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UK – Helicopter Museum promotes educational offerings

UK – Helicopter Museum promotes educational offerings

The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare is holding a special Free Educational Open Day on Friday 14th December between 10am and 7pm. “We would like to invite all those who work in the educational sector and who plan group outings and educational activities to visit their local museum  and experience first hand the resources available literally… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 22-Nov-12

UK – PremiAir S76s repossessed and taken away

UK – PremiAir S76s repossessed and taken away

PremiAir Aviation has gone through a change of ownership in recent days, and a formal press release is expected very soon. However, part of the changes have involved the repossession of at least four aircraft, including three Sikorsky S76s and a Twin Squirrel which departed from their base at Blackbushe last week by road.  Industry… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Nov-12

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UK – Bond to add new base with offshore contract win

UK – Bond to add new base with offshore contract win

Bond Offshore Helicopters Ltd, one of the UK’s leading providers of energy support services, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a new contract with Perenco Oil and Gas. This new contract, worth in the region of £37 million, is for the provision of crew change flights to Perenco’s newly-acquired assets in the… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 19-Nov-12

Bristow S92s at Aberdeen – one out, one in

Bristow S92s at Aberdeen – one out, one in

Bristow Helicopters have had a fleet move, with one Sikorsky S92 coming in and another going out. Arriving, after being airfreighted in to Prestwick Airport during last week, G-XCII has arrived in the UK for operations on the North Sea.  The odd looking registration reflects the fact that 92 in Roman numerals is XCII. Going… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Nov-12

Essex Air Ambulance happy as fraudulent charity shop closed

Essex Air Ambulance happy as fraudulent charity shop closed

After four years of investigations into a Charity Shop in Walton-on-the-Naze; Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) is delighted to confirm the closure of the Charity Shop and that the proprietor Nigel Philpott-Jones has pleaded guilty of fraud by false misrepresentation. His official sentencing has taken place today at Chelmsford Crown Court and Mr… Read more »

Source: Essex Air Ambulance, 13-Nov-12

Royal Navy’s 815 Sqn nurtures French links

Royal Navy’s 815 Sqn nurtures French links

THE first Royal Navy Lynx helicopter to join a French frigate on a full counter-piracy deployment has arrived on board the ship in Toulon. As part of the initiative for the UK and French armed forces to work more closely together, the Lynx Mark 8 aircraft from Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton will deploy with… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 13-Nov-12

Bond Air Services congratulates Midlands Air Ambulance on award win

Bond Air Services congratulates Midlands Air Ambulance on award win

Bond Air Services is delighted to congratulate the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity (MAAC) on winning an Air Ambulance Team Award from the Ambulance Service Institute. The award, presented at a ceremony in London earlier today, recognised MAAC’s exemplary response to an incident in Lucton, Herefordshire in February this year, when all three Midlands Air Ambulance… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 13-Nov-12

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2012

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2012

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Special Bulletin S4/2012: Sikorsky S-76C++, G-WIWI, East Sussex, 3 May 2012 Bell 206L-3 Longranger III (G-LVDC), forced landing near Silverstone, Northants, 8 July 2012

Source: AAIB, 08-Nov-12

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Eurocopter issues EC225 “Key Messages”

Eurocopter issues EC225 “Key Messages”

On October 22, 2012, during a flight to an offshore platform, a controlled ditching was performed with an EC225 helicopter. No one on board was injured and everyone was brought back to land safely. The helicopter remained afloat thanks to its emergency floatation gear and was recovered by a ship. An emergency lubrication warning light… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 07-Nov-12

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UK – Oryx Jet adds helicopter capability

UK – Oryx Jet adds helicopter capability

London Biggin Hill based aircraft management and first class air charter company Oryx Jet is delighted to be able to offer helicopter charter as an additional method of transportation and onward carriage to complement its existing fleet of executive jets. Offering more choice to private business and leisure charter services both locally and internationally, our… Read more »

Source: Oryx Jet, 07-Nov-12

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UK – Third EMS AW109 enters service

UK – Third EMS AW109 enters service

The Children’s Air Ambulance issued a press release last week, and after we scanned through it, we rejected it as it did not appear much of an aviation story.  On the face of it, the central theme was the appointment of a brand ambassador – a 54 year old music star whose success started to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Nov-12

