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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Bond Air Services Names New Managing Director

Bond Air Services Names New Managing Director

Bond Air Services has announced the appointment of Tim Shattock as new Managing Director. Tim succeeds current Managing Director, Chris Greenhill, who is retiring after 34 years with the company. Tim comes to Bond Air Services with more than 30 years of senior management experience in the aviation industry, most recently as Chief Executive Officer… Read more »

Source: Bond, 04-Sep-14

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HeliUK Expo returns to Sywell Aerodrome, 29 to 31 May 2015

HeliUK Expo returns to Sywell Aerodrome, 29 to 31 May 2015

Leading helicopter manufacturers, suppliers and service providers are once again set to showcase the very best industry offerings to the UK and European based helicopter owners and operators at HeilUK Expo 2015, Sywell Aerodrome, 29 to 31 May 2015. With the aim of building on the success of the inaugural 2014 event, the HeliUK team understand and appreciates the sense… Read more »

Source: HeliUK Expo, 03-Sep-14

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UK – Helipad upgrade at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital welcomed

UK – Helipad upgrade at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital welcomed

Air Ambulances which cover Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales today welcomed an upgrade of the helipad at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH). The upgrade, which will take about seven weeks to complete with work beginning from today (18 August), will allow some of the newer larger air ambulances to land on the site… Read more »

Source: RSH, 20-Aug-14

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Medics fear new hospital helipad as 14-storey drop puts staff on edge

Medics fear new hospital helipad as 14-storey drop puts staff on edge

Worried staff working at one of Scotland’s biggest hospitals have raised fears over its helicopter pad. See Full Story

Source: Daily Record, 19-Aug-14

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UK – Scillies service could resume in 2016 with AW189s

UK – Scillies service could resume in 2016 with AW189s

The return of a helicopter service connecting the Scilly Isles to mainland Britain has taken a step closer after advisers PwC delivered a report into the viability of reinstating the air link which closed in 2012. See Full Story

Source: This is Money, 19-Aug-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Eurocopter EC155B1 (OY-HJJ), loss of control after departure, North Sea, 6 November 2013

Source: AAIB, 18-Aug-14

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AgustaWestland wins planning permission for storage archive

AgustaWestland wins planning permission for storage archive

YEOVIL helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland has been granted planning permission to turn a storage building into an archive. See Full Story

Source: Western Gazette, 18-Aug-14

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AgustaWestland applies for planning permission for new corporate archive

AgustaWestland applies for planning permission for new corporate archive

YEOVIL helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland is set to find out this later this month whether it can turn a storage building into an archive.     See Full Story

Source: Western Gazette, 12-Aug-14

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Great North Air Ambulance celebrates 10 years in Cumbria

Great North Air Ambulance celebrates 10 years in Cumbria

Today the Pride of Cumbria air ambulance celebrated a decade in action! Ten years on from flying into the county for the first time, the aircraft landed at Armathwaite Hall, near Keswick, where it was greeted by a crowd of staff, former patients, and volunteers. The aircraft, based at Langwathby, near Penrith, began work in… Read more »

Source: GNAA, 08-Aug-14

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Obituary – Flying TV’s MD Mike Smith

Obituary – Flying TV’s MD Mike Smith

From Flying TV’s website:- Mike Smith 1955-2014 It’s with enormous sadness and regret that we share with you the passing of our founder and MD, Mike Smith. Mike died on Friday 1st August in hospital, following complications from major heart surgery. His wife Sarah, his family, Mona and JP were with him. One of his… Read more »

Source: Flying TV, 04-Aug-14

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Super Puma co-pilot death preventable, says coroner

Super Puma co-pilot death preventable, says coroner

A helicopter crash which killed its co-pilot and 15 other men could have been prevented, an inquest has found.  See full story

Source: BBC, 28-Jul-14

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New Robinson R22 for Phoenix Helicopters

New Robinson R22 for Phoenix Helicopters

The good weather has been great for flying and has seen both branches flying record breaking monthly hours. Unfortunately helicopters lives are not infinite and each Robinson is timed out after 2200 hours of flying. Once the aircraft reaches its total allowable time it has to have a complete overhaul. The overhaul involves completely rebuilding… Read more »

Source: Phoenix, 23-Jul-14

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Bristow Certified to Fly AgustaWestland AW189

