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First customer AW169 arrived in UK today

First customer AW169 arrived in UK today

HeliHub.com can reveal that this helicopter landed in the UK for the first time in the last hour – arriving at Redhill aerodrome at 13:57 GMT.  The related press release is below: Finmeccanica, through its Helicopter Division, handed over to Specialist Aviation Services its first AgustaWestland AW169 new generation intermediate class helicopter. The helicopter is… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Feb-16

Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance AW169 expected today

Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance AW169 expected today

A new state-of-the art air ambulance is set to be added to the trust’s fleet. See Full Story

Source: Kent Online, 10-Feb-16

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Helicentre Aviation achieves 5,000 hours landmark with Guimbal Cabri fleet

Helicentre Aviation achieves 5,000 hours landmark with Guimbal Cabri fleet

Helicentre Aviation Academy has achieved 5,000 fleet hours with the Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter, a record number of hours flown by a single UK training organisation, and more than 6% of the global Cabri G2 fleet hours, according to statistics from Hélicoptères Guimbal. The French manufactured helicopter was selected to be the company’s flagship training… Read more »

Source: Helicentre, 09-Feb-16

UK Guimbal Cabri fleet poised to double in 2016

UK Guimbal Cabri fleet poised to double in 2016

The United Kingdom is already one of the leading countries for fleets of the two-seat composite Guimbal G2 Cabri helicopter, with 14 delivered to date. In the next five months, a further eight G2s will arrive for customers in the UK, and we are confident for 14 deliveries across the twelve months of 2016 to… Read more »

Source: Cotswold Helicopter Centre, 08-Feb-16

New Director of Sales and Marketing at Sloane Helicopters

New Director of Sales and Marketing at Sloane Helicopters

Sloane Helicopters is delighted to announce that John Parnell has joined the Company as Director of Sales and Marketing. John has had a wide-ranging 17 year aviation career starting as a UK military helicopter pilot, gaining invaluable operational and management experience. More recently, he has held senior executive helicopter sales and leasing positions. John was… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 07-Feb-16

Yorkshire Air Ambulance orders second H145

Yorkshire Air Ambulance orders second H145

The rapid response emergency service announced the replacement of their oldest MD902 Explorer aircraft, G-SASH in the summer of 2015, however plans for a second Airbus H145 model to replace the other MD902 Explorer G-CEMS have been brought forward. The announcement comes after the YAA Chairman Peter Sunderland and Vice-Chairman Bruce Burns, recently visited the… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 04-Feb-16

Starspeed introduces two new team members

Starspeed introduces two new team members

Starspeed is delighted to welcome two new members of staff to the team. David Powell joins as a Line Pilot and Tom Lawlor has joined the Operations Team. David brings 3600 hours of flying to Starspeed and has been a pilot since 1998 when he started flying training with the British Army. He carried out… Read more »

Source: Star Speed, 04-Feb-16

Register Update – United Kingdom – January 2016

Register Update – United Kingdom – January 2016

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, 03-Feb-16

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UK CAA to open exam centre in Trinidad & Tobago

UK CAA to open exam centre in Trinidad & Tobago

On behalf of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA), CAA International (CAAi) is set to open a brand new EASA Part-66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence (AML) electronic examination centre in Piarco, near Port of Spain. The new e-Exam centre will open onApril7th 2016 and will provide candidates in the Caribbean, Central and South America with… Read more »

Source: CAA, 03-Feb-16

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UK Police evolves as two more bases close as planned

UK Police evolves as two more bases close as planned

NPAS – the UK’s National Police Air Service – have closed two more bases as planned. NPAS Ripley closed, and their EC135 will be the third in the upgrade line at Bond Air Services. The first from that process was displayed at Helitech in October 2015, and the second is currently in progress. NPAS Sheffield… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Feb-16

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UK main North Sea oil airport to get £20M investment

UK main North Sea oil airport to get £20M investment

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP today (Monday 1 February 2016) visited Aberdeen International Airport to unveil details of what will be the single largest investment in the airport since the current terminal opened its doors in 1977. A total of £20 million will be invested in the airport resulting in a 50% increase in the… Read more »

