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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

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

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

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

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

PDG Helicopters adds Cinedeck RX solid state recorder

PDG Helicopters adds Cinedeck RX solid state recorder

Leading on-shore helicopter operator PDG Helicopters has become the first company in the UK to use a Cinedeck RX dual channel, solid-state recorder to deliver high quality digital aerial filming to clients in film, TV broadcast, commercials and corporate production. Based in Scotland, PDG Helicopters has over 40 years of knowledge in helicopter charter, a… Read more »

Source: Oxygen DCT, 15-May-12

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance paramedic receives award

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance paramedic receives award

ESSEX & Herts Air Ambulance Trust Critical Care Paramedic Laurie Phillipson was surprised this morning live on ITV’s Daybreak by Dr Hilary who presented him with a Health Heroes Award. (see full story)

Source: Saffron Walden Reporter, 14-May-12

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Eurocopter UK showcases EC120

Eurocopter UK showcases EC120

UK private operators and owners of light single-engine helicopters are to explore the advantages of Eurocopter’s EC120 during the company’s Discovery Weekend event, to be held at the Oxford Airport facilities of its Eurocopter UK affiliate on May 12. Attendees at the gathering will be given a first-hand look at the EC120 B Colibri in… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 14-May-12

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UK – CAA eases night flying restrictions

UK – CAA eases night flying restrictions

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today announced a change to night flying regulations which will allow aircraft to operate under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) in the hours of darkness. Currently, all civil aircraft flying at night in the UK must comply with Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) but, from the 8 June 2012, this… Read more »

Source: CAA, 13-May-12

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Bond Air Services issues notice regarding its EC135 grounding

Bond Air Services issues notice regarding its EC135 grounding

Bond Air Services, the UK’s largest independent emergency and mission critical helicopter operator providing air ambulance helicopter services, police and marine support to offshore wind farms and lighthouses, will resume flight operations of the EC 135 fleet at 07:00 on 9th May. Bond Air Services took the decision to suspend all flight operations for the… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 10-May-12

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Some UK and Spanish EC135s grounded temporarily

Some UK and Spanish EC135s grounded temporarily

Four weeks ago, Eurocopter issued an AD regarding the main rotor hub of the EC135 after a crack was found.  This was an “ordinary AD” as far as those of us in the industry are concerned, and there was a schedule of actions which need to be taken by operators just like there normally is…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-May-12

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UK – First live fire tests of Hellfire from Apache

UK – First live fire tests of Hellfire from Apache

For the first time the tank-busting Hellfire missile has been fired in the UK as HMS Illustrious and the Army Air Corps let rip off the Scottish coast during the biggest military exercise of the year. Two Apache helicopters from 656 Squadron Army Air Corps fired one Hellfire missile each at a training target that… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 08-May-12

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UK – Olympic partnership for London Heliport and Oxford Airport

UK – Olympic partnership for London Heliport and Oxford Airport

London Oxford Airport and the London Heliport, now under single ownership*, are exhibiting together at EBACE in Geneva during May 13-16 (Stand No 1653) to highlight the synergies and ease of travel to interlining jet operators, especially during the London Olympics this summer.  They will also be incentivised with discounts for the interlining jets, says Business Development… Read more »

Source: London Heliport, 03-May-12

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Famous Lynx retires to Fleet Air Arm Museum

Famous Lynx retires to Fleet Air Arm Museum

Lynx XZ720 shot up or sank five Iraqi warships in three days in January 1991 – and also came through machine-gun fire in the Falklands. The five tallies painted on the cabin door show that this Lynx has seen some action. It is, for this is one of the most battle-hardened helicopters in recent Royal… Read more »

03-May-12

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UK CAA publishes new pilot licensing guidance

UK CAA publishes new pilot licensing guidance

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today published comprehensive information on the latest flight crew licensing requirements for UK licensed pilots. The new document, CAP 804, notifies the requirements for UK national licences and provides a complete guide to the new EASA licensing regulations. The full publication is available for download from the Publications… Read more »

Source: CAA, 02-May-12

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London’s Air Ambulance trialling brain-cooling device

