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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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UK – Frimley Park hospital helipad passes flight tests

UK – Frimley Park hospital helipad passes flight tests

Frimley Park’s new helicopter landing pad for air ambulances is a step nearer to being fully operational after initial flight tests this week proved successful. The first aircraft to land on the new helipad was the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance on Thursday (16 August), followed by Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance the… Read more »

Source: Frimley Park, 31-Aug-12

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World Championships – Russia 1st, UK 2nd, Germany 3rd overall

World Championships – Russia 1st, UK 2nd, Germany 3rd overall

Russian Helicopters, part of state defence holding Oboronprom and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, is proud to congratulate Russia’s helicopter sportsmen and women on their victory in the 14th World Helicopter Championship. Russia took first place in the overall classification at the event, which took place on August 22-26 at the Drakino… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 30-Aug-12

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Wales Air Ambulance’s Swansea Crew win award

Wales Air Ambulance’s Swansea Crew win award

This year a Wales Air Ambulance crew received the prestigious Gail Williams’ Award for their efforts in the Glyn-Neath mine rescue. The winners, put forward by Wales Air Ambulance Operations Manager Jason Williams for their clinical excellence in attending the mine collapse, were the Swansea based crew of HEMS paramedics Chris Connor and Jason Hughes… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 21-Aug-12

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North West Air Ambulance to base both EC135s at hospitals, not airfields

North West Air Ambulance to base both EC135s at hospitals, not airfields

The North West Air Ambulance is excited to announce significant changes, which will enhance the service being provided to patients across the region. Over the next few weeks, our charity will move our aircraft to bases at two of the region’s dedicated trauma hospitals, allowing qualified doctors to travel onboard to incidents which require specialist… Read more »

Source: North West Air Ambulance, 17-Aug-12

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European expansion for Universal Avionics

European expansion for Universal Avionics

Robert Clare, Director of Sales for Universal Avionics, announced that Universal will open a new European satellite sales office, strategically located in London, U.K. to support the region’s growing avionics sales activity. The office is slated to open in September. “The extension of our presence in Europe will allow us to better support our customers,”… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 16-Aug-12

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14-Aug-12 Robinson R22 Leicester, UK

News report just says it crashed, no further details yet available.  Possibly G-BTHI (1732)

14-Aug-12

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10-Aug-12 G-MEDX AgustaWestland AW109E Corby, UK

Air Ambulance helicopter damaged by vandals while parked on scene – aerial broken, but no airworthiness implications

10-Aug-12

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04-Aug-12 N38763 Hiller UH-12B Elstree, UK

The pilot’s assessment was that the helicopter had lost power, compounded by the fact that the carburettor heat control had not been returned to the ‘cold’ position before the approach and landing.

04-Aug-12

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British International to stop Scilly Isles route after 48 years

British International to stop Scilly Isles route after 48 years

British International Helicopters is to end its service from Penzance, which has run since 1964, in November.  The company blamed the decision on uncertainty created by legal challenges to its sale of land to supermarket giant Sainsbury’s (see full story)

03-Aug-12

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FB Heliservices wins two year Albanian training contract

FB Heliservices wins two year Albanian training contract

Cobham Aviation Services joint venture FB Heliservices has been awarded a two year contract to provide helicopter flying training to the Albanian Ministry of Defence. FB Heliservices will provide a series of courses which will provide multi-engine type conversion, glass cockpit familiarisation, instrument flying and Search And Rescue training to 12 Albanian Air Force pilots… Read more »

Source: FB Heliservices, 02-Aug-12

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02-Aug-12 G-HOLM Eurocopter EC135T2+ Denham, UK

Industry sources tell us (with photo evidence provided) that the helicopter took off with clamshell rear doors still open.  Tower alerted pilot who returned to the airfield.  Some items fell from the helicopter in the interim.

02-Aug-12

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UK Government reduces SAR bidders to three

UK Government reduces SAR bidders to three

After the huge debacle of the previous round of bids (see £6bn UK SAR privatisation deal on hold – police investigate), the UK Government has announced the short-list of bidders going forward to provide SAR services around the British coastline for a 25 year period.  The successful bidder(s) will take over roles currently provided by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Aug-12

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Barclays London Heliport appoints “preferred chauffeur company”

Barclays London Heliport appoints “preferred chauffeur company”

Effective immediately, leading executive ground transportation firm First Class Cars, is expanding its central London presence with a new base at Barclays London Heliport in Battersea.  First Class Cars is a popular and regular sight at the FBOs around the UK and as Barclays London Heliport looks forward to a busy summer with increased traffic… Read more »

