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UK: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance to upgrade from Bo105 to EC135

UK: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance to upgrade from Bo105 to EC135

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has been flying and saving lives for just under three years. In that time it has made huge strides to provide the very best service possible to the people of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.  The Trustees are delighted to announce that, from September this year,… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 29-Apr-10

UK: Patriot Aerospace buy Coventry Airport

UK: Patriot Aerospace buy Coventry Airport

The strategic acquisition will create a vibrant, commercial regional hub for General Aviation, including leisure, business and freight; with passenger flights amongst possible future plans, alongside creating more jobs.It dovetails with the Group’s extensive national flight training, charter, sales and engineering operations. The deal firmly establishes Patriot’s status as a leading and fast growing General… Read more »

Source: Patriot Aerospace, 28-Apr-10

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UK: Essex Air Ambulance to move from EC135 to MD Explorer

UK: Essex Air Ambulance to move from EC135 to MD Explorer

HeliHub.com understands that Essex Air Ambulance will be moving from their current Eurocopter EC135T2 to an MD Explorer, perhaps as early as June 2010. EAA already has experience of the type after operating one for their neighbouring county of Hertfordshire on similar EMS work – what better situation could you be in to compare two… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Apr-10

AgustaWestland outsources UK storage/logistics; 130 employees to transfer

AgustaWestland outsources UK storage/logistics; 130 employees to transfer

Wincanton, a leading European provider of supply chain and business outsourcing services, has secured a major contract gain with AgustaWestland. The contract, to manage the company’s production stores and logistics operations in and around Yeovil, has a value of approximately £27 million over five years. AgustaWestland’s production stores distribute helicopter components to clients around the… Read more »

Source: Wincanton plc, 28-Apr-10

UK: Sloane Helicopters is taking bookings for their Instrument Rating Course

UK: Sloane Helicopters is taking bookings for their Instrument Rating Course

Sloane Helicopters are now taking bookings for their CAA approved Instrument Rating course. The training is offered at the Company’s HQ at Sywell, Northamptonshire, and complies with the latest requirements of the JAR FCL 2. The course consists of a maximum of 40 hours in a brand new FNPT II and a minimum of 10… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 24-Apr-10

UK: West Midlands Police’s new helicopter gets security boost

UK: West Midlands Police’s new helicopter gets security boost

Motorised hangar doors, reinforced steel pedestrian access, a comprehensive alarm system and a CCTV monitoring capability had been installed to “ensure the safe keeping of the helicopter”.  Their previous EC135 was destroyed by an arson attack

Source: Birmingham Mail, 23-Apr-10

British operator PremiAir adds fixed wing capability

British operator PremiAir adds fixed wing capability

PremiAir, the UK’s leading helicopter charter operator, is expanding its aircraft management capabilities with a move into fixed wing business aircraft. The development builds on a successful 30 years’ operating, maintaining and managing twin-engined executive helicopters for third party corporates and high net worth individuals.  Its fixed wing AOC (Aircraft Operator’s Certificate) was recently granted… Read more »

Source: PremiAir, 22-Apr-10

Business and community leaders to direct new Northern Ireland air ambulance charity

A new company has been formed with the ambition to operate a helicopter emergency medical service in Northern Ireland.  The company, Ireland Air Ambulance has recruited a board of directors with considerable business experience and cross community representation. At the same time the association, Ireland Air Ambulance will cease operations transferring its assets to the… Read more »

Source: Ireland Air Ambulance, 22-Apr-10

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UK military recognizes ArmorWorks

UK military recognizes ArmorWorks

ArmorWorks, a leading provider of advanced survivability products, today announced that the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) has selected ArmorWorks for a Chief of Defence Materiel (CDM) Commendation. The recognition is for ArmorWorks’ outstanding performance in response to urgent armor requirements for U.K. Apache helicopters supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The CDM Commendation is… Read more »

Source: ArmorWorks, 20-Apr-10

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Patriot introduces volcano cloud busting UK-Ireland routes