Source: Aberdeen Airport, 02-Feb-16

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Museum Acquires A Flying Banana

Museum Acquires A Flying Banana

A rare “Flying Banana” twin rotor helicopter arrived at the Helicopter Museum this week for restoration and future display as part of its collection.A forerunner of the modern Chinook, the aircraft now at the museum is officially a Piasecki H-21 Workhorse, serial number FR41 and was originally built in Pennsylvania for the French Army Air… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 01-Feb-16

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Devon Air Ambulance expanding network of night-capable helipads

Devon Air Ambulance expanding network of night-capable helipads

Budleigh Salterton Town Council was asked to consider a site in the town for the emergency vehicles to land when it’s dark. See Full Story

Source: Exmouth Journal, 01-Feb-16

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Midlands Air Ambulance celebrates 25 years

Midlands Air Ambulance celebrates 25 years

2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the vitally important emergency pre-hospital service provided by Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. Throughout 2016, supported by corporate partner, M6Toll, the charity will be running a series of events and activities to celebrate 25 years of air ambulance operations across the Midlands and the impact the charity has made on… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, 29-Jan-16

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Helicentre Aviation announce winners of scholarships worth £100K

Helicentre Aviation announce winners of scholarships worth £100K

Helicentre Aviation Academy is pleased to announce the award of a Commercial Helicopter Pilot / Flight Instructor Sponsorship as well as its annual Commercial Helicopter Pilot Scholarship, with a combined value in excess of £100,000. Since the launch of its Scholarships programme in 2012 the Academy has already invested over £250,000 into the training of… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 28-Jan-16

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Hampshire and IOW Air Anbulance start night training with H135

Hampshire and IOW Air Anbulance start night training with H135

Last year Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) announced its commitment to full night flying capability, a major step for the charity as a leader in helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS). This week HIOWAA is pleased to announce that their enhanced model H135T3, specially equipped for night flying, has now arrived at the… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 27-Jan-16

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Second Explorer for London’s Air Ambulance now test flying

Second Explorer for London’s Air Ambulance now test flying

The second MD902 Explorer helicopter for London’s Air Ambulance has taken to the air on Friday 22nd January at Gloucestershire Airport on its first UK test flights with the appropriate registration G-LNDN.  The helicopter arrived by road on 9th October in the lime green colour scheme of its previous owners – the Hamad Medical Corporation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jan-16

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Bristow provide more details on new UK SAR bases at Newquay and Prestwick

Bristow provide more details on new UK SAR bases at Newquay and Prestwick

A new era for the UK’s search and rescue (SAR) helicopter operations began January 1, 2016, when the Newquay and Prestwick SAR bases commenced operations, bringing military involvement to an end. A release issued by HM Coastguard to mark the occasion stated: “All of us at HM Coastguard have enormous respect for the search and… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 25-Jan-16

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Helicopter Museum puts in £2 Million Lottery funds bid

Helicopter Museum puts in £2 Million Lottery funds bid

The Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset has entered a £3 million bid with the UK Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to build new facilities for the collection and its visitors. The museum, which holds the world’s largest line-up of rotary-wing aircraft has set itself a £1 million fund raising target to match-fund a £2 million… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 25-Jan-16

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Helicopter Industry Collaborates on Eye-Tracking Research

Helicopter Industry Collaborates on Eye-Tracking Research

The offshore helicopter industry’s unrelenting commitment to safety has again been demonstrated with the launch of collaborative research in Aberdeen to further enhance pilot performance in the cockpit. A safety priority across the industry is to optimise the training and tools provided to offshore crews says Gretchen Haskins, chief executive officer of the global offshore… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 22-Jan-16

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Great Western Air Ambulance has record year in 2015

Great Western Air Ambulance has record year in 2015

The rise is down to our new helicopter, a Eurocopter 135, which arrived at our base in Filton in October 2014. In 2015 HM65 and her crew attended 1,655 life-saving incidents across Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and parts of Wiltshire. This is an increase of 270 incidents compared to 2014, when we… Read more »

Source: Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, 18-Jan-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2016

