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UK – Almondsbury Heliport Gets Full Planning Approval

UK – Almondsbury Heliport Gets Full Planning Approval

Plans submitted by the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity for a helicopter base in Almondsbury have been approved. It’s been a long struggle for the campaign, after the local residents argued against it. As reported by Gazette Series, they were concerned over the noise pollution, disturbances due to night flights and the environmental concern of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Dec-16

Look, Smile, Reward! Wales Air Ambulance celebrates new H145 fleet

Look, Smile, Reward! Wales Air Ambulance celebrates new H145 fleet

In the last couple of weeks, Airbus Helicopters has delivered the three H145 helicopters from the factory in Germany for Wales Air Ambulance (WAA). Painted in red overall, they have been delivered to Babcock MCS Onshore, who will both carry out the interior medical completion and then operate them for WAA. They will replace three… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Dec-16

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First UKMFTS H135 Juno and H145 Jupiter Arrive in Britain

First UKMFTS H135 Juno and H145 Jupiter Arrive in Britain

The H135 Juno and the H145 Jupiter, the first two aircraft in the 32-strong fleet of the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) helicopters, can be seen together for the first time, marking the start of a new era in helicopter military flight training in the UK. Flown over from the Airbus Helicopters’ manufacturing site… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Dec-16

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2016

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Robinson R22 Beta (G-CDMG), loss of control during practice autorotation, Manston Airport, Kent, 25 July 2016 Rotorway Executive 90 (G-BVTV), heavy landing, Landmead Farm Airfield, Oxfordshire, 6 August 2016

Source: AAIB, 13-Dec-16

Helipad Approval for Aintree Hospital

Helipad Approval for Aintree Hospital

Aintree Hospital has had their plans for a helipad approved. The helipad, costing £1 million, will be funded by the charity HELP, whose aim is to build a helipad at every major hospital. The only issue surrounded the helipad is the local residents’ worries of the noise. The helipad will only be operational from dawn… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Dec-16

Largest Heli UK Expo

Largest Heli UK Expo

The organisers of Heli UK Expo; The UK’s only Fly-in Helicopter Event, are pleased to announce it will be accommodating it’s largest event yet at Wycombe Air Park, during 1 – 3 June 2017 The new event location at Wycombe Air Park provides more outdoor static space and the largest dedicated helicopter hall to date. The increased… Read more »

Source: Heli UK Expo, 04-Dec-16

Busiest Day in the Year for Lincolnshire and Nottingham Air Ambulance

Busiest Day in the Year for Lincolnshire and Nottingham Air Ambulance

November 24th marked the busiest day of the year as of yet for Lincolnshire and Nottingham Air Ambulance. On average the team is called out three times a day, this past Thursday saw a total of six incidents they had to fly out to. They were called from Stamford for a truck collision, Immingham for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Dec-16

UK CAA certifies first helipad with Deck Integrated Fire Fighting System

UK CAA certifies first helipad with Deck Integrated Fire Fighting System

The UK’s first onshore elevated helipad with a Deck Integrated Fire Fighting System (DIFFS) at Kings College Hospital London has been certified to UK CAA CAP 1264 by CAA International (CAAi). The construction phase of the helipad was managed by Watts Group Limited during a period when UK best practice was transitioning from Health Building… Read more »

Source: CAA International, 30-Nov-16

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£1 Million is not enough for Great North Air Ambulance

£1 Million is not enough for Great North Air Ambulance

Great North Air Ambulance, which operates three AS365 Dauphin Helicopters in the northern-most counties of England was last week the recipient of £1 Million. GNAA was one of eleven air ambulance charities which received similar donations from a Government fund levied on banks for manipulating the LIBOR (London Inter-Bank Offered Rate). In a statement attributed… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Nov-16

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Wales Air Ambulance Charity receives donation from LIBOR banking fines

Wales Air Ambulance Charity receives donation from LIBOR banking fines

The Wales Air Ambulance Charity has been successful in its bid for funding from the LIBOR banking fines, announced in the Treasury’s Autumn Statement. The £1m boost will go towards increasing flying hours and the charity’s plans for night operations.  WAAC’s chief executive Angela Hughes said: “It’s the charity’s vision to become a 24-hour operation… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 28-Nov-16

