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Ceremony Marks Construction Work On New SAR Base at St Athan

Ceremony Marks Construction Work On New SAR Base at St Athan

A ceremony was held yesterday (December 2, 2014) to mark construction of a new Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter base at St Athan Aerospace Business Park within the Enterprise Zone. The base will house two state-of-the-art SAR helicopters, operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd, their crews and support team. It is due to become fully operational… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 09-Dec-14

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Sikorsky S-76C (G-WIWI), unintentional descent towards trees, Peasmarsh, East Sussex, 3 May 2012  

Source: AAIB, 09-Dec-14

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London Biggin Hill Airport introduces the London Heli Shuttle service

London Biggin Hill Airport introduces the London Heli Shuttle service

London Biggin Hill Airport (BHAL), the only dedicated international business aviation airport in Greater London, today announced the launch of the quickest and most effective transfer service to The London Heliport in Battersea for business, corporate and private aviation customers, the London Heli Shuttle. The London Heli Shuttle service team are focused on ensuring customers… Read more »

Source: Biggin Hill, 08-Dec-14

Helicopter world speed record holder Trevor Egginton dies

Helicopter world speed record holder Trevor Egginton dies

The man who broke the world speed record for flying a helicopter has died aged 81. See Full Story

Source: Western Gazette, 08-Dec-14

CHC announces Multimillion-Pound Building Project in Aberdeen

CHC announces Multimillion-Pound Building Project in Aberdeen

A major investment by CHC Helicopter in its longtime base in Dyce, Aberdeen, will benefit offshore workers, the oil-and-gas companies for which they work, and CHC’s own people. The multimillion-pound investment will transform CHC’s facilities and further raise its capabilities in Dyce by significantly expanding hangar capacity, creating a larger and more streamlined passenger terminal,… Read more »

Source: CHC, 05-Dec-14

Potentially 800 more lives a year saved by Chancellor’s Statement

Potentially 800 more lives a year saved by Chancellor’s Statement

The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA), which represents the majority of Air Ambulance operations in the UK has welcomed today’s announcement from UK Chancellor, George Osbornewhich sees the relief of VAT to all charities who work as part of the Emergency Response Service and a further allocation of £7.5 million extra support for air ambulance… Read more »

Source: AAA, 05-Dec-14

UK – Cardiff Heliport closed, but discussions are ongoing

UK – Cardiff Heliport closed, but discussions are ongoing

Cardiff Heliport is one of the UK’s best dedicated heliports, built two miles out of the centre of the city of Cardiff on a 13.5 acre purpose built facility that includes Passenger Handling, Customs, Engineering, Fuel and a 400m FATO Runway.   However, it closed on 30th November 2014. The Heliport has been run for many… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-14

Is MD Explorer to be retired from UK Police service?

Is MD Explorer to be retired from UK Police service?

In the latest issue of Police Aviation News, editor Bryn Elliott floats the idea that the MD Explorer may have a limited time span in service with the UK’s National Police Air Service. In an article focusing on NPAS’ plan to acquire 3 to 6 fixed wing aircraft, Elliott notes that NPAS have six active… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Dec-14

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UK CAA publishes GA policy framework

UK CAA publishes GA policy framework

Following a wide consultation the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today published its finalised Policy Framework for General Aviation (GA) regulation. The framework balances the CAA’s public commitment to regulate the UK GA sector in a more proportionate and evidence-based way with its duties to protect third parties, including the general public. The new… Read more »

Source: CAA, 30-Nov-14

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First MD Explorer ready for Cornwall Air Ambulance

First MD Explorer ready for Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance are on the point of taking delivery of two MD Explorers as part of the next stage of the organisation’s evolution.  The delivery brings a whole raft of changes with a new operator, new helicopter type, dual aircraft working, and (later) a night flying capability.  The Explorers – operated by Specialist Aviation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Nov-14

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UK Military Flying Training System – 3 bids received

UK Military Flying Training System – 3 bids received

In April Ascent successfully achieved Review Note approval for the Rotary Wing business case and proceeded to the assessment phase.  Ascent released the Request For Proposal to Industry and is currently engaged with 3 bidders and working towards a preferred solution next year.  Ascent received three responses from industry regarding the RFP issued for the… Read more »

