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HeliDays launches today with inflight refuelling demo

HeliDays launches today with inflight refuelling demo

International HeliDays 2010 will launch this year at midday on Friday 23rd July with a demonstration of helicopter in flight refuelling by the US Air Force over the bay at Weston-super-Mare.  Following the demonstration the USAF Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter will land on the Beach Lawns where it will be on static display… Read more »

Source: HeliDays, 23-Jul-10

Bristow appoint new Director of European Operations

Bristow appoint new Director of European Operations

Bristow Helicopters has named its new director who will drive forward the company’s European growth plans. Mike Imlach, who was previously Director of Bristow’s Nigerian Business Unit, has been appointed as the Director of European Operations. He will oversee all commercial and operational aspects of the company’s activities in the UK, Norway and Holland. Mike,… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 23-Jul-10

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Sloane Helicopters signs for another ten AW helicopters

Sloane Helicopters signs for another ten AW helicopters

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, is pleased to announce that Sloane Helicopters Ltd has signed a contract for ten additional helicopters comprising AW109 Power and GrandNew light twin engine models. This latest order extends to 2012 the multi-year multi-aircraft contract and distribution agreement signed in February 2006. This purchase marks the entrance of the GrandNew light… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 22-Jul-10

Upgrades for RAF Chinooks include iPad-Like slate

Upgrades for RAF Chinooks include iPad-Like slate

The military equivalent of an iPad for pilots’ mission planning will be among the features included in the avionics upgrade of 46 Royal Air Force Chinooks to the Mk.4 standard, said Peter Hitchcock, Avionics VP at Thales UK

Source: Defense News, 22-Jul-10

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness.

Source: AAIB, 20-Jul-10

Eurocopter hands over new EC135P2+ to West Midlands Police

Eurocopter hands over new EC135P2+ to West Midlands Police

On July 19, a brand new EC135 P2i was handed over to Assistant Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, Sharon Rowe, on the EADS/Eurocopter booth No. G12 in Hall 4 at the Farnborough International Air Show. The order for this aircraft had been placed in September 2009. Markus Steinke, Managing Director of Eurocopter UK Ltd.,… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 19-Jul-10

Much updated London Heliport now open for business

Much updated London Heliport now open for business

The ultra modern new passenger terminal at The London Heliport in Battersea is now officially open for business – ahead of the Farnborough Air Show next week (July 19th to 25th), when many of the senior executives from the world’s leading aerospace companies will be using the heliport en route to and from the show…. Read more »

Source: PremiAir, 17-Jul-10

Eurocopter to highlight its UK market leadership at Farnborough 2010

Eurocopter to highlight its UK market leadership at Farnborough 2010

Eurocopter and its Eurocopter UK Ltd. subsidiary are represented on the Farnborough exhibit stand of parent company EADS (Booth G12, Hall 4), where an EC135 for the West Midlands Police is to be officially handed over to the customer on July 19. Today, Eurocopter products are vital for the functioning of the United Kingdom, with… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 17-Jul-10

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UK: New Ullapool community helipad put to test

UK: New Ullapool community helipad put to test

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has carried out tests of the pad using a Stornoway-based Sikorsky S92

Source: BBC, 07-Jul-10

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PremiAir to move some helicopters to Biggin Hill after buying Gold Group International

PremiAir to move some helicopters to Biggin Hill after buying Gold Group International

PremiAir, the award-winning UK based aviation services company, announces today (6th July) a significant step in its continued growth in business aviation. PremiAir has taken over the management of a fleet of LearJet private jets and in addition has acquired a new private jet operating and maintenance base at London’s Biggin Hill airport.  This move… Read more »

Source: PremiAir, 06-Jul-10

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British man convicted of shining light at police helicopter

British man convicted of shining light at police helicopter

A man who shone a high-powered lamp at a police helicopter could face prison.  Michael Kevin Renney was accused of twice shining the light into the skies, hitting the cockpit of the Cleveland Police aircraft.