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Sloane Helicopters adds AW169 to its Part 145 maintenance approval

Sloane Helicopters adds AW169 to its Part 145 maintenance approval

As a Leonardo Helicopters Authorised Service Centre, Sloane Helicopters is pleased to announce that the AW169 has been added to its Part 145 maintenance approval for both line and base maintenance. Sloane is looking forward to supporting its first AW169 VIP helicopter in early December, utilising the extensive expertise of its engineering capability and investing… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 27-Nov-16

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Wales – Funding for Prince Charles Hospital helipad

Wales – Funding for Prince Charles Hospital helipad

Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil has received £700,000 by the Welsh Government for a new helipad. The old helipad was unsuitable for night flights, reports ITV. The new development will allow for 24 hour care for all patients. The new helipad is hoped to be completed by March 2017.

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-16

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DSAA Chairman wins Air Ambulance Award of Excellence

DSAA Chairman wins Air Ambulance Award of Excellence

Over 250 guests celebrated the best and brightest from the air ambulance community on Monday evening at the national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2016. Awards hosts, BBC News reporter and presenter Sophie Long and Helicopter Heroes presenter Rav Wilding handed out 11 Awards to outstanding individuals and teams, whose stories were inspirational, astonishing and… Read more »

Source: Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, 23-Nov-16

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Northern Ireland Air Ambulance joins AAA

Northern Ireland Air Ambulance joins AAA

The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA), which represents the majority of air ambulance operations in the UK, is delighted to announce that Air Ambulance Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Health and Social Care Trust have both joined the Association as full members. This means that the AAA now represents 20 air ambulance… Read more »

Source: Air Ambulance Northern Ireland, 23-Nov-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2016

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- SA342J Gazelle (YU-HET), during a maintenance check the helicopter inadvertently became airborne and landed heavily, Stapleford Aerodrome, 6 July 2015. Robinson R44 (G-BZGO), birdstrike resulted in broken windscreen, approx 8 miles north of Manchester Barton Airport,… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 21-Nov-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2016

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Bell 206B (G-OAMI), uncommanded loss in altitude resulting in autorotation and heavy landing, 3 miles WNW of Wycombe Air Park, Buckinghamshire, 10 February 2016  

Source: AAIB, 21-Nov-16

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Inverness SAR base marks 500 Missions in 18 Months

Inverness SAR base marks 500 Missions in 18 Months

The HM Coastguard air search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base in Inverness, operated by Bristow Helicopters Limited, has recently reached a milestone of 500 missions since the launch of the new civilian service on 1 April 2015. Operating from a new, purpose-built base at Inverness Airport, the crews have delivered a vital, lifesaving service to… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 15-Nov-16

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Rick Cawley awarded the Eric Brown Award

Rick	Cawley awarded the Eric Brown Award

The British Helicopter Association’s Eric Brown Award has been awarded to Rick Cawley. The award is given to the individual considered to have made the greatest and most significant contribution to the British Helicopter Industry during the past twelve months. It will be presented to Mr Cawley at the Association’s Annual Dinner in London this… Read more »

Source: British Helicopter Association, 10-Nov-16

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King College Hospital helipad launch

King College Hospital helipad launch

The new helipad will save thousands of lives, helping the hospital serve its trauma population of 4.5 million people across south east London and Kent. Built on top of the hospital’s 10-storey Ruskin Wing, the helipad has been made possible thanks to a multi-million-pound donation from the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal – the only… Read more »

Source: King's College Hospital, 04-Nov-16

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HeliOffshore publishes presentations from Membership conference calls

HeliOffshore publishes presentations from Membership conference calls

On October 25, 2016, we hosted two ‘All Member’ conference calls to update members around the world about the association’s progress. Speakers included our CEO, Gretchen Haskins, and topics included the reciprocal membership between HeliOffshore and IOGP, a progress update from Leonardo Helicopters on the AW139 FCOM and the HUMS workstream. Each call also included a… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 04-Nov-16

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Londons Air Ambulance wins Pride of Britain Award

Londons Air Ambulance wins Pride of Britain Award

London’s Air Ambulance has been announced as the winner of the Emergency Services category at this year’s Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards. Our team was surprised with the news live on air whilst being interviewed on ITV’s This Morning. The full ceremony will be broadcast on ITV on 1st November at 8pm. The medical team… Read more »

