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Cotswold Helicopters acquire overhauled R22

Cotswold Helicopters acquire overhauled R22

From the website of Multilfight Multiflight has sold a Robinson R22 Beta II helicopter to Helitrain Ltd at Kemble Airfield for flight training purposes The R22 Beta II G-FIRS recently returned to service following its 12-year 2200 hour overhaul. As a Robinson Service Centre, Multiflight was able to carry out this work in house, plus… Read more »

Source: Multiflight and Cotswold Helicopters, 21-Oct-10

UK: Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance get planning approval for 24 hour operations

UK: Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance get planning approval for 24 hour operations

The air ambulance service covering Kent, Surrey and East and West Sussex has been given the go-ahead to operate 24 hours a day.

Source: BBC, 21-Oct-10

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Cornwall Council honours naval helicopter crews for work in Helmand Province

Cornwall Council honours naval helicopter crews for work in Helmand Province

Cornwall Council recently recognised the work of personnel from Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose who have just returned from serving with coalition forces in Afghanistan at a special reception at the council’s headquarters. Personnel from 854 and 857 Naval Air Squadrons have been serving at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan since June 2009 where they… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 20-Oct-10

UK’s Harrods Aviation to install S76 interiors in Europe for Sikorsky

UK’s Harrods Aviation to install S76 interiors in Europe for Sikorsky

NBAA Trade Show, Atlanta, Ga.,– Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced today the signing of an agreement authorizing Harrods Aviation to install modification kits on Sikorsky S-76® helicopters in Europe. Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) is the aftermarket division of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). “Sikorsky continues to increase its global presence, and… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 19-Oct-10

UK military spending cuts – the future of helicopters on carriers

UK military spending cuts – the future of helicopters on carriers

Prime Minister David Cameron has today announced a range of cuts to Britain’s defence ahead of the main UK budget announcements tomorrow, which are expected to issue a major reduction in spending on all government departments. Today’s military announcement targets an 8% spending cut and centres on aircraft carriers, if which there are currently three… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-10

Register Update – United Kingdom – September 2010

Register Update – United Kingdom – September 2010

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Oct-10

World’s first dedicated heli-ski show to open in London

World’s first dedicated heli-ski show to open in London

Winter sports company, Total Heliski, will host the world’s first event dedicated to heli-skiing at the new Hotel Verta on 26 October

Source: Event Magazine, 17-Oct-10

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident of:- AgustaWestland AW139, G-CHCV 65 nm NE of North Denes HP on 23 December 2008

Source: AAIB, 14-Oct-10

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Frank Robinson talks to HeliHub.com about the market for the R66

Frank Robinson talks to HeliHub.com about the market for the R66

As part of our interview with Frank Robinson last Friday, we discussed the future – principally the upcoming R66 model which is due for FAA certification in two weeks time on 25th October and the EASA approval 6-8 months after that. As the total number of helicopters delivered from the RHC factory at Torrance closes… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Oct-10

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UK’s 847 Naval Air Squadron helping to train Nigeria Armed Forces

UK’s 847 Naval Air Squadron helping to train Nigeria Armed Forces

Lynx helicopters from 847 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) have been helping to train Nigeria Armed Forces. As part of HMS Ocean’s embarked Squadrons they visited the Joint Maritime Security Training Centre (JMSTC) in Lagos while the ship visited the country. While HMS Ocean was berthed alongside, conducting diplomatic work, military training and out-reach work in… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 12-Oct-10

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Midlands Air Ambulance prepares for 20th anniversary

Midlands Air Ambulance prepares for 20th anniversary

The popular regional charity, which flew its first mission in 1991, will mark two decades of carrying out mercy flights throughout the region next May. They currently operate three EC135s from bases at Cosford, Strensham and Tatenhill

Source: Birmingham Mail, 10-Oct-10

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UK’s Helicopter Museum adds A109 from Italy’s Guardia di Finanza

UK’s Helicopter Museum adds A109 from Italy’s Guardia di Finanza

The Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset has secured another First for a UK aviation collection, with the addition of an ex-Italian Guardia di Finanza Agusta A109GdiF helicopter. The aircraft is the first all-Italian aircraft and second addition this year to the Museum’s helicopter collection. The helicopter was unveiled by UK Tourism Minister John Penrose… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 10-Oct-10

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Humberside Police MD Explorer® becomes second of type to reach 10,000 hours