Patriot introduces volcano cloud busting UK-Ireland routes

Patriot Aerospace has introduced an emergency shuttle service to fly stranded passengers between Dublin, Belfast and Liverpool With the vast majority of flights still grounded following the volcanic ash phenomenon and aviation experts predicting continued flights chaos for the rest of the week, Patriot has stepped in to offer a number of unscheduled passenger seats… Read more »

Source: Patriot Aerospace, 20-Apr-10

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UK: Atlas Helicopters launches details of 2010 CLA Game Fair operations

UK: Atlas Helicopters launches details of 2010 CLA Game Fair operations

The 2010 CLA Game Fair will be held at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire between the 23rd & 25th July.  Atlas Helicopters has again been contracted to provide the Game Fair with all of its helicopter requirements. With the Game Fair being such a huge event based around Country life, including shooting, fishing and hunting, people from… Read more »

Source: Atlas Helicopters, 20-Apr-10

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Icelandic volcano cancels North Sea rig support flights

Icelandic volcano cancels North Sea rig support flights

The eruption under a glacier in the Eyjafjallajoekull area of Iceland is the second in Iceland in less than a month. Aberdeen Airport, central to the majority of North Sea oil rig support helicopter flights, closed at Midnight and the latest update at 04.45 local states “Following advice from the Met Office, the airspace around… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Apr-10

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UK: Cheshire Police take delivery of Eurocopter EC135P2+

UK: Cheshire Police take delivery of Eurocopter EC135P2+

Cheshire Police have confirmed they have taken delivery of their first helicopter, a Eurocopter EC135P2+, at their Hawarden base.  Cheshire is one of a consortium of six British police forces who got together and agreed a single specificiation, which brought down the unit price for each of them.  Cheshire is the third of the six… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Apr-10

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UK: Sterling Helicopters founder Gerry Hermer retires

UK: Sterling Helicopters founder Gerry Hermer retires

Under his leadership, the Norwich airport-based firm was instrumental in setting up Norfolk’s first police helicopter in 1990 and the East Anglian air Ambulance nine years ago, both of which he also acted as a pilot for.

Source: EDP24, 14-Apr-10

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Great North Air Ambulance launches Dauphin bought from Multiflight

Great North Air Ambulance launches Dauphin bought from Multiflight

A Dauphin N2 helicopter supplied to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) charity by Multiflight has been launched in Newcastle. The helicopter, the first of two Dauphin N2 helicopters that Multiflight has supplied to the charity, flew in over the Tyne and landed on Gateshead’s Quayside for the launch event. Representatives from GNAAS, Multiflight… Read more »

Source: Multiflight, 13-Apr-10

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Man stole from Great North Air Ambulance charity

Man stole from Great North Air Ambulance charity

Wayne Birbeck had been working on a trial basis for two weeks for Where On Earth when he dishonestly took 100 collection bags belonging to the Great North Air Ambulance.

Source: Gazette Live, 09-Apr-10

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Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance increases operational hours

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance increases operational hours

From April 1, Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) increased its flying hours from ten to 12 hours, and then from mid-May the hours will extend even further to 14 hours cover.

Source: Buxton Advertiser, 08-Apr-10

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British International sells Penzance Heliport to supermarket group

British International sells Penzance Heliport to supermarket group

Although subject to planning permission for a new supermarket, the future of Penzance HP is all but sealed and operator British International ponders whether to move operations to Newquay or Lands End

07-Apr-10

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UK Apache Integrated Operational Support contract goes live

UK Apache Integrated Operational Support contract goes live

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Apache Integrated Operational Support (IOS) contract is now fully operational just six months after contract award and a whole 12 months earlier than originally planned. In the six months since contract award AgustaWestland has moved from being a supplier to a capability provider, enabling the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 07-Apr-10

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Cardiff Heliport landing fees released for Ryder Cup 2010