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

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SAS lands second AW 169 deal with Kent Surrey Sussex

SAS lands second AW 169 deal with Kent Surrey Sussex

UK operator Specialist Aviation Services is pleased to announce an agreement with Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust to provide a second AW169. The charity’s first helicopter, displayed at this year’s Helitech International, will enter service later this year, whilst the second aircraft will go into operation later next year, bringing the total number… Read more »

Source: Specialist Aviation Services, 01-Nov-16

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HELP Appeal provides £2M more for Hospital Helipads

HELP Appeal provides £2M more for Hospital Helipads

The HELP Appeal has provided a total of £2,267,000 non-repayable grants in September to hospitals across the United Kingdom, including £700,000 donated to hospitals in Scotland, to assist with the construction of new and upgraded hospital helipads. In September they contributed towards the construction of new and upgraded emergency landing pads at eight hospitals throughout… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 26-Oct-16

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NHV opens new facilities in Aberdeen

NHV opens new facilities in Aberdeen

NHV is pleased to announce the opening of a new hangar, apron and passenger handling facilities at their operational base at Aberdeen InternationalAirport. The construction works commenced in September 2015 and were completed in September 2016. The new double story passenger handling terminal incorporates all the facilities required to process offshore passengers including check in,… Read more »

Source: NHV, 25-Oct-16

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Starspeed Achieves Stage II IS-BAO Accreditation

Starspeed Achieves Stage II IS-BAO Accreditation

Starspeed has been accredited with Stage II of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). IS-BAO is internationally recognized and respected as the global standard in safety requirements for the business aviation operator community. It is a set of performance-based standards that uses the safety management system as its cornerstone, addressing operations, maintenance, training… Read more »

Source: Starspeed, 21-Oct-16

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Caernarfon Coastguard Helicopter Reaches 500th SAR Mission

Caernarfon Coastguard Helicopter Reaches 500th SAR Mission

The UK Coastguard helicopter based at Caernarfon has marked a significant milestone undertaking its 500th search and rescue mission earlier today (Tuesday 18 October). The 500th mission, since it went live on 1 July 2015, was the rescue of a fallen walker at Tryfan in Snowdonia, Wales supported by the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team…. Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 21-Oct-16

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70th Anniversary of First Frigate Landing

70th Anniversary of First Frigate Landing

The 70th anniversary of the first helicopter landing on deck of the River-Class HMS Helmsdale frigate was celebrated at Yeovilton with a fly in of historic naval helicopters. Alan Bristow was the pilot of the Sikorsky Hoverfly K969 that made the first landing. He would never have realised the importance of that flight as it… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Oct-16

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WAA carries out first baby transfer in new incubator

WAA carries out first baby transfer in new incubator

The first baby to be transported in the Wales Air Ambulance (WAA) Charity’s new fourth aircraft has been flown home with the help of the neonatal team at Glan Clwyd Hospital. Baby Noah Griffiths, from Carmarthen, was born thirteen weeks prematurely at the unit in Bodelwyddan, but as soon as he was deemed well enough… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 18-Oct-16

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DART Aerospace Expands Coverage with a New UK Office

DART Aerospace Expands Coverage with a New UK Office

DART Aerospace is proud to announce the opening of its new UK based office.  In the last year DART has invested in building a regional team for the European territory.  DART’s focus is to offer exceptional customer service and to have qualified regional representatives located in the same time zone as our European customers.  DART’s… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 13-Oct-16

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Dart Aerospace expands European network

Dart Aerospace expands European network

DART Aerospace expands its Approved Maintenance Center (AMC) network to Europe offering competitive aftermarket solutions. DART will hold a cocktail to celebrate the launch of this network expansion during Helitech International on booth 12C60, Tuesday October 11th at 15:00.  You are invited! Helicopter operators and private owners in this region now have the option to… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 12-Oct-16

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Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance AW169 arrives UK for completion

Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance AW169 arrives UK for completion

After more than a year in the planning, our new state-of-the-art helicopter, an AgustaWestland 169 is one step closer to becoming operational in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. The helicopter was flown to the UK from Italy on Friday and is now secure in a hangar at Staverton, where our helicopter provider is based. It will remain… Read more »

Source: LNAA, 10-Oct-16

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UK CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

