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Queen opens East Anglian Air Ambulance base at Cambridge

Queen opens East Anglian Air Ambulance base at Cambridge

Her Majesty the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh visited the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA). During the visit, Her Majesty opened the Charity’s new operating base, the Egerton-Smith Centre, which is sited at Cambridge Airport. The Royal party arrived at 11:20 am and were met by the Lord Lieutenant Sir Hugh Duberly and… Read more »

Source: EAAA, 14-Jul-16

Sikorsky opens spares base in Australia with next base pencilled for UK

Sikorsky opens spares base in Australia with next base pencilled for UK

Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT) today announced the opening of a Forward Stocking Location in Brisbane, Australia, at the Sikorsky Helitech facility (photo below). The announcement was made at the Farnborough International Air Show.  The in-country warehousing of spare parts provides Australian S-76® and S-92® commercial helicopter operators quicker access to materials and… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-Jul-16

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Sikorsky recognises British SAR program

Sikorsky recognises British SAR program

Sikorsky recognized Bristow Helicopters Limited and the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency today at the 2016 Farnborough Air Show for excellence in lifesaving achievement with the S-92®helicopter. Bristow Helicopters Limited is an affiliate of Bristow Group Inc. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT). Bristow Helicopters currently operates 14 S-92 helicopters on behalf of… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-Jul-16

Registration opens for Future Helicopter Technology conference

Registration opens for Future Helicopter Technology conference

Registration is now open for the conference Future Helicopter Technology taking place in Prague on the 26th and 27th October 2016. This, the 3rd event in SMi’s series of helicopter technology conferences, revered as the highest level meeting for rotary fleet commanders from the most forward thinking military nations, will focus on effective strategies for… Read more »

Source: SMI, 12-Jul-16

Sikorsky and Bristow sign 10-Year S-92 support deal

Sikorsky and Bristow sign 10-Year S-92 support deal

Sikorsky and Bristow Helicopters today signed a 10-year agreement providing Bristow’s S-92® fleet with extended support for its aftermarket material needs. Sikorsky’s Total Assurance Program provides Bristow continued aftermarket support to operate its S-92 fleet within a known budget, reducing the risk of unplanned costs. The contract was signed in a ceremony at the 2016… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 12-Jul-16

Sikorsky and Babcock Sign 10-Year S-92 Support Agreement

Sikorsky and Babcock Sign 10-Year S-92 Support Agreement

Sikorsky and Babcock Mission Critical Services Ltd. today signed a 10-year agreement providing Babcock’s S-92® helicopter fleet with extended support for its aftermarket material needs. Sikorsky’s Total Assurance Program provides Babcock continued aftermarket support to operate its S-92 fleet within a known budget, reducing the risk of unplanned costs. Babcock MCS Ltd. is a division… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 12-Jul-16

UK military signs new partnering arrangement with Leonardo Helicopters

UK military signs new partnering arrangement with Leonardo Helicopters

The new arrangement recognises the mutual relationship between the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Leonardo (formerly AgustaWestland), and includes commitments to working together on year-on-year improvements in cost effectiveness. It also recognises our respective roles in enhancing national prosperity through exports, where success generates revenue for the company and helps sustain valuable UK jobs and… Read more »

Source: UK MOD, 12-Jul-16

UK military picks Safran Turbomeca engines for EC135 training fleet

UK military picks Safran Turbomeca engines for EC135 training fleet

Safran has been selected to supply engines for the training aircraft selected for Rotary Wing training under the UK’s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) programme. Safran Helicopter Engines will provide Arrius 2B2Plus and Arriel 2E turbines for the fleet of Airbus Helicopters H135 and H145. Safran maintains its position of preferred engine manufacturer for helicopter… Read more »

Source: Safran, 12-Jul-16

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UK confirms Apaches to be built by Boeing

