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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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20-Jul-12 Boeing CH-47D Summerhill, UK

Aircraft damaged after hitting powerlines on a training flight out of Odiham

20-Jul-12

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British Chinooks to have Selex Elsag’s HF comms systems

British Chinooks to have Selex Elsag’s HF comms systems

SELEX Elsag is to provide Boeing Defense, Space and Security with SRT- 270 High-Frequency radio communication systems to equip new CH-47 transport helicopters in the Mark (MK)-6 version, recently purchased by the British Ministry of Defense. The system will feature next-generation ALE (Automatic Link Establishment) capability, the international standard which allows rapid and reliable HF… Read more »

Source: Selex Elsag, 19-Jul-12

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Eurocopter UK’s maintenance mission control center ready for Olympics

Eurocopter UK’s maintenance mission control center ready for Olympics

Eurocopter’s new Maintenance Mission Control Center in Oxford, England is setting new standards in operator support – particularly for the security agencies involved in the upcoming London Olympic Games. Located at Oxford Airport and operated by Eurocopter UK, this facility manages more than 2,000 maintenance events per year at Eurocopter bases in Oxford and Hawarden/Wales,… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 19-Jul-12

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London’s Air Ambulance providing advanced care for the Olympics

London’s Air Ambulance providing advanced care for the Olympics

London’s Air Ambulance, the Charity which runs London’s helicopter emergency medical service, is proud to announce that it is the designated air ambulance for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (“the Games”). In addition to providing Major Incident and serious injury cover for London during this time, London’s Air Ambulance medical teams will provide… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 17-Jul-12

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Olympic airspace restrictions begin

Olympic airspace restrictions begin

Extra airspace restrictions around London and the Southeast, designed to ensure a safe and secure London 2012 Olympic Games, began on Saturday 14th July. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and the Ministry of Defence have worked together to inform airspace users about the restrictions and how people can continue to… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 16-Jul-12

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Helicopter carrier opens to public ahead of Olympics duties

Helicopter carrier opens to public ahead of Olympics duties

The helicopter carrier HMS Ocean will berth at Greenwich this evening for her Olympics duties, and will be open to the public on Sunday, 15 July – a unique opportunity to tour the largest ship in the Royal Navy Fleet. After the training exercises earlier this year, HMS Ocean is returning to London for a… Read more »

Source: Ministry of Defence, 16-Jul-12

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854 Sqn bases Sea Kings at Northolt for Olympics

854 Sqn bases Sea Kings at Northolt for Olympics

Navy Sea Kings today flew into London as the military ring of steel for the Olympics tightened a fortnight before the Games begin. The helicopters from 854 Naval Air Squadron, normally based at Culdrose in Cornwall, will spend the next seven weeks flying from RAF Northolt in West London as part of the aerial shield… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 16-Jul-12

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RAF Pumas arrive at Territorial Army Centre for Olympics role

RAF Pumas arrive at Territorial Army Centre for Olympics role

RAF Puma helicopters have arrived at Ilford Territorial Army Centre as they prepare for a key role providing air security for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The aircraft from 33 Squadron, based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, are part of a multi-layered air security plan. These additional security measures build on the RAF’s existing air… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 16-Jul-12

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AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat delivered to UK military

AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat delivered to UK military

A ceremony was held today at the Farnborough International Airshow, in the presence of the Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, to celebrate the successful delivery to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the new AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat multi-role helicopter. The first AW159 Wildcat was accepted in April 2012 and… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 12-Jul-12

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Bristow announces long-term contracts for 20 large helicopters

Bristow announces long-term contracts for 20 large helicopters

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), a leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, announced today that it has secured several major new multi-year contracts for the provision of a total of 20 large aircraft that are expected to generate in excess of $2 billion in revenue. In Europe, Bristow has been particularly successful with a number… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 12-Jul-12

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UK – Specialist Aviation Services orders six AW169

UK – Specialist Aviation Services orders six AW169

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that Specialist Aviation Services has signed a contract today for six AW169 helicopters including firm orders and options. The contract was signed by Henk Schaeken, Group Managing Director of Specialist Aviation Services at the Farnborough International Airshow. The helicopters will amongst others be used for emergency services missions with deliveries… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Jul-12