UK CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

Following the release today by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of proposals to allow the return to service of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma EC225LP and AS332L2, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that its existing restriction, prohibiting all commercial flying of this type by UK operators, is to remain in place. The Super… Read more »

Source: CAA, 07-Oct-16

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Duke of York opens helipad at Northern General Hospital

Duke of York opens helipad at Northern General Hospital

This month (September) HRH The Duke of York officially launched the opening of a new HELP Appeal funded state-of-the-art helipad, at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield. The £2 million site is now fully operational and can accept major trauma patients from across the region, with funding over £1 million from the HELP Appeal – the… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 07-Oct-16

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Heli UK Expo relocates for 2017

Heli UK Expo relocates for 2017

The organisers of Heli UK Expo are pleased to announce the event will be relocating to Wycombe Air Park next year, taking place with a new date format 1st – 3rd June 2017 (Thurs-Fri-Sat). This will enable a host of opportunities to further develop and expand the UK’s Only Fly-in Helicopter event for future years…. Read more »

Source: Heli UK Expo, 04-Oct-16

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London Air Ambulance boss quits

London Air Ambulance boss quits

After a tenure of nearly five years, CEO Graham Hodgkin has left London’s Air Ambulance and started a new role at Wavelength – a leadership and networking organisation which issued a very complimentary welcoming press release. Prior to joining LAA, Hodgkin completed over ten years with Deutsche Bank. His LinkedIn profile shows he left the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Oct-16

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Bristow commemorates Pioneering Helicopter Landing

Bristow commemorates Pioneering Helicopter Landing

Seventy years ago, on September 24, 1946, pioneering helicopter pilot, Lieutenant Alan Bristow Royal Navy, became the first Briton to land a helicopter on the deck of a naval frigate at sea. Few would have seen in the flimsy Sikorsky Hoverfly KK969 of those pioneering days the forerunner of the sophisticated naval helicopters of today,… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 30-Sep-16

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First Sikorsky S76D arrives in Europe

First Sikorsky S76D arrives in Europe

The first Sikorsky S76D helicopter has arrived in Europe and is currently engaged in pilot training.  Registered in the tax-efficient Isle of Man, the aircraft is likely destined for a corporate operation but the end customer has not been announced.  The aircraft was shipped through Southampton docks into the UK, and is now flying from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Sep-16

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Latest British Cabri G2 is first with Aspen Avionics panel

Latest British Cabri G2 is first with Aspen Avionics panel

The 24th Guimbal G2 Cabri delivered via British distributor Cotswold Helicopter Centre has arrived in the UK in the last week.  Serial 1164 as been delivered to HeliGroup at Wycombe Air Park, their second example of the type – a fleet expansion due to the high utilisation of their first G2. The helicopter – finished… Read more »

Source: Cotswold, 27-Sep-16

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GNAAS seeks funding for base project

GNAAS seeks funding for base project

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has applied for £1.9m of funding to create a centre of medical excellence in the North-East. Several sites in the Darlington and Tees Valley area are under consideration for the new base, which would bring the charity’s operational crew and its fundraising and administrative staff under one roof…. Read more »

Source: The Great North Air Ambulance Service, 26-Sep-16

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Tribute fly past for National Police Memorial Day

Tribute fly past for National Police Memorial Day

The National Police Air Service and the Police Service of Northern Ireland conducted a formation fly past over St. Paul’s Cathedral this afternoon as part of the service of remembrance for National Police Memorial Day 2016. A fitting tribute to honour almost 4,000 fallen colleagues, police air support crews flew in a diamond formation with… Read more »

Source: National Police Air Service, 26-Sep-16

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Sikorsky continues S92 one million flight hours celebrations

Sikorsky continues S92 one million flight hours celebrations

Sikorsky today continued its celebration of the S-92® helicopter fleet’s one million flight hour milestone with events in the North Sea Region, the largest S-92 operating area in the world. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT). Celebrating Monday in Aberdeen, Scotland, and Tuesday in Stavanger, Norway, Sikorsky executives thanked operators and customers for… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 23-Sep-16

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CAA Improving Systems and Faith of North Sea Helicopter Industry

CAA Improving Systems and Faith of North Sea Helicopter Industry

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have made positive changes to the way the UK regulator works, improving the faith of the North Sea Helicopter industry. Energy Voice has reported that the operators have had issues with the amount of audits being done and how they were being filled with more of what people wanted… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-16

