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11 year North Sea windfarm contract placed for UK-based AW139 and AW169s

11 year North Sea windfarm contract placed for UK-based AW139 and AW169s

CHC Group has signed a contract with DONG Energy to provide aviation services for the first phase of DONG Energy’s Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm. Hornsea Project One will be the biggest windfarm in the world, capable of supplying clean electricity to well over one million homes. It will be built 120km off the… Read more »

Source: CHC, 22-Sep-17

30 year anniversary of EMS Air Ambulances in the UK

30 year anniversary of EMS Air Ambulances in the UK

Thirty years ago, the first air ambulance service was formed in Cornwall.  More recently, Northern Ireland; the only area within the UK without such a service, became operational. Since then, these critical life-saving services have invested funds to expand their operations, increased their operating hours to operate at night, upgraded to larger aircrafts, increased their… Read more »

Source: AOAA, 14-Sep-17

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UK – NPAS reports progress in securing new London base

UK – NPAS reports progress in securing new London base

The National Police Air Service (NPAS) has for some time been reviewing options for an alternative future site to serve London and the South East of England. The need to find a new site has been driven by the leasing costs for the current NPAS London base at Lippitts Hill, Essex. Earlier this year, it… Read more »

Source: The National Police Air Service, 13-Sep-17

Bristow St Athan SAR base marks 500th mission

Bristow St Athan SAR base marks 500th mission

The ST ATHAN HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter team has completed its 500th mission milestone since Bristow Helicopters commenced SAR operations on behalf of HM Coastguard in October 2015.  The base was one of the first purpose-built sites created as Bristow took responsibility for the UK SAR service, with each new base representing… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 12-Sep-17

UK training school to exhibit at German careers event

UK training school to exhibit at German careers event

It’s now less than two weeks to go until the 16th September, when we’ll be over in Germany exhibiting with Pilot Careers Live at the Maritim ProArte Hotel in Berlin! We’re looking forward to meeting prospective trainee pilots from all over Europe and hope to be able to give an insight into the training and… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 11-Sep-17

BAC Accreditation Awarded to Helicentre

BAC Accreditation Awarded to Helicentre

Helicentre Aviation is delighted to announce it has become the first helicopter pilot training organisation in the UK to receive the prestigious recognition of the British Accreditation Council (BAC). This accreditation enables Helicentre Aviation to sponsor international students from across the globe so they can acquire short term study visas for pilot training. The BAC… Read more »

Source: Helicentre, 11-Sep-17

24 month approval given for UK windfarm heliport

24 month approval given for UK windfarm heliport

A temporary helipad at Great Oakley Airfield, to be used to ferry offshore wind farm workers, has been given approval for 24-months despite much controversy. The 24-month period is to give the Tendring Council’s planning committee more time to decide whether to allow Galloper Offshore Wind Ltd a permanent base at the Harwich International Port…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Aug-17

UK Perspective on Military Helicopter Flight Training will be delivered by St Andrew’s Aviation

UK Perspective on Military Helicopter Flight Training will be delivered by St Andrew’s Aviation

In an era of dwindling budget and increased deployments, military flight training organisations will need to be much more creative and reassess their structure to overcome challenges and align more closely with the Civil Aviation regulations. Speaking at SMi’s Military Flight Training conference this October, Major (Retd.) Peter Dean, Director of St Andrew’s Aviation will… Read more »

Source: SMi Group, 21-Aug-17

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Royal Bournemouth Hospital upgrades helipad

Royal Bournemouth Hospital upgrades helipad

The first air ambulance landed on the Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s (RBH) new helipad yesterday, following a complete rebuild, funded by the HELP Appeal. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’s AW169 landed on the new pad, which allows larger aircraft to land and to land during the night. The rebuild, which came to £119,000, was completely funded… Read more »

Source: HELP, 18-Aug-17

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Bristow vocalise current H225 thought process

Bristow vocalise current H225 thought process

In a recent investor call, Jonathan Baliff – President and CEO of Bristow Group – said the following on the company’s position on the Airbus H225 helicopter and their current plans for its Return To Service. “You may be aware that the civil aviation authorities in the United Kingdom and Norway recently issued directives that… Read more »