London’s Air Ambulance trialling brain-cooling device

London’s Air Ambulance, the Charity which runs London’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, has become the first in the UK to trial a novel device for directly cooling the brain using evaporative, nasal spray technology, the RhinoChill® IntraNasal Cooling System in pre-hospital cardiac arrest patients.  London’s Air Ambulance will conduct this study on its Physician Response… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 02-May-12

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AgustaWestland adapts house colours for Olympics

AgustaWestland adapts house colours for Olympics

Last Friday, HeliHub.com broke the story that AgustaWestland have brought a demonstrator AW139 to the UK for the London Olympics.  Courtesy of Nigel Hitchman, we have now caught up with the colour scheme of this aircraft – a blend of the standard Finmeccanica grey/red starburst with three extra blue and one extra red stripe to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-May-12

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UK – Improved helicopter facilities open at HMS Raleigh

UK – Improved helicopter facilities open at HMS Raleigh

The Torpoint base stepped in when Plymouth Airport closed and now serves as a ‘lily pad’  for helicopters working for the Flag Officer Sea Training. In their distinctive blue livery, two Dauphin helicopters which serve the RN’s premier training organisation are parked on new landing pads at HMS Raleigh. This is the new and improved… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 01-May-12

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HELP Appeal provides grants for UK EMS helipads

HELP Appeal provides grants for UK EMS helipads

After the successful funding and completion of two hospital emergency landing pads – one onsite at Southampton General Hospital and the other at Oswestry Spinal Injuries hospital – the HELP Appeal is now looking for further helipad projects at key A&E hospitals across the country. The HELP Appeal, established by the County Air Ambulance Trust, provides non-repayable grants to hospitals… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 01-May-12

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New UK/Ireland agreement for recreational flyers

New UK/Ireland agreement for recreational flyers

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today announced that following, agreement with the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), pilots of UK-registered amateur-built aircraft, and other listed types flying to the Republic of Ireland, can now do so for up to 28 days through a general exemption. Previously pilots were required to make individual applications to… Read more »

Source: CAA, 30-Apr-12

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Cobham CFO to stand down

Cobham CFO to stand down

Warren Tucker, who has served as Chief Financial Officer (‘CFO’) of Cobham plc (‘Cobham’) since May 2003, had previously discussed with the Cobham Board long term planning with regard to tenure on the Board. Following Andy Stevens’ retirement for medical reasons and at the Board’s request a final decision was delayed to allow for the… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 30-Apr-12

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AgustaWestland bring AW139 to UK for London Olympics

AgustaWestland bring AW139 to UK for London Olympics

AgustaWestland have brought one of their AW139 demonstrator aircraft from Italy to the UK for the London Olympics, which start with the opening ceremony on Friday 27th July this year.  Arriving as I-AWRH, the helicopter has now been re-registered as G-OLYM – an obvious give-away that it is here for the Games.  HeliHub.com will report… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Apr-12

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The Jet Business expands to include helicopters

The Jet Business expands to include helicopters

The Jet Business founder Steve Varsano and his marketing team travel to Geneva for Europe’s premier business aviation show, EBACE, during 13-16th May to highlight their new added proposition – helicopters.  Hard on the heels of its successful opening of the world’s first showroom for business jets, which has seen hundreds of visitors welcomed through its doors, the… Read more »

Source: The Jet Business, 27-Apr-12

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Bond renews Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance contract for five years

Bond renews Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance contract for five years

Bond Air Services has been awarded a new, five-year contract, worth £8 million, by air ambulance charity, Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. The contract will see Bond continue to provide a complete helicopter support service, including aircraft, crew and maintenance support until 2017. Bond has been providing the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service for the Air… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 27-Apr-12

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Bond Aviation Group suffers PR failure with new website

Bond Aviation Group suffers PR failure with new website

Bond Aviation Group has merged separate websites for each of its onshore and offshore operations into one Group website.  Gone are www.BondOffshoreHelicopters.com and www.BondAirServices.com – both replaced by www.BondAviationGroup.com While the intent to merge two websites into one is understandable, and the willingness to expand on the predecessor sites with a new “Media” section, the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Apr-12

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UK – Avon and Somerset Police EC135 to remain at Filton under NPAS