Arrangements and charges in respect to use of Cardiff Heliport over period 30 September 2010 – 4 October 2010 All movements strictly PPR Operational Hours & Handling Fees    –  Cardiff Heliport  (charges are per aircraft) Thu 30 Sep 0800-1800 landing fees only as incurred (see below) plus £50 per movement Fri 1 Oct 0700-2000 landing… Read more »

Source: Veritair, 07-Apr-10

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UK CAA sets out guidelines on unmanned aircraft

UK CAA sets out guidelines on unmanned aircraft

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today issued updated guidance on the use of unmanned aircraft, following recent legislative changes. The advice includes the new regulations affecting small, unmanned aircraft used for surveillance work. Small, unmanned aircraft are increasingly being used for commercial aerial work such as surveillance and data gathering, as well as… Read more »

Source: CAA, 07-Apr-10

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Super Puma’s 16 crash victims remembered one year on

Super Puma’s 16 crash victims remembered one year on

The 16 men who died when a Super Puma helicopter crashed into the North Sea have been remembered on the first anniversary of the tragedy.

Source: BBC, 07-Apr-10

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UK: Minister Visits The Commando Helicopter Force at Yeovilton

UK: Minister Visits The Commando Helicopter Force at Yeovilton

Mr Quentin Davies MP, (the Minister for Defence Equipment and Support) took time out from an extremely hectic schedule, which included a visit to AgustaWestlands aircraft factory in Yeovil, to receive a Command update from Captain Jon Pentreath RN, CO Commando Helicopter Force on the Force’s current operations in Afghanistan. The main purpose of the… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 07-Apr-10

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UK: Progress on new helicopter facilities at RNAS Culdrose

UK: Progress on new helicopter facilities at RNAS Culdrose

Defence Estates (DE) is overseeing an important project to build bespoke new facilities for the four Sea King helicopter squadrons based at the Royal Navy Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose in Cornwall. Construction work is well underway on the first of two new buildings at the base, which will co-locate key engineering and maintenance areas with… Read more »

Source: UK Ministry of Defence, 06-Apr-10

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AgustaWestland’s Operational Flying Training Centre Opens Its Doors For Business

AgustaWestland’s Operational Flying Training Centre Opens Its Doors For Business

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that its Operational Flying Training Centre (OFTC) located at Newquay Cornwall Airport, in South West England, was officially opened today. The opening ceremony was attended by representatives from the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) Convergence Programme, South West Regional Development Agency, Cornwall Council, Newquay Council and Newquay… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 05-Apr-10

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Ten More Lynx “9 Alpha” Upgrades For The British Army

Ten More Lynx “9 Alpha” Upgrades For The British Army

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a £42 million contract extension by the UK Ministry of Defence for the upgrade of 10 more British Army Lynx Mk.9 helicopters with LHTEC CTS800-4N engines. The contract was announced by Quentin Davies MP, Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, during a visit to AgustaWestland’s… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 27-Mar-10

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First of two N2 Dauphins launched by Great North Air Ambulance

First of two N2 Dauphins launched by Great North Air Ambulance

The first of two Dauphin N2 helicopters supplied by Multiflight to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) will be launched by the charity today. The charity’s new life-saving helicopter, in its official GNAAS livery and fitted with state-of-the-art life-saving equipment, will be launched today, Friday March 26th. It will go by the name of… Read more »

Source: Multiflight, 27-Mar-10

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UK: Private pilot on night training flight targeted with laser pen

UK: Private pilot on night training flight targeted with laser pen

British JetRanger owner Joel Tobias regularly blogs about flying his JetRanger, and it’s great to read stories written by such an enthusiastic private pilot.  However, as he leads his readers through night training exercises, a sense of alarm was raised in a recent missive:- “there were no emergencies, but we did become involved in a… Read more »

Source: HeilHub.com, 23-Mar-10

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Register Update – United Kingdom – 8-21 March 2010

Register Update – United Kingdom – 8-21 March 2010

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Mar-10

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UK donates two Mi-17s to Afghanistan