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Agusta Bell 206B (G-SUEX), loss of engine power in a position from which it was not possible to conduct a safe landing, Flamborough Head, Yorkshire, 16 September 2014 Enstrom 480 (G-IGHH), wire strike, Aldbury, Hertfordshire, 9… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 17-Jan-16

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance completes first year with its Bell 429

Wiltshire Air Ambulance completes first year with its Bell 429

Britain’s Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) has marked the completion of its first year operating as a stand-alone service, which has seen a 10.4% increase in missions.  The WAA helicopter was called out to 537 incidents between 9th January 2015 and 8th January 2016, up from a total of 486 in calendar year 2014.  Prior to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-16

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Devon Air Ambulance helps launch Master’s Degree course for Paramedic air crew

Devon Air Ambulance helps launch Master’s Degree course for Paramedic air crew

A ground-breaking collaboration between Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) and Plymouth University has resulted in a new Master’s Degree course for Paramedic air crew aimed at making them amongst the highest qualified in the profession. The first module on the MSc Pre-hospital Critical Care/Transport and Retrieval degree started in early September and over a three… Read more »

Source: DAAT, 13-Jan-16

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Philanthropist Supports the Future of Pre-Hospital Medicine

Philanthropist Supports the Future of Pre-Hospital Medicine

Lord Beaverbrook visited us at our helipad last week in recognition of his support for the charity through the Beaverbrook Foundation. The Foundation, which supports charitable causes both in the UK and overseas, has generously committed to donate £20,000 per year for the next three years to our Institute of Pre-Hospital Care (“The Institute”). The… Read more »

Source: LAA, 07-Jan-16

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance raises call-out volumes

Wiltshire Air Ambulance raises call-out volumes

There has been an increase in the number of calls-outs by Wiltshire Air Ambulance in the last year following the introduction of a new helicopter.See full story.

Source: Swindon Advertiser, 07-Jan-16

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance Chairman wins big award

Yorkshire Air Ambulance Chairman wins big award

Mr Sunderland, 73, has been a Trustee of the life-saving Charity for over 12 years, with just over 9 of those as its Chairman, and has been responsible for some momentous changes at the YAA in recent years. Mr Sunderland commented “I am overwhelmed to have received this honour from Her Majesty The Queen –… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire, 07-Jan-16

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UK – Aeromega adds R66 to fleet

UK – Aeromega adds R66 to fleet

Cambridge based Aeromega have recently announced the addition of a Robinson R66 to their fleet.  In a blog post, they have said that their customer Marfleet Civil Engineering have just purchased the helicopter and the owners have completed their R66 type ratings. They continue by announcing that Marfleet have agreed that G-RMAR can be added… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-16

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NHV starts in Aberdeen with two H175s

NHV starts in Aberdeen with two H175s

NHV, a fast growing international helicopter operator, pursues its development by rolling out its strategic plan to become a sizeable, alternative player. Finally after five years we established our new base in Aberdeen. NHV is proud to announce that two Airbus H175 helicopters will reinforce the Aberdeen’s fleet. Being present in Aberdeen is very important… Read more »

Source: NHV, 05-Jan-16

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Londons Air Ambulance to trial hand-held brain scanner

Londons Air Ambulance to trial hand-held brain scanner

We are trialling a brain scanner in the pre-hospital environment, to detect on scene for potentially life-threatening head injuries. The Infrascanner works by detecting blood clots on the brain, allowing for earlier and more accurate diagnosis of potentially life-threatening injuries. Early diagnosis will speed up the patient’s access to any further treatment that they may… Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 04-Jan-16

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Heli UK Expo works with UK industry for mutual benefit

Heli UK Expo works with UK industry for mutual benefit

The second ‘Heli UK Leaders Round Table’ discussion took place at Sywell Aerodrome on 10th December 2015 The gathering involved Industry experts from the UK Helicopter Industry for a leaders round table discussion. The informal, off the record meeting was facilitated by Heli UK Expo & Avbuyer. The aim of the discussion was to raise… Read more »

Source: Heli UK Expo, 17-Dec-15

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Bond flies offshore workers halfway by fixed wing