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Helicentre Aviation is first UK operator to be CEMARS certified

Helicentre Aviation is first UK operator to be CEMARS certified

Utility surveillance specialist Helicentre Aviation Ltd. confirmed today that it has become the first UK helicopter operator to achieve the prestigious ‘CEMARS’ award. Certification, which is based on compliance with the world class ISO 14069, was carried out by Achilles using their Carbon Reduction programme. Captain Sarah Bowen, the company’s Managing Director, commented “We are… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 10-Jul-12

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Bell appoints new Independent Representative for UK

Bell appoints new Independent Representative for UK

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the appointment of Heli-Charter Ltd. as its new independent representative for the United Kingdom. “We are delighted to be working with Heli-Charter. They have a top rate facility and offer the kind of world class experience we require for our customers,” said Danny Maldonado, Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Jul-12

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08-Jul-12 G-LVDC Bell 206L Silverstone, UK

Industry source tell us that a force landing was made, and during flare the main blades clipped the stabliser end-plates.  Damage pointed out by refueller when next uploading fuel, and pilot continued a further one or two more legs.  Date needs confirming

08-Jul-12

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08-Jul-12 G-OAMI Bell 206B Silverstone, UK

Industry sources tell us that the helicopter made a very heavy landing inside the circuit causing sufficient damage to require it to be taken out by road for repair.  Date needs confirming

08-Jul-12

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08-Jul-12 G-LVDC Bell 206L Silverstone, UK

While taking off, the helicopter’s low rotor rpm warning horn sounded. The pilot entered autorotation and carried out a forced landing into a field.

08-Jul-12

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The Air Ambulance Service joins in Olympic Torch festivities

The Air Ambulance Service joins in Olympic Torch festivities

Olympic fever is heightening with less than two months left until London 2012 officially gets underway. Over the next few days people across the East and West Midlands will be turning out to watch the torch being carried through the streets on its way to London, and here at The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) we’re… Read more »

Source: The Air Ambulance Service, 05-Jul-12

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Hampshire/IOW Air Ambulance celebrates 5 years with 4,500 friends

Hampshire/IOW Air Ambulance celebrates 5 years with 4,500 friends

How many people can say that over 4,500 guests attended their birthday party.  Well Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance had just that.  On Saturday 30th June 2012 we held our 5th Birthday Summer Fair at Popham Airfield, as our big birthday celebration and it was the most wonderful day.  The sun shone for… Read more »

Source: Hampshire IOW Air Ambulance, 05-Jul-12

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Devon Air Ambulance on Sky1 from 8 July for 12 weeks

Devon Air Ambulance on Sky1 from 8 July for 12 weeks

Angela Griffin returns to Sky1 and Sky1 HD with the second series of the hit action-packed documentary series “Emergency with Angela Griffin”.  This time, however, the Devon Air Ambulance service features in seven out of the twelve episodes with Angela flying alongside the crew. Over 12 busy weeks, Angela spent many shifts with the Devon… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 05-Jul-12

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Duchess opens Cornwall Air Ambulance HQ

Duchess opens Cornwall Air Ambulance HQ

The new headquarters building for Cornwall Air Ambulance was opened yesterday by the Duchess of Cornwall.  It is the first time in the UK that the fundraising and admin side of an air ambulance charity has been co-located with the operational side of the helicopter – the new hangar can hold two helicopters and is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jul-12

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Battling volunteers save the day at the Helicopter Museum

Battling volunteers save the day at the Helicopter Museum

Lee Mills, General Manager of the Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare, asking to nominate his team for an award – read this article to see why.