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Bond Offshore Helicopters names new Managing Director

Bond Offshore Helicopters names new Managing Director

Luke Farajallah joins Bond Offshore Helicopters as new Managing Director 5th November 2012. Bond Offshore Helicopters Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Luke Farajallah as Managing Director. Luke brings with him 25 years of aviation experience leading different functions in a number of airlines both in the UK and Internationally. Most recently Luke… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 05-Nov-12

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UK – PremiAir problems mount with key resignation(s)

UK – PremiAir problems mount with key resignation(s)

Following our story earlier today regarding the situation PremiAir find themselves in at Denham, HeliHub.com can confirm that Finance Director Mike Harding has resigned. Mr Harding joined PremiAir in September 2004, and had responsibility for the finance and IT functions at PremiAir in the eight years since.  His role involved a wide range of tasks,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Nov-12

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UK – PremiAir stops trading at Denham – what’s next?

UK – PremiAir stops trading at Denham – what’s next?

Premair Aviation Group has ceased trading at Denham, after the airfield owners changed the locks on the offices and hangars.  We understand that Denham’s owners, Bickerton’s Aerodromes Ltd, had a meeting with PremiAir owner Andrew Davis in recent weeks concerning balances owed.  As nothing was forthcoming after that meeting, Bickerton’s took action.  A notice on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Nov-12

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UK – Airbourne Solutions acquires third AS355

UK – Airbourne Solutions acquires third AS355

Aerial application specialists Airbourne Solutions have acquired a second Twin Squirrel from PremiAir Aviation at Blackbushe, taking their fleet to three.  The three helicopters involved are N30LG AS355F2 (5065) acquired July 2008 and not flown since (photo above) G-VONG AS355F1 (5323) acquired recently – airworthiness documents expired Feb-12 G-VONK AS355F1 (5325) acquired late 2011 –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Nov-12

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Wales Air Ambulance adds third EC135

Wales Air Ambulance adds third EC135

Lifesaving charity Wales Air Ambulance (WAA) has successfully launched a ‘new generation’ helicopter at its Mid Wales base, completing its fleet of three advanced air ambulances for Wales. The new aircraft, which will operate from Welshpool Airport from 2nd November, supersedes the charity’s 20 year-old model to become one of the most cutting-edge operations in… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 04-Nov-12

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Helitech debacle revives Silverstone show for 2014

Helitech debacle revives Silverstone show for 2014

The controversial move of the Helitech show by Reed Exhibitions from a wide-open airfield to a city-bound exhibition centre has led to the proposed revival of “The Helicopter Show” – originally planned in September this year for Farnborough and later moved to the well-known Formula 1 race circuit at Silverstone. In a brief update on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Nov-12

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World’s longest running scheduled helicopter service closes

World’s longest running scheduled helicopter service closes

It is with sadness we record the closure yesterday of the helicopter link between the UK mainland and the Scilly Isles, following the sale of Penzance Heliport to a retail supermarket as the site of a future store. Scheduled services began on 1st May 1964 and have continued for forty eight and a half years,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Nov-12

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The Helicopter Museum: Newsletter Vol. 3

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 01-Nov-12

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EASA and FAA approve H+S Aviation to repair/overhaul GE CT7-8 engines

EASA and FAA approve H+S Aviation to repair/overhaul GE CT7-8 engines

H+S Aviation, a BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) company, has added the new generation General Electric CT7-8 series turboshaft engine to its EASA 145 and FAA approvals list. The CT7-8 is currently in production for Sikorsky S-92 and AgustaWestland AW101 multi-engine helicopters. H+S Aviation now offers full scale support for engine repair, overhaul… Read more »

Source: H+S Aviation, 31-Oct-12

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Independent survey supported Helitech move to London, not Steering Committee

Independent survey supported Helitech move to London, not Steering Committee

In an interview with HeliHub.com, the exhibition Director of Helitech International confirmed to us that an independent survey had been carried out before making a decision to move the event from Duxford to a conference centre in London. John Hyde told us that Reed Exhbitions enlisted the services of AMR International, which on its website… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Oct-12

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Helitech 2013 organisers confirm no day visitors by air