UK confirms Apaches to be built by Boeing

Boeing  will deliver 50 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to the British Army under an agreement signed between the U.S. and UK governments, the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced today. The agreement is also a precursor to potential, significant long-term support opportunities for Boeing. David Pitchforth, vice president and managing director of Boeing Defence UK… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 11-Jul-16

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Cotswold launches Guimbal Cabri G2 ground handling trolley

Cotswold launches Guimbal Cabri G2 ground handling trolley

French manufacturer Hèlicoptères Guimbal are believed to be the first helicopter manufacturer to build and market their own ground handling trolley.  Previously, manufacturers have often released the crank-up wheels, but left the trolleys to after-market suppliers. Guimbal has built a four-wheeled trolley with a lithium-battery powered lifting mechanism, with the intention it is pulled by… Read more »

Source: Cotswold, 08-Jul-16

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CAE confirms sale and details of seven FTDs for UK

CAE confirms sale and details of seven FTDs for UK

CAE was awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin to provide Airbus Helicopters H135/H145 synthetic training equipment in support of the United Kingdom’s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) program. CAE will provide a total of seven flight training devices (FTDs) and one command and tactics trainer (CTT) for the Airbus Helicopters H135/H145 family, which were recently… Read more »

Source: CAE, 08-Jul-16

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Air Charter Service wins two year humanitarian contract

Air Charter Service wins two year humanitarian contract

Air Charter Service, has been selected as a supplier for the UK Government’s humanitarian division, the Department for International Development (DFID) for the next two years. Business Development Director, Lloyd Robinson, explains more: “We have had a close relationship with DFID for a number of years and are delighted to be part of the framework… Read more »

Source: ACS, 06-Jul-16

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Future of EC225 compounded by HUMS investigation remark

Future of EC225 compounded by HUMS investigation remark

The Chapter 11 insolvency process is a daunting one for companies entering into the procedure, but it can also be a stark reminder to suppliers that the contracts they entered into with debtors can not only be worthless but also leave them with significant additional burdens to consider.  For the CHC Helicopter Group of companies,… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 06-Jul-16

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EASA approves AW189 FIPS Full Ice Protection System

EASA approves AW189 FIPS Full Ice Protection System

In the absence of any official announcement from Leonardo Helicopters, we can confirm that operator Bristow Helicopter has announced the EASA approval of the Full Ice Protection System for the AgustaWestland AW189.  In an SEC filing, they state the following:- On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a Major Change… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jul-16

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HeliGroup appoints Business Development Director

HeliGroup appoints Business Development Director

HeliGroup has announced that Ed Sale, formally Sales Manager for Airbus Helicopters UK, has joined HeliGroup as Business Development Director. In his new position Ed is responsible for capturing new business for HeliGroup across all rotary wing segments including training, charter, management and sales.  Additionally, Ed will be enhancing new and existing customer relationships to… Read more »

Source: HeliGroup, 01-Jul-16

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Minimal showing from Airbus Helicopters at Farnborough 2016

The following is an extract from an Airbus Group press release and suggest that the helicopter aspects of the Group’s display at Farnborough will be minimal:- The twin-engine H145 will be on static display, representing Airbus Helicopters’ most advanced rotary wing offering, including the latest engines and Helionix advanced avionics suite. The H145, which will… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 01-Jul-16

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Wales Air Ambulance to add fourth EC135

Wales Air Ambulance to add fourth EC135

Wales is set to have the biggest air ambulance operation in the UK, as its service launches a fourth helicopter.   Wales Air Ambulance will operate its additional aircraft – an EC135 T2e – from Cardiff Heliport. Since its launch in 2001, it has flown 24,000 missions across the country. Its current fleet of three helicopters… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 29-Jun-16

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Helipad launched at Sheffield hospital

Helipad launched at Sheffield hospital

Today marks the launch of a new state-of-the-art helipad, at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, with funding over £1 million from the HELP Appeal – the only charity in the country dedicated to delivering helicopter landing pads at all Major Trauma Centres and key A&E hospitals across England and Scotland. The site is now fully… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 29-Jun-16

