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East Anglian Air Ambulance Chief Executive to leave

East Anglian Air Ambulance Chief Executive to leave

The East Anglian Air Ambulance has announced that the charity’s Chief Executive Simon Gray will be leaving the charity at the end of January 2011. Andrew Egerton-Smith, Chairman of the charity’s board of trustees, commented: “We’re hugely indebted to Simon for the commitment he has shown to making the charity one of the most effective… Read more »

22-Nov-10

Royal Navy takes delivery of first BAE Systems’ Q-Sight helmet-mounted display

Royal Navy takes delivery of first BAE Systems’ Q-Sight helmet-mounted display

BAE Systems has delivered the first order of a new helmet-mounted optical sighting system to the Royal Navy, addressing a mission-critical need for increased air door gunner situational awareness on helicopters. BAE Systems, prime contractor for the Lynx PT, earlier this month delivered 12 Q-Sightâ„¢ Gunner Remote Sighting Systems (GRSS) that are qualified for use… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 22-Nov-10

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Army Air Corps acquires Australian aircrewman simulator

Army Air Corps acquires Australian aircrewman simulator

The UK Ministry of Defence has signed a deal with Australian based company, Virtual Simulation Systems (VSS, established by the founder of the popular VBS series of software, David Lagettie) for the lease of a Complete Aircrew Training System (CATS) for up to 3 years. The system will be delivered to the Army Air Corps’… Read more »

Source: Virtual Simulation Systems, 21-Nov-10

Heli-Power 2010: UK procurement chiefs come to terms with SDSR

Heli-Power 2010: UK procurement chiefs come to terms with SDSR

The future make-up of the UK’s military helicopter fleet remains unclear following the release of the government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) as acquisition officials mull over its ramifications.

Source: Shephard, 19-Nov-10

Teenager who dazzled Humberside Police pilot with laser beam is fined

Teenager who dazzled Humberside Police pilot with laser beam is fined

The number of cases of pilots being dazzled by laser pens increased across the UK to 737 in 2009 compared with just 29 in 2007.

19-Nov-10

Heli-Power 2010: RN evaluates Q-Sight for Lynx gunners

Heli-Power 2010: RN evaluates Q-Sight for Lynx gunners

The Royal Navy (RN) is carrying out an operational evaluation of a new helmet-mounted optical sighting system that will be issued to Lynx Mk8 helicopter door gunners.

Source: Shephard, 18-Nov-10

Heli-Power 2010: UK’s Commando Helicopter Force reveals challenges ahead

Heli-Power 2010: UK’s Commando Helicopter Force reveals challenges ahead

The commander of the UK’s Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) says his organisation is facing a challenging time over the next decade.

Source: Shephard, 18-Nov-10

New UK government expected to confirm Soteria consortium for 25-year SAR contract

New UK government expected to confirm Soteria consortium for 25-year SAR contract

A recommendation to the Treasury proposes pressing ahead with the Soteria consortium, comprising Thales UK, Royal Bank of Scotland and CHC, a helicopter operator, which was chosen as preferred bidder in February. A decision is expected in the next fortnight.

Source: Financial Times, 16-Nov-10

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Lincolnshire And Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance to launch new MD902 on Thursday

Lincolnshire And Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance to launch new MD902 on Thursday

Advances over their earlier MD Explorer include bigger fuel tank, Nightsun, Night Vision Goggles, and others.

Source: This is Grimsby, 16-Nov-10

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UK: Peel Holdings takes delivery of new corporate S76C++

UK: Peel Holdings takes delivery of new corporate S76C++

An unannounced new Sikorsky S76C++ was registered four weeks ago in the UK as G-PACO and has been operating from City Airport in Manchester, also known as Barton. The registered owner of this helicopter with the UK CAA is Cardinal Helicopter Services (IOM) Ltd, with a private address given in the Isle of Man –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Nov-10

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UK: Teenager admits shining laser pen at Durham Police helicopter

UK: Teenager admits shining laser pen at Durham Police helicopter

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faced two charges of endangering the safety of an aircraft – not only the helicopter but also a Boeing 737 of airline Jet2.