UK – Avon and Somerset Police EC135 to remain at Filton under NPAS

Avon and Somerset Police can confirm that a police helicopter will continue to be based at Filton airfield when the new National Police Air Service is launched. In October 2012 the National Police Air Service will begin adopting responsibility for police air operations from individual forces to the new service. In July 2013 Avon and… Read more »

Source: Avon and Somerset Police, 24-Apr-12

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UK – 845 Naval Air Squadron celebrates 50 years

UK – 845 Naval Air Squadron celebrates 50 years

The celebrations were held on 17th April to tie in with the RNAS Yeovilton Air Day launch, which in turn will commemorate 30 years since the Falklands Conflict. After being welcomed by Commander (Cdr) James Newton DFC, 845’s current Commanding Officer, the guests received an insight into what the squadron has been up to in… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 24-Apr-12

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Multiflight renews Air Total fuel contract

Multiflight renews Air Total fuel contract

Multiflight has re-signed with fuel supplier AIR TOTAL for another three years. The renewed three-year fuel supply agreement is for the supply of Avgas and Avtur fuel at Multiflight’s private aviation facility at Leeds Bradford International Airport, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK. Multiflight owns and operates a 180,000 litre Avtur/JetA1 fuel farm, along with Avtur Fuel… Read more »

Source: Multiflight, 23-Apr-12

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UK – Wiltshire Air Ambulance adds medical director

UK – Wiltshire Air Ambulance adds medical director

Wiltshire Air Ambulance charity has secured the services of Dr Rod Mackenzie as its medical director.  Dr Mackenzie is a consultant in emergency medicine and pre-hospital emergency medicine at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. His role with Wiltshire Air Ambulance is unpaid. (see full story)

Source: Swindon Advertiser, 21-Apr-12

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CHC SAR pilot suspended for landing to buy steak

CHC SAR pilot suspended for landing to buy steak

Mobile phone footage on YouTube, since removed from the site, showed two crewmen collecting a bag of beef from several butchers who were there to see the landing.  CHC has launched an inquiry and confirmed that the pilot had been suspended. (see video and story)

Source: Daily Telegraph, 21-Apr-12

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London’s Air Ambulance launches interactive mission map

London’s Air Ambulance launches interactive mission map

We have now launched an Interactive Mission Map on our website.  Each postcode area will show a breakdown of missions that London’s Air Ambulance has attended in that vicinity since 1st January 2012. We attend over 2,000 missions in the Capital per year, only tending to those patients who are critically injured and in whom every minute counts. … Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 20-Apr-12

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UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2012

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2012

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- AS332L2 Super Puma (G-PUMS), Automatic Flight Control System disconnect on 29 July 2011 near Aberdeen. AS365N3 Dauphin II (G-REDG), engine fire at Norwich Airport, 18 April 2011

Source: AAIB, 20-Apr-12

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UK – National Director appointed to Association of Air Ambulances

UK – National Director appointed to Association of Air Ambulances

The National Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Clive Dickin as its new National Director. Previously Mr Dickin, 38, led two national organisations from the built environment, helping to improve performance as well as working closely with the Health and Safety Executive to launch the “Gas Safe Register”, the… Read more »

Source: Association of Air Ambulances, 19-Apr-12

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London’s Air Ambulance has 13 runners in the London Marathon

London’s Air Ambulance has 13 runners in the London Marathon

On Sunday 22nd April, London’s Air Ambulance will have 13 supporters running the Virgin London Marathon in aid of the Charity. Out of hundreds of applicants, three runners were selected for our official places in the marathon, each aiming to raise £2012.There are an additional ten runners that have secured their own place who will be donating… Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 18-Apr-12

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UK – Patriot Aerospace buys Veritair Aviation

UK – Patriot Aerospace buys Veritair Aviation

Patriot Aerospace has announced the acquisition of Cardiff-based commercial helicopter charter specialist Veritair Aviation. The deal, which underlines Patriot’s determination to form a credible UK alternative to the foreign owned companies currently dominating the commercial helicopter sector, sees Sir Peter Rigby’s aviation group acquire a significant majority share in the Cardiff Heliport operator. Enabling Patriot’s expansion to incorporate police… Read more »

Source: Patriot Aerospace, 18-Apr-12

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Specialist Aviation celebrates 100,000 MD Explorer hours

