10-Jun-2014 Source: HeliHub.com
British operator Sloane Helicopters recently marked an impressive 45 years in business, and 25 years at their Sywell headquarters. As many countries marked the 70th anniversary on Friday of the D-Day landings on 6th June 1944, Sloane also remembered the launch event of their current facility at Sywell on 6th June 1989 and the company starting business on the same day back in 1969.
Chairman David George said “I recall the day very clearly. The weather was awful – cold, wet and with a low cloud base. Despite this, some 75 helicopters flew to Sywell for the opening celebrations. The building was officially opened by Frank Robinson and Robinson R22 Beta G-OSHL, s/n 1000, was our flagship. G-OSHL has now flown nearly 10,000 hours and has been overhauled four times. Robinson have now manufactured more than 11,000 new helicopters and we have sold more new Robinson helicopters than any other dealer worldwide.”
Since opening at Sywell, Sloane have become the AgustaWestland distributor for the UK and Ireland and imported no fewer than 66 new AW109s from the factory in Italy.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com