Source: SeekingAlpha, 15-Aug-17

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Bristow adds offshore AW189 in UK – impacts SAR fleet too

Bristow adds offshore AW189 in UK – impacts SAR fleet too

Today, Bristow Helicopters is taking delivery of another AW189 from the Leonardo factory in Italy – serial 89002 and registered G-OENC. This will join the first two Bristow offshore AW189s G-OENA and G-OENB in the near future. The crew made a lunch stop at Clermont-Ferrand in France en route to the UK. The new aircraft… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Aug-17

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CHC to add AW189 and H175 to fleet

CHC to add AW189 and H175 to fleet

Currenty in flight test at the Leonardo factory in Italy is an AW189 in full CHC livery.  However, it is not a brand new aircraft and we believe it may have been stored at the facility for over two years.  When seen in March 2015, serial 49022 was wearing the livery of Nigerian opertor Caverton… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jul-17

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Londons Air Ambulance appoints 11 medical consultants

Londons Air Ambulance appoints 11 medical consultants

London’s Air Ambulance charity and Barts Health NHS Trust have appointed 11 consultants to join the service.  This large investment to move to a consultant delivered service will ensure we are ready to deliver the future of advanced trauma care to London. We are continually innovating ways to prevent unnecessary deaths from trauma, and procedures… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 25-Jul-17

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First Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Mk.4 flies

First Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Mk.4 flies

Pale grey is the new green. This is the very first of the Royal Marines new steeds to drop in on its future home. This is a second-generation battlefield Merlin, factory model MLSP 1, tail number ZJ122, making a brief debut at Yeovilton. It went into the factory at nearby Leonardo (previously Agusta-Westland) in Yeovil… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy UK, 24-Jul-17

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Two UK police forces join to form operational drone unit

Two UK police forces join to form operational drone unit

Devon & Cornwall and Dorset Police have become the first police forces in the UK to launch a fully operational drone unit. The latest in drone technology has been trialled in the respective forces since November 2015 and such has been their benefit, an operational drone unit has been created; the first of its kind in… Read more »

Source: Devon & Cornwall Police, 19-Jul-17

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HeliOffshore collaborates on EC225 safety case

HeliOffshore collaborates on EC225 safety case

HeliOffshore operators are working with UK and Norwegian authorities to release the technical data used to justify their decision on 7 July to lift operating restrictions on Airbus Helicopters H225LP and AS332L2 Super Puma helicopters. The offshore helicopter industry’s global safety association says that without having all available data its members cannot determine whether or… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 18-Jul-17

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Bristow SAR base at Stornoway joins national contract

Bristow SAR base at Stornoway joins national contract

Stornoway’s Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base has officially transferred into the UK SAR contract, becoming the 10th and final base to enter the nationwide Coastguard SAR helicopter network operated by Bristow Helicopters on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). For the past four years the Stornoway base has been part of… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 13-Jul-17

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BP parks decision on allowing offshore workers to fly on EC225

BP parks decision on allowing offshore workers to fly on EC225

Oil company BP is being reported by Energy Voice as saying it will not consider allowing its offshore workforce using Airbus EC225 or AS332L2 helicopters until the Norwegian investigation authority AIBN has completed and reported on its work regarding the CHC accident of April 2016. This news comes after the UK and Norwegian CAAs both… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jul-17

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UK – helipad opens at Aintree University Hospital

UK – helipad opens at Aintree University Hospital

A new £1m helicopter landing pad at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool received its first visitors as part of an inaugural test flight by the North West Air Ambulance. Medics say the helipad – which is operational from Monday 3rd July – will save vital minutes when transferring trauma patients from air ambulance into the… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 07-Jul-17

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UK MoD Announces £48M Apache Training Contract

UK MoD Announces £48M Apache Training Contract

The Defence Secretary announced a £48m contract extension to train air and ground crew on the Apache AH64-D at the RUSI Landwarfare Conference. The contract will support around 70 jobs, and the reorganisation of the Royal Signals and Intelligence Corps to better meet current and future challenges. Coverage is carried in the Daily Mail, which reflects that the… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 07-Jul-17

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SAS delivers next AW169 Air Ambulance

SAS delivers next AW169 Air Ambulance

UK-based Specialist Aviation Services is pleased to announce the delivery of its fourth AW169 air ambulance into UK service. The aircraft will be operated from North Weald airfield on behalf of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance and enters service as the charity celebrates 20 years of service. The aircraft, with its distinctive new livery features… Read more »

Source: Specialist Aviation Services, 07-Jul-17

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CHC bows out of UK SAR

CHC bows out of UK SAR

CHC is now bowing out of Portland search and rescue work. Starting in 1995, the base provided 12-hour emergency rescue services. The Portland team have served the western end of Hampshire through to South Wales, reports ITV.