Bond flies offshore workers halfway by fixed wing

Bond Offshore Helicopters, part of the Babcock Mission Critical Services business, has launched an entirely new service which will take passengers to offshore Oil and Gas facilities in the Northern North Sea from Aberdeen via new facilities at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland. Following an agreement with LoganAir, Bond now transport hundreds of passengers a week from… Read more »

Source: Bond, 16-Dec-15

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UK – Second SAR S92 arrives at Prestwick

UK – Second SAR S92 arrives at Prestwick

Bristow Helicopters is all set for the opening of two more UK SAR bases, with the second Sikorsky S92 arriving at Prestwick on Sunday. This means that both Newquay and Prestwick have their compliment of aircraft – two S92s each at the present time – in preparation for live operations. The Sikorsky S92s at Prestwick… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Dec-15

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UK CAA updates website and launches alerting system

UK CAA updates website and launches alerting system

Two significant improvements to the way the UK Civil Aviation Authority provides information to the public and its wide and diverse range of stakeholders have been made today with the launch of a new website and industry alerting system. The website provides a range of enhanced, easily accessible information. It is automatically optimised for mobile… Read more »

Source: U K CAA, 15-Dec-15

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Finmeccanica denies Boeing approached them to buy UK arm of AgustaWestland

Finmeccanica denies Boeing approached them to buy UK arm of AgustaWestland

Italy’s Finmeccanica (SIFI.MI) has not received any offer for the British arm of its helicopter business AgustaWestland and does not plan to sell it anyway, the aerospace and defense group’s chief executive, Mauro Moretti, said on Friday. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 14-Dec-15

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UK – Police and Air Ambulance base at Almondsbury goes to judicial review

UK – Police and Air Ambulance base at Almondsbury goes to judicial review

A PROPOSED helicopter base in Almondsbury could have its planning permission quashed following a judicial review brought forward by nearby residents. See Full Story  

Source: Gazette, 14-Dec-15

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Bond launches North Sea service for sick and injured workers

Bond launches North Sea service for sick and injured workers

Bond Offshore Helicopters – a Babcock Mission Critical Services business – has launched a new service today that allows sick or injured passengers, including those who can’t wear a lifejacket or survival suit, to be brought back to shore by helicopter. Previously people who were too ill to fly either had to wait offshore until… Read more »

Source: Bond, 14-Dec-15

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Oil & Gas UK urges North Sea pilots not to strike

Oil & Gas UK urges North Sea pilots not to strike

Offshore Energy reported Thursday that North Sea helicopter pilots had indicated strong support for strike action if helicopter companies do not make serious improvements in the way they deal with job losses. See Full Story

Source: OffShore Energy Today, 11-Dec-15

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UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2015

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Eurocopter (Deutschland) EC135 T2+ (G-SPAO), crashed in Glasgow City Centre, Scotland, on 29 November 2013

Source: AAIB, 10-Dec-15

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East Anglian Air Ambulance marks 15 years

East Anglian Air Ambulance marks 15 years

The East Anglian Air Ambulance is celebrating it’s 15th birthday.See full story.

Source: KL.FM 96.7, 10-Dec-15

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Bell renews Amarillo lease for three years

Bell renews Amarillo lease for three years

Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport extends Bell Helicopter’s lease for three more years with an option to renews that five more times in the future.See full story.

Source: Myhighplains, 10-Dec-15

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Advance Helicopters widen fleet with an R66

Advance Helicopters widen fleet with an R66

British training school Advance Helicopters have added a Robinson R66 to their fleet recently with a new customer-owned example delivered via Robinson dealer Heli Air.  Serial 0631 is registered G-FLOE and in an all-black scheme, and is based with Advance at Shoreham Airport on Britain’s south coast. The R66 joins a varied fleet.  Advance operates… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-15

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Starspeed to train pilots how to handle Automation

Starspeed to train pilots how to handle Automation

The new breed of helicopters coming out of manufacturers stables, are exciting state-of-the-art aircraft. The latest design, technology and engineering providing sleeker, more efficient and comparatively affordable machines; machines that are increasingly sophisticated, having a high level of automation. It’s all excellent news in increasing accessibility to helicopters as a means of transport, however while… Read more »

Source: Starspeed, 08-Dec-15

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Vector completes last Lynx overhaul