Specialist Aviation celebrates 100,000 MD Explorer hours

Specialist Aviation Services (SAS), the UK based emergency services and utility operator, is celebrating this week having achieved 100,000 flying hours with the MD 902 Explorer. The group is the largest operator of MD902 Explorers in the world and first introduced the type into the UK in 1998 as a dual-roled Police and Air Ambulance… Read more »

Source: Specialist Aviation Services, 18-Apr-12

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UK – Two MPs call for helipad at Addenbrooke’s Hospital

UK – Two MPs call for helipad at Addenbrooke’s Hospital

Along with fellow Suffolk MP Dan Poulter, Peter Aldous has presented a letter on the future of the East Anglian Air Ambulance to the Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Andrew Lansley. Peter has written to the Health Secretary in a letter signed by most East Anglian MPs to raise his concerns about… Read more »

Source: Peter Aldous MP, 18-Apr-12

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Spain’s Traffic Police sell two AS355Ns

Spain’s Traffic Police sell two AS355Ns

Trafico – the Spainish Traffic Police – have sold a pair of Eurocopter AS355N helicopters.  The 1998 and 1999 manufactured airframes were purchased by DMG Heli Sales in the UK and have 3700 and 4400 hours on the airframes.  Both are being offered for immediate resale. See also http://www.DMGHeliSales.co.uk Copyright photo reproduced with permission of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Apr-12

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UK – Helipad approved for St Mary’s Hospital on Isle of Wight

UK – Helipad approved for St Mary’s Hospital on Isle of Wight

The new Isle of Wight NHS Trust has welcomed the approval of planning permission for a helipad at St. Mary’s Hospital, Newport. This will enable patients with life threatening injuries to be flown from the Trauma Unit at St. Mary’s to the Trauma Centre at University Hospital Southampton. St. Mary’s Hospital is now part of… Read more »

Source: Isle of Wight NHS Trust, 16-Apr-12

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UK – Funding approved for Gloucestershire Royal Hospital helipad

UK – Funding approved for Gloucestershire Royal Hospital helipad

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will pay £70,000 towards the work which will be matched by the County Air Ambulance Trust. See full story

Source: Gloucestershire Echo, 16-Apr-12

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South Yorkshire Police Authority accepts helicopter collaboration plan

South Yorkshire Police Authority accepts helicopter collaboration plan

South Yorkshire Police Authority has reached agreement with the National Police Air Service (NPAS) to retain a helicopter based in Sheffield. The Authority had raised concerns that the initial NPAS proposals, announced last year, did not provide sufficient cover for South Yorkshire. Following negotiations with NPAS, the Authority has agreed in principle to join the… Read more »

Source: South Yorkshire Police Authority, 16-Apr-12

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British Gazelle pilot sparks anti-terrorist alert

British Gazelle pilot sparks anti-terrorist alert

A badly reported story in the UK on Saturday needs clearing up!  According to the Ministry of Defence, “two QRA Typhoons were scrambled from RAF Coningsby when a small civilian aircraft was transmitting inadvertently on an emergency frequency and was out of radio communication with Air Traffic Control.  Authorisation was given for one of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Apr-12

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UK: 1,000 Missions Flown for Herts Air Ambulance

UK: 1,000 Missions Flown for Herts Air Ambulance

More lives are being saved in Hertfordshire thanks to the Herts Air Ambulance (HAA). Since its launch in November 2008 this vital Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) has flown over 1,000 life-saving missions.   The landmark call-out was on Thursday 12th April where the aircraft was despatched to provide critical care to a patient in cardiac… Read more »

Source: Herts Air Ambulance, 15-Apr-12

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Warwickshire & Northants Air Ambulance look for new HQ

Warwickshire & Northants Air Ambulance look for new HQ

Due to introduce a nationwide Children’s Air Ambulance, the charity need a new 20,000 sq ft base including hangar space for its helicopters. (see full story)

Source: Stratford Herald, 13-Apr-12

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UK CAA launch self-assessment test for laser dazzled pilots