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jun-17

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New Clinical Best AAA issues Practice Guidance on Advanced Analgesia and Sedation

New Clinical Best AAA issues Practice Guidance on Advanced Analgesia and Sedation

A new Clinical Best Practice Guidance document has been issued by the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) on ‘Advanced analgesia and sedation’ to promote best practice in advanced prehospital care, delivered by UK Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS). The new Best Practice Guide joined three other Guides being republished following updates; ‘Defibrillation and Pacing during… Read more »

Source: AAA, 16-Jun-17

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance Airfield Lights Up

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Airfield Lights Up

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance has secured funding and taken delivery of a new airfield lighting system that will assist its helicopter whilst taking off and landing safely at its airbase in Devizes at night. The purchase of the new lighting, a HEMS-Star portable helipad lighting system, has been funded by a donation of £6,950 from the… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 14-Jun-17

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UK Air Ambulance AW169s go to work at last

UK Air Ambulance AW169s go to work at last

Following our article “EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly“, HeliHub.com can now confirm that the first three AW169s enter service today after delivery from Specialist Aviation Services on Friday 9th.  Late in the afternoon the company flew a photo sortie with the aircraft for Kent, Surrey & Sussex, Dorset & Somerset, and Lincolnshire… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jun-17

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Pakistan buys seven British Sea

Pakistan buys seven British Sea

Sea King helicopters purchased from the UK, were formally handed over to Pakistan Navy on 24 May 2017, in a ceremony attended by H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK. Mr Christopher Bob Richardson represented the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) in the formal handing over ceremony. Contract for purchase of seven… Read more »

Source: Pakistan High Commission, 12-Jun-17

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New Bell representative for UK and Ireland

New Bell representative for UK and Ireland

The Heli UK Expo event on June 1-3 provided the launch for the new Bell representatives in the UK.  While Heli Charter continue maintenance and operations as before, but have in recent months ceased being both a Bell CSF (Certified Service Facility) and a Bell IR (Independent Representative).  This is due to the medical condition… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jun-17

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New Penzance HP on hold while fixed-wing competitor launches judicial review

New Penzance HP on hold while fixed-wing competitor launches judicial review

The proposed new heliport at Penzance on the south-west tip of the UK is currently on hold, and thus the restarting of scheduled flights with AW139 equipment to the Isles of Scilly will also have a delayed start.  The pause has been in place since the parent company of Skybus – the fixed wing competitor… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-17

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Sloane Helicopters expands Leonardo in UK and Ireland with AW169 and GrandNew orders

Sloane Helicopters expands Leonardo in UK and Ireland with AW169 and GrandNew orders

[HeliHub editor note – this press release is verbatim from Leonardo, so if you want to comment on the wording…..] Growing success of helicopters Sloane Helicopters in the United Kingdom and Ireland . At the air show EBACE in Geneva just ended, Sloane Helicopters , distribution company of AgustaWestland VIP aircraft for the region, has… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 30-May-17

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Cabri G2 delivered by new UK distributor HeliGroup

Cabri G2 delivered by new UK distributor HeliGroup

The latest Guimbal Cabri G2 has been sold by UK distributor, HeliGroup and is the first delivered from their Guimbal Centre of Excellence, Oxford. The helicopter has been bought by Darren Robson. An experienced private pilot who has owned a number of helicopters, most recently, an Airbus H120. H120 and the Cabri G2 synergies meant… Read more »

Source: HeliGroup, 18-May-17

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UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2017

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2017

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, 18-May-17

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EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly

EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly

Four AW169 helicopters have so far been delivered from the factory in Italy to British operator Specialist Aviation Services (SAS), but none are yet in service.  With the medical interior completion by SAS, various aspects of the work have required STC approval from EASA, and while that part would always be expected to take some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-17

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Babcock rotates UK Dauphin N3 fleet

Babcock rotates UK Dauphin N3 fleet

Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore are in the process of rotating their AS365N3 fleet, which are based at Blackpool and serve offshore gas installations in the Irish Sea.  In recent weeks they have received two helicopters, one from Germany and one from Tunisia. The German example D-HAVU was previously in the Babcock (Bond) fleet as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-May-17

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New Coastguard SAR Helicopter at Prestwick Airport

New Coastguard SAR Helicopter at Prestwick Airport

From early May, the south-west coast of Scotland will see a new Coastguard search and rescue helicopter in the skies. The new Leonardo AW189 helicopter is the first of two AW189s that will operate from the Coastguard base at Prestwick Airport. It will spend the next few months flying in the area on training missions… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 05-May-17

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05-May-17 G-MATH Airbus AS350B3 Wycombe Air Park, UK

Landed on its port side with minimal damage to anything on the starboard side (stabiliser, tail rotor), although starboard skid somewhat bent.  Possible dynamic roll-over.  3 POB all to hospital, one with life-threatening injuries

05-May-17

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02-May-17 G-MCGG Sikorsky S92 Kirkfieldbank, UK

Helicopter went unserviceable on the ground at an emergency callout

02-May-17

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Great North Air Ambulance Submits Plans for New Base

Great North Air Ambulance Submits Plans for New Base

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has submitted plans for a new operational base as well as Medical Centre of Excellence. They plan to build the base at Urlay Nook. The plans include a 1,500 sqm hangar that can house three aircraft, dormitories and an office building, reports Cumbria Crack. The estimated total costs… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-May-17

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Cornwall Air Ambulance celebrating 30 years of saving lives

Cornwall Air Ambulance celebrating 30 years of saving lives

Around 200 people packed the hangar at Cornwall Air Ambulance headquarters to celebrate 30 years of saving lives. In April 1987, Cornwall became the first place in the UK to launch an air ambulance helicopter service. Now 30 years on and more than 26,000 missions later, a roster of crew past and present, airlifted patients, trustees,… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 25-Apr-17

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UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2017

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2017

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, 17-Apr-17

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Brighton Helipad receives first installment of £500,000

Brighton Helipad receives first installment of £500,000

The 3Ts Redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital, in Brighton, has received its first donation – an instalment of £500,000 of its £1m pledge – from the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the UK dedicated to providing this essential funding. The new helipad, which will be situated on the roof of the Thomas… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 11-Apr-17

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Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance to Remain at Redhill

Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance to Remain at Redhill

The Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance has just signed a new 25-year lease to remain at the Redhill Aerodrome in Surrey. Many locals feared that the air ambulance would have to leave due to development at Redhill. The Argus reports that the decision to stay at Redhill was “essential.”  

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Apr-17

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Leonardo provides helicopter for the Prince of Wales’ Tour of Italy

Leonardo provides helicopter for the Prince of Wales’ Tour of Italy

On the occasion of the recent tour to Italy by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, Leonardo provided a modern AW139 helicopter to allow rapid transport between some of the trip’s main locations in comfort and with the highest safety standards. The aircraft was used on April 1st and 2nd for transportation purposes to… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Apr-17

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Helisota and Cobham Helicopter Academy to partner on maintenance and training

Helisota and Cobham Helicopter Academy to partner on maintenance and training

Helisota, an international provider of integrated MRO and training services for rotorcraft aviation, has signed a cooperation agreement with a UK-based Cobham Helicopter Academy. The two companies will partner on developing and providing joint training programs for helicopter maintenance personnel and other specialists. Starting the cooperation, Helisota’s customers will receive access to a wider range… Read more »

Source: Helisota, 31-Mar-17

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AW189 enters UK SAR operations today

AW189 enters UK SAR operations today

The HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base in Lee-On-Solent will start flying the new Leonardo AW189 helicopter for SAR operations from 1 pm on Friday 31st March.   The new £20 million AW189 helicopters are painted in red and white HM Coastguard colours, and operated by Bristow Helicopters Limited on behalf of HM Coastguard…. Read more »