Vector completes last Lynx overhaul

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, held a recognition ceremony on Friday 4th December to commemorate the last Depth maintenance event to be completed on a UK Armed Forces Lynx helicopter at the company’s Fleetlands site in Gosport. The event, which recognised the site’s 37-year support… Read more »

Source: Vector, 08-Dec-15

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UK receives 60th Chinook

UK receives 60th Chinook

Boeing has confirmed delivery of the 14th Mk.6 Chinook to the UK’s Royal Air Force, taking its fleet to 60 aircraft.  The event also coincided with the 35th anniversary of Chinook operations for the UK. “Since they were introduced into service in 1980, our Chinook fleet has played an integral supporting role for British forces and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Dec-15

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PDG Helicopters starts newly-expanded lighthouse contract

PDG Helicopters starts newly-expanded lighthouse contract

PDG Helicopters – based in Scotland – has this week started a new seven year contract to support of lighthouses around the coasts of UK and Ireland, the first time this has been flown as a single contract. Up to now there have been three separate contracts for the Corporation of Trinity House (covering England… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Dec-15

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UK CAA extends pilot training on permit aircraft

UK CAA extends pilot training on permit aircraft

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today announced that initial pilot training will now be possible in aircraft with national permit to fly certification if the pilot being trained is the owner, or a joint owner, of the aircraft being used. Today’s announcement builds on previous exemptions from the UK Air Navigation Order to… Read more »

Source: CAA, 03-Dec-15

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Vector facility at Fleetlands wins manufacturing award

Vector facility at Fleetlands wins manufacturing award

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that its Fleetlands facility in Gosport, UK, was selected as the ‘Large Manufacturing Company of the Year’ at the 2015 Made in the South East Awards. The awards ceremony, which was held in Guildford on November… Read more »

Source: Vector, 01-Dec-15

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Thames Valley Air Ambulance wins regional awards

Thames Valley Air Ambulance wins regional awards

Thames Valley Air Ambulance has been awarded for the significant impact it has made to the region at the Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards, held in Reading on Thursday 19 November 2015. Winning ‘Charity of the Year’, sponsored by James Cowper Kreston, the Charity demonstrated to the judges outstanding achievement and service to its beneficiaries,… Read more »

Source: TVAA, 30-Nov-15

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance submits outline plans for new base

Wiltshire Air Ambulance submits outline plans for new base

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) is progressing its plans to move onto a single base from where both helicopter operations and all charity functions can be run.  WAA has confirmed they have  submitted an Outline Planning Application to Wiltshire Council for its proposals at a 12.6 acre (5.1 hectare) site on land at Outmarsh Farm, Semington,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-15

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UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2015

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, 25-Nov-15

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Second Bristow S92 arrives at Newquay for UK SAR contract

Second Bristow S92 arrives at Newquay for UK SAR contract

Local press has confirmed the arrival of the second Sikorsky S92 at Newquay, ready for the new SAR base to open under the operation of Bristow Helicopters. As the UK SAR provision transitions from a mixture of civil and military over to a single dedicated civil contract, so Bristow is opening up bases over a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Nov-15

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Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance doctor wins Lifetime Achievement award

Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance doctor wins Lifetime Achievement award

Almost 350 guests celebrated the best and brightest from the air ambulance community on Monday night at the National Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2015. Award hosts, BBC News presenter Sophie Long and Helicopter Heroes presenter Rav Wilding handed out 11 Awards to outstanding individuals and teams, whose stories were inspirational, astonishing and humbling. The… Read more »

Source: Lincs and Notts, 23-Nov-15

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London’s Air Ambulance app wins award

London’s Air Ambulance app wins award

Last night we collected two key awards at the Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2015. Our life-saving dispatch app, developed in partnership with EE and Mubaloo, won the ‘Innovation’ category and Consultant, Dr Gareth Grier, won ‘Doctor of the Year’. We were also runner up in three other categories. Air ambulances from across the UK… Read more »

Source: LAA, 23-Nov-15

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New CEO at Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance

New CEO at Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance

A new Chief Executive Officer will soon be leading the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust. Karen Jobling will soon take over the helm of our Charity. Our long serving CEO, Peter Aldrick, who has overseen the successful expansion and development of the life-saving service during the past 16 years, will retire in mid-January… Read more »