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Bristow opens up Scatsa interline opportunities to more oil companies

Bristow opens up Scatsa interline opportunities to more oil companies

Bristow Helicopters in the UK has announce the launch of Bristow Logistics Services Shetland (BLSS) as a new offering to transport oil and gas workers through Scatsta Airport. This will be run in parallel with the existing Integrated Aviation Consortium (IAC) work they have had at the airport for the last 20 years, and will… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jun-16

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Bristow appoints new UK SAR leader

Bristow appoints new UK SAR leader

Bristow Helicopters Limited today announced the appointment of Russell Torbet CBE to director UK SAR effective August 1, 2016, responsible for overseeing the operation of the civilian search and rescue (SAR) service on behalf of HM Coastguard. Torbet replaces Samantha Willenbacher who has been promoted to Bristow Group’s regional director for the Americas Region. Torbet… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 28-Jun-16

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Busy Babcock create Aberdeen space by moving out three Super Pumas

Busy Babcock create Aberdeen space by moving out three Super Pumas

Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore are going through more fleet changes than most following the grounding of the Airbus AS332L2 and EC225 models.  In recent weeks they have taken on four new Sikorsky S92s, but that seems to have given them a storage issue at Aberdeen. Yesterday, Babcock transported three AS332L2 Super Pumas by road… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jun-16

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UK – Elite Helicopters to open second base

UK – Elite Helicopters to open second base

Elite Helicopters – a British operator which has been flying for 21 years – has announced they will be opening a second base.  The chosen location is Fairoaks Airport on the south-west suburbs of London.  The company originally started flying from White Waltham airfield, but has been located at Goodwood for the vast majority of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jun-16

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Cotswold Helicopter Centre and Gama Aviation name Fairoaks base manager

Cotswold Helicopter Centre and Gama Aviation name Fairoaks base manager

The recently announced joint venture between Cotswold Helicopter Service and Gama Aviation has now named the base manager to lead their new Fairoaks base. Alex Hoff, with 7,000 hours flying experience, will be leading the new office when it opens in the next few weeks. His experience across helicopter types includes Robinson R22/R44, Bell JetRanger,… Read more »

Source: Cotswold, 23-Jun-16

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First Photo – AW169 for Lincs Notts Air Ambulance in UK

First Photo – AW169 for Lincs Notts Air Ambulance in UK

The accompanying photo is the first published image of the new AgustaWestland AW169 for Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance in the UK.   This aircraft will replace an MD902 Explorer at their base on the old RAF Waddington military base.  Currently being flown on the Italian test registration I-RAIS, the intended British registration G-LNAC is visible. … Read more »

23-Jun-16

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Heli Charter to display new 407 GXP at Heli UK Expo and Farnborough

Heli Charter to display new 407 GXP at Heli UK Expo and Farnborough

Organisers of Heli UK Expo have confirmed that Heli Charter will be displaying the new Bell 407GXP which they are delivering to Topflight Aviation at the event at Sywell, UK from 30th June to 2nd July.  Gary Slater of Heli Charter confirmed to HeliHub.com that this will be accompanied by the blue Bell 505 mockup,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-16

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Helicentre Aviation launches 2017 Scholarship Programme

Helicentre Aviation launches 2017 Scholarship Programme

With just over three months remaining until Helicentre Aviation Academy’s 2016 Scholarship applications close, the company has announced that its Scholarship programme will run for a fifth year. Since the programme started in 2012, eleven pilots have been awarded professional training scholarships totalling over £300k (GBP), with two more awards due to be made towards… Read more »

Source: Helicentre, 21-Jun-16

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UK agent appointed for Mototok ground handling tugs

UK agent appointed for Mototok ground handling tugs

Mototok have appointed British company 247GT Ltd as their agents for UK and Ireland.   Mototok aircraft tugs and helicopter tugs are electric remotely controlled and manoeuvrable, enabling one man operation, smart hanger parking with zero emissions. Mototok aim to leverage the latest technology available as their underlying philosophy in their product design.  The Mototok aircraft… Read more »

