Gibraltar authorities block superyacht helicopter operations inside marina

Gibraltar authorities block superyacht helicopter operations inside marina

27-Jun-2011 Source: HeliHub.com

Some controversy was raised in Gibraltar recently when two different officials gave opposing views on helicopter operations off the deck of a superyacht, according to “The Triton” website for operators of large private yachts.  The captain of MY Calixe had sought approval to fly guests off their yacht, and received approval, only for it to be rescinded once the helicopter had started up. HeliHub.com notes that this ship is host to Eurocopter Ec120 N406AE

Chris Purkiss, Director of Civil Aviation in Gibraltar, later advised that “helicopter operations from inside the marinas within Gibraltar are not considered normal aviation and will not be authorized.”

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