Source: Ascent, 26-Nov-14

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Helideck Analytics acquires Helideck Certification Agency

Helideck Analytics acquires Helideck Certification Agency

Helideck Analytics Ltd. is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Helideck Certification Agency (HCA), the world’s recognised leading provider of inspection and certification services for offshore helidecks. HCA is based in Aberdeen, Scotland and has satellite offices in Norwich, England and Bergen, Norway. HCA is responsible for the inspection and certification of all helidecks… Read more »

Source: Helideck Analytics, 26-Nov-14

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50th 429 delivered in Bell’s definition of Europe

50th 429 delivered in Bell’s definition of Europe

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of the 50th Bell 429 in Europe to an operator in the United Kingdom. The aircraft will be used to accomplish corporate/VIP transport across the region. [Ed:- see our analysis below by country] “The Bell 429 offers customers exceptional performance and a smooth, comfortable ride, and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 26-Nov-14

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UK – Midlands Air Ambulance Launches New Volunteering Drive

UK – Midlands Air Ambulance Launches New Volunteering Drive

THE team at Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has launched a new marketing campaign to encourage further volunteers to join the charity by demonstrating just how important volunteers are to supporting the great work of the vitally important emergency service. See Full Story

Source: Stroud, 26-Nov-14

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Essex & Herts Top Doctor Wins National Air Ambulance Award

Essex & Herts Top Doctor Wins National Air Ambulance Award

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) is delighted to announce that their Pre-hospital Care Doctor Rik Thomas, won Air Ambulance Doctor of the Year at the national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2014 on Monday night. Rik’s award is in recognition of his actions following an incident that required quick thinking and careful consideration… Read more »

Source: EHAAT, 24-Nov-14

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UK – The Association of Air Ambulances announces award winners

UK – The Association of Air Ambulances announces award winners

Almost 250 guests celebrated the best and brightest from the air ambulance world last night at the national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2014. Awards host, BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin handed over 10 Awards to some outstanding individuals and teams, whose stories were inspirational, astonishing and humbling. The awards, which are independently judged, went… Read more »

Source: AAA, 21-Nov-14

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UK – 40 pilot whales herded by police helicopter

UK – 40 pilot whales herded by police helicopter

A police helicopter was used to herd a pod of 40 whales away from shallow waters off the Essex coast. See Full Story

Source: BBC, 21-Nov-14

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Are Cardinal Helicopter Services operating Trump’s UK S76?

Are Cardinal Helicopter Services operating Trump’s UK S76?

HeliHub.com is hearing that Cardinal Helicopter Services, based at City Heliport Manchester with their own S76C++, are the front runners to provide pilots and full management of the aircraft to the Trump organisation for their UK-based Sikorsky S76B. As we noted earlier this week, Trump has struck a deal with Prestwick Airport and the helicopter… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Nov-14

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AW189 delays mean Bristow will fly AW139 on UK Coastguard contract

AW189 delays mean Bristow will fly AW139 on UK Coastguard contract

The development of the AgustaWestland AW189 has been somewhat slower than expected, which means that operators will not receive their aircraft on the expected timescale.  In some cases the aircraft will be at least a year behind schedule, and when a fleet of AW189s are involved, alternatives need to be sought. And so it is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Nov-14

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Vector UK to support French Navy Lynxes

Vector UK to support French Navy Lynxes

Vector Aerospace UK, a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has announced the agreement of a long term contract to provide structural maintenance and technical support for the French Navy’s Lynx Mk.4 helicopter fleet. The company’s Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hampshire, has the only main build/repair jig for this aircraft type in the… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 19-Nov-14

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Bond takes delivery of first EC145T2 in UK

Bond takes delivery of first EC145T2 in UK

Late last week, Bond Air Services took delivery of the first EC145T2 in the UK – serial 20012 – arriving by air on a German test registration D-HADM.  This helicopter has since been registered with the UK CAA as G-HEMC and would be ordinarily expected to go through various certification and paperwork exercises before commencing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Nov-14

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Bond chooses Britannia 2000 CAMC for NPAS EC135s