Source: 247GT, 19-Jun-16

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Wales Air Ambulance moves into new HQ

Wales Air Ambulance moves into new HQ

Wales Air Ambulance has moved into the charity’s first owned home, after a 12-month project to build a new headquarters and airbase for its South Wales operation.  The service has transferred the EC135 from its previous southern base at Swansea Airport and fundraising staff to a purpose-built facility at Llanelli Gate, Dafen and aircrews have… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 17-Jun-16

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UK – The Air Ambulance Service marks 25,000th mission

UK – The Air Ambulance Service marks 25,000th mission

The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) has recently confirmed the completion of its 25,000th mission, a massive achievement.  In reaching this total, it has three AgustaWestland AW109 helicopters and night support by road.  No figure has been released for how many of the 25,000 missions were by road, and how many by air. The landmark call… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-16

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HELP charity donates £40K to upgrade Scottish EMS helipad

HELP charity donates £40K to upgrade Scottish EMS helipad

The emergency helicopter landing pad at Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway has had a state-of-the-art upgrade thanks to a £40,000 donation from the HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal – the only charity in the UK dedicated to funding the construction of hospital helipads. NHS Western Isles received the surprise cash injection from the HELP… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 14-Jun-16

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CHC confirms redundancies

CHC confirms redundancies

As CHC shrinks its global fleet by 90 over 60 days, it is inevitable that headcount will also be reduced.  The Aberdeen office of CHC have provided HeliHub.com with the following statement today:- “We have commenced formal consultation discussions with employees, who may be affected by redundancy, and their trade unions at our Aberdeen base…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jun-16

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HeliGroup UK opens for business

HeliGroup UK opens for business

HeliGroup (www.heligroup.co.uk), a subsidiary of Helicopter Services, has today opened for business. Heligroup has been formed to focus on the UK helicopter charter and management market and to build upon the advanced training that Helicopter Services currently provide. HeliGroup, created by entrepreneur Matthew Munson, aims to differentiate itself in the market by providing exceptional customer… Read more »

Source: HeliGroup, 09-Jun-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2016

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Sikorsky SK92A (G-VINL), landed on the incorrect oil rig, Golden Eagle Complex, North Sea, 22 August 2014 Bell 206B (G-RAMY), loss of control in flight and rotor/fuselage contact, near Creg-Ny-Baa public house, Isle of Man, 6… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 09-Jun-16

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British military thanks landing site owners

British military thanks landing site owners

The majority of remote Helicopter Landing Sites within the Yeovilton operating area belong to private landowners and are offered for use on a good will basis. These sites are vital to the training carried out by the Commando Helicopter Force and other aviation units to deliver operational capability. In order to maintain and reinforce this… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 08-Jun-16

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Vector UK gains EASA Design Organisational Approval

Vector UK gains EASA Design Organisational Approval

Vector Aerospace has announced that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted Design Organisation Approval (DOA) to its UK division, Vector Aerospace International Ltd. The addition of this DOA, number EASA.21J.516, represents a significant addition to Vector Aerospace’s commercial aerospace approvals, enabling the company to design and certify changes and repairs, including supplemental type… Read more »

Source: Vector, 08-Jun-16

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Grant-funded helipad at Derriford Hospital completes first year with 280 landings

Grant-funded helipad at Derriford Hospital completes first year with 280 landings

There have been over 280 air ambulance and search and rescue helicopter landings at Derriford Hospital since the helipad was opened in June 2015. Many of the patients have been involved in vehicle incidents or sustained falls. Before the helipad was built, the hospital had to settle for a grassy set-down area for air ambulances… Read more »

Source: HELP, 08-Jun-16

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Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance takes delivery of AW169

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance takes delivery of AW169

