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04-Jan-11 Eurocopter AS332L2 Aberdeen, UK

CHC AS332L2 landed safely at Aberdeen Airport after a full emergency was declared due to a warning light., which may have indicted gearbox temperature problems.

04-Jan-11

Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance extends winter flying hours

Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance extends winter flying hours

Thanks to the generosity of its supporters the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance (TVACAA), which serves Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire (BOB), was able to fly an extended 12 hour day for the period 5 July 2010 to 22 November 2010 and will continue to run a 10 hour day during the winter months. The… Read more »

Source: TVACAA, 23-Dec-10

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EC135 air ambulance blocked from landing by snowballs

EC135 air ambulance blocked from landing by snowballs

A group of youths stopped an airborne ambulance crew from landing at an emergency call in Swansea by pelting the helicopter with snowballs.

Source: BBC, 20-Dec-10

CHC sells training operation to CAE

CHC sells training operation to CAE

MONTREAL, QUEBEC and VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA–(Marketwire – Dec. 20, 2010) – CAE (NYSE:CAE)(TSX:CAE) and CHC Helicopter, a global leader in helicopter transportation for the offshore oil and gas industry, announced today that they have signed an agreement pursuant to which CAE will acquire CHC Helicopter’s helicopter flight training operations including four full-flight simulators located… Read more »

Source: CAE, 20-Dec-10

Poachers turn dazzling spotlights on Humberside Police helicopter

Poachers turn dazzling spotlights on Humberside Police helicopter

Sgt Jenkins said the attempt to dazzle the helicopter pilot had serious implications. “Endangering an aircraft is an offence and carries a five-year prison sentence,” he added. “Unfortunately for us, their night vision equipment is often better than ours.”

Source: This is Hull & East Riding, 17-Dec-10

UK SAR contract on hold after bidding consortium “has issues”

UK SAR contract on hold after bidding consortium “has issues”

“The preferred bidder has informed the Ministry of Defence within the last 48 hours that it has become aware of a possible issue in connection with its bid to provide the UK Search and Rescue capability”

Source: Reuters, 17-Dec-10

UK: Dyfed-Powys police consider replacing helicopter with fixed wing

UK: Dyfed-Powys police consider replacing helicopter with fixed wing

Under the cloudof a recent national police aviation review which called for their unit to be closed permanently, the Dyfed-Powys police are now considering fixed wing options to save money.

Source: Shropshire star, 15-Dec-10

East Anglian Air Ambulance says future is assured

East Anglian Air Ambulance says future is assured

In response to media coverage suggesting that there may be no air ambulance service in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire by Christmas, the East Anglian Air Ambulance has moved to reassure the public that its enhanced service has in fact now been launched and will be ready to help those caught up in medical emergencies and accidents… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 14-Dec-10

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UK: Stornoway Coastguard S92 reaches 200th mission of 2010

UK: Stornoway Coastguard S92 reaches 200th mission of 2010

At 18.44 pm on Saturday 11th December, Stornoway Coastguard rescue helicopter “Rescue 100” was scrambled by Stornoway Coastguard after they had received a request for assistance from the NHS. The helicopter was sent to evacuate a fifty seven year old lady who was being seen by a doctor, who requested that she be evacuated to… Read more »

Source: Maritime & Coastguard Agency, 14-Dec-10

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Ground-breaking North Sea helicopter tracking system goes live

Ground-breaking North Sea helicopter tracking system goes live

Oil & Gas UK and NATS, the UK’s leading air navigation service provider, today announced the world’s first operational use of wide area multilateration technology for tracking offshore flights. Helicopters in transit to and from oil and gas platforms in the North Sea are now visible to air traffic controllers from takeoff to landing, increasing… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 14-Dec-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident of:- * Robinson R22B G-RIDL at Macclesfield, Cheshire on 15 November 2009 * Robinson R22B G-NWDC at Londonderry Eglinton Airfield on 8 August 2010 * Schweizer 269CBi G-LINX at Stalmine, Lancashire on 22 September 2009

Source: AAIB, 13-Dec-10

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UK: Devon & Cornwall Police launch operations blog

UK: Devon & Cornwall Police launch operations blog

As police forces aim to be come more accountable to the residents of the area they serve, a number of those operating helicopters have launched a page on their website to list the tasks they fly – usually as a way of minimising noise complaints.  These usually take the form of a table listing date,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-10