Bond chooses Britannia 2000 CAMC for NPAS EC135s

We are pleased to announce that B2K has been selected and contracted by Bond Helicopters Europe for the supply of the Compact Airborne Mission Computer (CAMC) for the National Police Air Service (NPAS) mission system upgrade programme. The CAMC is designed for civil and military applications on rotary and fixed-wing platforms, providing a variety of… Read more »

Source: Britannia 2000, 17-Nov-14

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Hong Kong – HeliServices commit to third MD Explorer

Hong Kong – HeliServices commit to third MD Explorer

Hong Kong operator HeliServices have reportedly committed to buying their third MD Explorer via Specialist Aviation Services in the UK.  The aircraft will be delivered in the spring of 2015, and is currently on contract to the Wiltshire Police until the end of December.  At that point Wiltshire Police become part of NPAS – the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Nov-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2014

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-Nov-14

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UK – New helipad proposed for Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital

UK – New helipad proposed for Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital

The Sheffield Helipad Appeal: ‘Saving Time, Saving Lives’, is being launched by Sheffield Hospitals Charity to raise funds to build a new helipad very close to the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department at the Northern General. The new helipad will mean that patients requiring life-saving treatment can be transferred to the Major Trauma Centre (MTC)… Read more »

Source: NHS, 06-Nov-14

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Western Power Distribution Selects EC135P2e

Western Power Distribution Selects EC135P2e

Western Power Distribution (WPD) has signed a purchase agreement for a new EC135 P2e from Airbus Helicopters UK. The aircraft, selected against a demanding requirement, will join WPD’s four current EC135 P1s, making it one of the largest, independent fleets in the UK. Robin Tutcher, WPD’s Helicopter Unit Manager said: “Augmenting the existing fleet has… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 31-Oct-14

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance launches Bell 429 to the community

Wiltshire Air Ambulance launches Bell 429 to the community

All air ambulance helicopters in England and Wales are funded by charitable contribution, and the launch of Britain’s first Bell 429 featured no shortage of important people from the county of Wiltshire. Dignitaries included no fewer than ten mayors from various towns and Sarah Troughton, Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, the Queen’s official representative in the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Oct-14

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30-Oct-14 G-MOGY Robinson R22 Acklington, UK

Two POB to hospital.  Information suggests that the skid toes stuck into the ground during a run-on landing, causing the helicopter to cartwheel.  No vertical force in the accident as skids have not splayed out.  Skid toes missing forward of front skid legs, and nose “turned up” where helicopter cartwheeled onto its nose

30-Oct-14

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Bristow ramp up SAR S92 fleet in readiness for national UK contract

Bristow ramp up SAR S92 fleet in readiness for national UK contract

In March 2013 it was announced that Bristow Helicopters will take over as the single operator for SAR helicopters around the UK, with an operational fleet of 10 Sikorsky S92 and 10 AgustaWestland AW189 helicopters. In fact, their business model requires 11 of each type to help cover for maintenance. Bristow already have four S92s… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Oct-14

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Total E&P awards CHC long-term North Sea contract

Total E&P awards CHC long-term North Sea contract

Total E&P UK is extending a decades-long relationship with CHC Helicopter in the North Sea, awarding CHC a long-term helicopter transportation contract to support Total’s offshore operations across the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS). The contract calls for CHC to operate two Sikorsky S-92 and two Airbus EC225 helicopters on behalf of Total. The helicopters… Read more »

Source: CHC Helicopter, 28-Oct-14

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Head-on collision is 20,000th mission for Wales Air Ambulance

Head-on collision is 20,000th mission for Wales Air Ambulance

Wales Air Ambulance has carried out its 20,000th mission since the service was launched in 2001, responding to a head-on collision near Treorchy. The landmark mission came on Tuesday 7th October, when the Swansea-based crew were called to the scene of a two-car road traffic collision on the A4107. WAA paramedic Jason Hughes, who on… Read more »

Source: Wales-air-Ambulance, 28-Oct-14

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Helicentre Aviation 2014 Scholarship Winners Announced

Helicentre Aviation 2014 Scholarship Winners Announced

Helicentre Aviation have awarded helicopter pilot training scholarships with a combined value of over £80,000 to five of their student pilots following a two month intensive interview process. A total of 24 scholarship applications were received. James Geary from Kent was awarded the commercial pilot scholarship which will fund all his hour building up to… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 28-Oct-14