Source: Gazette Live, 06-Jul-10

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Interpol issues appeal over paedophile helicopter pilot

Interpol issues appeal over paedophile helicopter pilot

Commercial pilot Daren Elarmo, 40, who also uses the surname Jones, is accused of kidnapping two teenage boys for sex.  Police say the pilot may now be living in Spain

Source: BBC, 06-Jul-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness.

Source: AAIB, 06-Jul-10

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CHC bring second S92 to their British North Sea fleet

CHC bring second S92 to their British North Sea fleet

Yesterday, CHC added a second Sikorsky S92 to their Aberdeen-based North Sea fleet.  Registered G-CHCS, and the 125th S92 off the production line, it joins sister ship G-CHCK which has been active supporting British offshore oil installations since spring 2006.  CHC has other S92s in the North Sea operating from Stavangar in support of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-10

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance appoints new chairman

Wiltshire Air Ambulance appoints new chairman

An air ambulance expert has been named the new chairman of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Appeal.  David Philpott, 52, the founding chairman of the Association of Air Ambulances, takes up his post today, 1st July.

Source: Salisbury Journal, 01-Jul-10

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Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance adds two hours a day for the summer

Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance adds two hours a day for the summer

The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance (TVACAA) will be able to save more lives from July after the announcement that its current daily operational flight time will rise from 10 to 12 hours a day. Cost, flight regulations and the inability to fly in the hours of darkness are all factors influencing the deployment… Read more »

Source: TVAC, 30-Jun-10

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Northern Ireland drug addict dazzled police pilot with laser

Northern Ireland drug addict dazzled police pilot with laser

A man who admitted shining a laser pen into the eyes of a police helicopter pilot 2,000 ft over Derry forcing him to take evasive action has been put on probabtion for 18 months

Source: Belfast Telegraph, 30-Jun-10

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Bell 429 arrives in UK on demo tour

Bell 429 arrives in UK on demo tour

After some demo flights last week in the Swiss towns of Samedan and Sion, Bell’s 429 demonstrator flew via Baden-Baden in Germany en route to the UK.  Registered C-FTNB, the helicopter is now based at Blackbushe for a few weeks at Premiair Aviation’s hangar.  Today it visits Oxford, although we are not yet aware of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jun-10

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UK teenager cautioned for shining laser pen at police helicopter

UK teenager cautioned for shining laser pen at police helicopter

The 16-year-old, from Cheltenham, was arrested in Crabtree Place at 2.45am on Tuesday on suspicion of shining a light at an aircraft so as to dazzle or distract a pilot. He was given a formal reprimand after admitting the offence.

Source: Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 29-Jun-10

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Scottish Police fury as laser pen offender escapes prison sentence

Scottish Police fury as laser pen offender escapes prison sentence

Police leaders reacted with fury yesterday after a teenager who aimed a laser pen at a police helicopter escaped with a £500 fine.  Call centre worker Anthony Boyle, 19, had been warned he faced jail for the potentially lethal stunt.

Source: Daily Record, 28-Jun-10

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Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance celebrates 10 years

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance celebrates 10 years

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance operates an EC135 from Henstridge Airfield in UK.  This superseded an earlier Bo105

Source: Bournemouth Echo, 22-Jun-10

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CHC £7 billion 25-year UK SAR project put on hold

CHC £7 billion 25-year UK SAR project put on hold

Britain’s new government puts the 25-year SAR privatisation proposal on hold as part of massive spending cut program to get budget deficit under control.

Source: BBC, 18-Jun-10

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New Coventry Airport owners sign ATC contract and introduce helicopter training school

New Coventry Airport owners sign ATC contract and introduce helicopter training school

Less than five weeks after acquiring Coventry Airport, Sir Peter Rigby’s aviation group, Patriot Aerospace, has signed a £4million contract with Serco for air traffic services. The objective is to get Coventry Airport fully operational as quickly as possible and provide the highest levels of air traffic services with full radar and instrumental approaches. Sir… Read more »

Source: Patriot Aerospace, 17-Jun-10

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RAF Chinook pilot honoured for courage in Afghanistan

RAF Chinook pilot honoured for courage in Afghanistan

A Chinook pilot from RAF Odiham was presented with a Distinguished Flying Cross for his ‘superior flying skills’ in Afghanistan at a prestigious ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Friday 4 June 2010. Flight Lieutenant Marc Heal, aged 29, was amongst personnel from various stations across the UK to be honoured in the Armed Forces Operational… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 09-Jun-10

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South Wales & Gwent Police tweet every helicopter task

South Wales & Gwent Police tweet every helicopter task

The South Wales and Gwent Police EC135 helicopter crew now has a twitter feed that reports on what it’s been covering.