Source: Museums at Night, 05-Jul-12

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AW159 Wildcat delivery ceremony scheduled for Farnborough 2012

AW159 Wildcat delivery ceremony scheduled for Farnborough 2012

AgustaWestland is to hold a delivery ceremony next week at the Farnborough Air Show for the AW159 Wildcat.  The company will host the event on Wednesday 11th July from 9am in the morning. A short ceremony in the presence of Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Defence, will be followed by a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jul-12

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UK – Marines learn about AW101s from the Royal Air Force

UK – Marines learn about AW101s from the Royal Air Force

More than forty aircrew and engineers are laying the foundations for the future of the Commando Helicopter Force by getting to grips with its new aircraft – learning from the RAF. In under four years, the Merlin, not the redoubtable Sea King, will be the mainstay of global operations by the force, the wings of… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 04-Jul-12

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Dancopter EC155s commence UK-based Shell contract

Dancopter EC155s commence UK-based Shell contract

Sunday 1st July saw Dancopter commence operations out of Norwich Airport in the UK, flying for Shell.  Two EC155s were noted at the airport this morning – OY-HJA & OY-HSL. Handling work at Norwich is being provided to the Danish operator by SaxonAir Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-12

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The Helicopter Museum: Newsletter Vol. 1

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 01-Jul-12

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UK R66 fleet reaches double figures

UK R66 fleet reaches double figures

The UK has for a long time been a Robinson sales stronghold, dating back to 1979 with Sloane Helicopters taking the dealership for the UK and the 18th R22 off the production line.  The UK Robinson fleet peaked in 2008 at 568 (231 R22s and 337 R44s), and even with the recession biting since, the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jun-12

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BBA Aviation ERO appoints regional manager for UK, Spain, Ireland, Portugal

BBA Aviation ERO appoints regional manager for UK, Spain, Ireland, Portugal

Lisa Cooper has been appointed Regional Sales Manager for BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO). Cooper will provide sales coverage for the United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland and Portugal. She is a 20-year veteran of H+S Aviation Ltd, a BBA Aviation ERO company. “Lisa has worked in customer service at H+S for 20 years,” commented… Read more »

Source: BBA Aviation, 28-Jun-12

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“Falklands 30 – the Conflict, the People” – Exhibition Opens 30th June

“Falklands 30 – the Conflict, the People” – Exhibition Opens 30th June

The new exhibition will display the largest collection of Falklands aircraft. It will include two Sea Harriers, the Westland Sea King which was piloted by HRH The Prince Andrew and a captured Argentinean Agusta109 helicopter which was later used by British Special Forces. Attending the exhibition opening will be Rear Admiral Chris Parry who, as… Read more »

Source: Fleet Air Arm Museum, 27-Jun-12

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CHC demotes Coastguard pilot over butcher shop stop

CHC demotes Coastguard pilot over butcher shop stop

UK Coastguard S92 captain Paul Bentley has been demoted after landing in a field on the Island of Orkney in April to pick up meat from a butchers.  Mr Bentley had been suspended by operators CHC after the incident came to light after a video was posted on YouTube.  Mobile phone footage – which has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-12

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Up to 20% landing fee reduction for single-engine helicopters at Barclays London Heliport

Up to 20% landing fee reduction for single-engine helicopters at Barclays London Heliport

A new pricing scheme to stimulate renewed interest amongst operators and owners of single-engine executive helicopters to use London’s only commercially-licensed heliport, is being announced today, 25th June, ahead of this summer’s Olympics in July.   The Reuben Brothers, who already own London Oxford Airport, purchased the heliport in Battersea four months ago.  Today, management of… Read more »

Source: London Heliport, 26-Jun-12

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Olympics – London 2012 pilot’s guide launched

Olympics – London 2012 pilot’s guide launched

A definitive pilot’s guide to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been launched today by the Airspace & Safety Initiative (ASI). The 100-page manual navigates pilots through the various security and operational airspace restrictions in place for the duration of the Games, as well as detailing the specific additional procedures to be followed… Read more »

Source: CAA, 25-Jun-12

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25-Jun-12 Eurocopter AS332L2 Shetland, UK

Offshore support helicopter escorted to Sumburgh Airport by Coastguard helicopter after a warning light illuminated

25-Jun-12

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25-Jun-12 Sikorsky S61 St Mary’s, UK

Emergency landing at St Mary’s, Scilly Isles, on a flight out of Tresco after a warning light came on.  Apparently a ‘spurious fire warning’

25-Jun-12

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UK – WPD Helicopter Unit prepares for third and fourth EC135s