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT) has taken delivery of their new AgustaWestland AW169, supplied under contract by Specialist Aviation Services.  The helicopter will replace one of the two older MD902 helicopters currently in service and greatly increases the operational capacity of the life-saving service.  Every year the specialist doctors and paramedics treat nearly… Read more »

Source: AW169, 07-Jun-16

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Babcock adds two factory-new S92s to North Sea fleet

Babcock adds two factory-new S92s to North Sea fleet

Babcock MCS have imported two brand new Sikorky S92 helicopters in recent days, with the pair arriving airfreight in an Antonov An-124 to Prestwick Airport and then transported by road to the company base at Aberdeen.  They have been registered G-MCSA (serial 920273) and G-MCSB (serial 920281), the first use of a new series of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jun-16

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CHC transfers two S92s from Canada to North Sea

CHC transfers two S92s from Canada to North Sea

Embattled offshore operator CHC, in the midst of reducing their fleet by 90 helicopters over 60 days, is taking steps to ensure current contract commitments can be met following the grounding of EC225 and AS332L2 helicopters.  In common with other operators on the North Sea, CHC have brought in two Sikorsky S92s from Canada to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jun-16

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance adds doctors to team

Yorkshire Air Ambulance adds doctors to team

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) has worked with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) and commissioners to launch a new Yorkshire Critical Care Team which will see 11 consultants in emergency medicine and anaesthesia working on the life-saving helicopter 12 hours a day, every day of the year. The team will carry additional drugs as… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 06-Jun-16

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Gazelle Squadron Display Team cleared to fly for 2016

Gazelle Squadron Display Team cleared to fly for 2016

On Tuesday 31 May 2016, the Gazelle Squadron Display Team flew to RAF Abingdon in Oxfordshire with a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Display Authorisation Evaluator. The CAA display authorisation is a mandatory process for any pilot that wishes to perform a flying display in the UK, and involves many months of planning, practicing and evaluating… Read more »

Source: Gazelle Squadron, 06-Jun-16

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Bristow moves one S92 from Brazil to UK

Bristow moves one S92 from Brazil to UK

Bristow Group has moved an offshore-equipped Sikorsky S92 from Brazil to the UK.  Owned in the name of their own Brilog Leasing division, the aircraft was previously operated in Brazil by Lider Taxi Aereo as PR-JBH from new in spring 2012. The helicopter is now registered G-CIYD and is serial 920159.  I was operated by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jun-16

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Cobham signs 18-month military test flight contract with QinetiQ

Cobham signs 18-month military test flight contract with QinetiQ

Cobham have announced the signing of a contract with QinetiQ for the provision of helicopter support to the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) and Rotary Wing Test and Evaluation Squadron (RWTES).  Both of these organisations are are jointly operated by QinetiQ and the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) under the Long-Term Partnering Agreement. Cobham will… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 06-Jun-16

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Arena Aviation expands into passenger ops with two AW109s

Arena Aviation expands into passenger ops with two AW109s

British operator Arena Aviation is well-known for its aerial filming work, and currently operates a fleet of six Airbus AS355s and one Robinson R44. Their customer list includes BBC, ITV, BT and Sky and they have full-livery AS355s for both BBC and Sky. Operations are based at Redhill Aerodrome, close to London’s Gatwick Airport. Arena… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jun-16

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Sloane Helicopters renews UK and Ireland Distributorship Agreement with Leonardo

Sloane Helicopters renews UK and Ireland Distributorship Agreement with Leonardo

Leonardo-Finmeccanica has announced the renewal of the Distributorship Agreement with Sloane Helicopters for a further three years for the UK and Ireland market with respect to the AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin helicopter model, and the signing of a contact for a further aircraft. The announcement, made during an official ceremony at EBACE 2016 (Geneva, 24th… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 26-May-16

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SaxonAir orders a new AW109SP GrandNew