UK donates two Mi-17s to Afghanistan

After two years operating in the UK, the two British Mi-17s have now been shipped to Afghanistan, where they have been donated to the local forces.  Purchased from Bulgaria, and serialled ZB697 and ZB698, the two helicopters were shipped out Thursday last week aboard an An-124 freighter operated by Polet, and were still in their… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Mar-10

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Museum of Army Flying to add ex-Argentine A109A

Museum of Army Flying to add ex-Argentine A109A

Back in 1982, British Forces captured two Agusta A109A helicopters from the Argentine Army during the conflict to recapture the Falkland Islands.  Within 3 years, these were then added to with a second pair of 109s bought new from Italy, and these four helicopters became dedicated to the Special Forces In order to camouflage the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Mar-10

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Profile: East Anglian Air Ambulance – based Norwich, UK

Profile: East Anglian Air Ambulance – based Norwich, UK

Reporter Emma Knights joined the Anglia One team for a day.   This year they celebrate 10 years in the air.

Source: EDP24, 16-Mar-10

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UK: Addenbrooke’s Hospital helipad plan finally off the ground

UK: Addenbrooke’s Hospital helipad plan finally off the ground

After years of campaigning and fundraising by dedicated groups and individuals, hospital bosses have lodged detailed plans for a helipad on land south of the Rosie maternity hospital.

Source: Cambridge News, 14-Mar-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Robinson R44 Raven G-CDXB at Culter Helipad, Aberdeenshire on 07-Oct-09 Robinson R44 Raven II G-TIMC at Barnsdale Hotel, near Rutland Water, Rutland on 27-Sep-09 Rotorway Executive 162F G-JONG at 1.5 miles East of Bullington Cross on… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 13-Mar-10

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British Chinook pilot in Afghanistan shot between the eyes – and lands safely

British Chinook pilot in Afghanistan shot between the eyes – and lands safely

A British pilot got shot between the eyes as he flew his Chinook helicopter into a firefight in Afghanistan – but he still managed to land safely and rescue all 20 people on board.

Source: Sky News, 12-Mar-10

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Northampton General Hospital helipad scheme now gaining support

Northampton General Hospital helipad scheme now gaining support

Dr John Trenfield, a consultant in emergency medicine at NGH, and Richard Craske, the chief pilot at Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, said land they had identified near the entrance to the A&E department, would be ideal for a landng site and would be a major boost to the hospital.

Source: Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 11-Mar-10

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CHC considers move from North Denes heliport to Norwich Airport

CHC considers move from North Denes heliport to Norwich Airport

CHC is reportedly considering moving its Yarmouth operation to Norwich International Airport because of the costs of building a new run way at North Denes.

Source: EDP24, 11-Mar-10

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UK’s Devon & Cornwall Police takes delivery of a new EC145

UK’s Devon & Cornwall Police takes delivery of a new EC145

On Friday 5th March the Devon & Cornwall Police took delivery of a new EC145 helicopter. This most modern machine was customised at Eurocopter UK in Oxford to meet the demanding needs of the modern police service. It is equipped with the latest aids to police reconnaissance and airborne crime fighting. Included is a state-of-the-art… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 10-Mar-10

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North Sea Helicopter Traffic Safety Improves with Sensis Wide Area Multilateration

North Sea Helicopter Traffic Safety Improves with Sensis Wide Area Multilateration

NATS Services is now using Sensis Corporation’s Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) system in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland for helicopter flight following. Air traffic controllers are using the WAM surveillance information as a supplement to established procedural flight rules until the WAM system completes testing and regulatory approval for flight information services later this… Read more »

Source: Sensis, 10-Mar-10

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Bond Offshore signs a new SBH® Contract with Turbomeca UK

Bond Offshore signs a new SBH® Contract with Turbomeca UK

British oil & gas helicopter support operator Bond Offshore Helicopters signed a new Support-by-the-Hour® contract with Turbomeca UK for their four new AS365N3 Dauphins, powered by the Arriel engine. The helicopters’ Arriel 2C turbines will be maintained by Turbomeca UK which supports nearly 700 engines powering British and Irish-owned customers’ helicopters. Two of the new… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 09-Mar-10

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British man’s helicopter building hobby takes off

An amateur aviator has been given permission to change the use of a Binfield warehouse so he can use it as a workshop for his hobby – designing and building helicopters.