Humberside Police MD Explorer® becomes second of type to reach 10,000 hours

Mesa, Arizona, October 8, 2010 … MD Helicopters, Inc (MDHI) and the Humberside Police Authority have announced that an MD Explorer has just been returned to service after its 10,000 hour inspection conducted by Police Aviation Services Ltd (PAS) in Gloucestershire UK. The helicopter is one of the busiest MD 902 Explorers in service and… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 08-Oct-10

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Fleet lead MD Explorer now at 12,600 airframe hours

Fleet lead MD Explorer now at 12,600 airframe hours

Mesa, Arizona, October 8, 2010… MD Helicopters, Inc (MDHI) and the Air Operations Unit of the West Yorkshire Police have announced that MD Explorer, helicopter serial number 078 has extended its record for flight hours, reaching 12,600 hours as of mid-September of this year. The flight hours exceed any other MD Explorer in the fleet,… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 08-Oct-10

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Helicopter Museum ready to add an A109?

Helicopter Museum ready to add an A109?

The Helicopter Museum, based in Weston-super-Mare in the UK is set to unveil a new exhibit tomorrow. Britain’s Tourism Minister John Penrose MP will be in attendance as Guest of Honour – he is also the local Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare. On 28th September story, he noted on his website of his “dismay as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-10

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Essex teen charged over shining laser at police helicopter

Essex teen charged over shining laser at police helicopter

A teenager has been charged after a laser beam was shone at the Essex police helicopter.

Source: BBC, 07-Oct-10

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Busy summer for Royal Navy SAR

Busy summer for Royal Navy SAR

The summer period not only drew many crowds to Cornwall, but brought about several interesting jobs for the Search and Rescue crews of 771 Naval Air Squadron, based at RNAS Culdrose. In August alone, a total of 34 rescues were conducted – the busiest month of the year. On call 24 hours a day, every… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 05-Oct-10

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Apache and Sea King in separate near misses with UK military UAVs

Apache and Sea King in separate near misses with UK military UAVs

An Apache and a Sea King came close to hitting the much smaller drone spy aircraft – while it was being flown remotely by a soldier on the ground. The near collisions on Salisbury Plain in February involved the small Desert Hawk drone

Source: BBC, 05-Oct-10

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Northrop Grumman to supply ATC comms system for UK MoD’s Camp Bastion, Afghanistan

Northrop Grumman to supply ATC comms system for UK MoD’s Camp Bastion, Afghanistan

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE:NOC) Europe-based air traffic management systems subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide a ground-to-air voice radio system for air traffic control operations at the MoD’s Camp Bastion airfield in Helmand Province, the main handling airfield for UK operations… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 04-Oct-10

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UK: Teen under curfew after shining laser into police helicopter cockpit

UK: Teen under curfew after shining laser into police helicopter cockpit

A teenager has been put under a curfew after admitting he put a police helicopter in jeopardy by shining a laser into its cockpit. [Note: Photo used in news article is way out of date – this force upgraded from AS355 to EC135 in 2003)

Source: Liverpool Echo, 01-Oct-10

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Royal Navy tests Merlin’s sensors and weapons

Royal Navy tests Merlin’s sensors and weapons

A detachment of Royal Navy aircrew and engineers have spent a week thoroughly testing the Merlin helicopter’s sensors and weapons to ensure that aircrew are ready for any operational deployment that they may be tasked with. The weapon and sensor trials were carried out at the British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre situated on Inner… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 30-Sep-10

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Man in court for shining laser into Humberside Police helicopter

Man in court for shining laser into Humberside Police helicopter

A Humberside Police spokesman said the crew of Oscar 99 were attending a job near Grant Thorold Park when they experienced a series of bright green flashes which illuminated the inside of aircraft, putting them in danger.

Source: This Is Grimsby, 30-Sep-10

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UK: Phoenix Helicopter Academy adds Bell 206

UK: Phoenix Helicopter Academy adds Bell 206

We are very happy to welcome G-HNANY, an extremely well equipped B206 to our fleet.G HANY is a low hour, very well looked after aircraft with 3 coms, 2 GPS’s, auto pilot, Bose head sets, and a completely new paint job and interior. G HANY will be available for type rating once our FTO is… Read more »

Source: Phoenix Helicopter Academy, 30-Sep-10

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World’s first ever Heli-Ski Show launches soon in London

World’s first ever Heli-Ski Show launches soon in London

Winter sports company,Total Heliski, are hosting London’s first ever dedicated heli ski and cat-ski Show as an evening event at a fitting five star venue overlooking the London Heliport on October 26. The London Total Heliski Show is a world first event designed to showcase the world’s premier boutique heli-ski and catski operations with operators… Read more »