SaxonAir orders a new AW109SP GrandNew

UK based operator SaxonAir Charter announces at EBACE Geneva the addition of another helicopter to their fleet through the signing of a brand new Leonardo-Finmeccanica AW109SP Grand New.  The helicopter will be operated through SaxonAir’s rotary division SaxonAir Helicopters. As well as the operation of a mixed fleet of aircraft from Mustangs to the Gulfstream G550, the… Read more »

Source: SaxonAir, 25-May-16

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UK Childrens Air Ambulance to fly two AW169s

UK Childrens Air Ambulance to fly two AW169s

The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) have confirmed to HeliHub.com that they are to add two AgustaWestland AW169s to their fleet, and both will be dedicated to their pediatric operation, known as The Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA).  One will be based in North and one in the South of England in order to provide a national… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-16

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Bristow brings S92 back from Nigeria for North Sea cover

Bristow brings S92 back from Nigeria for North Sea cover

As the grounding of the EC225 continues, the North Sea operators are looking around their fleets to see how they can cover the shortfall.  Bristow has identified a Sikorsky S92 in its Nigerian operation, and the aircraft is currently on its ferry flight north. The particular aircraft only departed Aberdeen on 23rd March and ferried… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-16

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Cotswold Helicopter Centre in Cabri G2 JV with Gama Aviation

Cotswold Helicopter Centre in Cabri G2 JV with Gama Aviation

Cotswold Helicopter Centre are pleased to announce a joint venture agreement with Gama Aviation which will create a new base at Fairoaks Airport.  This airfield on the south-west outskirts of London is very well placed for easy road access to Central London as well as the UK capitals two key airports, Heathrow and Gatwick.  This… Read more »

Source: Cotswold, 23-May-16

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Airbus wins UK training contract with 29 H135s and 3 H145s

Airbus wins UK training contract with 29 H135s and 3 H145s

Airbus Helicopters in the UK has been selected by Ascent as the Aircraft Service Provider for the UK’s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS). The contract, worth £500 million over 17 years, will see Airbus Helicopters deliver aircraft and an integrated support solution over the course of 18 months, ready to start training in April 2018…. Read more »

Source: AIrbus, 23-May-16

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British pilot union welcomes promise of new drone laws

British pilot union welcomes promise of new drone laws

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has welcomed the announcement in the Queen’s Speech that the Government will introduce new regulations on drones in a forthcoming Modern Transport Bill.  Jim McAuslan, BALPA General Secretary, said: “We are pleased that the Government is planning to bring forward drone legislation in a new bill. The number of… Read more »

Source: BALPA, 19-May-16

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Black Cats team ready for 30 air shows

Black Cats team ready for 30 air shows

The Royal Navy’s Black Cats helicopter display team are set to wow millions of spectators this summer.  Following months of training, the team was formally awarded its Public Display Authority (PDA), the final assessment that authorises the team to begin their season. The pair of Wildcats will appear at more than 30 displays in the… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 18-May-16

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NetJets London Heliport – the new name for Battersea

NetJets London Heliport – the new name for Battersea

NetJets Europe  today unveiled a key investment in the London private aviation market, through a partnership with The London Heliport – the only Heliport in the city certified by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The Heliport will be known as NetJets London Heliport and will feature extensive branding for both NetJets and its sister company,… Read more »

Source: Netjets, 17-May-16

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HeliSpeed to supply pilots to Vector Aerospace

HeliSpeed to supply pilots to Vector Aerospace

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is delighted to announce that it has signed a three-year contract with HeliSpeed Ltd. for the supply of civil pilots to assist the growth of Vector’s UK facilities. The contract, which will see HeliSpeed supply pilots in support of Vector’s growing… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 17-May-16

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Bristow starts S92 ops from Norwich

Bristow starts S92 ops from Norwich

Bristow Helicopters are today starting operations from Norwich using a Sikorsky S92.  This is the first time the S92 has been used by any operator out of Norwich, one of two key bases for the southern sector of the North Sea and supporting offshore rigs involved in gas production. The move has come around following… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-May-16