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UK: New Sea King squadron takes over in Afghanistan

UK: New Sea King squadron takes over in Afghanistan

857 Naval Air Squadron has handed over responsibility for Sea King airborne surveillance and control duties in Helmand province, Afghanistan, to 854 Naval Air Squadron. Both squadrons are based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose and take it in turns to deploy to Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan. Commander Pat Douglas, the Sea King Force… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 12-Dec-10

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Bond Aviation Group awarded £6.5M lighthouse contract

Bond Aviation Group awarded £6.5M lighthouse contract

[This is the official press release from Bond. HeliHub.com ran the story “Northern Lighthouse Board upgrading to EC135 on 1st December” back on 24th November] Gloucestershire-based, Bond Aviation Group, one of Europe’s leading helicopter service providers, has been awarded a long-term contract with the Northern Lighthouse Board valued at £6.5m. Following a competitive tendering exercise,… Read more »

Source: Bond Aviation Group, 09-Dec-10

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UK: Sloane Helicopters introduces in service the first EMS Grand in the UK

UK: Sloane Helicopters introduces in service the first EMS Grand in the UK

[HeliHub.com has already provided links to a press report on this operation. This press release provides a lot more detail than the press report] Sloane Helicopters Limited is pleased to announce the entry into service of the UK’s first Agusta EMS Grand, G-HEMZ, with the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance, one of the busiest… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 08-Dec-10

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East Anglian Air Ambulance moves second base from Wyton to Cambridge

East Anglian Air Ambulance moves second base from Wyton to Cambridge

The East Anglian Air Ambulance has moved its Western operational base to Cambridge Airport as it launches an enhanced and more sustainable service which it believes will help save more lives across Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. The charity has worked closely with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) in developing the new service… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 08-Dec-10

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Lycoming adds UK’s Airpart Supply as distributor

Lycoming adds UK’s Airpart Supply as distributor

Lycoming Engines, a division of Avco Corporation, has added Airpart Supply Ltd., located at Wycombe Air Park near London’s Heathrow Airport, to its worldwide distributor network. Founded in 1984, Airpart Supply Ltd. is an independent, privately owned United Kingdom based company supplying parts, components and services to airline, regional, corporate and general aviation aircraft. Its… Read more »

Source: Lycoming, 08-Dec-10

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UK: Sloane Helicopters provides A109 Power EMS to Magpas

UK: Sloane Helicopters provides A109 Power EMS to Magpas

Sloane Helicopters is pleased to announce that it is providing one A109 Power EMS to Magpas, the Emergency Medical Charity, for the Magpas Helimedix to fill in an operational gap into the Air Ambulance services operating from RAF Wyton. The aircraft is equipped with the standard EMS factory fit and with customised oxygen and radio… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 07-Dec-10

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Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland air ambulance upgrade to 109S Grand

Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland air ambulance upgrade to 109S Grand

DLRAA has upgraded from a 109E Power to a brand new 109S Grand

Source: Channel 4, 06-Dec-10

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05-Dec-10 G-ODHB Robinson R44 Staverton, UK

Heavy landing by student pilot while hover taxying after door opened in flight.

05-Dec-10

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Register Update – United Kingdom – November 2010

Register Update – United Kingdom – November 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, 01-Dec-10

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PremiAir Global bolsters UK aircraft sales team

PremiAir Global bolsters UK aircraft sales team

PremiAir Global, the aircraft sales and brokerage specialist and part of UK aviation services business PremiAir, has appointed two new Aircraft Sales Managers – Craig Lammiman and Gordon Potter – as it moves to focus increased activity on the fixed wing pre-owned business aircraft market in addition to its well established executive helicopter services. The… Read more »

Source: PremiAir, 01-Dec-10

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Cornwall Air Ambulance wins planning approval for new hangar

Cornwall Air Ambulance wins planning approval for new hangar

Cornwall Air Ambulance has won planning permission for a new operational base on the boundary of Newquay Cornwall Airport. The location is currently just outside the airport’s security fence, but the plans call for a fence move to ensure the new helipad continues to be airside. Positioned just south of the “piano keys” of Runway… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Dec-10

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PremiAir debuts at ILTM, the luxury travel show

