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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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British Naval Helicopters Celebrate Their 2nd Anniversary in Afghanistan

British Naval Helicopters Celebrate Their 2nd Anniversary in Afghanistan

For 2 years the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) Sea Kings have been flying operations in Afghanistan, mainly from Kandahar Airfield, with elements also based at Camp Bastion. Most missions are over the volatile Helmand region, 80 miles to the West of Kandahar. Regional Command (South) readily call on ‘Jungly‘ aircraft because of their rapid response… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 03-Feb-10

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Register Update – United Kingdom – 25-31 January 2010

Register Update – United Kingdom – 25-31 January 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, 02-Feb-10

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East Anglian Air Ambulance Celebrates 10th Anniversary

East Anglian Air Ambulance Celebrates 10th Anniversary

THE East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) celebrates its tenth anniversary this year and plans a series of special events.

31-Jan-10

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Polish Air Force VIP Flight Mi-8 due to arrive at UK Museum this week

Polish Air Force VIP Flight Mi-8 due to arrive at UK Museum this week

The Helicopter Museum have put out the following advance notice:- A Russian Mil Mi-8 transport helicopter, once used by the Polish Air Force VIP Flight is due to arrive at The Helicopter Museum for permanent display next Friday (5th February) for unloading on the Saturday Morning (Starting circa 9am). Much used by military and civil… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 30-Jan-10

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“The Economist” sees trouble ahead for AgustaWestland’s UK operations

“The Economist” sees trouble ahead for AgustaWestland’s UK operations

Yeovil operation too reliant on upgrades?  UK military order Chinook over Merlin; UK military spending under pressure

Source: The Economist, 30-Jan-10

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Still flying high after 5,000 Hours bolted to the ground

Still flying high after 5,000 Hours bolted to the ground

Lietenant Commander Gordon Cook Royal Navy, the Officer Commanding the Lynx Simulator based at RNAS Yeovilton, has recently clocked up 5,000 flying hours over his long and varied Naval career. Lt Cdr Gordon ‘Gordo’ Cook, who lives in Weymouth, joined the Navy as an Observer in February 1985 and after successful completion of flying training… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 29-Jan-10

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UK’s SaxonAir buys EC120 and plans to acquire another

UK’s SaxonAir buys EC120 and plans to acquire another

An executive jet operator at Norwich International Airport has invested £800,000 in the first of a new fleet of helicopters to offer VIP flights.

Source: EDP24, 28-Jan-10

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Devon Air Ambulance Trust officially opens Steve Ford Airbase

Devon Air Ambulance Trust officially opens Steve Ford Airbase

The new Devon Air Ambulance Trust ‘Steve Ford’ Airbase at Eaglescott Airfield, Umberleigh opens its hangar doors for the first time on Thursday 21st January, when it will be officially opened by BBC Radio Devon presenter Judi Spiers.  Judi will be joined by the family of pilot Steve Ford, who the base is named after. … Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 26-Jan-10

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Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance take delivery of new AW109E Power

The air ambulance service which covers Northamptonshire unveiled its brand new helicopter on Friday at Althorp House. As well as the latest medical and radio equipment, the AgustaWestland 109 is also the fastest civilian helicopter in the UK.

Source: ITV, 25-Jan-10

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PremiAir scoops ‘Best Executive Aviation Company’ at Business Travel 2010 Awards

PremiAir scoops ‘Best Executive Aviation Company’ at Business Travel 2010 Awards

PremiAir, the leading executive helicopter charter operator, was voted ‘Best Executive Aviation Company’ at the 2010 Business Travel Awards, which took place on Monday evening at a glamorous awards ceremony, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.  Group Managing Director David McRobert accepted the award from John O’Hagan, Senior Vice President, Diners Club International…. Read more »

Source: PremiAir, 21-Jan-10

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London’s Air Ambulance receives ‘advice and guidance’ after commission probe

London’s Air Ambulance receives ‘advice and guidance’ after commission probe

London’s Air Ambulance has received unspecified ‘advice and guidance’ from the Charity Commission after concerns were raised about the charity’s governance and financial controls.

Source: Third Sector, 21-Jan-10

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First upgraded UK Lynx Mk.9 helicopters are back in service

First upgraded UK Lynx Mk.9 helicopters are back in service

The first four upgraded Lynx Mk9 helicopters, which are to be sent to Afghanistan, have re-entered service, with three of the aircraft now being used for training, prior to deployment, at 9 Regiment Army Air Corps in Dishforth, North Yorkshire. The upgrades on initially twelve Mk9s were ordered by the MOD a year ago, with… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 20-Jan-10

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Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance flies higher after noise complaints

Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance flies higher after noise complaints

THE air ambulance will fly higher over the area surrounding Royal Derby Hospital in a bid to appease residents who have complained about the noise it makes.  The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance has been transporting patients to the hospital since its helipad opened in June.