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London Helicopter Charters gains its own AOC

London Helicopter Charters gains its own AOC

British operator London Helicopter Charters Ltd has been issued their own Air Operator Certificate (AOC number 2441), to support the operation of sightseeing tours in and around the UK’s capital city. The company operates under three different guises using the same two AS350 helicopters which are based at Redhill Aerodrome. * The London Helicopter –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-May-16

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Londons Air Ambulance launches photo competition for 2017 calendar

Londons Air Ambulance launches photo competition for 2017 calendar

We have launched a photography competition calling on the public to submit photos of our helicopters and rapid response car fleet to fill our 2017 Charity Calendar. Money raised from the sale of the calendar will help us to deliver our advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, and continue saving lives in… Read more »

Source: Londons Air Ambulance, 13-May-16

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Babcock confirm Wales Air Ambulance to start night flying

Babcock confirm Wales Air Ambulance to start night flying

Wales Air Ambulance (WAA) provides an airborne EMS service to Wales, part of the United Kingdom.  At present they have three Airbus EC135s, and contract with Babcock MCS Onshore (ex Bond Air Services) for the provision of aircraft, pilots and so on.  They operate from three bases to cover the area efficiently.  Additionally, they have… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-May-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2016

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Robinson R22 Beta (G-EFON), tail rotor struck ground during lift off at Retford Gamston Airport, 25 February 2016

Source: AAIB, 12-May-16

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Wales Air Ambulance – night flights or specialist pediatric EC135?

Wales Air Ambulance – night flights or specialist pediatric EC135?

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Source: HeliHub.com, 12-May-16

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UK and Norway extend EC225 grounding to include AS332L2

UK and Norway extend EC225 grounding to include AS332L2

Following the tragic Norwegian Super Puma helicopter accident on Friday 29 April, the UK and Norwegian Civil Aviation Authorities have been collaborating very closely and are united in their approach. Shortly after the accident, both organisations introduced restrictions to the Airbus EC225LP helicopter to prevent operators using it for commercial flights. Both organisations have now… Read more »

Source: CAA, 11-May-16

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UK SAR Training Unit renamed

UK SAR Training Unit renamed

Following the recent gradual disbandment of UK military SAR, the RAF Valley based Search & Rescue Training Unit (SARTU), a unit of the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS), will be formally numbered 202 (Reserve) Squadron at a ceremony at RAF Shawbury, the home of the DHFS. No 202 (Reserve) Squadron will become the maritime and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-May-16

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Britannia2000 to supply Mission Computer for Police Scotland H135

Britannia2000 to supply Mission Computer for Police Scotland H135

Britannia2000 is delighted to have been selected and contracted once again by Babcock (formerly Bond Air Services) for the supply of their Compact Airborne Mission Computer (CAMC) for Police Scotland. This follows Babcock’s selection of Britannia to supply the CAMC for the UK’s National Police Aviation Service (NPAS) in the upgrade of seven of their… Read more »

Source: Britannia2000, 10-May-16

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance go 24×7 – but on four wheels

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance go 24×7 – but on four wheels

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) is to introduce a 24 hour day seven day week life-saving service via its Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs) – it was announced today Trustees approved the decision at its latest Board Meeting in April (26.4.16) in order to meet its vision to provide the highest level of clinical… Read more »

Source: EHAAT, 10-May-16

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AW169 taken on European demo tour

AW169 taken on European demo tour

Without any announcement, AgustaWestland (or it is Finmeccanica or Leonardo-Finmeccanica, we’re not too sure!) took an AW169 on a demo tour in Europe, with visits to both UK and Swiss potential customers. The aircraft – serial 69008 – is expected to be delivered to Italian operator Hoverfly Executive Helicopter Service in due course, but is still flying on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-May-16

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Bristow ship three S92s out at end of Falkland contract