Helitech 2013 organisers confirm no day visitors by air

In an interview with HeliHub.com, the exhibition Director of Helitech International 2013 confirmed to us that there is no space at the ExCeL conference centre in London for daily visitors to the event in September 2013.  John Hyde confirmed that three or four sites are under consideration, and they would soon decide on one and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Oct-12

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UK – Weston Aviation opens FBO next door to National Football Centre

UK – Weston Aviation opens FBO next door to National Football Centre

Weston Aviation and the operators of Tatenhill Airfield have launched a new venture to provide FBO and executive handling services at the airfield to provide quick and easy helicopter and aircraft access to the FA’s new £120 million National Football Centre at St. George’s Park, near Burton on Trent, UK. The new centre was officially… Read more »

Source: Weston Aviation, 23-Oct-12

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Three years later…. Bond starts to support offshore wind farm

Three years later…. Bond starts to support offshore wind farm

HeliHub.com editor note – The EC135 was first shown at Helitech 2009 fully kitted out.  At Helitech 2011 we reported that the helicopter had not yet started offshore wind farm operations as expected two years prior, and a further year has now passed.  We are pleased to see this finally working on the contract it… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 22-Oct-12

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UK – 4,000th callout for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

UK – 4,000th callout for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has been called out on 4,000 emergencies since it was established five years ago. (see full story)

Source: IOW County Press, 22-Oct-12

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Royal Navy helicopter deploys on French warship

Royal Navy helicopter deploys on French warship

The helicopter from 217 Flight (a flight from 815 Naval Air Squadron), headed up by Flight Commander Lieutenant Mike Curd, will join FLF Surcouf at her base in Toulon on Monday for a four-week training period. In November they will then deploy on Op Atalanta for four months as part of an initiative for the… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 22-Oct-12

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UK – Central Helicopters to build new off-airfield base

UK – Central Helicopters to build new off-airfield base

Central Helicopters, a leading UK-based provider of helicopter services for business purposes, aerial photography, weddings and other occasions, have received planning permission to relocate to new premises. Central Helicopters has been based at Tollerton Airfield – also known as Nottingham City Airport – for the past five years, but now they have been granted permission… Read more »

Source: Central Helicopters, 22-Oct-12

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22-Oct-12 G-CHCN Eurocopter EC225 Shetland, UK

CHC EC225 has ditched  32 miles south of Shetland, off Fair Isle.  All 19 POB reported safe and  being taken to Kirkwall on Orkney

22-Oct-12

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UK Government gives AgustaWestland £46M for civil helicopter projects

UK Government gives AgustaWestland £46M for civil helicopter projects

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it has been selected to go forward to the contracting phase for their bid of up to £46 million from Round 3 of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF). The combined RGF and AgustaWestland investment of more than £100 million will create a brand new industry… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 19-Oct-12

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Bond/INAER parent company renames as Avincis; based in UK

Bond/INAER parent company renames as Avincis; based in UK

Avincis Mission Critical Services (Avincis Group) has established itself in the UK today as the world’s leading provider of mission critical aviation services. The Group’s mission is to save lives, protect the environment and provide safe transport for mission critical people and assets for public services and blue chip corporations.  Avincis’ operating companies deliver across… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 16-Oct-12

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance gain planning approval for new base

Yorkshire Air Ambulance gain planning approval for new base

A vacant site within the Nostell Priory estate, near Wakefield, has been granted planning permission by Wakefield Council. It will have a hangar and aircrew accommodation for one helicopter. (see full story)

16-Oct-12

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16-Oct-12 G-BXGA Eurocopter AS350B2 Kettlewell, UK

Chain sling contacted tail rotor drive cover, horizontal stabiliser and both tail rotor blades during lifting operations

16-Oct-12

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TAAS wants all UK air ambulance operations to merge into one

TAAS wants all UK air ambulance operations to merge into one

At a Conservative Party Conference ‘Fringe Meeting’ held in the Hyatt Regency, Birmingham on 9th October the meeting organisers “The Air Ambulance Service” [TAAS] put forward what some viewed as some disturbing proposals. Andy Williamson (the Chief Executive of TAAS) was advocating that all the separate Air Ambulance Charities in the United Kingdom merge together… Read more »

Source: Police Aviation News, 12-Oct-12

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UK’s Joint Helicopter Command renews BAE contract