Source: Get Bracknell, 08-Mar-10

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Norfolk Police re-consider air support options after current contract ends in 2011

No decision has yet been made over who could be awarded the contract beyond that date and all operations were being looked at over its future, the statement says.   Options include awarding a contract for a dedicated Norfolk Police helicopter or collaborating with Suffolk Police

07-Mar-10

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Register Update – United Kingdom – 1-7 March 2010

Register Update – United Kingdom – 1-7 March 2010

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed.  Our coverage  represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet.  Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Mar-10

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Register Update – United Kingdom – 22-28 February 2010

Register Update – United Kingdom – 22-28 February 2010

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed.  Our coverage  represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet.  Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Mar-10

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North West Air Ambulance opens another charity shop

North West Air Ambulance opens another charity shop

The shop was opened by ITV Granada’s Paul Crone who said “It is a privilege to open this shop as it allows the charity to increase not only its takings through sales but the number of donated items they can accept.” “The money made by the charity shop helps saves people’s lives on a daily… Read more »

Source: North West Air Ambulance, 05-Mar-10

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British Sea King helicopter pilot receives Distinguished Flying Cross

British Sea King helicopter pilot receives Distinguished Flying Cross

LIEUTENANT Commander Gavin Simmonite, of RNAS Yeovilton, was last week presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross by the Queen during a ceremony at Windsor Castle. (Photo Crown Copyright/MoD)

Source: Yeovil Express, 05-Mar-10

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UK showcases Mi-17 training work with Afghan crews

UK showcases Mi-17 training work with Afghan crews

The UK Ministry of Defence has lifted the veil on a previously secretive helicopter training service being provided to future Afghan national security force pilots.

Source: Flightglobal, 04-Mar-10

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Scottish Ambulance Service adds doctors to flights

Scottish Ambulance Service adds doctors to flights

A pilot scheme in the West of Scotland has seen emergency medicine consultants being sent out on air missions with the Scottish Ambulance Service.  It will now be rolled out across the whole of the country, costing about £2 million a year, after being deemed a huge success

Source: Scotsman, 03-Mar-10

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Boeing offers to assemble Chinooks in Britain

Boeing offers to assemble Chinooks in Britain

Boeing makes Chinooks in Philadelphia and is due to deliver 10 of the 22 new ones direct from the US during the course of 2012 and 2013. It has now offered to shift final assembly for half the order to Britain.

Source: Financial Times, 02-Mar-10

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Register Update – United Kingdom – 15-21 February 2010

Register Update – United Kingdom – 15-21 February 2010

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed.  Our coverage  represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet.  Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Feb-10

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Cleveland Police Authority chairman rejects UK national helicopter pool plan

He told a meeting of the authority that there has been a discussion at ACPO – the Association of Chief Police Officers – on the idea of bringing police helicopters in the country into a central unit.

Source: Evening Gazette, 28-Feb-10

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Concerns raised over UK air ambulance chief’s £120k salary

Concerns raised over UK air ambulance chief’s £120k salary

Bosses at the region’s air ambulance service have defended the salary paid to its chief executive after concerns were raised by members of the public.

Source: Northampton Chronicle, 26-Feb-10

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Heliair chosen to operate permanent heliport at Silverstone F1 circuit

Heliair chosen to operate permanent heliport at Silverstone F1 circuit

Heliair will also run all helicopter operations for event days at Silverstone including the British Grand Prix.