UK CAA launch self-assessment test for laser dazzled pilots

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has developed a self-assessment tool for flight crew, to determine the likelihood of pilots having sustained eye damage following a laser attack on their aircraft. Over recent years, the deliberate targeting of aeroplanes and helicopters in flight with lasers by individuals on the ground has become a major global… Read more »

Source: CAA, 11-Apr-12

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Helicopter Museum to hold 30th Anniversary Falklands Weekend

Helicopter Museum to hold 30th Anniversary Falklands Weekend

An extra special Falkland’s Conflict commemorative event is to take place at The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare on 19th and 20th May as part of the national ‘Museums at Night 2012’ campaign. Visitors to the museum will be able to meet the ‘troops’ at a living history encampment and military vehicle display on site before the… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 10-Apr-12

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance host 3rd Aeromedical Case Study Conference

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance host 3rd Aeromedical Case Study Conference

On Wednesday 28th March 2012, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) hosted the third Aeromedical Case Study Conference at Ford Dunton, near Basildon, the largest automotive technical centre in the UK, which houses the main design team of Ford of Europe. This year’s conference was titled ‘The Human Contribution to HEMS Patient Safety’ and… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 09-Apr-12

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Two UK EMS charities work together to extend hours

Two UK EMS charities work together to extend hours

People living and working in the East of England will again benefit from a unique partnership between the region’s two Air Ambulance Charities this summer. Under the agreement, trialled successfully in 2011, the Charities will collaborate with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) to extend their service to cover the longer summer… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 30-Mar-12

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Gama completes acquisition of Ronaldson Airmotive

Gama completes acquisition of Ronaldson Airmotive

Gama Group, the global business aviation and services company, today announced the acquisition of Ronaldson Airmotive Ltd, the Oxford based engine and components overhaul organisation. Ronaldson Airmotive further strengthens the range of aerospace engineering capabilities available through the Gama engineering group of businesses. Ronaldson joins both Gama Engineering Ltd and Gama Support Services Ltd in… Read more »

Source: Gama Engineering, 29-Mar-12

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UK – New Chairman at Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

UK – New Chairman at Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance announced the appointment of Simon Michell (pictured) and Roger Morgan as Chairman and Vice-Chairman to the Board of Trustees earlier today. The duo took over the reins from former Chairman, Terri Gill and Vice-Chairman Colin Harrisson. Simon has been on the board of trustees since 2006 and Roger since 2009…. Read more »

Source: D&S Air Ambulance, 28-Mar-12

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First UK pilot goes solo on Guimbal Cabri

First UK pilot goes solo on Guimbal Cabri

Cotswold Helicopter Centre, the UK distributor for the Guimbal Cabri, has achieved the milestone of the first UK student pilot to solo on the French two-seat helicopter.  On Friday 23rd March, Craig Davies – a company director aged 48 – made history in the Cabri G2 G-UIMB, achieving his solo after the legal minimum of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Mar-12

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London Stock Exchange opened by London’s Air Ambulance

London Stock Exchange opened by London’s Air Ambulance

London’s Air Ambulance opened London trading in the London Stock Exchange’s Market Open Ceremony on 23rd March 2012.  To mark this special occasion, London’s Air Ambulance invited ex patient, four year old Liam, to open the market together with the doctor and paramedic who helped save his life. London’s Air Ambulance has been the London Stock Exchange… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 26-Mar-12

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Multiflight helicopter operation continues to expand

Multiflight helicopter operation continues to expand

Multiflight continues to expand its helicopter operation and now operates five Dauphin helicopters and employs 12 helicopter pilots. “Our helicopter operation is going from strength to strength and we have firmly established our reputation for providing a comprehensive range of first class helicopter services to clients in the UK and internationally,” said Steve Borrowdale, Multiflight’s… Read more »

Source: Multiflight, 26-Mar-12

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UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2012

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2012

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Agusta A109C (N109TK), emergency landing after bird strike near Kew Bridge, London, 5 July 2011 Guimbal Cabri G2 (G-UIMB), heavy landing, Cotswold Airport (Kemble), 26 October 2011

Source: AAIB, 20-Mar-12

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BEP Systems helps Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance with Data Protection Compliance

BEP Systems helps Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance with Data Protection Compliance