UK’s Joint Helicopter Command renews BAE contract

We have been awarded a further 12 months contract by the UK’s Land Forces HQ Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) to continue an advisory web based Aviation De-confliction Planning Service. The service, available to the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, is based on the BAE Systems Centralised Aviation Data Service (CADS) which uses a… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 12-Oct-12

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UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2012

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2012

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Aerospatiale SA.341G Gazelle (HA-LFB), collision with terrain, Honister Slate Mine, Keswick, Cumbria, 9 March 2011

Source: AAIB, 11-Oct-12

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UK – Construction starts on Exeter operations unit for police and air ambulance

UK – Construction starts on Exeter operations unit for police and air ambulance

The Barnstaple office of Morgan Sindall has secured a £1.5 million contract to deliver new offices, welfare facilities and an aircraft hangar at Exeter Airport for Devon and Cornwall Police. The new two-storey office building will house the Air Operations Unit for Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon Air Ambulance Trust, both of which currently… Read more »

Source: Morgan Sindall, 10-Oct-12

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UK Government prepared to veto EADS-BAE merger

UK Government prepared to veto EADS-BAE merger

Britain will block the proposed $45 billion merger between EADS and BAE Systems if key “red line” priorities are not met, defence minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday (see full story)

Source: Reuters, 08-Oct-12

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08-Oct-12 G-ORKY Eurocopter AS350B2 Cairngorms, UK

Hoist cable hitting tail rotor in turbulent weather conditions.  Badly damaged

08-Oct-12

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Afghanistan heroism earns DFC for selfless Chinook pilot

Afghanistan heroism earns DFC for selfless Chinook pilot

An RAF Chinook helicopter captain has been honoured for his ‘outstanding bravery and airmanship’ evacuating battlefield casualties while under heavy fire during a mission in southern Afghanistan. Flight Lieutenant Gerald Wyatt, known as ‘Gez’, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his actions in last week’s Operational Honours and Awards List. His citation… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 07-Oct-12

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Bond settles with partners of pilots involved in April 2009 Super Puma crash

Bond settles with partners of pilots involved in April 2009 Super Puma crash

Paul Burnham, 31, of Methlick, Aberdeenshire, and Richard Menzies, 24, of Worcestershire, were at the controls of the Bond Offshore Super Puma when the aircraft plunged into the sea in April 2009. (see full story) See also this page from our safety data coverage – 01-Apr-09 G-REDL Eurocopter AS332 11m E of Peterhead, UK (16F)

07-Oct-12

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BHA dilemma – Support Helitech move or go bust

BHA dilemma – Support Helitech move or go bust

The British Helicopter Association (BHA) has been forced into a corner by Reed Exhibitions, who run the Helitech show in the UK.  HeliHub.com was one of a number of industry publications copied on an email on Tuesday from a potential exhibitor who is clearly very unhappy at the BHA support for the move, which has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Oct-12

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Helitech organisers confirm HeliHub.com story about venue change

Helitech organisers confirm HeliHub.com story about venue change

This news was broken by HeliHub.com on 21st September – see Helitech considers move from Duxford to non-airfield location.  Finally on 3rd October, Reed Exhibitions comes clean and goes public – some five days earlier than they had planned…..  What follows is their press release Reed Exhibitions, the organisers of Helitech, the largest dedicated helicopter… Read more »

Source: Reed Exhibitions, 04-Oct-12

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UK – National Police Air Service is launched

UK – National Police Air Service is launched

The new National Police Air Service (NPAS) was launched on Monday October 1, 2012 The new service will provide more efficient and accessible air support to the police service throughout England and Wales that offers better value for money. Responding to the findings of a comprehensive review commissioned in 2009, the Association of Chief Police… Read more »

Source: ACPO, 03-Oct-12

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UK – HELP Appeal grants £500K for helipad at Bristol Royal Infirmary

UK – HELP Appeal grants £500K for helipad at Bristol Royal Infirmary

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) and the Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads (HELP) Appeal will be working in partnership to develop an onsite helipad at the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI), which will open in 2014. A grant of £500,000 has been provided by the HELP Appeal to support the helipad’s construction – part… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 26-Sep-12

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Midlands Air Ambulance awards new 7 year contract to Bond