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£3.9 Million Raised for Central Manchester Helipad

£3.9 Million Raised for Central Manchester Helipad

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity (CMFT Charity) has reached £3.9 million for funds for a new helipad in central Manchester. The Time Saves Lives Helipad Appeal was established in September 2015 and thanks to all the supporters, the generous donations from County Air Ambulance Trust’s HELP and the Government’s LIBOR fines fund,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Sep-16

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Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance adds Training Simulator

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance adds Training Simulator

A new training simulator has been opened in Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance’s new airbase in Thruxton. The new simulator will help first-responders with training for different environments, from the Hampshire Forest to a crowded nightclub. It allows them to practice their technical skills as well as how they work as a team…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-16

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Is the BHA President independent or not?

Is the BHA President independent or not?

The British Helicopter Association has very successfully promoted the use of helicopters in the United Kingdom for many years, from humble beginnings in Redhill led by the famous Eric Brown to a respected position it holds today with an office at Fairoaks Airport to the south-west of London. The British helicopter fleet numbers over 1200,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Sep-16

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Babcock expands into new helicopter engineering facility

Babcock expands into new helicopter engineering facility

Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore has acquired a 20,000 sq ft hangar at Gloucestershire Airport as a base for its growing helicopter maintenance, repair, overhaul and installations operations. The new facility – located very close to the company’s existing  Staverton headquarters – will become a major new engineering base for the company. Tim Shattock, Managing… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 12-Sep-16

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UK SAR helicopters in new trial

UK SAR helicopters in new trial

HM Coastguard has a new eye in the sky from September 2016, as a Jetstream 41 turboprop aircraft is being trialled as part of a development to support our search and rescue (SAR) helicopters. The new plane is painted in red and white HM Coastguard colours and will be patrolling the southern and eastern seaboard…. Read more »

Source: HM Coastguard, 11-Sep-16

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Cornwall Air Ambulance make milestone 26,000th rescue

Cornwall Air Ambulance make milestone 26,000th rescue

The Cornwall Air Ambulance has reached a milestone of 26 thousand rescues. This past Wednesday a young toddler was flown from Boscastle, after he fell off a wall and hit his head, and was taken to Derriford in little over 20 minutes. This young boy was the revealed as number 26 thousand. The air ambulance… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Sep-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2016

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Guimbal Cabri G2 (G-CILU), main rotors struck the ground, Cotswold (Kemble) Airport, Gloucestershire, 29 June 2016

Source: AAIB, 09-Sep-16

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Coast Guard S92s and AW189s are too big for hospital helipads

Coast Guard S92s and AW189s are too big for hospital helipads

The Department for Transport bought 11 Sikorsky S92 and Agusta Westland AW189 helicopters from the American company Bristow for £1.9 billion, but the helicopters themselves are too large to land at hospital helipads. The hospitals Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol and Sheffield are being affected by the lack of helicopters available. Newcastle officials have brought the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Sep-16

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Navy and Coastguards from 11 countries meet for HOSTAC conference

Navy and Coastguards from 11 countries meet for HOSTAC conference

Navy and Coast Guard representatives from 11 countries came together for dialogue and information sharing during a Helicopter Operations from Ships other Than Aircraft Carriers (HOSTAC) conference in Singapore, Aug 29-Sept 2. Conference participants represented Great Britain, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the United States. HOSTAC is an… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 08-Sep-16

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Air Ambulance Northern Ireland to launch with two EC135s

Air Ambulance Northern Ireland to launch with two EC135s

AANI are delighted to announce Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore as the aviation supplier of the Charity’s two aircraft. They will also provide aviation training and the pilots of both helicopters. Babcock has decades of experience in providing Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) across the UK and currently operates from more than 20 UK bases,… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 08-Sep-16

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Bristow introduces new Director of UK SAR

Bristow introduces new Director of UK SAR

As a key member of the UK SAR leadership team since the start of the contract, Bristow Helicopters Limited recently promoted Russell Torbet CBE to director UK SAR, responsible for overseeing the operation of the civilian search and rescue (SAR) service for the UK on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). In this… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 02-Sep-16