Source: Lincs And Notts, 20-Nov-15

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FlightSafety offers new SAR course for S92 pilots

FlightSafety offers new SAR course for S92 pilots

FlightSafety announces that it now offers a new comprehensive Search and Rescue training course for pilots who fly the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter. It is available at FlightSafety’s Learning Centers in West Palm Beach, Florida and at the Farnborough airport in the United Kingdom. “Pilots who fly the Sikorsky S-92 will benefit from FlightSafety’s new scenario-based,… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 18-Nov-15

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UK Government funds two Airbus Helicopter projects

UK Government funds two Airbus Helicopter projects

Airbus Helicopters, the UK’s leading turbine helicopter company, has received funding from the Department for Business Innovations and Skills (BIS) for two separate projects: one supported by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and the other through Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI). These projects, the first time Airbus Helicopters has participated in UK Government-led industrial… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 18-Nov-15

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Bond Offshore Helicopters fit Konecranes girder crane in new Aberdeen hangar

Bond Offshore Helicopters fit Konecranes girder crane in new Aberdeen hangar

It was not just Konecranes engineering expertise that came under the spotlight recently, but also its logistical capabilities. And it all centred on the world’s leading lifting equipment manufacturer transporting an under-running double girder crane spanning 36 metres from its crane-manufacturing site in East Kilbride to Aberdeen Airport. Once onsite, the two tonne capacity crane… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 18-Nov-15

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UK CAA approves first use of white phosphor goggles

UK CAA approves first use of white phosphor goggles

Aviation Specialties Unlimited and UK operator Specialist Aviation Services have obtained UK CAA approval for the use of White Phosphor night vision goggles on the MD Explorer. ASU president Jim Winkel says this is the first UK CAA approval for the use of White Phosphor NVGs.  ASU expects demand to increase as more UK operators… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Nov-15

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Bond continues Blackpool operations on smaller fleet

Bond continues Blackpool operations on smaller fleet

Bond Offshore Helicopters has reduced its fleet at its Blackpool base, but continues to maintain operations supporting offshore rigs in the Irish Sea. Initially launched with a fleet of four N3 Dauphins, the base at Blackpool serves gas rigs between the English coast and the Isle of Man – an area often known as Morecambe… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Nov-15

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Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance plan new operational base

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance plan new operational base

Nearly 100 people have attended an exhibition showing plans for a new air ambulance base in Paddock Wood. See full story.

Source: Kent Online, 12-Nov-15

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UK CAA publishes 60 day update on GA work

UK CAA publishes 60 day update on GA work

Significant progress continues to be made to make regulation of the UK’s General Aviation (GA) sector more proportionate and evidence-based, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said today. In the sixth regular update to confirm its work in the area the CAA said that in the last 60 days it had: Helped balloon and glider… Read more »

Source: CAA, 11-Nov-15

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First Bristow SAR S92 arrives at Prestwick

First Bristow SAR S92 arrives at Prestwick

The first of two state of the art Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue helicopters has arrived at the new HM Coastguard base at Prestwick Airport, ready to begin operations in January 2016. The aircraft and the base are operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd on behalf of HM Coastguard after the company was awarded the ten… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 06-Nov-15

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UK – HELP Appeal pledges $1 Million for Manchester hospital helipad

UK – HELP Appeal pledges $1 Million for Manchester hospital helipad

The HELP Appeal – the only charity in the country dedicated to delivering helicopter landing pads at all Major Trauma Centers and key A&E hospitals across England and Scotland – has pledged £1 million to Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) Charity’s new helipad appeal. A huge kick start to its fundraising campaign,… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 06-Nov-15

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UK CAA signs safety MoU with Kazakhstan

UK CAA signs safety MoU with Kazakhstan

The Minister of Investments and Development (MID) of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Asset Issekeshev has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CAA International (CAAi), the State-to-State advisory arm of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA). Witnessed by British Prime Minister, David Cameron and Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan, the MoU supports future collaboration… Read more »

Source: CAA, 05-Nov-15

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Three North Sea energy firms collaborate on AW139 contract