PremiAir debuts at ILTM, the luxury travel show

PremiAir, one of the UK’s leading private aviation charter companies, is making its debut at the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) in Cannes during 7-10 December. Reinforcing its presence, PremiAir Group Managing Director, David McRobert will participate as a panelist in the prestigious annual travel industry leaders’ forum which takes place on 6 December, the… Read more »

Source: PremiAir, 30-Nov-10

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RAF reviews first year of Merlin ops in Afghanistan

RAF reviews first year of Merlin ops in Afghanistan

From Benson to Bastion – today the Royal Air Force Merlin Force marked their first anniversary on Operation HERRICK. Following transportation to Afghanistan, re-assembly and pre-flight checks, the Merlin Force officially declared that they were ready for operational flying on the front line a full year ago. The Merlins have spent those twelve months transporting… Read more »

Source: RAF, 30-Nov-10

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Cornwall Air Ambulance flies 22,000th mission

Cornwall Air Ambulance flies 22,000th mission

This past Thursday, Cornwall Air Ambulance have recorded their 22,000th mission in their 23 years of operation, airlifting a 30 year old woman from Penzance to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. Cornwall Air Ambulance flies a Eurocopter EC135T2 covering a county of nearly 1,400 square miles and a population approaching 550,000. Jutting out to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Nov-10

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Avon Fire and Rescue Service aims to be first in UK with helicopter

Avon Fire and Rescue Service aims to be first in UK with helicopter

Fire chiefs have said it would be quicker and more efficient to fly in specialist teams to road crashes. But the Fire Brigades Union said the plan was “a folly” with some firefighters facing redundancy.

Source: BBC, 29-Nov-10

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Great North Air Ambulance

Based in Northumbria but also providing EMS services in Cumbria

24-Nov-10

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Helicopter Club of Great Britain

National organisation for private pilots and others. Organisers of UK Championships

24-Nov-10

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Alan Mann Helicopters

Part of Longmint Aviation group

24-Nov-10

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PlaneSayling Aviation

Non-exclusive sales representative for Sikorsky S76 and S92 in UK, Eire, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal & Switzerland

24-Nov-10

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PDG Helicopters

24-Nov-10

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Sloane Helicopters

Sample data only – AgustaWestland and Robinson dealer for UK and Eire

24-Nov-10

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Sloane Helicopters

Sample data only – AgustaWestland and Robinson dealer for UK and Eire

24-Nov-10

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DMG Heli Sales

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24-Nov-10

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Northern Lighthouse Board upgrading to EC135 on 1st December

Northern Lighthouse Board upgrading to EC135 on 1st December

The Northern Lighthouse Board’s (NLB) experience with helicopter support has revolved around a Eurocopter Bo105 for many years. With the current contract expiring on 30th November, they took the opportunity to revisit what helicopter type was used. A feasibility study was undertaken prior to the tendering exercise to establish what type of helicopter was needed… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Nov-10

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Great North Air Ambulance replaces leased Dauphin

Great North Air Ambulance replaces leased Dauphin

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has launched the second of two Dauphin Eurocopter AS 365 N2 helicopters it has bought from Multiflight. Both of the Dauphin helicopters will be managed and crewed by Multiflight. The first Dauphin bought from Multiflight was launched into service by GNAAS earlier this year. Multiflight Managing Director Steve… Read more »

Source: Multiflight, 23-Nov-10

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UK: Addenbrooke’s Hospital gets helipad planning approval

UK: Addenbrooke’s Hospital gets helipad planning approval

Use of the £600,000 facility, on land south of the Rosie maternity hospital, will be limited to the hours between 7am and 9pm. The only aspect standing in the way now is to secure the funding. Photo shows the local air ambulance

Source: Cambridge News, 22-Nov-10

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Biggin Hill Airport to launch 2012 Olympic helicopter service

Biggin Hill Airport to launch 2012 Olympic helicopter service

The estimated journey time between touchdown at Biggin Hill and arrival at the stadium could be as short as 40 minutes.

Source: Kent Business, 22-Nov-10

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Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance win £100K grant to upgrade Coventry base

Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance win £100K grant to upgrade Coventry base

Grants came from three trusts, General Charities of the City of Coventry, Stratford Town Trust and the Soroptimist International of Rugby Charitable Trust, to improve working areas at the operational base.

Source: Coventry Telegraph, 22-Nov-10

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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