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AAR starts SAR ops for UK military in the Falkland Islands

AAR starts SAR ops for UK military in the Falkland Islands

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces its Airlift division has commenced operations for Search and Rescue (SAR) and Support Helicopter (SH) services for the UK Ministry of Defence in the Falkland Islands. AAR Airlift Group, together with British International Helicopters (BIH) and Air Rescue Systems (ARS), is delivering turnkey SAR and Support Helicopter services to the British… Read more »

Source: AAR, 01-Apr-16

British International Helicopters to close Redhill base

British International Helicopters to close Redhill base

HeliHub.com can confirm that British International Helicopters (BIH) are closing their base at Redhill. Staff at the base south of London were informed at the end of February that they were losing their jobs, and we understand that the moving process has already begun. Typical commercial leases in the UK run to “quarter days”, the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Mar-16

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Falklands SAR AW189 test flying in full colours

Falklands SAR AW189 test flying in full colours

The first of two AgustaWestland AW189s for Search and Rescue work off the Falkland Islands has started test flying in full colours, as seen below in this photo by Marco Bianchi.  The aircraft will be operational under a new ten year contract starting April 2016.  When AAR announced the contract win, the value was quoted… Read more »

28-Oct-15

UK – BIH Parent Rigby Group acquires fixed wing operator

UK – BIH Parent Rigby Group acquires fixed wing operator

Rigby Group plc’s aviation division has completed its second UK acquisition of 2014 with the purchase of Exeter based Capital Air Charter Limited. Operating both the Capital Air Charter and Capital Air Ambulance services, the company has a long-standing reputation as an efficient, safe and commercially-capable operator offering executive corporate and private chartered flights, medical… Read more »

Source: Rigby Group, 04-Sep-14

BIH moves helicopters out, but group continues to manage Cardiff HP

BIH moves helicopters out, but group continues to manage Cardiff HP

British International Helicopters have confirmed to HeliHub.com that they have moved helicopters out of Cardiff Heliport and placed them more locally to the two contracts they serve.  It is not clear whether they have any ongoing operations there. BIH is part of the Rigby Group plc.  A sister company in the same group – Regional &… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Mar-14

UK – Patriot/LHC/Veritair to be renamed

UK – Patriot/LHC/Veritair to be renamed

British helicopter group Patriot is to rename all its operations to “British International Helicopters”.  This follows the acquisition of British International in May, which brought with it the military contracts operated out of Plymouth and the Falkland Islands.  “British International Helicopters” was considered to be the strongest brand to unite all the helicopter operations under… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Aug-13