BEP Systems have recently completed a Data Protection Audit for KSSAA to assist with their compliance to the Data Protection Act. Raising £5 million a year to keep their life saving ambulances flying is a full time occupation for the staff at the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance (KSSAA), so they don’t really have time to… Read more »

Source: BEP Systems, 19-Mar-12

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UK – New helicopter company at Shoreham

UK – New helicopter company at Shoreham

Advance Helicopters (www.advancehelicopters.com) is now approved and operating at Shoreham Airport, near Brighton. The new venture has been set up by James Morrey and Spencer Phillips, with aviation’s highly regarded Ian MacGregor, acting as a consultant and examiner for the new company. All three previously worked at FAST Helicopters, whose sudden demise, through no fault… Read more »

Source: Shoreham Airport, 18-Mar-12

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Eurocopter renews certification of EC225 full-flight simulator in Scotland

Eurocopter renews certification of EC225 full-flight simulator in Scotland

The latest full-flight simulator in Eurocopter’s growing global training network has marked two key achievements as the Aberdeen, Scotland-based EC225 device accumulates more than 2,000 flight hours and passes the government-mandated recurrent evaluation that enables its use into 2013. This full-flight simulator – located at Eurocopter’s North Sea Service Center – provides high-fidelity training opportunities… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 16-Mar-12

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UK helicopter fleet trains in “Pashtun Jaguar” exercise

UK helicopter fleet trains in “Pashtun Jaguar” exercise

Seventeen aircraft from the UK’s Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) are taking part in a major pre-deployment exercise on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, providing support for British land forces due to begin operations in Afghanistan during April. (see full story)

Source: Flightglobal, 14-Mar-12

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Heliair new base at Fairoaks launched

Heliair new base at Fairoaks launched

Saturday 10th March saw Heliair launch their new base at Fairoaks, Surrey on the south west outskirts of London.  A popular airfield with an 800m hard runway, Fairoaks has long been known for training and charter work on both fixed and rotary wing, and is currently going through an evolution after the failure of Longmint… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Mar-12

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Elite pilots eager to fly in Cabri helicopter

Elite pilots eager to fly in Cabri helicopter

British Guimbal dealer, Cotswold Helicopter Centre, are taking their Cabri G2 to Goodwood this Saturday at an event hosted by operator Elite Helicopters.  At least 15 pilots, perhaps as many as 20, are expecting to have a flight in the Guimbal Cabri in the first such event in the UK.  Cotswold are expecting to repeat… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Mar-12

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Aero-Heli aims to land new business outside Northern Ireland

Aero-Heli aims to land new business outside Northern Ireland

Invest Northern Ireland Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton has announced that Mid-Ulster-based Aero-Heli is being assisted to expand business in the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain. Speaking during a visit to the company, Hamilton said: “Our support is geared to the promotion of this entrepreneurial company in its two target markets by means of activities… Read more »

Source: Invest NI, 08-Mar-12

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UK’s first air ambulance to carry Blood on Board

UK’s first air ambulance to carry Blood on Board

Today, London’s Air Ambulance, will make history as the first air ambulance in the UK to carry blood on board its aircraft and cars. Every day in London, victims of major trauma are attended by London’s Air Ambulance. Many of these patients are suffering from catastrophic bleeding. Some die at the scene from blood loss… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 06-Mar-12

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Bond Offshore Helicopters take on third AW139

Bond Offshore Helicopters take on third AW139

Bond Offshore Helicopters have now registered their third AgustaWestland AW139 with the UK Civil Aviation Authority.  G-PERD will join the first pair G-PERA and G-PERB which were acquired in March and May of 2011.  The alphabetic sequence was broken due to G-PERC being currently allocated to a Cameron hot air balloon, and the UK CAA… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Mar-12

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Sloane Helicopters deliver another R66

Sloane Helicopters deliver another R66

Sloane Helicopters are on the point of delivering another R66 to a UK customer, with last test flights being carried out last Friday, 2nd March.  The helicopter will be based at Gloucestershire  Airport in the west of England. This delivery marks the seventh R66 in the UK, with an eighth due soon via the Robinson… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Mar-12

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UK – Starspeed moves base from Blackbushe to Fairoaks