Source: Derby Telegraph, 20-Jan-10

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New generation safety device for North Sea workers

New generation safety device for North Sea workers

Industry body Oil and Gas UK has met the UK Civil Aviation Authority to pave the way for the return of PLBs.  Its helicopter task group has overseen a redesign of the beacons and that PLBs would be issued to all workers on all flights for the first time.

Source: Aberdeen Press & Journal, 18-Jan-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released.  This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Agusta A109A II, G-ELTE – at Redhill Aerodrome, Surry on 02-May-08 Eurocopter EC135 T1, G-CCAU – at Hindlip Hall, Hindlip, Worcestershire on 04-Dec-08

Source: AAIB, 18-Jan-10

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UK introduces new law to tackle aircraft laser crime

UK introduces new law to tackle aircraft laser crime

A new law that makes shining a light or laser at an aircraft a specific criminal offence has been introduced. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which initiated the new law, said it was in response to the growing number of incidents involving laser devices being shone at airliners and helicopters near British airports

Source: CAA, 18-Jan-10

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Northern Ireland helicopter noise complaints rise by 46%

Complaints about helicopter overflights in Northern Ireland increased by 46% during the last financial year.

Source: Belfast Telegraph, 14-Jan-10

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2009 was a busy year for UK SAR bases

2009 was a busy year for UK SAR bases

Highest ever recorded number of missions undertaken by Stornoway team The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) helicopter search and rescue bases at Stornoway, Sumburgh, Lee On Solent and Portland completed 747 missions throughout 2009, according to figures released today. With 183 missions undertaken across 12 months, the Stornoway team had their busiest year since search… Read more »

Source: Maritime and Coastguard Agency, 13-Jan-10

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Cabair to host UK helicopter pilot training open day

Cabair to host UK helicopter pilot training open day

Cabair College of Air Training is holding a seminar open day at Elstree Aerodrome in North London, dedicated to helicopter pilot training. The event will take place on Saturday 30 January 2010.

Source: Flight Training News, 12-Jan-10

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UK Government details future military helicopter fleet plans

UK Government details future military helicopter fleet plans

It was confirmed that the Royal Air Force’s fleet of Merlin HC3 medium-lift helicopters is to be transferred to the Royal Navy, replacing the current fleet of Sea Kings.

08-Jan-10

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Lancashire Police fly 6,453 missions in three years

Lancashire Police fly 6,453 missions in three years

Throughout Lancashire the helicopter has been used a total of 6,453 times since January 2007.  During that period 815 arrests have been associated with its use, which represents a success rate of around 12 per cent.

Source: Lancashire Telegraph, 07-Jan-10

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Wiltshire Police spend £850K upgrading MD Explorer

Wiltshire Police spend £850K upgrading MD Explorer

Criminals will have nowhere to hide in Wiltshire thanks to an £850,000 refit of the force’s helicopter and air ambulance which means its cameras can seek out people up to two miles away.

Source: Wiltshire Times, 07-Jan-10

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Bond returns to Blackpool to support Centrica’s gas rigs

Bond returns to Blackpool to support Centrica’s gas rigs

To start the new year, Bond Offshore Helicopters took over the rig support contract out of Blackpool Airport for gas firm Centrica.  Bond have now moved in with two brand new bright red AS365N3 Dauphins, registered G-REDE and G-REDF, operating initially from temporary accommodation at this UK airport.  They had won the contract from CHC… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com editorial team, 06-Jan-10

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Bond wins 5+ year Perenco contract in Southern North Sea

Bond wins 5+ year Perenco contract in Southern North Sea

Aberdeen-based Bond Offshore Helicopters has won a five-year deal with global energy company Perenco, which will see Bond provide helicopter services to Southern North Sea rigs from Norwich International airport.

Source: EDP24, 29-Dec-09

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Highland B&B owner’s plea for mercy helipad in garden

Highland B&B owner’s plea for mercy helipad in garden

A bed-and-breakfast operator wants to build a helipad for the north’s lifeline air ambulances in her front garden.

Source: Press & Journal, 29-Dec-09

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West Yorkshire Police celebrate 20 years in the air

West Yorkshire Police celebrate 20 years in the air

West Yorkshire Police is celebrating 20 years of using one of its most effective weapons in the war on crime.

Source: Yorkshire Evening Post, 24-Dec-09

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Happy 20th Birthday to the Kent Air Ambulance

Happy 20th Birthday to the Kent Air Ambulance

It’s happy birthday to a charity which is literally one of Kent’s lifesavers.  The Kent Air Ambulance was founded in November 1989 and exactly 20 years ago – on Wednesday, December 23, 1989 – it made its first life-saving mission.

Source: Kent Online, 24-Dec-09

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