Source: Total Heliski, 30-Sep-10

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PremiAir Ryder Cup helicopter shuttles ‘Fully Booked’

PremiAir Ryder Cup helicopter shuttles ‘Fully Booked’

PremiAir, the UK’s leading executive helicopter charter company and the supplier of helicopter services to the 2010 Ryder Cup, is now fully booked on its charter fleet for helicopter transfers to and from golf’s most prestigious golfing tournament, which takes place next month. From October 1st to 3rd, the Ryder Cup returns to the UK… Read more »

Source: PremiAir, 28-Sep-10

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28-Sep-10 G-HRBS Robinson R22 Goodwood, UK

The pilot over-controlled the aircraft on experiencing dynamic rollover during take off. The aircraft became airborne and began rotating, before impacting the ground and sustaining serious damage to the tail. The pilot was unaware of the damage and continued the flight although he subsequently landed without further mishap.

28-Sep-10

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Military contract fears put 100 jobs at risk at Eurocopter UK

Military contract fears put 100 jobs at risk at Eurocopter UK

Directors at Eurocopter UK, based at Oxford Airport, admitted there is now a 50% chance of the contract to overhaul and upgrade 30 Pumas for the RAF being scrapped, even though work has already started.

Source: Oxford Mail, 27-Sep-10

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Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance welcomes EC135

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance welcomes EC135

Monday, 20th September was another red – or perhaps I should say yellow – letter day in the life of the Charity, as it was when we received our super EC135 helicopter from Bond Aviation.   Let me share with you the myriad of emotions as the aircrew, Sherie and Kirsty from the Charity staff… Read more »

Source: Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 24-Sep-10

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Cash woe for Midlands Air Ambulance – donations 10% down

Cash woe for Midlands Air Ambulance – donations 10% down

The charity was forced to use some of its reserves last year after the amount of cash it raised fell short of its £6 million annual fundraising target.

23-Sep-10

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India: Dial-a-chopper service may become reality by 2020

India: Dial-a-chopper service may become reality by 2020

The ministry is working on a policy to kick off helicopter services in a big way as major Indian cities face ground congestion, making movement difficult even in cases of health and security-related emergencies.

Source: Economic Times, 23-Sep-10

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UK: First photos of new MD Explorer for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

UK: First photos of new MD Explorer for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

HeliHub.com is pleased to bring you first photos of G-LNCT, a new MD Explorer being prepared for Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.  Purchased to replace a 10-year old example registered G-LNAA, the new aircraft was first registered with the UK’s CAA on 23rd August and has been esconced within the Specialist Aviation Services complex at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-10

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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance EC135 ready for operations

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance EC135 ready for operations

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance are on the point of going live with their Eurocopter EC135 – click here for full size photo.  Photo by Keith C Wilson, the recently repainted helicopter was spotted yesterday at Bond’s base at Staverton.  We understand that Hampshire and Isle of Wight declined the idea of re-registering… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Sep-10

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UK: Kudos Aviation removed from company register

UK: Kudos Aviation removed from company register

Sales broker Kudos Aviation, previously based at Southend Airport, ceased trading early in 2010 and its website shows a default page from their Internet Service Provider.  The company was best known for helicopter management and sales brokerage.  Companies House records show that one company ceased to legally exist this week and the other company is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Sep-10

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance team save colleague

Yorkshire Air Ambulance team save colleague

Paramedics from the Yorkshire Air Ambulance have saved the life of one of their own team members after their dispatcher suffered a heart attack.

Source: BBC, 18-Sep-10

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Prince William becomes a fully-operational SAR pilot

Prince William becomes a fully-operational SAR pilot

Prince William has today graduated from his Search and Rescue training course at Royal Air Force Valley in Anglesey, Wales. He will now join C Flight of Number 22 Squadron, remaining at RAF Valley, as a fully-qualified, fully-operational Search and Rescue pilot flying the Sea King helicopter. Prince William will begin his operational service as… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 18-Sep-10

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Cornwall Air Ambulance plans new base and second helicopter

Cornwall Air Ambulance plans new base and second helicopter

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust wants to create a purpose-built development to house the helicopter on the outskirts of Newquay Airport

Source: Falmouth Packet, 18-Sep-10

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Starspeed flying four EC155s for UK papal visit