Midlands Air Ambulance awards new 7 year contract to Bond

The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity (MAAC) has awarded a new seven-year contract to Bond Air Services Ltd. Under the contract, valued at approximately £26 million, Bond will continue to provide air ambulance services cover across six counties in the West Midlands until 2019. Bond will support the contract for three Eurocopter EC135T2i helicopters on a… Read more »

Source: Bond Aviation Group, 26-Sep-12

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26-Sep-12 G-CGOU Sikorsky S76C++ Humberside, UK

Emergency landing made in a field after smell of burning in the cabin.  No damage to helicopter, no injuries

26-Sep-12

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Midlands Air Ambulance orders new EC135T2e for night flying

Midlands Air Ambulance orders new EC135T2e for night flying

Since 1991 Midlands Air Ambulance has been airlifting critically ill and injured patients to hospitals across our region. Starting with just one aircraft, the fleet has grown to three aircraft and has responded to over 38,000 missions, making it the busiest and largest Air Ambulance operator in England and Wales. In that time the operation… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 24-Sep-12

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UK – Heli Air launches latest base at Gloucestershire Airport

UK – Heli Air launches latest base at Gloucestershire Airport

More than 100 invited guests enjoyed the hospitality at Heli Air Gloucester at Gloucestershire Airport with the opportunity to fly in the R22, R44, R66 with very special paintwork, Bell 47 and Bell 206 JetRanger. The weather was especially kind with gentle winds from the east and bright warm sunshine all day. The Open Day… Read more »

Source: Heli Air, 24-Sep-12

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Phoenix Helicopter Academy opens at Blackbushe

Phoenix Helicopter Academy opens at Blackbushe

Phoenix Helicopter Academy opens its second branch at Blackbushe Airport nr. Camberley, Surrey. Check out the training section of the website for more details on Blackbushe Airport: http://www.phoenixhelicopters.co.uk/training/blackbushe-branch/ We are open for business and training has already begun! Initially one of our Robinson R22s will be based at Blackbushe followed shortly by an R44. Our… Read more »

Source: Phoenix Helicopters, 24-Sep-12

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London’s Air Ambulance supports “medical skills for young offenders” project

London’s Air Ambulance supports “medical skills for young offenders” project

As London saw this year’s youngest victim of knife crime, 14-year-old Kevin Ssali, sadly die on Sunday, the need to ensure immediate, on the scene medical aid for victims of violent attacks seems to be more urgent than ever. The Liverpool project aims to train young offenders, who are often present at the scene of… Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 23-Sep-12

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Helitech considers move from Duxford to non-airfield location

Helitech considers move from Duxford to non-airfield location

Industry sources tell HeliHub.com that a move for the Helitech show is likely. The popular UK-based bi-annual event is reportedly moving away from Duxford Airfield to the ExCeL conference centre in London with the contract set to be signed any day now.  Under the revised name of “Helitech International”, the show still appears to be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Sep-12

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Lecture – 20 years of Eurocopter: Past, Present and Future

Lecture – 20 years of Eurocopter: Past, Present and Future

Speaker: Dominique Maudet, Executive Vice President Global Business and Services Eurocopter Group and Executive Officer for France London / 2 October 2012 To view the lecture flyer click here RSVP now to reserve your place 2012 is the 20th anniversary of the creation of Eurocopter, formed in 1992 by a merger of France’s Aerospatiale Helicopters and Germany’s… Read more »

Source: Royal Aeronautical Society, 21-Sep-12

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UK – Tiger Helicopters overturns court conviction

UK – Tiger Helicopters overturns court conviction

After two days of evidence, Judge Patrick Thomas overturned the convictions against Alan Ramsden and Tiger Helicopters.  He said there was “absolutely no evidence” that Ramsden had made false entries. (see full story)

Source: Hereford Times, 20-Sep-12

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East Anglian Air Ambulance take delivery of new EC135T2e

East Anglian Air Ambulance take delivery of new EC135T2e

Bond Air Services have delivered Eurocopter EC135T2e G-HEMN to East Anglian Air Ambulance on Monday 17th September.  The helicopter is  fully night-compatible for the time when EAAA commence NVG operations as planned – reportedly in December assuming training and approvals are in place by then. EAAA commenced operations hurriedly with Bond in February 2011 after… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Sep-12