Source: F1SA, 24-Feb-10

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PWC Signs FMP(R) Agreement with Eurocopter UK for EC135 Support

PWC Signs FMP(R) Agreement with Eurocopter UK for EC135 Support

Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Customer Service Centre (CSC) Europe GmbH, a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney Canada and MTU Aero Engines, has signed a Fleet Management ProgramTM (FMP(R)) agreement with Eurocopter U.K. Ltd. to provide comprehensive maintenance support for six PW206B2-powered EC135 helicopters operated by various United Kingdom (U.K.) Police Air Support Units. “Superior… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 23-Feb-10

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PremiAir appointed Helicopter supplier to The Ryder Cup

PremiAir appointed Helicopter supplier to The Ryder Cup

PremiAir, the UK’s leading executive helicopter charter company, has been appointed as the supplier of helicopter services to the 2010 Ryder Cup. From October 1st to 3rd, golf’s most prestigious and fiercely contested golfing tournament, now in its 38th year, returns to the UK and for the first time, the magnificent Celtic Manor Resort in… Read more »

Source: PremiAir, 22-Feb-10

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Fleet lead MD Explorer® exceeds 11,500 Flight Hours

Fleet lead MD Explorer® exceeds 11,500 Flight Hours

MD Helicopters, Inc (MDHI) and the Air Operations Unit of the West Yorkshire Police have announced that an MD Explorer®, helicopter serial number 078 has extended its record for flight hours, reaching 11,565 hours as of mid-January of this year.  The flight hours far exceed any other MD Explorer in the fleet. The Air Operations… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 21-Feb-10

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UK’s Helicopter Museum to add 360 degree virtual tours to website

UK’s Helicopter Museum to add 360 degree virtual tours to website

ONE of the region’s top tourist attractions is geared up to give potential visitors a guided tour – before they even leave home. The Helicopter Museum, on Locking Moor Road in Weston-Super-Mare, is using the latest technology to provide a 360-degree virtual tour on its website – and the good news is that it hasn’t… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 19-Feb-10

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Merseyside Police make first arrest using unmanned helicopter

Merseyside Police make first arrest using unmanned helicopter

Thermal imaging technology has been used for the first time on the Force’s ‘drone’ or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to make an arrest. Two men suspected of stealing a Renault Clio in Bootle were tracked by the UAV, which is a remote-controlled aerial camera operated by a police officer on the ground, and after fleeing… Read more »

Source: Merseyside Police, 18-Feb-10

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UK military in fresh talks with Boeing and AgustaWestland over Chinook order

UK military in fresh talks with Boeing and AgustaWestland over Chinook order

MP David Laws today welcomed a commitment from Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth to look at the potential for AgustaWestland to work with Boeing on the new order for 22 Chinook helicopters.

Source: This is the West Country, 17-Feb-10

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2009 A Record Year for Eastern Atlantic Helicopters

2009 A Record Year for Eastern Atlantic Helicopters

As many of the world’s helicopter OEMs are scrambling to recover from cancelled and declining orders, Eastern Atlantic Helicopters Ltd is closing the books on its best year ever. The company delivered 19 helicopters and logged sales of $25 million in 2009. With offices in England and the U.S., Eastern Atlantic specializes in sales of… Read more »

Source: Eastern Atlantic Helicopters, 17-Feb-10

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Register Update – United Kingdom – 8-14 February 2010

Register Update – United Kingdom – 8-14 February 2010

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed.  Our coverage  represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet.  Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Feb-10

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Selex Galileo to lead UK MoD CDAS TD programme aimed at improving survivability of air platforms

Selex Galileo to lead UK MoD CDAS TD programme aimed at improving survivability of air platforms

SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica Company, has been awarded a 4-year contract for the Common Defensive Aids System Technology Demonstrator Programme (CDAS TDP). This important contract has been placed by the UK MoD to support the aims of the UK strategy for Air Platform Protection. The TDP will be led by SELEX Galileo, based at Luton… Read more »

Source: Selex Galileo, 13-Feb-10

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High flyers’ approval for helipad in Scotland

The Queen, Prince William and Prime Minister Gordon Brown have all given their backing for a helipad in Elgin that could save lives.