Source: BBC, 15-Nov-10

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UK: Northern Lighthouse Board EC135 makes first appearance

UK: Northern Lighthouse Board EC135 makes first appearance

On Saturday, a Eurocopter EC135T2+ appeared out of the Bond Air Services hangar carrying the titles of Northern Lighthouse Board “NLB” and the organisation’s logo on both the doors and the tail. NLB have previously been operating Bo105s for many years in support of Scotland’s lighthouses. As these maritime navigation beacons have been automated over… Read more »

Source: Helihub.com, 15-Nov-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident of:- Eurocopter AS365N, G-HEMS at Thornaby, Teesside on 17 June 2010

Source: AAIB, 13-Nov-10

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UK’s Heliair has confirmed orders for seven R66s

UK’s Heliair has confirmed orders for seven R66s

Heli Air, established over 25 years ago is the largest Robinson Helicopter Distributor in the UK and one of the world’s most successful, and eagerly awaits the imminent arrival of the superb new 5-seat R66 Turbine helicopter. Heli Air, who will have the first R66 in the UK and Europe has confirmed orders from confident… Read more »

Source: Heliair, 11-Nov-10

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UK Government funds for AgustaWestland causes concern

UK Government funds for AgustaWestland causes concern

Labour MPs have asked the coalition why millions in state funding has been promised to a helicopter factory in a Liberal Democrat constituency in spite of claims there was “no money” for such grants.

Source: Financial Times, 11-Nov-10

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Christopher Forrest honoured with BHA’s Eric Brown Award

Christopher Forrest honoured with BHA’s Eric Brown Award

PremiAir’s Group Operations Director, Christopher Forrest, has been honoured with receiving The Eric Brown Award from the British Helicopter Association (BHA) in recognition of his contribution to the UK helicopter industry. Christopher was nominated for his overall work over many years in the helicopter industry. Christopher is recognised as an outstanding supporter of the BHA… Read more »

Source: PremiAir, 10-Nov-10

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Helipad proposed for Oliver’s Mount race circuit

Helipad proposed for Oliver’s Mount race circuit

“The helicopter landing pad will be used in conjunction with events on Oliver’s Mount, mainly in case of the need for an air ambulance to take any race-day injured personnel to hospital for emergency treatment.”

Source: Scarborough Evening News, 09-Nov-10

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Register Update – United Kingdom – October 2010

Register Update – United Kingdom – October 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, 09-Nov-10

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CHC Scotia to close North Denes HP and move to Norwich

CHC Scotia to close North Denes HP and move to Norwich

CHC Scotia Limited has announced the closure of Great Yarmouth’s North Denes heliport next May with offshore operations focusing on Norwich International Airport from that date.

09-Nov-10

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Bond Aviation Group seeks investor to expand

Bond Aviation Group seeks investor to expand

Bond Aviation has hired advisers to look at strategic options for the business, said sources. The family-owned company is understood to be interested in selling 30 to 60% to expand

Source: Telegraph, 08-Nov-10

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance to move from Sheffield base

Yorkshire Air Ambulance to move from Sheffield base

Yorkshire Air Ambulance to move one of their MD Explorers from Sheffield to Bagby following a strategic review

02-Nov-10

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UK CAA calls on instructors to help cut airspace infringements

UK CAA calls on instructors to help cut airspace infringements

An education campaign, aimed at reducing the number of airspace infringements, has been launched by the Airspace & Safety Initiative (ASI), the broad-based coalition tasked with tackling UK airspace safety risks. Information packs, containing listening squawk information cards, radio best practice kneepads, magazines and interactive CDs, are being sent to all flying schools in the… Read more »

Source: CAA, 30-Oct-10

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UK: Sloane Helicopters confirms its first Robinson R66 orders

UK: Sloane Helicopters confirms its first Robinson R66 orders

Sloane Helicopters, the longest established international Robinson dealer in the world, is pleased to confirm increasing interest in the new Robinson R66 turbine helicopter. The R66 received FAA certification on 25th October 2010 and EASA certification is expected early in 2011. Sloane was one of the first dealers worldwide to purchase its own R66 and… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 29-Oct-10

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance celebrates 10th anniversary

Yorkshire Air Ambulance celebrates 10th anniversary

From a humble start with one 15 year old Bo105, Yorkshire Air Ambulance now operate two MD Explorers

29-Oct-10

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Herts Air Ambulance clocks up 500th mission in two years

Herts Air Ambulance clocks up 500th mission in two years

The Herts Air Ambulance and its crew have attended more than 500 incidents, their work is diverse and challenging but the aim is always the same – to provide the best possible care quickly and efficiently.