Starspeed flying four EC155s for UK papal visit

The Pope arrived in the UK today on a four day visit.  No busy schedule such as the one being undertaken by the Pope is complete without helicopters, and HeliHub.com understands that Starspeed will be operating four Eurocopter EC155 helicopters for this purpose.  This could translate into AS365s and EC155s, as this operator flies both… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-10

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Mount Rule helicopter crash remains a mystery

Mount Rule helicopter crash remains a mystery

Story refers to this accident 19-Mar-10 G-COLL Enstrom F280C East Baldwin, Isle of Man, UK (file photo)

Source: IOM Today, 16-Sep-10

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British pair fined for shining laser at police helicopter

British pair fined for shining laser at police helicopter

He said Shane Ramsay, 22, and Darryl Hodgkinson, 20, both of Cambridge, had admitted shining a light at an aircraft in flight and each been fined £150 by magistrates in Cambridge.

16-Sep-10

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Vector Aerospace Component Services signs follow-on UK military contracts

Vector Aerospace Corporation, one of the world’s leading independent providers of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul services has signed two follow-on contracts with HS Claverham. The work will be carried out by Vector Aerospace Component Services at Almondbank, Perthshire. The contract extends the companies’ existing relationship, which has been built over the last ten years,… Read more »

Source: vector, 16-Sep-10

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CHC reaches 2,000 SAR mission milestone in both UK and Australia

CHC reaches 2,000 SAR mission milestone in both UK and Australia

Leading search and rescue (SAR) service provider CHC Helicopter has marked a significant milestone in its SAR services with crews in the UK and Australia both undertaking their 2,000th missions. CHC has operated the service for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in the UK since 2007 from four bases at Stornoway, Sumburgh, Lee on Solent… Read more »

Source: CHC, 16-Sep-10

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HH Helicopters operating Ryder Cup shuttle flights

HH Helicopters operating Ryder Cup shuttle flights

HH Helicopters will be operating daily transfers to The Celtic Manor from Cotswold Airport, Cirencester, Gloucestershire.  This is a fast and convenient way to travel to The 2010 Ryder Cup, arriving relaxed and stress free, with a journey time of just 20 minutes. For the discerning traveller, with a quick transfer time and a convenient… Read more »

Source: HH Helicopters, 13-Sep-10

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Bristow announces further long-term contracts in UK and Malaysia

Bristow announces further long-term contracts in UK and Malaysia

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) a leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, announced today that it has secured new contracts for work in the UK North Sea, Norway and Malaysia potentially worth in excess of $1.3 billion in revenue over the next ten years. William E. Chiles, President and Chief Executive… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 09-Sep-10

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UK: New inquiry into 1994 Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash announced

UK: New inquiry into 1994 Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash announced

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has confirmed a new independent legal inquiry into the 1994 Mull of Kintyre helicopter disaster.  RAF Chinook HC2 ZD576 crashed on the Mull of Kintyre in Western Scotland 16 years ago, killing all 29 abroad.

Source: Guardian, 09-Sep-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Enstrom 280C Shark, G-COLL near Douglas, Isle of Man on 19 March 2010 Robinson R22 Beta, G-OTOY atWellesbourne on 28 April 2008 Robinson R44 Astro, G-PIDG at Skipton, North Yorkshire on 26 June 2010 Robinson R44… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 09-Sep-10

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Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance celebrates 9,000th mission milestone

Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance celebrates 9,000th mission milestone

On 2nd September 2010 local Air Ambulance Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) attended their 9,000th mission since the service began in 2003. Dominic Tolley, Director of Air Operations commented, “9,000 missions is quite a milestone and illustrates what a vital, well used service WNAA provides. I feel proud that I am part of a… Read more »

Source: WNAA, 08-Sep-10

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14-year old British boy loses ‘laser pen’ appeal

14-year old British boy loses ‘laser pen’ appeal

A 14-year-old youth accused of shining a laser pen at a police helicopter in Leicester has failed to convince the High Court he should not be prosecuted

Source: BBC, 08-Sep-10

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Frank Robinson to give free lecture to UK’s Royal Aeronautical Society

Frank Robinson to give free lecture to UK’s Royal Aeronautical Society

Recently retired from being President & Chief Executive at Robinson Helicopter Company, is giving the Cierva Lecture at London’s Royal Aeronautical Society on Tuesday 5th October. The Cierva Lecture is named after Juan de la Cierva, FRAeS, an aeronautical engineer who pioneered rotary flight. In 1926 with the backing of the Weir brothers he formed… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Sep-10

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Army chief’s new mission with Surrey Air Ambulance

Army chief’s new mission with Surrey Air Ambulance

Adrian Bell joins the charity in September following a career in the Royal Navy. He leaves his position as Commander British Forces Gibraltar to take up his new role with the air ambulance.