Source: The Northern Scot, 13-Feb-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Robinson R44 Clipper G-DBUG at Welshpool Airport, Powys on 09-Jul-09 Robinson R44 Raven G-EKKO at Swansea Airport on 29-Mar-09

Source: AAIB, 13-Feb-10

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Great North Air Ambulance retires Bo105

Great North Air Ambulance retires Bo105

“The Bolkov is over 40 years old and sadly has spent more time on the ground with mechanical issues than it has in the air, as parts are very hard to source. This is not cost effective to the charity or public.”

Source: BBC, 11-Feb-10

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance to mark 20th birthday in high style

A ball to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance is being held on March 27.

Source: This is Wiltshire, 11-Feb-10

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Anger as new UK SAR contract implies base move from Prestwick to Glasgow

The Ministry of Defence said that the posts will be moved 30 miles after a private company was awarded the contract for the service.

Source: STV, 11-Feb-10

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Local concerns raised at operational hours of new UK SAR contract

Bideford mayor Andy Powell said: “There’s a huge surfing population here, so what happens when [the helicopters] clock off at 6pm and somebody goes out at 6.01pm and gets into trouble? Does that mean another life is lost?”

Source: BBC, 10-Feb-10

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Sloane Helicopters order first Robinson R66

Sloane Helicopters order first Robinson R66

Following the recent announcement by Robinson Helicopter Company – see HeliHub 8th February 2010 – that they were accepting orders for the new turbine powered Robinson R66, David George, Chairman of Sloane Helicopters Ltd. has confirmed that Sloane have placed their first order for a new Robinson R66 Sloane Helicopters were one of Robinson’s very… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 10-Feb-10

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UK Joint Helicopter Command supports Afghan deployment exercise

UK Joint Helicopter Command supports Afghan deployment exercise

Nearly 20 helicopters from the UK’s Joint Helicopter Command have been involved in their first major exercise of 2010.

Source: Rotorhub, 10-Feb-10

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CHC Selected as Preferred Bidder for 25-Year UK SAR Contract

CHC Selected as Preferred Bidder for 25-Year UK SAR Contract

CHC Helicopters, through its membership in the Soteria* consortium, has won preferred bidder status on a 25-year contract to provide comprehensive search and rescue (SAR) services and military aircrew SAR training to the UK government, securing CHC’s place as the largest supplier of civilian SAR services in the world. “We are honoured to be chosen… Read more »

Source: CHC, 09-Feb-10

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Register Update – United Kingdom – 1-7 February 2010

Register Update – United Kingdom – 1-7 February 2010

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed.  Our coverage  represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet.  Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Feb-10

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UK’s Saxonair expands further with EC135 purchase

UK’s Saxonair expands further with EC135 purchase

No sooner had HeilHub.com run a story last week on Norwich Airport-based Saxonair than they have been busy again.  Last week we reported their move to helicopter operations with the acquisition of a Eurocopter EC120, having previously only flown fixed wing.  This week they have added an EC135P2+, purchased from a corporate operator in Northern… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Feb-10

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London’s Air Ambulance to go 24×7 from next month

London’s Air Ambulance to go 24×7 from next month

London radio station LBC is this morning reporting that London’s Air Ambulance will soon be moving to 24 hour operation.  In the short news item, the report said that this was the result of the London Ambulance Service agreeing to fund paramedics right through the night, rather than up to 1am as previously.  We suspect… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Feb-10

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Lieutenant Commander from 750 NAS clocks up 7,000 hours

Lieutenant Commander from 750 NAS clocks up 7,000 hours

One of the Royal Navy pilots at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose has clocked up more than 7000 hours in the air.  Lieutenant Commander Nick Lee of 750 Naval Air Squadron passed that milestone recently and received a congratulatory cake from Lieutenant Commander Nick Armstrong, the Commanding Officer of the Squadron, to mark the occasion…. Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 03-Feb-10

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