Source: HM Coastguard, 31-Mar-17

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Seacoast Helicopters Gets Green Light on Hangar Lease

Seacoast Helicopters Gets Green Light on Hangar Lease

Seacoast Helicopters was given the go ahead on Thursday by the Pease Development Authority’s Board of Directors for a lease to build a new hangar. The new facility will consist of 9,600 square-feet and will be located just off 53 Exeter Street. As reported by NH1, the project will come to a cost of $1.7… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Mar-17

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SEA supplies Helicopter Simulator technology to Air Ambulance Sector

SEA supplies Helicopter Simulator technology to Air Ambulance Sector

The simulator comprises a large curved screen in the cockpit and 42-inch touch screen monitor in the rear compartment. The system enables members of the public to experience a helicopter take off as well as giving them the opportunity to learn more about the aircraft (EC135 helicopter), the aircrew   and the on board medical equipment… Read more »

Source: SEA, 17-Mar-17

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UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2017

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2017

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, 16-Mar-17

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Queen Victoria Hospital Closer to Helipad

Queen Victoria Hospital Closer to Helipad

The vision for a helipad at Queen Victoria Hospital is soon to be a reality, with volunteers having raised $380,000 so far. Steven Hui, Revelstoke District Health Foundation’s chair, has commented that they are expecting “big announcements” in the coming weeks. The Health Foundation started fundraising in November, and with a few months to go,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Mar-17

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Approval Given for Queens Medical Centre Helipad

Approval Given for Queens Medical Centre Helipad

Queen’s Medical Centre has finally received approval for the construction of a helipad. Currently, air ambulances are landing on the sports fields of University of Nottingham and then transported to the hospital via road ambulance. The use of a helipad will cut transfer times from 20 minutes to 2 minutes, reports West Brigford Wire.

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Mar-17

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Consolidation coming to the UK air ambulance market?

Consolidation coming to the UK air ambulance market?

Two UK air ambulance charities have recently collaborated to create a new post – under the title of Head of Operations, the candidate will be responsible to the CEOs off both organisations.  The person taking up this role “will act as a senior member of the charities’ management teams with specific responsibilities for the delivery… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Mar-17

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Sea Skua is fired for the last time from HMS Portland’s Lynx

Sea Skua is fired for the last time from HMS Portland’s Lynx

The Sea Skua missile all but wiped out Saddam Hussein’s Navy single-handedly in the first Gulf War in 1991, wrecking 14 enemy ships. But with the Lynx helicopter which carries it, just weeks away from being retired, the missiles were launched for the final time in the middle of the Atlantic as HMS Portland let… Read more »

Source: UK's Royal Navy, 06-Mar-17

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National Grid moves to Robinson R44s for UK gas pipeline contract

National Grid moves to Robinson R44s for UK gas pipeline contract

For at least the last 35 years, the UK gas pipelines have been surveyed by single turbine helicopters, mainly Bell 206 JetRangers, but there was a interlude of a few years when the task was completed using Hughes 500Cs as well as a short-lived attempt using Schweizer 333s.  In a break with this tradition, NationalGrid… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Feb-17

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British Wildcats Struggle with Data Transfer

British Wildcats Struggle with Data Transfer

The British Military have been using their new Leonardo Wildcat helicopters for two years, even though they still do not have a tactical data link (TDL) capability installed. This means the crew have had to use voice communication, via radios or other media such as USB sticks to transfer the needed information. Due to budget… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Feb-17

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UK distributor launches Guimbal Centre of Excellence

UK distributor launches Guimbal Centre of Excellence

The UK distributor for the French-built composite two-seat Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter is expanding into new facilities. HeliGroup is establishing a Centre of Excellence at Oxford Airport, to include a new sales office and training centre. The company is launching a new sales office within the Airbus Helicopters UK complex, as well as a dedicated… Read more »

Source: HeliGroup, 21-Feb-17

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UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2017

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2017

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Westland Scout AH1 (G-BYRX), control restriction, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, 29 December 2015 Robinson R66 (N166MG), heavy landing, private site, Stowe, Buckinghamshire, 15 August 2016