Bristow Certified to Fly AgustaWestland AW189

Bristow announced on 17th July that it has been certified to fly the much anticipated new generation AgustaWestland AW189 helicopter. Bristow is the launch customer for the aircraft which has now been fully certified by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. The company is due to commence flights with its first two new AW189 aircraft from… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 18-Jul-14

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Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance receive £75,000 donation

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance receive £75,000 donation

Motorsport Legend John Surtees OBE, has presented a £75,000 cheque to local charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, on behalf of the Henry Surtees Foundation. The presentation, which took place at Mercedes-Benz World, Surrey, was made to the Air Ambulance Chief Executive Adrian Bell; the money will be used for ‘High Fidelity Simulators’. Presented… Read more »

Source: Surtees Foundation, 18-Jul-14

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17-Jul-14 XS568 Westland Wasp Gosport, UK

Damaged when fell off the back of a lorry near the gate of HMS Sultan, Gosport

18-Jul-14

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Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance selects the AW169

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance selects the AW169

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has selected an AW169 twin-engine light intermediate helicopter to perform emergency medical service missions. The aircraft will start operations from its base at Henstridge on the Dorset / Somerset border in South West England in 2016 and will be able to reach any… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-Jul-14

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AgustaWestland Awarded AW159 Wildcat FASGW Missile Integration Contract

AgustaWestland Awarded AW159 Wildcat FASGW Missile Integration Contract

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) valued at £90 million to integrate, test and install the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW) Heavy and Light missile systems onto 28 Royal Navy AW159 Wildcat helicopters. The contract award was announced today at the Farnborough International… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-Jul-14

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Airbus Helicopters celebrates 40 years as the all-in-one solution for UK helicopter industry

Airbus Helicopters celebrates 40 years as the all-in-one solution for UK helicopter industry

Airbus Helicopters UK is celebrating 40 years of operations in the United Kingdom, supporting its rotorcraft industry as a vital element of the economy, security and infrastructure. With headquarters in Oxford, a base at Hawarden/Wales, a dedicated Oil & Gas Service Center in Aberdeen and a presence at customer operating locations across the UK and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Jul-14

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Airbus Helicopters marks 40 years as a training partner for British military pilots

Airbus Helicopters marks 40 years as a training partner for British military pilots

The important role of Airbus Helicopters in the ab-initio training of British military rotorcraft pilots is being marked by Airbus Helicopters during this week’s Farnborough Airshow. During the past four decades, thousands of British crewmembers have earned their wings, trained on mission scenarios and practiced their flying skills aboard Airbus Helicopters-designed rotorcraft. This activity traces… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Jul-14

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16-Jul-14 G-PACL Robinson R22 Liverpool, UK

While practising a simulated engine failure in the hover, the helicopter rolled about its left skid and came to rest on its side.

16-Jul-14

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Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance to fly AW169

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance to fly AW169

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT) has selected the new generation AW169 twin-engine light intermediate helicopter to perform emergency medical service missions. The aircraft will be operated by Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) for the KSSAAT. KSSAAT, a prime HEMS provider and the first, and presently only,… Read more »

Source: Specialist Avn Svs, 15-Jul-14

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EASA and UK CAA approve world’s first Category A Emergency Breathing System

EASA and UK CAA approve world’s first Category A Emergency Breathing System

The world’s first Category A Emergency Breathing System (EBS), developed by the Survitec Group, has gained approval and certification by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This is the first major response to the government inquiry and report into helicopter safety, which followed a fatal crash in the waters… Read more »

Source: Survitec, 15-Jul-14

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Helicopter Pilot Careers Advice Available at UK Events This Month

Helicopter Pilot Careers Advice Available at UK Events This Month

Helicentre Aviation Academy will be participating in several aviation careers events this month to assist future professional helicopter pilots pave their way into the industry. The events which include the Leeds FLYER Professional Flight Training Exhibition, and Farnborough International Airshow will provide potential new pilots with advice on how to train to become professional helicopter… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 15-Jul-14

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UK denies visa to Russian visitors for Farnborough

UK denies visa to Russian visitors for Farnborough

Russian aviation industry sources are reporting that a significant number of people intending to travel to the UK this week for the Farnborough Air Show have been denied visas by the UK Government.  One report gives a figure of 167 visas granted to a Russian trade delegation numbering 347, implying that at least 180 have… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jul-14

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Military investigators issue preliminary report on April 2014 Lynx Mk.9 crash