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Havelock Europa to provide Furniture Fittings and Equipment for new Bristow SAR bases

Havelock Europa to provide Furniture Fittings and Equipment for new Bristow SAR bases

Balfour Beatty appointed Havelock Europa to provide a complete Furniture Fittings and Equipment (FF&E) solution for Bristow Helicopters’ new bases in Inverness, Humberside, Caernarfon and St Athan. Bristow Helicopters is the leading provider of Search and Rescue (SAR) services in the UK, with extensive experience in delivering large SAR projects, led by personnel with the… Read more »

Source: Havelock Europa, 23-Oct-14

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New airport radar to mitigate impact of wind turbines

New airport radar to mitigate impact of wind turbines

A single radar that can provide traditional airport surveillance functions and mitigate against the effects of wind turbines may be a step closer following trials conducted through 2014. Air navigation services provider, NATS, and the radar manufacturer, TERMA, trialled the use of Terma’s SCANTER system to assess its performance as an extended range wind turbine… Read more »

Source: NATS, 20-Oct-14

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Cotswold Helicopter Centre Supply UK’s Eighth Cabri

Cotswold Helicopter Centre Supply UK’s Eighth Cabri

Another Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter has been added to the ‘G’ register this week to bring the UK’s total to eight.  The acceptance flight of Serial Number 1079 was conducted by Andy Moorhouse of Cotswold Helicopter Centre, the exclusive UK distributor for French manufacturer Helicoptères Guimbal. The aircraft will be handed over to its new… Read more »

Source: Cotswold Helicopter Centre, 17-Oct-14

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Great Western Air Ambulance upgrades to EC135

Great Western Air Ambulance upgrades to EC135

After a big fundraising campaign and support from members of the public Great Western Air Ambulance Charity have today received their new helicopter. The Eurocopter 135 will replace the current helicopter, an aging Bolkow, enabling the charity to transform the care they are able to offer to patients. The Movin’ On Up campaign was launched… Read more »

Source: GWAAC, 16-Oct-14

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Two more corporate AW169s sold in the UK

Two more corporate AW169s sold in the UK

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce the sale of two more AW169 helicopters in the UK for corporate transportation, continuing the success of the type in the UK market. The helicopters, sold to undisclosed corporate customers, are scheduled to be delivered in 2016. This latest contract brings the total sales of AW169 helicopters in the UK… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 16-Oct-14

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Avincis orders two EC135T3s for UK EMS contracts

Avincis orders two EC135T3s for UK EMS contracts

The two latest-version aircraft will support Bond Air Services’ EMS operations in the UK. [Ed – as recently reported, one for Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance, and one for Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance] Airbus Helicopters is proud to build on its partnership with Avincis, a Babcock International Group company, with an order for… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Oct-14

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New helipad to save time and lives at the Northern General Hospital

New helipad to save time and lives at the Northern General Hospital

We are very excited to be launching our brand new appeal today: The Helipad Appeal. The “Saving Time, Saving Lives” campaign is kicking off today with a launch at the Northern General Hospital – the site where the new helipad will be built. The appeal is being launched to raise funds to build a new… Read more »

Source: Sheffield Hospitals Charity, 15-Oct-14

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Bell Announces Two Firsts for Europe

Bell Announces Two Firsts for Europe

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announces it has made the first Bell 429 Wheeled Landing Gear (WLG) sale in Europe. The aircraft will also be outfitted with the world’s first Bell 429 MAGnificent luxury cabin interior created by Italy-based Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG). [Editor note – Bell have not announced the customer,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Oct-14

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Bond to move Blackpool rig support flights to Warton

Bond to move Blackpool rig support flights to Warton

Bond have confirmed to HeliHub.com that they will be moving their rig support flights from Blackpool Airport to Warton.  This airfield, better known as the production line for Eurofighters for BAE Systems, is approximately 8 miles to the south east. John Fyall from Bond said “To ensure continuity of services, Bond Offshore Helicopters is transferring… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Oct-14

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UK CAA puts Air Navigation Order under the microscope