Three North Sea energy firms collaborate on AW139 contract

Petrofac, Faroe Petroleum and Eni Hewett have established an innovative cost saving partnership to drive efficiencies and commercial synergies across their UK operations in the Southern North Sea. The tripartite agreement sees collaboration between Petrofac (Duty Holder) and the respective equity owners and operators of the Hewett, Schooner and Ketch gas fields to share logistics… Read more »

Source: Petrofac, 05-Nov-15

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Two more UK police forces to trial drones

Two more UK police forces to trial drones

Police are to embark on a six-month trial of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), more commonly known as drones, in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset to aid officers in a number of policing matters including missing people searches and crime scene photography. Starting on the 2nd of November, police in Devon and Cornwall will be able to… Read more »

Source: Devon & Cornwall Police,, 05-Nov-15

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Bristow UK cuts back on apprentice program

Bristow UK cuts back on apprentice program

Apprentices are the latest group to be affected by Bristow’s job cuts. See Full Story

Source: Energy Voice, 05-Nov-15

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Pilot fined for landing in London Control Zone without clearance

Pilot fined for landing in London Control Zone without clearance

A helicopter pilot who illegally entered controlled airspace, causing disruption to flights at London Heathrow Airport, has been successfully prosecuted by the Civil Aviation Authority.  Christopher Kiley was flying from Wycombe Air Park to Cliveden House, Buckinghamshire, when he entered the London Control Zone, without air traffic control clearance, just after 1pm on 30 April,… Read more »

Source: CAA, 29-Oct-15

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QinetiQ wins £5.2m contract to support UK Chinook upgrade

QinetiQ wins £5.2m contract to support UK Chinook upgrade

QinetiQ has signed a £5.2m contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to independently evaluate Boeing’s Digital Automatic Flight Control System upgrades to the Chinook helicopter. As Boeing conducts a series of upgrades to the aircraft, QinetiQ will provide independent technical evaluation and advice to the MOD Chinook Project Team. QinetiQ will work with… Read more »

Source: QinetiQ, 29-Oct-15

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Bright colours revealed for EC135 for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance

Bright colours revealed for EC135 for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance

HeliHub.com was the first media outlet to confirm that Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance were going to update from their Bo105 to the larger EC135 helicopter, in our article on 22nd September, the day after the EC135 was registered by the Civil Aviation Authority as G-SCAA.  What we can now reveal is the colour scheme of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Oct-15

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Colours revealed for Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance new H135

Colours revealed for Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance new H135

The new Airbus Helicopters H135 G-HIOW was delivered to Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance at Thruxton on Saturday 24th October, and is currently working alongside the previous EC135T2 G-KRNW – which in turn is better known for the time it spent in Cornwall. G-HIOW is seen photographed here (and © Copyright 2015) by Keith C… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Oct-15

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First Chinooks arrive at RAF Benson

First Chinooks arrive at RAF Benson

The first Chinook helicopters and around 150 personnel moved to RAF Benson on Wednesday as the Chinook Operational Conversion Flight joined their Puma colleagues. The Chinook Operational Conversion Flight, which will eventually see 6 Chinook aircraft based at RAF Benson, joined the Puma Operational Conversion Flight to form the combined Puma and Chinook Operational Conversion… Read more »

Source: Chinooks, 27-Oct-15

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Herts Air Ambulance opens its first charity shop

Herts Air Ambulance opens its first charity shop

Christmas shoppers in Ware will be in for a treat from early December as Herts Air Ambulance opens the doors to its first Charity Shop, just in time for Christmas. The Charity Shop located at 3, High Street in Ware, will be a huge boost to the Charity – helping to ensure its life-saving helicopters… Read more »

Source: Herts Air Ambulance, 27-Oct-15

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Wildcat becomes first helicopter to land at St Helena Airport

Wildcat becomes first helicopter to land at St Helena Airport

The Royal Navy achieved an historic milestone when HMS Lancaster’s Wildcat helicopter became the first rotary-wing aircraft to land at the island of St Helena’s new airport. Sitting 1,200 miles off the coast of African and 1,800 miles from South America, St Helena is one of the most remote islands in the world – but… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 27-Oct-15

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