Source: AAIB, 17-Feb-17

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New Boeing Base Creates 1,500 Job Opportunities

New Boeing Base Creates 1,500 Job Opportunities

Boeings new Boscombe Down base will bring 1,500 jobs to the local community. They hope to have their number of staff up from 1,300 to 4,000 by 2025. The new base is being constructed due to the contract Boeing signed with the Government for 50 AH-64E Apache helicopters. As reported by Andover Advertiser, the new… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Feb-17

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UK Guimbal distributor expands with new investment

UK Guimbal distributor expands with new investment

The ownership of the UK distributor for the Guimbal Cabri G2 has changed following the introduction of a significant amount of capital by HeliGroup.  This move is expected to lead to the sales and leasing of Cabri G2 helicopters moving up a gear, building on the existing success of the UK having the largest national… Read more »

Source: Cotswold, 03-Feb-17

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New Penzance Heliport approved

New Penzance Heliport approved

Cornwall Council this morning voted unanimously to approve planning permission for a new heliport in Pmenzance which will enable the vital air link to the Isles of Scilly to bereinstated. Flights to the islands of St Mary’s and Tresco are expected to restart in spring 2018 using an AgustaWestland AW139. No operator has yet been… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Feb-17

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Fund Wiltshire Air Ambulance new airbase by joining the 100 Club

Fund Wiltshire Air Ambulance new airbase by joining the 100 Club

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance is calling on businesses to get onboard its major fundraising appeal for its new airbase at Semington, near Melksham, by joining The 100 Club. The charity has a strong track record working with businesses who raise money towards the day to day costs of its lifesaving service. It has now created The… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 01-Feb-17

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New era on North Sea as oil company buys two H175s

New era on North Sea as oil company buys two H175s

HeliHub.com understands from reliable sources in the offshore helicopter industry that oil company Nexen Petroleum is the principal behind the acquisition of two Airbus H175 helicopters to be operated by Babcock MCS Offshore. We approached Nexen to validate their involvement, but their Corporate Communications lead in Aberdeen declined to comment. Babcock also declined to comment,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-17

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Captain Eric Browns medal’s home safe to be exhibited

Captain Eric Browns medal’s home safe to be exhibited

Medals awarded to the Royal Navy’s most decorated pilot, Captain Eric Brown are to be displayed at the Fleet Air Arm Museum from 21 January 2017 in a fitting tribute on his 98th birthday. The war hero, born in the Leith area of Edinburgh in 1919, died earlier last year at the age of 97…. Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 31-Jan-17

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NHV wins UK-based H175 contract with Ithaca Energy

NHV wins UK-based H175 contract with Ithaca Energy

The NHV Group today announced a new contract with Ithaca Energy UK Ltd (Ithaca) to provide helicopter services in support of their upcoming drilling project at the Harrier Well in Block 30/6. The operations are expected to start Q2 2017. Flights will depart from NHV’s base in Aberdeen to the harrier well, which is approximately… Read more »

Source: NHV, 30-Jan-17

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Air Covers chosen to become Commonwealth Export Champions

Air Covers chosen to become Commonwealth Export Champions

Air Covers Ltd is delighted to announce that we have been selected as one of 26 UK SMEs to join the second cohort of the prestigious Commonwealth Export Champions programme. Representing various regions of the UK and business sectors CommonwealthFirst Export Champions underline the depth of innovation and quality that the UK SME sector has to… Read more »

Source: Air Covers, 30-Jan-17

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End of an era for UK Police Explorers

End of an era for UK Police Explorers

Before the end of March 2017 the last of the six National Police Air Service’s MD Explorers will take to the sky for its final flight and will be replaced by an Airbus Helicopters H135 as the service is streamlined. NPAS began the conversion process from the 902 to 135 last year and the remaining… Read more »

Source: NPAS, 30-Jan-17

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Royal Navy Rescue Duo Receives Royal Honours

Royal Navy Rescue Duo Receives Royal Honours

Lieutenant Commander Richard Lightfoot and Petty Officer Alan Speed were awarded for their extraordinary work they did last year. The two Royal Navy rescue workers saved 12 people from a bus that was in turmoil during the floods of Storm Frank. Awarded by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, Lt Cdr Lightfoot received an… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-17