Source: Wales Online, 09-Jun-10

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Great North Air Ambulance to add third Dauphin

Great North Air Ambulance to add third Dauphin

HeliHub.com notes that an N2 Dauphin in the UK has been registered G-NHAB, the consecutive out-of-sequence registration to Dauphin G-NHAA operated by Great North Air Ambulance.  This is in line with a story we ran in late March, where the UK EMS operator stated that they G-NHAA was the first of two to be supplied… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jun-10

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RAF Chinook pilot tells how his helmet saved his life

RAF Chinook pilot tells how his helmet saved his life

Now that the Ministry of Defence has lifted its embargo, the helmet has been returned to him and he has given the BBC his first broadcast interview.

Source: BBC, 09-Jun-10

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PremiAir employee wins apprentice award

PremiAir employee wins apprentice award

Andy Fishwick, an apprentice helicopter maintenance engineer with PremiAir, the UK’s largest helicopter charter and management company, has been named South East Advanced Apprentice of the Year winner 2010 by the Learning Skills Council. The awards celebrate excellence in vocational education across the south-east region and acknowledge the outstanding achievements of individuals at every stage… Read more »

Source: PremiAir, 08-Jun-10

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Airport landing fees cut for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Airport landing fees cut for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

A vital emergency helicopter is flying that little bit higher after airport bosses slashed its landing fees. (HeliHub.com Editor note – we believe they are still the only UK air ambulance to pay landing fees!)

Source: Yorkshire Evening Post, 07-Jun-10

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UK shootings: Helicopter delay over safety fears may have cost lives

UK shootings: Helicopter delay over safety fears may have cost lives

Great North Air Ambulance, which sent two AS365s, confirmed that police at Whitehaven requested them to wait on the ground.  When aircraft were permitted to fly to three of the shooting scenes, the injured victims had already been driven to hospital by, it is believed, members of the public.

Source: Guardian, 04-Jun-10

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Bond starts new Perenco contract in Southern North Sea

Bond starts new Perenco contract in Southern North Sea

[The following press release from Bond supplements HeliHub’s own story regarding the delivery of these two 365s] The latest additions to Bond Offshore Helicopters’ fleet of aircraft have entered service on behalf of new client, Perenco (UK) Ltd, in the UK sector of the southern North Sea. Crew change flights with two AS365N3 Dauphin aircraft… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 03-Jun-10

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Small Ship’s Flight comes to British carrier HMS Ark Royal

Small Ship’s Flight comes to British carrier HMS Ark Royal

212 Flight from 815 Naval Air Squadron, based at RNAS Yeovilton, is normally associated with the Ice Patrol Ship HMS Endurance, but for the last two months the crew and two Mark 3 Lynx Maritime Attack helicopters have been embarked in HMS Ark Royal, conducting the Helicopter Delivery Service (HDS) in addition to planned attack… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 03-Jun-10

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MAS delivers MD902 to Essex Air Ambulance

MAS delivers MD902 to Essex Air Ambulance

Medical Aviation Services Ltd, a Specialist Aviation Services Group Company, is pleased announce the delivery of its latest MD 902 Explorer to Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust. As helicopter provider and licensed operator, MAS will also supply the pilots who will help the Trust’s clinical staff provide their vital skills throughout the county. The… Read more »

Source: Medical Aviation Services, 02-Jun-10

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Cheshire Police addresses noise issue over new EC135

Cheshire Police addresses noise issue over new EC135

The Hawarden-based helicopter, which operated at the same altitude as the plane of about 1,000-1,500ft, resulted in a noise level of about 84 decibels compared with 85-90 decibels for a lawnmower, 80 decibels for a refuse truck and 100 decibels for a train