Military investigators issue preliminary report on April 2014 Lynx Mk.9 crash

Two key statements sum up the current situation of the investigation of the crash of Army Air Corps Lynx Mk.9A ZF540 on 26th April 2014 20 km south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, killing all 3 crew members and the 2 passengers onboard:- The CVR [cockpit voice recorder] offers evidence of controlled flight and no acknowledgement… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jul-14

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AgustaWestland Sells Another AW139 VIP in UK

AgustaWestland Sells Another AW139 VIP in UK

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce the sale of an AW139 intermediate twin helicopter in VIP/corporate configuration in the UK. The aircraft will be delivered to an undisclosed customer in autumn 2015. This latest contract further expands the success of the AW139 for VIP transport missions in the United Kingdom, bringing to five the total of… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 14-Jul-14

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Aerial Camera Systems Continue to Go the Extra Mile

Aerial Camera Systems Continue to Go the Extra Mile

ACS’ (www.aerialcamerasystems.com/about-us) longstanding history within the aerial filming world continues to grow and sees its dedicated in-house aerial unit co-ordinating and filming aerial projects world-wide. Established by Peter Allwork, ACS’ roots in aerial filming are founded in excellence thanks to Peter’s Oscar winning cinematography for the multi award winning, Out of Africa. Over thirty-five years… Read more »

Source: ACS, 14-Jul-14

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New Managing Director at Airbus Helicopters UK

New Managing Director at Airbus Helicopters UK

Airbus Helicopters UK Ltd. has appointed Colin James as Managing Director, effective first of August. Mr. James, who has been leading Airbus Helicopter’s Engineering Test Centre organisation in the company’s Donauworth and Marignane facilities, succeeds Markus Steinke to head up the UK branch of the world’s largest helicopter manufacturer. Within Airbus Helicopter’s Research and Development… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 11-Jul-14

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Helicopter Pilot Careers Advice Available at UK Events This Month

Helicopter Pilot Careers Advice Available at UK Events This Month

Helicentre Aviation Academy will be participating in several aviation careers events this month to assist future professional helicopter pilots pave their way into the industry. The events which include the Leeds FLYER Professional Flight Training Exhibition, and Farnborough International Airshow will provide potential new pilots with advice on how to train to become professional helicopter… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 11-Jul-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Eurocopter EC155B1 (OY-HJJ), loss of control after departure, North Sea, 6 November 2013 Bell 206B (G-BPWI), engine failure leading to forced landing, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire, 4 October 2013 Hughes 369D (G-CCUO), loss of control and ground… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 10-Jul-14

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UK CAA responds to report on offshore helicopter safety

UK CAA responds to report on offshore helicopter safety

Any loss of life in aviation accidents is always tragic and the safety of those who rely on offshore helicopter flights is therefore our absolute priority. In February we announced over 70 actions and recommendations to improve safety, primarily aimed at preventing accidents but also to improve survivability following an incident. These were widely welcomed… Read more »

Source: CAA, 10-Jul-14

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Fatal Pave Hawk crash in UK attributed to multiple bird strike

Fatal Pave Hawk crash in UK attributed to multiple bird strike

THe US Air Force has released its official report on the fatal crash of one of its Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters on 7th January 2014 on the coast of Norfolk, UK. The very thorough document notes that the Accident Investigation Board President found “by clear and convincing evidence that multiple bird strikes caused the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jul-14

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SaxonAir announces rotary Air Operators Certificate

SaxonAir announces rotary Air Operators Certificate

Norwich based aviation operator and service provider SaxonAir has announced the issue of their new rotary Air Operators Certificate (AOC). This latest development through approval from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will allow SaxonAir to expand their helicopter operations into new markets with the addition of further helicopters to deal with the demand being… Read more »

Source: SaxonAir, 09-Jul-14

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Vector team achieve Boeing’s supplier gold rating

Vector team achieve Boeing’s supplier gold rating

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announced today that its Project Julius Team, responsible for the embodiment of the avionics upgrade to the UK MOD’s fleet of 46 Chinook aircraft, has obtained supplier ‘Gold’ status for their First Time Quality (FTQ). This is an… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 09-Jul-14

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UK – Cardinal Helicopter Services gain operator licence

UK – Cardinal Helicopter Services gain operator licence

Cardinal Helicopter Services have recently been awarded their own “Type B Operating Licence” according to the latest update in the snappily-named “Official Record, Series 2” issued by the UK CAA.  Previously Cardinal operated under an “umbrella arrangement” with another operator, Capital Aviation Services of Oxford. Cardinal operate from the City Heliport at Manchester, a rotary-wing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jul-14

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