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London’s Air Ambulance supports ‘medical skills for young offenders’ project

London’s Air Ambulance supports ‘medical skills for young offenders’ project

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with The Liverpool Project, that has been set up to teach young offenders the basic medical skills necessary to manage victims of violent attacks. Young offenders, who are often present at the scene of violent incidents are trained to provide immediate haemorrhage control in the vital minutes after… Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 19-Sep-12

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St George’s to build South London’s first hospital helipad

St George’s to build South London’s first hospital helipad

St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust announced today, Tuesday 18th September, that it has been granted formal planning permission to develop a helipad at St George’s Hospital in Tooting. It will be only the second hospital helipad in London and the first south of the river. The development will be partly funded through a grant of £1million… Read more »

Source: St George's Healthcare, 18-Sep-12

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AgustaWestland subcontracts training to operator who does not train

AgustaWestland subcontracts training to operator who does not train

Around two years ago, a training programme commenced in the UK with 40 would-be pilots from Algeria, all set up by AgustaWestland as part of a wider deal including a whole batch of helicopters as well. While the operators and AW maintained radio silence on the contract, many in the UK industry knew that Tiger… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Sep-12

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Gama Engineering celebrates first anniversary with certification milestone

Gama Engineering celebrates first anniversary with certification milestone

Gama Engineering Ltd, a Gama Group company, held a special fly-in event for existing and prospective customers at its Fairoaks Airport, UK base on Saturday, 15 September, to celebrate the first anniversary of the coming together of Lees Avionics Ltd and the engineering teams from Mann Aviation Group (Engineering) Ltd.   Their combining at Fairoaks  has… Read more »

Source: Gama Engineering, 18-Sep-12

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UK – Ark Royal aircraft carrier will not become heliport

UK – Ark Royal aircraft carrier will not become heliport

BBC News has recently reported that the retired British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal has been sold for scrap for £3 million.  Various other plans had been mooted for the 1986-built warship, including a heliport and a nightclub. (see full story)

Source: BBC, 17-Sep-12

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Bell continues momentum in Europe

Bell continues momentum in Europe

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), continues to increase its sales and customer support activities in Europe delivering seven aircraft and signing nine contracts within the last three months, as well as launching Bell 407GX and Bell 429 flight demonstration tours, and gaining EASA approval for a new customer support facility. “Bell Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Sep-12

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Lerwick Harbour pilot boats are key in Bond’s Jigsaw operations

Lerwick Harbour pilot boats are key in Bond’s Jigsaw operations

Crews of Lerwick Harbour pilot boats and Bond Offshore Helicopters’ aircraft are working together to ensure the high level of skill required in Bond’s search-&-rescue operations in Scottish waters. The combination has now reached its 100th exercise since the pilot boats began supporting Bond’s training programme in early 2011. Bond’s offshore search and rescue operation… Read more »

Source: Bond Aviation Group, 14-Sep-12

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Eurocopter hands over first Puma Mk2 to UK military

Eurocopter hands over first Puma Mk2 to UK military

The upgrade of UK Ministry of Defence Puma aircraft took a further major step forward yesterday when Eurocopter handed over its first Puma Mk2 aircraft to MOD. This upgrade will significantly enhance the aircraft’s performance, mission capability and safety. The first modified aircraft will fly from Oxford into QinetiQ’s Boscombe Down facility where it will… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 13-Sep-12

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UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2012

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2012

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- AgustaWestland AW109E M-EMLI  near Northolt, Middlesex, 2 May 2012 Agusta AW109SP, G-STGR Helsby, Cheshire, 4 May 2012 Enstrom 280FX Shark G-OJMF Manchester Barton Airport, 8 February 2012 Robinson R44 II Raven II  G-ROAD  near Corby, Northamptonshire,… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 13-Sep-12

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Multiflight awarded EASA Part 21J Design Organisation Approval

Multiflight awarded EASA Part 21J Design Organisation Approval

Multiflight has expanded the capabilities of its Engineering department with EASA Part 21J Design Organisation Approval (EASA 21J.483). “Multiflight is delighted to announce it has been awarded Design Organisation Approval from the European Safety Agency,” said Steve Borrowdale, Multiflight’s Managing Director. “With this approval we can continue to build our engineering services providing a one… Read more »