Source: Surrey Herald, 08-Sep-10

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance features in new TV series

Yorkshire Air Ambulance features in new TV series

Running on BBC1 throughout September, Helicopter Heroes chronicles the exploits of the two MD Explorers of Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Source: Yorkshire Evening Post, 08-Sep-10

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2010 International Sea King Maintenance Symposium achieves event sponsorship goal

2010 International Sea King Maintenance Symposium achieves event sponsorship goal

Vector Aerospace Corporation (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), one of the world’s leading independent providers of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services is pleased to announce the 2010 International Sea King Maintenance Symposium being hosted in Portsmouth, United Kingdom (Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-UK ) from September 28th-30th has filled all event sponsorship positions and delegate registrations… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 08-Sep-10

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UK charter demand increasing, says Atlas Helicopters

UK charter demand increasing, says Atlas Helicopters

Atlas Helicopters has announced that despite the credit crunch woes affecting the majority of the transport industry, helicopter charter is making a slow but steady revival, with private and business helicopter hire experiencing an increased demand. Mike Burns, Chief Executive and pilot at Atlas Helicopters, who have been experiencing business growth despite the economic conditions,… Read more »

07-Sep-10

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Surrey Air Ambulance night flight plans “could take four years”

Surrey Air Ambulance night flight plans “could take four years”

Air ambulance spokesman Jill Playle said despite next month’s decision, the change was unlikely to happen for another three to four years, saying “This is a long process and the planning application is the very first step to doing this”.

Source: ThisIsLocalLondon, 07-Sep-10

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Royal Navy deploys Merlin on anti-piracy ops off Eastern Africa

Royal Navy deploys Merlin on anti-piracy ops off Eastern Africa

A Royal Navy Helicopter Squadron is deploying to the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden to carry out specialist anti-piracy operations over the coming months.  Personnel from 820 Naval Air Squadron including Aircrew and Engineers and their Merlin helicopter, will be embarked on a Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship (RFA Fort Victoria) and will… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 07-Sep-10

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Heritage award for The Helicopter Museum

Heritage award for The Helicopter Museum

The Helicopter Museum site on the airfield at Weston-super-Mare has been recognised by The Transport Trust as a Transport Heritage site, in recognition of its connection with the manufacturing of helicopters in the town between 1955 and 2002. The occasion will be marked with the unveiling of a special Red Wheel Plaque at The Helicopter… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 06-Sep-10

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Two arrests after laser pointed at Cambridgeshire Police helicopter

Two arrests after laser pointed at Cambridgeshire Police helicopter

The pair allegedly aimed the shaft of light at the cockpit of the Cambridgeshire force’s aircraft while it was on a call

Source: Cambridge News, 04-Sep-10

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03-Sep-10 G-DORS Eurocopter EC135T2+ Weymouth, UK

03-Sep-10

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UK MoD helicopter jobs to move from Yeovilton to Bristol

UK MoD helicopter jobs to move from Yeovilton to Bristol

The Chinook Project Team (IPT) and two other helicopter project teams will move to the MoD procurement site.

Source: BBC, 02-Sep-10

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Robinson R66 performance figures and pricing released

Robinson R66 performance figures and pricing released

Sloane Helicopters Ltd., the UK and Ireland distributors for the Robinson Helicopter Company, is pleased to be able to announce some preliminary performance information for the new Robinson R66 Turbine helicopter. The Robinson R66 is in the final stages of FAA certification and, as part of the certification programme, some pilots from Robinson operators around… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 01-Sep-10

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Eurocopter may relocate part of its activities from Romania to UK

Eurocopter may relocate part of its activities from Romania to UK

The source says Eurocopter believes that moving a 300 million pound contract back to the UK would may be accomplished without an impact on price.

01-Sep-10

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UK: Yorkshire and Humberside police could share helicopters

UK: Yorkshire and Humberside police could share helicopters

North Yorkshire Police is in discussions with Humberside, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire Police about the possibility of pooling resources to pay for the servicing and engineering of their eyes in the sky.