Source: London Heliport, 31-Jul-12

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Arco keeps Yorkshire Air Ambulance flying high

Arco keeps Yorkshire Air Ambulance flying high

Arco, the UK’s leading safety company and provider of workwear, personal protective equipment and workplace safety products, has announced a three-year deal to support the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The deal will help to enable the charity to continue providing a life saving rapid response emergency service to over five million people across Yorkshire. With its… Read more »

Source: Arco, 30-Jul-12

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DLRAA fly 4,000th rescue mission in just 4½ years

DLRAA fly 4,000th rescue mission in just 4½ years

Friday 13th is always a date that stands out, but last week’s date will be extra memorable for the crew of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA), as they achieved a milestone rescue mission. On Friday, DLRAA attended their 4,000th rescue since the Charity started back in January 2008. From accidents up in the rural… Read more »

Source: DLRAA, 30-Jul-12

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UK looks again at rotary-wing UAS demonstration

UK looks again at rotary-wing UAS demonstration

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has rekindled a maritime vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned air system (UAS) concept demonstration (see full story)

Source: Janes, 30-Jul-12

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East Anglian Air Ambulance have Bell 429 demo

East Anglian Air Ambulance have Bell 429 demo

Last Thursday 26th July, East Anglian Air Ambulance had some demo flights with the Bell 429 demonstrator aircraft which was in the UK for the recent Farnborough airshow.  Registered C-FTNB, the helicopter did a number of flights from EAAA’s operational base at Norwich Airport. The same helicopter was also noted on 18th July at North… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jul-12

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Duke of York to become Patron of Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Duke of York to become Patron of Yorkshire Air Ambulance

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) is delighted to announce that His Royal Highness The Duke of York, KG has kindly agreed to become the Royal Patron of the Charity. The announcement comes after The Duke of York, KG visited and officially opened the YAA’s northern airbase at RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk on Monday 9th July.  During… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 27-Jul-12

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NHV acquires two EC155s from Bristow

NHV acquires two EC155s from Bristow

HeliHub.com understands that Belgian operator NHV has acquired two Eurocopter EC155s from Bristow.  One – with UK registration G-ISSU – has already been delivered to NHV’s heliport close to Ostend Airport, and will presumably move to the local OO- register and be repainted yellow in the near future.  A photo of it on arrival in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jul-12

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UK – Sir David Jason Pledges Support for National Air Ambulance Week

UK – Sir David Jason Pledges Support for National Air Ambulance Week

One of Britain’s most famous and respected actors Sir David Jason is getting behind the first National Air Ambulance Week – 24-30 September 2012. Sir David has come a long way from his days as an electrician; since then he has won many prestigious awards for his work, with roles greatly varying from the comical Del… Read more »

Source: Herts Air Ambulance, 25-Jul-12

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Multiflight Charter awarded Platinum Rating by ARGUS International

Multiflight Charter awarded Platinum Rating by ARGUS International

Multiflight Charter is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Platinum Rating by the global leader in aviation safety, ARGUS International, Inc. The Platinum Rating is the highest level of ARGUS Ratings for commercial air charter operators representing a positive safety culture, adherence to industry best practices, and qualified and trained operations and… Read more »

Source: Multiflight, 24-Jul-12

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FB Heliservices signs Albanian military training contract

FB Heliservices signs Albanian military training contract

I am delighted to announce that FB Heliservices Limited has signed a contract with Albania’s Ministry of Defence to train a team of Air Force helicopter pilots and Search and Rescue crewmen at DHFS. The contract covers the training of twelve pilots and four crewmen operators. The first course is due to commence in July… Read more »

Source: FB Heliservices, 23-Jul-12

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Bond Air Services 2012 Olympiad Challenge

Bond Air Services 2012 Olympiad Challenge

In 2011, one of our dear friends and work colleagues was undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.  It was decided that the company should undertake a fundraising challenge to support a charity of her choice;  FOCUS (Fund forOncology Centre Users and Supporters) based at Cheltenham Hospital. When the Company Librarian, Mark Lloyd-Davies suggested the Three Peaks Challenge, he initially thought… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 23-Jul-12

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UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2012

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2012

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Robinson R22 (G-FIRS), loss of control on approach, Lake Vyrnwy, Powys on 16 January 2012 Westland Scout AH1 (G-BXRR), tail strike on landing, near Collingtree, Northamptonshire, 24 March 2012

20-Jul-12

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