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UK – New Scilly Isles helicopter service proposed with AW139s

UK – New Scilly Isles helicopter service proposed with AW139s

Plans are underway for the reinstatement of the popular scheduled helicopter service between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly. The helicopter flights will play a vital role in a multi-modal transport service for the islands.   A planning application for a new heliport on Jelbert Way, Penzance, is expected to be submitted this autumn following a… Read more »

Source: Penzance Heliport Ltd, 25-Aug-16

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BHA President Calls for Post-Brexit Reassurances

BHA President Calls for Post-Brexit Reassurances

The President of the British Helicopter Association, The Lord Glenarthur, has called on the Government to do all in its power to Ensure the voice of the UK’s aviation expertise is not wasted, as the country withdraws from the EU. Speaking During a House of Lords Debate on Tuesday 5thJuly, The Lord Glenarthur said: “A… Read more »

Source: BHA, 22-Aug-16

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The distressed H225 fleet – A review

The distressed H225 fleet – A review

In an article published on 6th July 2016, “Future of H225 compounded by HUMS investigation remark”, I concluded that “The CHC Chapter 11 process has a long way to run yet.  The outcome for the offshore helicopter market will be significant as strategies for his large fleet emerge from the affected lessors; all of them… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 19-Aug-16

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UK CAA suspends heli pilot licence for infringing Red Arrows display

UK CAA suspends heli pilot licence for infringing Red Arrows display

A pilot has pleaded guilty to flying his helicopter through a Red Arrows display, causing the world famous aerobatic team to abandon their routine. Luton Magistrates’ Court heard Andrew Kane (62) from Leighton Buzzard, flew his Gazelle helicopter into restricted airspace, put in place to protect the Red Arrows’ display, at an air show at… Read more »

Source: CAA, 18-Aug-16

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Universal Wiring completes delivery of 750 miles of cabling for AW101 upgrades

Universal Wiring completes delivery of 750 miles of cabling for AW101 upgrades

Universal Wiring Systems announced that it had delivered 750 miles of electrical harnessing to complete the wiring phase of AgustaWestland’s Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme (MCSP). The company has provided harnesses for 30 Merlin Mk2 helicopters, each comprising 25 miles (41km) of wiring, which completes the MCSP deliverables. Awarded in 2005, the programme upgrades 30 of… Read more »

Source: Universal, 17-Aug-16

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New CEO for Cobham plc

New CEO for Cobham plc

Cobham plc announces that its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bob Murphy, is to step down from his role and from the Board no later than the end of 2016 to pursue other opportunities.  The Board thanks Bob for his leadership during challenging times, including: the development of a clear strategy with a focus on connectivity;… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 17-Aug-16

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East Anglian Air Ambulance appoints four Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine consultants

East Anglian Air Ambulance appoints four Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine consultants

These consultants are committed to working a day a week for the Charity, but will also spend time overseeing EAAA’s governance. This will involve developing the Charity’s standard operating procedures (SOPs), equipment, future direction, training, and of course, will provide on-call consultant advice. The four permanent consultants are, Dr Pam Chrispin and Dr Jeremy Mauger,… Read more »

Source: EAAA, 16-Aug-16

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance prepare to launch first H145 in early September

Yorkshire Air Ambulance prepare to launch first H145 in early September

The final countdown has begun at the Yorkshire Air Ambulance as they look forward to welcoming their new Airbus H145 helicopter in to operations next month. The rapid response emergency service Charity unveiled the new helicopter back in June, and now after having its medical fit completed, the team have entered into the final stages… Read more »

Source: YAA, 16-Aug-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2016

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, 14-Aug-16

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New UK heliport for Police and EMS operations approved

New UK heliport for Police and EMS operations approved

The controversial proposals for a dual-service heliport at Almondsbury have now received planning approval, according to the Gazette series.  The site, close to the junction of the M4 and M5 motorways, will become the new base for both the National Police Air Service and the Great Western Air Ambulance in the Bristol area.  Both currently… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Aug-16

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Wales Air Ambulance invests in two high-tech incubators

Wales Air Ambulance invests in two high-tech incubators

Significantly quicker transfers of neonatal babies are to be introduced with the launch of Wales’ first flight incubator, it was announced. The two £70,000 bespoke incubators to be introduced on board the Wales Air Ambulance Charity (WAAC) is the most advanced in the UK. Its introduction will replace long road ambulance journeys for vulnerable babies…. Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 11-Aug-16