UK – WPD Helicopter Unit prepares for third and fourth EC135s

British powerline patrol operator WPD Helicopter Unit is expanding its EC135P1 fleet from two to four aircraft.  The third EC135 arrived Thursday 21st June at Oxford Airport for the fitment of high-intensity strobe lights by Eurocopter UK, and was still carrying it’s German registration D-HKUG, serial 0090.  It will shortly be re-registered in the UK… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-12

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UK – Great Western Air Ambulance plans upgrade to EC135

UK – Great Western Air Ambulance plans upgrade to EC135

BAE Systems says it will dedicate an area of Filton Airfield to the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity after the closure of the airfield in December.  The charity is launching its fundraising campaign next month to upgrade from its current 1968-build Bo105 with a more up-to-date EC135. (see full story)

22-Jun-12

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Second Cabri G2 expected in UK next week

Second Cabri G2 expected in UK next week

Cotswold Helicopters, UK distributor for the Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter, are expecting to take delivery of the second British example of the type before the end of June – subject to the weather, which has quite frankly been appalling here in the UK for some weeks now! The helicopter is completed in an overall silver-grey… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-12

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UK – PDG Helicopters buys out capital investor

UK – PDG Helicopters buys out capital investor

Inverness-based PDG Helicopters has bought out the loan stock and shares owned by Maven Capital Partners – funded by the business and a £900,000 term loan from Clydesdale Bank. (see full story)

Source: The Herald, 22-Jun-12

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UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2012

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2012

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Robinson R44 (G-SRPH), loss of control on takeoff, Crossmaglen, Northern Ireland on 11 February 2012 Special Bulletin S2/2012, EC225 LP Super Puma (G-REDW), controlled ditching, 20 nm east of Aberdeen, 10 May 2012

Source: AAIB, 20-Jun-12

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UK – Royal Marines Aircrewman Receives The Billy Deacon Memorial Trophy

UK – Royal Marines Aircrewman Receives The Billy Deacon Memorial Trophy

Sponsored by Bristow Helicopters and Breitling UK, the Trophy has been established to further the memory of Mr Billy Deacon who was tragically lost while carrying out his duty as winchman with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Search and Rescue helicopter based at Sumburgh in the Shetland Isles in 1997. The Billy Deacon SAR Memorial… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 19-Jun-12

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Eurocopter clears Bond over EC225 ditching

Eurocopter clears Bond over EC225 ditching

In an unusual move, Eurocopter has announced that there is no blame on Bond Offshore Helicopters for the ditching of their EC225 on 10th May.  In an unpublished statement released only to the Aberdeen Press & Journal – and then widely re-reported elsewhere, Eurocopter have stated “the incident was caused by a rupture of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Jun-12

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UK – Weston Super HeliDays set for 21-22 July

UK – Weston Super HeliDays set for 21-22 July

The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare has confirmed that the 2012 Weston Super HeliDays fly-in and static helicopter display will take place over the weekend of 21st – 22nd July at the museum’s Weston Airfield Site. Already confirmed is the German Navy and participation from para-public agencies, in addition to a number of visiting civil helicopters… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 18-Jun-12

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18-Jun-12 G-ROAD Robinson R44 II Corby, UK

Rotor blade clipped the branch of a tree while hover taxying

18-Jun-12

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UK – SportsDirect upgrades to a GrandNew

UK – SportsDirect upgrades to a GrandNew

The UK CAA yesterday registered a factory-new AgustaWestland AW109SP GrandNew as G-MAOL – serial 22271.  Although the registered owner is listed as “Mash Aviation Ltd”, the address matches that of sporting goods retailer SportsDirect – and owner Mike Ashley’s central company is “Mash Holdings”.  Ashley is also the owner of football’s Premiership club Newcastle United… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-12

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CHC celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

CHC celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

CHC Helicopter has pledged to donate £5,000 to Cancer Research UK to celebrate the charity’s patron Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The company made the donation on behalf of staff working at CHC’s operations in Aberdeen, North Denes and Humberside, as well as search and rescue crews in Sumburgh, Stornoway, Lee-on-Solent and Portland, on… Read more »

Source: Cancer Research UK, 15-Jun-12

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Gama Aviation adds details on retaining Scottish Air Ambulance contract

