17-May-2011 Source: HeliHub.com
We have noticed that a total of seven helicopters on the UK Civil Aviation Authority register have last week had a change of address to a finance company.Â The seven are:-
All seven continue to be registered to Sky Charter UK Ltd, but their address has been changed to “care of Lombard Aviation Finance” at a Redhill address.Â We have contacted Lombard, who declined to comment, apart from acknowledging that the UK Civil Aircraft Register is a public document.
Sky Charter UK Ltd ceased to be a company on 30th April 2010, and the liquidation statement (another public document), shows a total of Â£3.183 million owing, including Â£2.316 million to Lombard North Central plc and assets (which we presume to be the aircraft) with an estimated realisable value of Â£2.557M.Â There were a number of other large creditors including the UK tax authorities owed Â£187K, Lloyds TSB Bank Â£143K, Heli Charter Â£229K, UK Civil Aviation Authority Â£24K, Essential Turbines (Quebec address) Â£34K, Able Engineering (Arizona address) Â£33K and Aerospeed Ltd Â£20K – this latter company being the registered owner of two other Heli Charter aircraft.Â Each of the other creditors had figures owing below Â£20K.
An employee of Heli-Charter at Manston, who previously operated all seven helicopters, confirmed to HeliHub.com that they no longer operate them and that they are all being offered for sale by Patriot Aviation at Cranfield.Â We note that one JetRanger G-TTMB and one LongRanger G-MAAX are currently listed on Patriot’s website, and it was these two aircraft that we were told were “known to be serviceable”, although the CAA website notes their Certificate of Airworthiness expiry as August 2010 and February 2011 respectively, so we assume updated paperwork is still pending for both aircraft.
All of the other five are also showing as having expired airworthiness certificates, one in 2008, three in 2009 and one in 2010.
Heli-Charter continues to operate with other aircraft and have a website at http://www.helicharter-uk.com We also note that the final liquidator’s statement for Sky Charter UK Ltd, and the latest Annual Return for Heli Charter Ltd show both companies having the same single shareholder, Mr Kenneth E Wills.