UK CAA puts Air Navigation Order under the microscope

A ‘root and branch’ review of how the UK’s Air Navigation Order (ANO) impacts on general aviation (GA) has begun, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) confirmed today. The wide-ranging review will look at how a more proportionate and lighter touch regulation for general aviation can be achieved. The review follows a commitment made by the… Read more »

Source: CAA, 14-Oct-14

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Bell Delivers First UK HEMS 429 at Helitech

Bell Delivers First UK HEMS 429 at Helitech

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will showcase Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust’s (WAACT) Bell 429 at Helitech International in Amsterdam from October 14-16. After delivery, the aircraft will become the first Bell 429 in the United Kingdom used for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS). Additionally, this year, Bell Helicopter is also celebrating… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Oct-14

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance Bell 429 flying in UK, ready for Helitech

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Bell 429 flying in UK, ready for Helitech

For almost ten years, the British county of Wiltshire has been host to an MD Explorer jointly operated by the Police and Air Ambulance – a relatively unusual British aviation industry phenomenon with a Governmental organisation working hand-in-hand with a charity.  This arrangement draws to a close at the end of November, with the aircraft… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Oct-14

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BAE Systems to find new home for Police and EMS helicopters

BAE Systems to find new home for Police and EMS helicopters

A PLEDGE has been given by the owners of Filton Airfield to help find a new home for both the police helicopter and Great Western Air Ambulance. See Full Story

Source: Bristol Post, 10-Oct-14

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10-Oct-14 Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

At around 11.15am, fire crews were called to Dyce, after the pilot of the CHC S92 alerted air traffic control and asked for emergency crews to be placed on stand-by as it made a return to base landing.  Landed safely

10-Oct-14

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HIOWAA introduce new CEO

HIOWAA introduce new CEO

Following a thorough selection process, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance are pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Lochrane as Chief Executive from 1st October 2014.  He will replace John Perry, who stands down after five years as Chief Executive, during which time the charity has grown steadily to the point where it… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 09-Oct-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Aircraft Accident Report 3/2014 – Agusta A109E (G-CRST), collided with a crane, St George Wharf, Vauxhall, London, 16 January 2013 Enstrom 280C (G-IDUP), Northampton/Sywell Aerodrome on 3 June 2014

Source: AAIB, 09-Oct-14

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UK – SWH Civils awarded Derriford Hospital Helipad Contract

UK – SWH Civils awarded Derriford Hospital Helipad Contract

SWH Civils has recently tendered for and won the contract for the construction of a helipad at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. This exciting project, which is due to commence at the end of October, will provide a new helicopter landing facility enabling a wider range of aircraft to land at Derriford Hospital Emergency Unit. The works… Read more »

Source: SWH, 08-Oct-14

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Bristow Unveils First AW189 SAR Aircraft at Energy Ball

Bristow Unveils First AW189 SAR Aircraft at Energy Ball

Bristow’s Europe Business Unit (EBU) unveiled the first AW189 search and rescue aircraft at this year’s Energy Ball. Several pilots and engineers worked very hard over the weekend to ensure the aircraft’s presence at the event went well. Bristow and AgustaWestland were title sponsors of the event. The evening started with a private reception for… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 08-Oct-14

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New rules for ‘larger’ workers on offshore helicopter flights

New rules for ‘larger’ workers on offshore helicopter flights

New rules are to be introduced on the size of oil workers travelling to and from offshore installations by helicopter. See Full Story

Source: BBC, 07-Oct-14

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Wales Air Ambulance gets Government commitment for doctors on all flights

Wales Air Ambulance gets Government commitment for doctors on all flights

A new clinical emergency service to stabilise and transfer the most critically-ill and injured patients to hospital by road and air, ensuring they receive the best life-saving care, will be operational in Wales from April 2015, Deputy Minister for Health Vaughan Gething announced The Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service Cymru (EMRTS Cymru) is the… Read more »

Source: Welsh Government, 03-Oct-14

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Future of Helicopter Safety Outlined at Oil & Gas UK Breakfast Briefing

Future of Helicopter Safety Outlined at Oil & Gas UK Breakfast Briefing

The continuing steps being taken to improve further the safety of offshore helicopter flights will be outlined to the oil and gas sector on Thursday (October 2). Seven months after the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) published its ‘CAP1145’ report containing a series of actions and recommendations for helicopter safety, Oil & Gas UK is… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 03-Oct-14