UK – Starspeed moves base from Blackbushe to Fairoaks

British operator Starspeed is moving its base from Blackbushe to Fairoaks, nearly 15 miles closer to central London.  The company only offers twin-engined helicopters, and apart from a single Sikorsky S76C++ flies a fleet of around ten Eurocopters which it manages on behalf of their owners.  Some of these allow the company to charter them… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Mar-12

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UK – National Maritime Museum Cornwall takes delivery of Sea King

UK – National Maritime Museum Cornwall takes delivery of Sea King

National Maritime Museum Cornwall has just installed its biggest object to date as part of the forthcoming blockbuster Search & Rescue exhibition – a 70ft long, 16ft high, 6 tonne Sea King helicopter which had just 1½ inches of clearance through the Museum’s doors. National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s new Search & Rescue exhibition is just… Read more »

Source: National Maritime Museum, 28-Feb-12

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Cabri returns to UK and prepares for sales tour

Cabri returns to UK and prepares for sales tour

The Guimbal Cabri G2 first arrived in the UK just before Helitech, and generated a lot of attention.  Designer Bruno Guimbal flew in from France for the event, and the aircraft was presented by exclusive UK distributor Cotswold Helicopter Centre.  The Cabri is receiving increased interest from various countries, and the manufacturer has in recent… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Feb-12

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UK: New helipad opens at Tunbridge Wells Hospital

UK: New helipad opens at Tunbridge Wells Hospital

Just steps away from the hospital’s Accident and Emergency department, it will knock vital minutes off the journey time for ill or injured patients being flown in for treatment. (see full story)

Source: Kent and Sussex Courier, 27-Feb-12

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UK pilot achieves 10,000 Robinson R22 hours and counting

UK pilot achieves 10,000 Robinson R22 hours and counting

Congratulations to Captain Geoff Day who cracked open the bubbly on reaching his 10,000th hour in the R22 today! 10,000 hours is an incredible number of flight hours to achieve, but we’re not talking total time, his grand total is now around 23,000 hours on helicopters! The flight took place this afternoon – an instructional… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 27-Feb-12

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UK MoD report 2011 military SAR statistics

UK MoD report 2011 military SAR statistics

HMS Gannet was the UK’s busiest Search and Rescue unit of 2011, while RAF Valley saved the most number of people, new government statistics show. During the past 12 months, the data from the Defence Analytical Services Agency shows that the personnel at HMS Gannet in Prestwick, Ayrshire, have responded to 298 call-outs, rescuing 240… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 26-Feb-12

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UK – Heli Air add new base at Fairoaks

UK – Heli Air add new base at Fairoaks

Fairoaks Airport is ideally located close to London and has a great reputation as one of the leading airfields for professional training for both civilian and military pilots. Fairoaks is in the enviable position of being a very friendly GA airfield with excellent facilities for helicopter flying and social events. Gary Savage is one of… Read more »

Source: Heli Air, 24-Feb-12

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Heli Air achieves IS-BAO (H) registration

Heli Air achieves IS-BAO (H) registration

The British Helicopter Association has announced that one of its Members, Heli Air, has achieved IS-BAO registration. This is a world first for registration under the industry’s amended safety standard that now facilitates implementation by both fixed and rotary wing operations. Whilst specialising in the operation of smaller aircraft, Heli Air operates a fleet of… Read more »

Source: BHA, 24-Feb-12

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UK – North West Air Support gets confused by Twitter

UK – North West Air Support gets confused by Twitter

North West Air Support group prepares for the impending NPAS National Police Air Service with a new Twitter account @NWCopter – complete with photo of Greater Manchester Police’s MD902, 159 followers, but no tweets yet.  We also notice similarly named accounts @GMCopter for the Greater Manchester Police- one test tweet 29th July 2011 @LancsCopter for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Feb-12

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London Heliport acquired by aviation investors, not developers

London Heliport acquired by aviation investors, not developers

Ed…  Just when we sincerely hoped developers would not buy the site, while the new owners do indulge in property development, they have a significant financial commitment in the business aviation market, including London Oxford Airport and various other interests Reuben Brothers today announced the acquisition from Andrew Davis of the London Heliport in Battersea…. Read more »

Source: Reuben Brothers, 23-Feb-12

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