Source: Watford Observer, 29-Oct-10

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Prince Harry’s instructor arrested for propositioning female cleaner

Prince Harry’s instructor arrested for propositioning female cleaner

Married Chris Hearn, 48, is accused of “propositioning” a female cleaner at the Army Air Corps base in Middle Wallop, Hants.

Source: The Sun, 28-Oct-10

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28-Oct-10 G-SEWP Eurocopter AS355F2 Hilltown, UK

The pilot lost control of the helicopter whilst manoeuvring at low speed to approach a hilltop landing site in quite strong wind conditions.  The investigation determined that an error of judgement or perception led the pilot to attempt a downwind approach. A combination of human factors was thought to have contributed to the accident.

28-Oct-10

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East Anglian Air Ambulance responds to trial by media

East Anglian Air Ambulance responds to trial by media

[The Magpas statement referred to was run by HeliHub.com here] The East Anglian Air Ambulance was dismayed to read the press statement issued by Magpas which made many erroneous statements about the EAAA’s work and future direction. We have detailed below a more accurate view of our aims and strategy and are happy to provide… Read more »

Source: EAAA, 27-Oct-10

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Three seriously hurt in Puma crash win £1M damages case against UK MoD

Three seriously hurt in Puma crash win £1M damages case against UK MoD

The MoD have accepted liability, but the exact settlement has yet to be decided. The men are suing for “injury, loss and damage”. The accident happened in August 2007 during low-level flight near the Army’s Catterick base.

Source: Daily Record, 26-Oct-10

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UK: New Lincs & Notts Explorer fitted with NVG for night ops

UK: New Lincs & Notts Explorer fitted with NVG for night ops

It is fully equipped with night vision goggle capability, the MD 902 Explorer would be able to fly in the dark – something the current model is unable to do.

Source: Thsi is Scunthorpe, 26-Oct-10

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Lands End Airport breaks off talks with British International

Lands End Airport breaks off talks with British International

The firm which owns Land’s End termintes talks with British International Helicopters (BIH) over plans to move services to the Scilly Isles to its airport. Photo shows current base – Penzance HP

Source: This is the West Country, 26-Oct-10

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Bristow renews North Sea contract with IAC for 5-10 years

Bristow renews North Sea contract with IAC for 5-10 years

Bristow Helicopters Ltd has secured a £multi-million five year deal with the Integrated Aviation Consortium (IAC) in the UK North Sea. The IAC comprises six major oil companies: BP, CNR International, Fairfield Energy, Petrofac, Shell and TAQA. The contract was renewed for a five year term with the option to extend for an additional five… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 26-Oct-10

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East Anglian Air Ambulance partner brings internal argument out in the open

East Anglian Air Ambulance partner brings internal argument out in the open

Following news enquiries today regarding the “privatisation” of the East Anglian Air Ambulance charity, Multi Award Winning charity Magpas, issues the following statement: We are grateful that matters that have long concerned our board of trustees are now being brought into the public domain by the media. We hope that this will now open the… Read more »

Source: Magpas, 26-Oct-10

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UK police forces to lose 8 helicopters by April 2012

UK police forces to lose 8 helicopters by April 2012

A new National Police Air Service (NPAS) is set to provide a more efficient and accessible air support service throughout England and Wales that offers better value for money. Responding to the findings of a comprehensive review commissioned in 2009, ACPO members have approved the central recommendation to replace the current air support system with… Read more »

Source: ACPO, 26-Oct-10

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HeliHub.com expands registration update coverage

HeliHub.com expands registration update coverage

Through 2010, HeliHub.com has become known for its range of official register updates, where we list new helicopter registrations, cancellations, changes of owner etc for a range of countries – Australia, Austria, Ireland, Japan, Norway, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland and UK. We are now very pleased to report that, in association with AMCAR, we… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Oct-10

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Goodrich receives UK MoD contract for aircraft support

Goodrich receives UK MoD contract for aircraft support

Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR) has received a follow-on contract worth over £7M (approx US$10M) from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for Performance Based Logistics (PBL). The contract continues a decade of support for a number of legacy instruments used on a range of UK jets and helicopters in operational service. The contract was awarded… Read more »