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Vector Aerospace may lay off 60 in UK

Vector Aerospace may lay off 60 in UK

A local news outlet in Portsmouth is reporting that 60 jobs at the local Vector Aerospace facility at Fleetlands are at risk after the company lost s contract. Portsmouth News says Vector had bid for the Digital Automatic Flight Control System upgrade programme for the Royal Air Force’s Chinook helicopter fleet. Steve Burnell from Boeing Defence… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Aug-16

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Three helicopter incidents lead British Gliding Association to issue winch wire alert

Three helicopter incidents lead British Gliding Association to issue winch wire alert

Following a number of recent incidents that have compromised safety when aircraft over-flying glider sites have come into close proximity with winch-launching gliders, the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) and the British Gliding Association (BGA) seek to remind pilots about the dangers of over-flying gliding sites, especially as the summer months mean much greater gliding activity… Read more »

Source: BGA, 10-Aug-16

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Lockheed Martin updates last of 30 AW101 Merlins for UK military

Lockheed Martin updates last of 30 AW101 Merlins for UK military

The Ministry of Defence has taken delivery of the 30th upgraded Merlin Mk2 helicopter from industry. Lockheed Martin UK joined representatives from the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence for a ceremony to mark the handover of the final airframe at Leonardo’s facility in Yeovil, Somerset. For the last ten years, employees from both… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 10-Aug-16

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Amazon partners with UK Government on Drones

Amazon partners with UK Government on Drones

Amazon has today announced a partnership with the UK Government to explore the steps needed to make the delivery of parcels by small drones a reality, allowing Amazon to trial new methods of testing its delivery systems. A cross-Government team supported by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has provided Amazon with permissions to explore… Read more »

Source: Amazon, 09-Aug-16

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New helipad planned at Hull Royal Infirmary

New helipad planned at Hull Royal Infirmary

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has submitted proposals to Hull City Council’s Planning Committee to create a new helipad at the back of Hull Royal Infirmary. The hospital serves the region as a Major Trauma Centre, regularly receiving emergency patients via helicopter and organising patient transfers via air ambulance. A number of providers… Read more »

Source: HEYH, 08-Aug-16

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance to feature in new TV series

Yorkshire Air Ambulance to feature in new TV series

The life-saving work of Yorkshire Air Ambulance is to feature in a new prime time television series. Helicopter ER will hit our screens later this year in a peak 8pm slot on UKTV’s real life channel, Really. The new series is being made by many of the team who created Helicopter Heroes, the popular BBC… Read more »

Source: YAA, 04-Aug-16

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First British H135 military training helicopter takes to the skies

First British H135 military training helicopter takes to the skies

Airbus Helicopters has carried out the first flight of the initial UK MFTS aircraft, bringing delivery one step closer. With 12 UK MFTS aircraft already in production at the company’s site in Donauworth, the programme is meeting the challenging deadlines by delivering key programme events to time including production ramp up and initial ground runs… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Aug-16

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Royal Navy Lynx instructors awarded Trophy with support from CAE

Royal Navy Lynx instructors awarded Trophy with support from CAE

The Royal Navy’s instructors at the Lynx Simulator Facility at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton were recently awarded the Breitling Trophy for achieving the best overall performance during the annual Naval Flying Standards inspection. The inspection was conducted by the office of the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff – Aviation and Carriers (ACNS-A&C) for… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 01-Aug-16

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South Wales Police introduces Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

South Wales Police introduces Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

The force has acquired one drone which will be used to carry out a wide range of tasks including assisting with searches for missing people, policing large scale events, tackling anti-social behaviour and keeping officers safe. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are used by many organisations across the world. Regulated in the UK by… Read more »

21-Jul-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2016

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, 21-Jul-16

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BBGA pledges status quo on EU legislation for aviation, post Brexit

BBGA pledges status quo on EU legislation for aviation, post Brexit

Negotiations for aviation must be considered as a priority in the first wave of discussions with the EU, now that the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union, British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) CEO Marc Bailey highlighted today.   “We have developed legislation alongside EASA that supports our sector. It is therefore… Read more »

Source: BBGA, 19-Jul-16

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