Source: Yorkshire Press, 01-Sep-10

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01-Sep-10 G-NDAA Eurocopter Bo105 Weston-super-Mare, UK

01-Sep-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident of:- MD369E G-VICE at Poundgate, Devon on 24th May 2010

Source: AAIB, 31-Aug-10

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UK: Hampshire police helicopter share raises concerns

UK: Hampshire police helicopter share raises concerns

Hampshire Police’s move to share Surrey’s EC135 and Sussex’s MD Explorer, rather than use its own Islander plane, has caused concern among officers

Source: BBC, 31-Aug-10

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Max-Viz and Police Aviation Services win US Dept of Commerce integration approval

Max-Viz and Police Aviation Services win US Dept of Commerce integration approval

Max-Viz, Inc and Police Aviation Services (PAS) of England have received a Statement of Integration (SOI) export license from the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) allowing significantly quicker and more streamlined export of Max-Viz Enhanced Vision System technology abroad to civilian users through the PAS facility in Cheltenham, UK. PDF – Max-Viz and PAS receive… Read more »

Source: Max-Viz, 30-Aug-10

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British Joint Helicopter Force keeps things moving in Afghanistan

British Joint Helicopter Force keeps things moving in Afghanistan

Helicopters are crucial to the success of operations in Helmand, and, from medical evacuation and troop movement to resupply and ground attack, the men and women of the Joint Helicopter Force do it all. Report by Sharon Kean. There is no average day for Camp Bastion’s Joint Helicopter Force (JHF). It is responsible for around… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 30-Aug-10

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British helicopter carrier begins second Caribbean anti-drugs deployment

British helicopter carrier begins second Caribbean anti-drugs deployment

Royal Navy warship HMS Ocean has arrived in the Caribbean where she will provide contingency support to British dependent territories during the hurricane season, as well as contribute towards ongoing anti-drug smuggling operations. Having already deployed to the Caribbean in 2007, when the amphibious assault ship made a major impact on drug smuggling by seizing… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 30-Aug-10

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British Commando Helicopter Force get to grips with new gun

British Commando Helicopter Force get to grips with new gun

Crews in the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) have got their hands on a new and improved door gun ahead of 16 Air Assault Brigade’s deployment to Afghanistan in October. 846 Naval Air Squadron began training aircrew on their new FN Herstal M3M .50-inch-calibre (12.7mm) door-mounted weapon system while supporting 16 Air Assault Brigade during their… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 30-Aug-10

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance targets corporates for new Business Supporters Network

Yorkshire Air Ambulance targets corporates for new Business Supporters Network

The initiative is designed to encourage more businesses to become brand partners of the YAA. In return, for an annual fee, firms will be allowed to use the network logo for promotional purposes, feature on the YAA website and reinforce their corporate social responsibility by supporting a recognised charity

Source: Yorkshire Evening Post, 18-Aug-10

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Surrey Air Ambulance seeks to go 24 hours

Surrey Air Ambulance seeks to go 24 hours

Surrey Air Ambulance spokeswoman Jill Playle said: “We are able to offer a very good service during the daytime but we’re unable to fly at night – and serious illness and injury happens 24 hours a day.

Source: BBC, 18-Aug-10

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Consultation over CHC departure from North Denes HP due by month end

Consultation over CHC departure from North Denes HP due by month end

A lengthy consultation over possible plans to relocate operations from Great Yarmouth’s heliport to Norwich should be concluded by the end of the month.

Source: Great Yarmouth Mercury, 17-Aug-10

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17-Aug-10 (Serial TBA) Boeing CH-47 Conwy, UK

17-Aug-10

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Lockheed Martin delivers Topscene tactical terrain visualization system to the UK

Lockheed Martin delivers Topscene tactical terrain visualization system to the UK

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently delivered the TOPSCENE® Tactical Terrain Visualization System, a mission planning and rehearsal software package, to the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) in support of operations in Afghanistan. U.K. helicopter forces based at RAF Odiham will use TOPSCENE® to perform mission rehearsal with greater realism than is possible with their… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 16-Aug-10

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Man charged after laser shone at Cheshire Police EC135

Man charged after laser shone at Cheshire Police EC135

The laser was directed at the cockpit of Cheshire Constabulary’s aircraft as it flew over Winsford on Wednesday night, police said.

Source: BBC, 16-Aug-10

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British CAA changes regulation of ex-military aircraft

British CAA changes regulation of ex-military aircraft

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced changes to the regulation of permit to fly ex-military aircraft. Following a number of incidents and accidents involving ex-military aircraft over recent years, the CAA is taking steps to clarify the purposes for which ex-military aircraft can be operated. The CAA is therefore acting to remind the… Read more »

Source: CAA, 16-Aug-10

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