 May 2012 Register to attend  Discounts available for Air Ambulances, HEMS and SAR providers - Contact the Conference Office for further details In light of a number of recent accidents and incidents involving civil and military helicopters, this timely Conference will evaluate the role… Read more »

Source: Royal Aeronautical Society, 17-May-12

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Bristow adds new helicopter type to North Sea fleet

Bristow adds new helicopter type to North Sea fleet

Bristow has registered their first AW139 in the UK.  Now officially G-CHBY, the AW139 was ferried from Denmark to Norwich as OY-HLB on 3rd May.  It is expected to operate on rig shuttle flights in the Southern North Sea very soon, and we are endeavouring to find out who it is contracted to. The UK… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-May-12

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UK – Virage Helicopter Academy set up by ex-Sterling instructor

UK – Virage Helicopter Academy set up by ex-Sterling instructor

Virage Helicopter Academy was set up by David Pierssene and Tim Kingsley with the backing of businessman Tim Gallup, who agreed to fund and become the owner of the venture. (see full story)

Source: EADT 24, 17-May-12

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Black Cats ready for Diamond Jubilee display season

Black Cats ready for Diamond Jubilee display season

Validation’s what you need… if you want to be the best Naval helicopter display team in the land. The head of the Fleet Arm Arm watches the Black Cats put on their final practice display before he gives the seal of approval to their 2012 season. Rear Admiral Tom Cunningham, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 17-May-12

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UK – Suspended licences await pilots infringing Olympic zone

UK – Suspended licences await pilots infringing Olympic zone

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today confirmed the enforcement policy that will be in place to deal with infringements of this summer’s Olympics security airspace restrictions. The existing CAA policy of not generally pursuing a prosecution in cases when an airspace infringement is inadvertent, and the pilot has taken all reasonable steps to resolve… Read more »

Source: CAA, 16-May-12

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YAA paramedics to take on Guinness World Record challenge

YAA paramedics to take on Guinness World  Record challenge

Seven of the YAA Paramedics, who will be joined by nine more colleagues from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust and friends and family, will attempt to break the ‘Longest marathon playing five-a-side football record’.  The current record stands at 40 hours, however the team are determined to break this record by aiming for at… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 16-May-12

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Bond AS332s and EC225s take to the air again

Bond AS332s and EC225s take to the air again

Bond Offshore Helicopters Ltd., one of the UK’s leading providers of energy support services announced the resumption of flights following the release of important data from Eurocopter. The full fleet of helicopters will return to service over the next 24 hrs. Bill Munro, Managing Director of Bond Offshore Helicopters said, “Bond puts safety first, above… Read more »

Source: Bond Aviation Group, 15-May-12

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Helicopter Safety Steering Group meets over North Sea EC225 ditching

Helicopter Safety Steering Group meets over North Sea EC225 ditching

The Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) met today, Monday 14 May, to share preliminary information on the recent helicopter ditching incident in the North Sea. Making up the HSSG are helicopter operators, oil and gas operators and contractors, offshore trade unions, the pilots’ union BALPA, the regulators HSE and CAA and Oil & Gas UK…. Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 15-May-12

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Bond EC225 ditching – AAIB report consistent with Bond analysis

Bond EC225 ditching – AAIB report consistent with Bond analysis

Bond Offshore Helicopters Ltd., one of the UK’s leading providers of energy support services concur with the initial findings of the AAIB interim Service Bulletin S2/2012 issued which indicates component failure. The bulletin states that, “An initial visual inspection of the main gearbox has identified a 360° circumferential crack on the bevel gear vertical shaft,… Read more »

Source: Bond Aviation Group, 15-May-12

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