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Lockheed Martin awarded £269m CROWSNEST contract

Lockheed Martin awarded £269m CROWSNEST contract

Minister for Defence Procurement, Harriett Baldwin MP announced today that Lockheed Martin UK has been awarded a £269m Ministry of Defence contract for the CROWSNEST Airborne Surveillance Programme. The announcement was made during a visit to Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB), Portsmouth. The contract covers the Demonstration and Manufacture (D&M) phase and Initial Provisioning (IP)… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 26-Jan-17

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One Step Closer to Helipad for Queens Medical Centre

One Step Closer to Helipad for Queens Medical Centre

Queen’s Medical Centre are closer to getting helipad after their planning applications where submitted to the Nottingham City Council. They plan to build the helipad on the Curie Court car park. In order to save the parking underneath, the helipad will be built on stilts above the car park. The total cost will come to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Jan-17

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Leonardo strengthens its position in the UK as it begins operating as Leonardo MW Ltd

Leonardo strengthens its position in the UK as it begins operating as Leonardo MW Ltd

“With the support of the UK Government, Leonardo is ready to invest and grow its business in and from the UK, committing to long-term innovative partnerships,” said Mauro Moretti, CEO and General Manager of Leonardo at a press conference in London today, following the amalgamation of Leonardo’s UK operations into a new, single entity Leonardo… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Jan-17

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Leonardo awarded £271 million AW159 WIST contract by UK

Leonardo awarded £271 million AW159 WIST contract by UK

Leonardo has been awarded a £271 million (approximately €320 million) contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to deliver support and training services for their fleet of 62 AW159 Wildcat helicopters operated by the British Army and Royal Navy. The five-year contract was announced by Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister for Defence Procurement, during a… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 18-Jan-17

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UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2017

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2017

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Robinson R44 (G-RFUN), helicopter landed heavily and rolled onto its side, near Crowden, Glossop, Derbyshire, 5 August 2016 Robinson R44 II (G-SAIG) and Spitfire IXT (G-CCCA), contact between aircraft on the active runway, Lashenden (Headcorn) Aerodrome,… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 17-Jan-17

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Prince William to Resign from East Anglian Air Ambulance

Prince William to Resign from East Anglian Air Ambulance

Prince William will reportedly resign from his role as an air ambulance pilot for East Anglian Air Ambulance in order to take on more “royal duties.” His contract was supposed to end in March, but apparently he has extended it before his family moves to London. The family is relocating while they look for schools… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Jan-17

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UK – Heli Charter is no longer a Bell CSF

UK – Heli Charter is no longer a Bell CSF

Heli Charter, based at Manston UK, have recently relinquished the title of Customer Service Facility for Bell Helicopter.  While we are not clear what prompted this move, or which party instigated the change, Bell have confirmed to HeliHub.com that  “While Heli Charter is no longer a Bell authorized customer service facility, we continue to maintain… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-17

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Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore orders two H135s for UK windfarm contract

Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore orders two H135s for UK windfarm contract

Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore has won a contract from windfarm operator Dong Energy for helicopter support. This has resulted in an order for Airbus Helicopters for two Turbomeca-powered H135s, which will be fitted with a hoist. The aircraft will support the 660 MegaWatt Walney Extension wind farm in the Irish Sea between Britain’s Lancashire… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-17

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UK Cabri G2 fleet is largest in the world

UK Cabri G2 fleet is largest in the world

The UK fleet of the French two-seater Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter continues to be the largest in the world. With 25 aircraft, one seventh of the total production of the Cabri G2 flies in British airspace. This success is attributed to both the aircraft and the marketing efforts of distributor Cotswold Helicopter Centre. To ensure… Read more »

Source: Cotswold, 21-Dec-16

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Ferrari Donated to East Anglia Air Ambulance

Ferrari Donated to East Anglia Air Ambulance

East Anglia Air Ambulance is the recipient of a rare Ferrari donation. They will sell the car at the Imperial War Museum on March 29 2017 in Duxford. It will be part of the H&H Classics sales, which consists of historic motorcycles and cars. EAAA hopes to use the proceeds from the sale to fund… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-16

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