Source: Ellesmere Port Pioneer, 02-Jun-10

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UK CAA approves new segregated airspace for unmanned aircraft

UK CAA approves new segregated airspace for unmanned aircraft

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has approved a request from the Ministry of Defence to establish additional segregated airspace for the use of Unmanned Aircraft operating from the Wiltshire aerodromes of Upavon and Boscombe Down. The new segregated airspace, designated as Danger Areas by the CAA, will be connected to the existing Salisbury Plain… Read more »

Source: CAA, 02-Jun-10

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PremiAir teams with Avinode for global charter bookings

PremiAir teams with Avinode for global charter bookings

PremiAir, the UK’s largest helicopter charter and management company, has become a member of Avinode, the leading b2b platform to buy and sell charter flights.  The relationship follows Avinode’s recent decision to extend its web technology to helicopters and enable charter broker users to search availability between chosen helipads, or any location where helicopters are… Read more »

Source: PremiAir, 02-Jun-10

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Vector Aerospace Engine Services receive RR250 approval

Vector Aerospace Engine Services receive RR250 approval

Vector Aerospace Corporation (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), one of the world’s leading independent providers of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services is pleased to announce that Vector Aerospace Engines Services-United Kingdom has been awarded the EASA Part 145 approval rating for all variants of the Rolls Royce (RR) 250 model engine. The Rolls Royce 250… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 02-Jun-10

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Azor 2010 exercise will involve 32 helicopters from 9 nations

Azor 2010 exercise will involve 32 helicopters from 9 nations

As part of the European Defence Agency’s Helicopter Training Programme (HTP), Spain will host a Multinational Helicopter Exercise in June 2010. The Exercise is the largest of its kind so far, with more than 32 helicopters and 500 people attending from 9 nations and yet takes place less than a year after the Ministerial endorsement… Read more »

Source: EDA, 01-Jun-10

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Bond Offshore Helicopters takes delivery of two 365N3 Dauphins

Bond Offshore Helicopters takes delivery of two 365N3 Dauphins

In the last few days, Bond Offshore Helicopters have registered two new AS365N3 Dauphins, G-REDG (serial 6907) and G-REDH (6911).  The former was first registered in the UK on Thursday 27th and delivered into the UK the following day.  The latter was (most unusually) first registered on a UK public holiday yesterda, and the HeliHub.com… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-10

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New UK Government initiates review of 1994 Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash

New UK Government initiates review of 1994 Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash

The new Defence Secretary Liam Fox told the Commons an independent review of the evidence surrounding the crash had been promised when the Conservative Party were in opposition.

Source: Loughborough Echo, 28-May-10

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Surrey Police considering merging air unit with Sussex and Hampshire

Surrey Police considering merging air unit with Sussex and Hampshire

Deputy Chief Constable Craig Denholm said the Surrey helicopter cost nearly £2m a year to keep in the air.  “We are completely committed to continuing air support in Surrey,” he said. “But I am not saying we will retain a single helicopter for Surrey.”  [HeliHub.com Editor Note: The accompanying BBC story wrongly features an AS355]

28-May-10

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New EMS helipad opens in Shetland Islands

Health officials say the much-vaunted site will help save lives as casualties are flown in to a dedicated area as close as possible to the Gilbert Bain Hospital.

Source: Shetland Times, 27-May-10

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HMS Gannet’s SAR team record busiest 24 hours

HMS Gannet’s SAR team record busiest 24 hours

In the mist and drizzle of a shrouded West Coast of Scotland the Royal Navy’s helicopter search and rescue duty crew of HMS Gannet have had their busiest 24-hour period of the year so far with no less than five call-outs. Going on call at 0900hrs on the morning of Wednesday 19 May, the crew… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 26-May-10

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Black Cats team launch 2010 season at Duxford Air Show

Black Cats team launch 2010 season at Duxford Air Show

The Black cats kicked off their season for 2010 at the Duxford Spring Air Show in Cambridgeshire. As this was the first event of the season, hopes were high that the weather would hold and the display would flow. Luckily both did! The crowds had already gathered to see the various visitors turn up on… Read more »

26-May-10

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Taunton’s Musgrove Park hospital gets new helipad