Bristow ship three S92s out at end of Falkland contract

Bristow Helicopters has completed a one year contract in the Falkland Islands with three Sikorsky S92s.  While the contract allowed for extensions beyond the first year, the continued depressed oil price has meant that these were not exercised – as predicted by HeliHub.com.  The company’s announcement of the contract win early in 2015 described it… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-May-16

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Starspeed flies in 60th country

Starspeed flies in 60th country

This year has seen Starspeed operate in its 60th country: Something that 40 years ago would have seemed impossible. When Starspeed started in the VIP helicopter management and charter business in 1978, the privately owned aircraft were mainly small, single-engined helicopters. They were used only in good weather, within a locally defined area of operations,… Read more »

Source: Starspeed, 06-May-16

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AgustaWestland to see THREE name changes in 12 months

AgustaWestland to see THREE name changes in 12 months

The change in a company name, or even a logo, is never something to be done lightly, as the loss of marketing mileage can be enormous.  The internet search engine aspect is more important these days too.  The loss of all the SEO capital built up in a company name and website address is not… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-May-16

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Full analysis of the impact on CHC of the Norwegian EC225 accident

Full analysis of the impact on CHC of the Norwegian EC225 accident

Two and a half weeks ago, on April 15th, CHC chose to delay the payment of $46 Million in interest due on its 9.25% senior secured notes maturing October 15, 2020 (the “2020 Notes”).  At the time, our analysis of the company’s unaudited balance sheet at 31 January 2016 showed that its liabilities exceeded its… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-16

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EASA issue Emergency AD for EC225

EASA issue Emergency AD for EC225

EASA issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD), following the tragic accident which occurred in Norway on 29 April 2016 to an Airbus Helicopters EC 225 helicopter. The partial information available so far indicate an in-flight separation of the main rotor from the main gearbox (MGB); an investigation is on-going to identify the root cause of… Read more »

Source: EASA, 03-May-16

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Norwegian Investigator’s statement on EC225

Norwegian Investigator’s statement on EC225

The Accident Investigation Board Norway arrived at the accident site on Turøy in Hordaland Friday evening. Helicopter wreckage was retrieved from land and the sea bottom Saturday and was then transferred to Haakonsvern naval base (Bergen) by ship. The combined Flight Data and Cockpit Voice Recorder was retrieved from the wreckage Friday night. The unit… Read more »

Source: AIBN, 03-May-16

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OIl & Gas UK statement on EC225

OIl & Gas UK statement on EC225

Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director with Oil & Gas UK, said: “This is tragic news from Norway and our immediate thoughts go to the family, friends and colleagues of those involved in this incident. “The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has followed the Norwegian CAA in issuing a Safety Directive effective from… Read more »

Source: OIl & Gas UK, 03-May-16

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CHC statement on EC225 accident

CHC statement on EC225 accident

CHC Helicopter Service earlier today confirmed that flight HKS 241 from the Gullfaks B platform was involved in an accident near the Flesland Airport in Bergen, Norway on April 29, 2016. The helicopter, an Airbus EC 225, carried 11 passengers and two crewmembers. The flight was operated on behalf of Statoil. “We are greatly saddened… Read more »

Source: CHC, 03-May-16

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UK AAIB statement on EC225

UK AAIB statement on EC225

The AAIB is deploying a small team to assist the Norwegian AIBN in their investigation of a helicopter accident near Bergen. Air Accidents Investigation Branch Chief Inspector Keith Conradi said: “We were sad to hear of the loss of a helicopter west of Bergen, Norway. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has offered to assist the… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 03-May-16

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Bristow statement on EC225

Bristow statement on EC225

On Friday, April 29, 2016, an accident occurred with an Airbus Helicopters EC225LP (also known as a H225) model helicopter operated by another helicopter company, which resulted in a crash near Turøy outside of Bergen, Norway. The aircraft was carrying eleven passengers and two crew members at the time of the accident. Thirteen fatalities were… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 03-May-16

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