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PDG Helicopters wins combined British/Irish lighthouse support contract

PDG Helicopters wins combined British/Irish lighthouse support contract

The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLAs) of the UK and Ireland have announced a £13M seven-year contract to PDG Helicopters for the provision of helicopter services to cover all three Authorities. The provision of one helicopter supplier across the GLAs will deliver significant cost savings of around £7.9M to the General Lighthouse Fund, which pays for… Read more »

Source: NLB, 02-Oct-14

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RAF officially hands over Merlins to Royal Navy

RAF officially hands over Merlins to Royal Navy

30th September marked the end of an era for the Royal Air Force with the official handover of the Merlin to the Royal Navy and the disbandment of 78 Squadron in a formal ceremony at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire. The formal Royal parade marked the next stage in the transition of the Merlin helicopter from… Read more »

Source: RAF, 02-Oct-14

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UK – Bond prepares for threatened closure of Blackpool base

UK – Bond prepares for threatened closure of Blackpool base

British operator Bond has been supporting gas rigs on the Irish Sea since at least 1978 when they took delivery of an initial pair of SA365C Dauphins.  In reality very little has changed over the years apart from a short term change of operator – Bond still fly Dauphins from Blackpool, but these days they… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-14

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New Chief Executive for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

New Chief Executive for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Alex Lochrane will replace John Perry, who stands down after five years as Chief Executive, during which time the charity has grown steadily to the point where it was recently announced that it will be upgrading to a new helicopter with full night flying capacity in 2015. See Full Story

Source: On The Wight, 30-Sep-14

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New EC135T3 for Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance will allow night ops

New EC135T3 for Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance will allow night ops

MORE lives are set to be saved after the air ambulance service that operates in Oxfordshire revealed it will begin night flights.  See full story

Source: The Herald, 30-Sep-14

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Bristow Expands to New Base in Kintore

Bristow Expands to New Base in Kintore

Bristow Helicopters Ltd. has expanded its presence in the North East by opening a new office at Kintore Business Park in Aberdeenshire. The building, which comprises three floors of office accommodation as well as a warehouse facility on a 1.09-acre site, is now home to 46 Bristow employees from the company’s Centralized Operations Business Unit… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 30-Sep-14

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Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance to upgrade to night-capable EC135T3

Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance to upgrade to night-capable EC135T3

Today we are delighted to be able to announce that we will be upgrading to a specially-equipped new helicopter next year, which will have full night flying capability. As a young charity, this is considerable achievement, keeping us at the forefront of helicopter emergency services care, and allowing us to continuously improve our service to… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 29-Sep-14

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1,000th air ambulance landing at Southampton General Hospital helipad

1,000th air ambulance landing at Southampton General Hospital helipad

A VITAL Hampshire emergency service will reaching a major landmark today. See Full Story

Source: Daily Echo, 29-Sep-14

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East Anglian Air Ambulance supports British Medical Journal research

East Anglian Air Ambulance supports British Medical Journal research

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) welcomes recent discussions on the treatment of cardiac arrest patients, published in the British Medical Journal this week. The article supports the need for immediate, good quality, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and advanced medical intervention at the scene, in order to give the best possible chance of survival after a cardiac… Read more »

Source: EAAA, 29-Sep-14

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27-Sep-14 AgustaWestland Lynx Fryton, UK

Precautionary field landing after malfunction on night flight

27-Sep-14

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26-Sep-14 G-CIGZ Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

Emergency landing with 3 POB.  Declared emergency at 2.20pm and landed at airport safely 2.39pm

26-Sep-14

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21-Sep-14 G-OKEY Robinson R22 Elstree, UK

Crashed from a low hover on a training flight.   Male pilot and female student uninjured.