Source: Goodrich, 26-Oct-10

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UK: Man arrested after laser shone at police helicopter

UK: Man arrested after laser shone at police helicopter

A man has been arrested after a green laser was shone at a police helicopter which was responding to a burglary in Berkshire at the weekend.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-11621898, 26-Oct-10

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Essex and Herts Air Ambulance hosts Aeromedical Case Study Conference

Essex and Herts Air Ambulance hosts Aeromedical Case Study Conference

Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust recently hosted the second annual Aeromedical Case Study Conference at The Essex Golf and Country Club in Earls Colne. The themes covered this year were Trauma, Paediatric Care, Medical Retrievals, Multiple and Logistical Challenges The aim of the conference was to give like-minded professionals the opportunity to meet and… Read more »

Source: Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, 25-Oct-10

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25-Oct-10 G-HBJT Eurocopter EC155B1 Blackbushe, UK

HeliHub.com understands this EC155 suffered a blade strike. We are aware that it was roaded from Blackbushe Airport to Eurocopter UK at Oxford on 25th October 2010, so for the time being we will assume this was the date. Please email any update to [email protected]

25-Oct-10

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23-Oct-10 N2NR AgustaWestland A109A Mk.II Mourne Mountains, UK (3F)

Fatalities were Charles Stisted, 47, chief executive of the Guards Polo Club at Windsor, owner Ian Wooldridge, 51 of demolition company Wooldridge Group and the pilot was Anthony Joseph Smith, a former RAF and Army pilot

23-Oct-10

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23-Oct-10 G-BPRI Eurocopter AS355F1 Abridge, UK

Out-of-control golf buggy struck tail rotor during start-up

23-Oct-10

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UK: 847 Naval Air Sqn returns to Sierra Leone

UK: 847 Naval Air Sqn returns to Sierra Leone

A detachment from 847 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) has returned to Sierra Leone after a five year absence. Amongst the detachment personnel were veterans of Operations Palliser and Silkman in 2000, and members who had last visited for Exercise Vela in 2005. For many Sierra Leone nationals the British Armed Forces, and more specifically those… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 22-Oct-10

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Bristow becomes second UK offshore operator in wind-farm market

Bristow becomes second UK offshore operator in wind-farm market

[HeilHub.com editor note – we are running the Bristow press release verbatim below. However, we note their careful wording “the first global helicopter operator” when there is already another UK helicopter operator in this marketplace. Bond already fly an EC135 out of Lowestoft in support of the Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm. Press release follows…]… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 22-Oct-10

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UK: Concern South Yorkshire Police helicopter ‘could be scrapped’

UK: Concern South Yorkshire Police helicopter ‘could be scrapped’

The detailed plans would take away the air base which we currently have at Sheffield, and they would then get our service from bases in West Yorkshire, Humberside or Derbyshire.

Source: BBC, 22-Oct-10

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UK: Helicopter task group head honoured after disaster

UK: Helicopter task group head honoured after disaster

Robert Paterson, industry body Oil and Gas UK’s health, safety and employment issues director, said: “Everyone in the oil and gas industry really appreciates the work Bob put in to make these safety improvements actually happen.”

Source: BBC, 21-Oct-10

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Royal Navy profiles Culdrose-based squadrons In Afghanistan

Royal Navy profiles Culdrose-based squadrons In Afghanistan

Based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose are three helicopter squadrons which specialise in Airborne Surveillance and Control (ASaC).  849 Naval Air Squadron is the HQ and training squadron, with 854 and 857 squadrons forming the “front line” or operational squadrons which deploy on operations, currently to Afghanistan. The airborne surveillance and control capabilities of… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 21-Oct-10

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Discovery Channel launches ‘Frontline Battle Machines’ with UK troops in Afghanistan

Discovery Channel launches ‘Frontline Battle Machines’ with UK troops in Afghanistan

Monday, 25th October sees that start of a new series “Frontline Battle Machines” on the Discovery Channel. The series, which is presented by Discovery’s “Wheeler Dealer” frontman Mike Brewer, takes an up close and personal look at the UK’s equipment and personnel operating in Afghanistan. Explaining why he made the series Mike said, “We were… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 21-Oct-10

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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