Gama Aviation adds details on retaining Scottish Air Ambulance contract

Gama Aviation Limited (Gama), part of the global Gama Group, announced today that the Scottish Ambulance Service has selected Gama to be its dedicated provider of Air Ambulance services for a further 7 years (2013 – 2020). Gama’s long association with the Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS Scotland which commenced in 1993 was today furthered… Read more »

Source: Gama Aviation, 14-Jun-12

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UK – ‘Jobs safe’ at AgustaWestland and RNAS Yeovilton after MoD budget overhaul

UK – ‘Jobs safe’ at AgustaWestland and RNAS Yeovilton after MoD budget overhaul

Vital defence jobs in the West should be secured by a massive defence equipment programme announced yesterday, local MPO David Laws has said. (see full story)

Source: Western Daily Press, 14-Jun-12

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14-Jun-12 G-LNAA MD Helicopters MD902 Coventry, UK

Emergency field landing with patient on board while on transfer flight.  Patient continued to destination courtesy of AgustaWestland AW109 of Warwickshire & Northants Air Ambulance.  MD902 later flown short distance to Coventry Airport where it remained grounded at least the next day.

14-Jun-12

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Scottish Ambulance Service renews with Gama – and upgrades to EC145T2

Scottish Ambulance Service renews with Gama – and upgrades to EC145T2

The next generation of Scotland’s air ambulance service will operate larger helicopters with more room and equipment for enhanced clinical care, as a new contract is due to be awarded to the incumbent air operator, Gama Aviation. The contract will commence in April 2013 and run for seven years with a lifetime cost of £120… Read more »

Source: Scottish Ambulance Service, 11-Jun-12

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Prince William qualifies as an operational Royal Air Force SAR captain

Prince William qualifies as an operational Royal Air Force SAR captain

The Duke of Cambridge has qualified as an operational captain within the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force. Flight Lieutenant Wales, as he is known in the military, will now command Search and Rescue operations in RAF Sea King helicopters. Until now, Flight Lieutenant Wales has only co-piloted the aircraft. The operational captaincy check… Read more »

Source: Prince of Wales website, 07-Jun-12

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06-Jun-12 ZJ121 AgustaWestland AW101 Stanwick, UK

Emergency field landing due to loose/missing tail rotor blade tape.  Stayed overnight and cleared for flight next day

06-Jun-12

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Selex Galileo wins contracts for British Chinooks and US Army Apaches

Selex Galileo wins contracts for British Chinooks and US Army Apaches

Finmeccanica has been awarded new orders for a value worth EUR 220 million through its companies Ansaldo Energia, SELEX Galileo, SELEX Elsag and Telespazio. Ansaldo Energia, through its subsidiary Ansaldo Nucleare, has signed a service contract worth EUR 104 million with Nucleoeléctrica Argentina – Sociedad Anonima (NASA). The aim of the contract is to upgrade… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 04-Jun-12

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UK pilot union comments on Shell’s rejection of Bond

UK pilot union comments on Shell’s rejection of Bond

Commenting on the decision by Shell to withdraw from a contract with Bond helicopters following three  incidents in three years, Jim McAuslan, General Secretary of the British Airline Pilots’ Association, said: ‘People are used to contracts changing; it is part of commercial life in the North Sea. What is of concern in this instance is… Read more »

Source: BALPA, 01-Jun-12

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UK Government warns EU flight time proposals may jeopardise safety

UK Government warns EU flight time proposals may jeopardise safety

Proposed EU rules on the working hours and conditions for pilots and cabin crew must be improved or safety could be at risk, says the Transport Committee in a report examining draft proposals from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to change the rules that govern how many hours a pilot can fly. Report: Flight… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 01-Jun-12

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RAF Odiham unveils Chinook gate guardian

RAF Odiham unveils Chinook gate guardian

Government defence secretary Philip Hammond  was at RAF Odiham last Thursday to meet serving RAF personnel and unveil a new ‘Gate Guardian’ – a retired Chinook helicopter which had been donated by Boeing Rotorcraft UK. (see full story) File photo Editor update – the said aircraft flew as 03-08003 in the US Army, and the… Read more »

Source: Basingstoke Observer, 01-Jun-12

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