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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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