Source: Multiflight, 11-Sep-12

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Pennant highlights Lynx Wildcat project in half year results

Pennant highlights Lynx Wildcat project in half year results

British based Pennant Group has released its half year results for the six months to 30th June 2012.  The numbers make good reading with revenues up 43%, Profit before tax up 178% and basic earnings per share increased by 207%. The highlights particularly focused on “Development of Lynx Wildcat helicopter Maintenance Training Equipment project” but… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Sep-12

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UK – Castle Air ventures into the S76 market

UK – Castle Air ventures into the S76 market

Long time AW109 specialist Castle Air has taken a big step with the acquisition of three Sikorsky S76A++ helicopters.  Bought from Australia, where they were operated by Jayrow, the three are currently en route to Castle Air’s base at Liskeard in Cornwall. In recent years, Castle Air have built up a specialisation in AgustaWestland AW109s,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Sep-12

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2012

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2012

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- SA341G Gazelle 1 (G-WDEV), crashed during landing, Salisbury, Wilsthire, 10 January 2012

Source: AAIB, 04-Sep-12

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UK – RotorMotion lose closely-fought ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’

UK – RotorMotion lose closely-fought ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’

London Executive Aviation (LEA), one of Europe’s largest business jet charter operators, is celebrating victory over top helicopter charter business RotorMotion in the second annual ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’. Held on Saturday, September 1 at Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club in Surrey, the pro-am match saw a nail-biting finish, as the LEA team staged a dramatic… Read more »

Source: RotorMotion, 04-Sep-12

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UK’s Suffolk Police helicopter unit now on Twitter

UK’s Suffolk Police helicopter unit now on Twitter

Suffolk Police has increased its presence on social networking sites by launching a Twitter account for the force helicopter. @Angliaskycops launched this morning and police are encouraging residents to follow the new account. Last August Suffolk Police launched a Twitter account for the whole force, tweeting about campaigns, news stories and more. The account now… Read more »

Source: Suffolk Police, 03-Sep-12

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Helicentre becomes second in UK to offer Cabri G2 training

Helicentre becomes second in UK to offer Cabri G2 training

Helicentre Aviation Ltd. has become the second UK Flight Training Organisation to gain CAA approval to deliver the Guimbal Cabri G2 type rating as well as their full range of professional courses on the new type. The approval coincides with the arrival of the second Cabri G2 to be added to the UK register, collected… Read more »

Source: Helicentre, 03-Sep-12

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UK – Heliair to open Flight Instructor Academy

UK – Heliair to open Flight Instructor Academy

Heli Air is pleased to announce the opening of a new base at Gloucestershire Airport on Monday 24th September. Heli Air has been expanding over the past twelve months and when the opportunity arose to secure a newly built facility adjacent to the control tower at Gloucestershire Airport the opportunity was quickly developed. Gloucestershire Airport… Read more »

Source: Heliair, 03-Sep-12

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London’s Air Ambulance trials pocket-sized visualization devices

London’s Air Ambulance trials pocket-sized visualization devices

Five portable, pocket-sized visualization devices that can help physicians identify fluid presence as well as other life threatening conditions are being trialed by London’s Air Ambulance charity. London’s Air Ambulance, which provides pre-hospital medical care to victims of serious injury throughout London, has experienced increased demand during the Olympic Games and expects similar during the Paralympic… Read more »

Source: GE Healthcare, 03-Sep-12

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The Helicopter Museum: Newsletter Vol. 2

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 01-Sep-12

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London’s Air Ambulance launches “Wear Red” day

London’s Air Ambulance launches “Wear Red” day

Wear Red Day launches on Friday 28th September, for the first time in its history and it is a day which we hope will become an annual fundraising event. Simply by wearing red to the office, school or on a night out, you can raise awareness and money for our life-saving service. ‘Wear Red Day’ will become… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 31-Aug-12

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‘Meat stop’ SAR helicopter pilots flying again

‘Meat stop’ SAR helicopter pilots flying again

The BBC has reported that the two CHC Coastguard pilots  suspended for stopping off to pick up meat from a butchers during a training exercise are back flying again.  Paul Bentley was demoted to co-pilot after the SAR Sikorsky S92 landed in an Orkney field in April, but has now been restored as captain.  They… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Aug-12

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