21-Sep-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AS355N (G-OLCP) Peterborough Conington Airport, Cambridgeshire, 21 March 2014 Robinson R22 (G-PACL) Liverpool Airport, 16 July 2014 Schweizer 300 (G-BWAV) Dunsfold Aerodrome, Surrey, 21 May 2014 Eurocopter EC155B1 (OY-HJJ)  North Sea, 6 November 2013

Source: AAIB, 18-Sep-14

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16-Sep-14 G-SUEX Bell 206B Flamborough, UK (2F)

Initial reports coming in. Witnesses say they heard a “loud crack” shortly be fire the helicopter started descending rapidly. The helicopter took off from Dechmont, near Livingston in West Lothian and was due to land at Humberside Airport for refuelling before flying on to Gamston, presumably en route it’s home base at Manston. It had… Read more »

16-Sep-14

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UK – Castle Air adds S76 maintenance

UK – Castle Air adds S76 maintenance

Well-known British operator Castle Air has received CAA approval for base and line maintenance of the Sikorsky S76 with no limitations to any particular engine type. Currently they are approved to carry out base and line maintenance of the S76 with Turbomeca Arriel engines at Biggin Hill and only line maintenance of this variant at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Sep-14

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BHA achieves historic EASA win – R22 and R44 to continue commercial ops

BHA achieves historic EASA win – R22 and R44 to continue commercial ops

Rules are Rules. But there’s always a need to test their reasonableness and rulemakers need to show flexibility. When EASA came out with a ruling that would bring to an end the commercial operation of Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters, something needed to be done. The British Helicopter Association was instrumental in leading the way… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Sep-14

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BIS Minister Matthew Hancock MP visits Britain’s Civil Helicopter Hub

BIS Minister Matthew Hancock MP visits Britain’s Civil Helicopter Hub

Minister for Business and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock visited Airbus Helicopters, and toured the company’s advanced aerospace design and maintenance operations. The Minister was briefed on the scale and nature of the company’s operations, including the award of the National Police Air Service (NPAS) support contract. The NPAS contract, worth in the region of £35 million… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-Sep-14

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UK – NPAS take delivery of Emergency Exit Jettison (EEJ) training rig

UK – NPAS take delivery of Emergency Exit Jettison (EEJ) training rig

National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter crews now have a brand new, state of the art training device to put them through their paces. The Emergency Exit Jettison (EEJ) training rig was delivered to the NPAS base at Carr Gate, Wakefield, on Friday 5 September. It simulates the emergency exits of the three aircraft types… Read more »

Source: NPAS, 11-Sep-14

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Airbus Helicopters UK wins 5 year NPAS maintenance contract

Airbus Helicopters UK wins 5 year NPAS maintenance contract

The National Police Air Service (NPAS) has awarded a five-year contract for airworthiness management, maintenance and parts to Airbus Helicopters UK Limited. Covering the 19 Airbus helicopters in the NPAS fleet, the contract starts on Wednesday 1 October. The company will provide 17,100 hours of support every year – or 85,500 hours over the five… Read more »

Source: NPAS, 11-Sep-14

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UK – SAS wins 5 year MD Explorer maintenance contract

UK – SAS wins 5 year MD Explorer maintenance contract

The National Police Air Service (NPAS) has awarded a five-year contract for airworthiness management, maintenance and parts to Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) for the 6 MD Explorer aircraft in the NPAS fleet. Under this agreement which starts on Wednesday 1 October,  SAS will provide 5,400 hours of support per year – or 27,000 hours over… Read more »

Source: NPAS, 11-Sep-14

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Bristow accepts first Sikorsky S-92 for Long-Term SAR services in UK

Bristow accepts first Sikorsky S-92 for Long-Term SAR services in UK

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Bristow Group Inc. today announced the acceptance of an S-92® helicopter by Bristow Helicopters Ltd. The helicopter, configured for search and rescue service, was accepted during a ceremony at the Sikorsky facility in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Bristow Helicopters Ltd. is affiliated with Bristow Group Inc., Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 09-Sep-14

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UK – BIH Parent Rigby Group acquires fixed wing operator

UK – BIH Parent Rigby Group acquires fixed wing operator

Rigby Group plc’s aviation division has completed its second UK acquisition of 2014 with the purchase of Exeter based Capital Air Charter Limited. Operating both the Capital Air Charter and Capital Air Ambulance services, the company has a long-standing reputation as an efficient, safe and commercially-capable operator offering executive corporate and private chartered flights, medical… Read more »

Source: Rigby Group, 04-Sep-14

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