Taunton’s Musgrove Park hospital gets new helipad

A new helipad has opened at Musgrove Park hospital in Taunton allowing paramedics to respond more quickly to incidents in isolated areas.  The area is served by an EC135 from Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance

Source: BBC, 26-May-10

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Lynx “9 Alpha” boosts air support in Afghanistan

Lynx “9 Alpha” boosts air support in Afghanistan

Upgraded Army Lynx Mk9A helicopters have arrived for use in Afghanistan after being shipped from the UK, and are already being put to good use. The Lynx Mk9As, with their increased fire power, more powerful engines, and the ability to operate all year in the harsh ‘hot and high’ Afghan environment, have increased the total… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 26-May-10

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Devon Air Ambulance celebrates 16,000 missions

Devon Air Ambulance celebrates 16,000 missions

Devon Air Ambulance is celebrating flying its 16,000th mission across the county. The rescue helicopter was called to Broadwoodkelly at about 1120 BST on Saturday to rescue a lady who had fallen and required hospital treatment.

Source: BBC, 25-May-10

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824 Naval Air Squadron wins flight safety award

824 Naval Air Squadron wins flight safety award

824 Naval Air Squadron, based at Royal Navy Air Station Culdrose near Helston in Cornwall has been awarded the Fleet Air Arm’s Bambara Flight Safety Shield.  This annual award was given to 824 NAS in recognition of the Squadron’s commendable Flight Safety ethos throughout the last year. The shield was presented by Rear Admiral Tom… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 20-May-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Agusta A109E, G-TYCN at Blandford Forum, Dorset on 18th January 2010

Source: AAIB, 18-May-10

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Teenager charged after shining laser pen at UK police helicopter

The crew were able to pinpointed the source of the laser and guided a ground unit to an address in Easington Lane, where a 17-year-old male was arrested.

Source: Northern Echo, 14-May-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Robinson R22 Beta, G-TOMM at Redhill Aerodrome, Surrey on 12-Oct-09 Robinson R44 Astro, G-WEMS at Shobdon Airfield, Herefordshire oin 15-Nov-09

Source: AAIB, 11-May-10

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Selex Galileo plays key role in UK MoD’s Project Baker

Selex Galileo plays key role in UK MoD’s Project Baker

SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica Company and a key player in the Electronic Warfare (EW) market is delighted to announce its successful participation in the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD)’s Project Baker. The Company has been awarded contracts worth in excess of £10 Million as part of an Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) to provide an integrated… Read more »

Source: Selex Galileo, 07-May-10

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77 Royal Navy helicopter crew members receive Afghanistan Operational Service Medals

77 Royal Navy helicopter crew members receive Afghanistan Operational Service Medals

77 Royal Navy Sea King crew members from 857 Naval Air Squadron have been presented with their Afghanistan Operational Service Medals by The Prince of Wales. Naval Officers and Ratings from the Squadron marched from Wellington Barracks past Buckingham Palace and up the Mall to receive the Operational Service Medal at a Royal medal presentation… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 06-May-10

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JSSI Committed to Europe Market with New Farnborough HQ

JSSI Committed to Europe Market with New Farnborough HQ

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the largest, independent provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, celebrated the opening of their new European Headquarters in Farnborough on April 8, 2010. JSSI marked the occasion by hosting a reception for clients and industry leaders who traveled from all over Europe to attend the… Read more »

Source: JSSI, 06-May-10

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UK: Schweizer 300 Joins Trial Lesson Product Range at Helicentre Aviation

UK: Schweizer 300 Joins Trial Lesson Product Range at Helicentre Aviation

The S300CBi is now available to fly on our entire range of trial lessons and flight discovery days at our bases in Leicester and Bournemouth. Ranging from a 20 minute trial lesson through to a flight discovery day, which incorporates a whopping 2 and a half hours of flying, as well as briefings and lunch,… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 01-May-10

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Prince Harry to become Lynx pilot

Prince Harry to become Lynx pilot

“Prince Harry is absolutely determined to return to the front line in Afghanistan and flying the Lynx will give him the best opportunity,” an Army Air Corps source said.

Source: Telegraph, 30-Apr-10

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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