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AAR win 10 year Falkland Islands SAR contract

AAR win 10 year Falkland Islands SAR contract

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces its Airlift division has been awarded a contract by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence for Search & Rescue (SAR) and Support Helicopter services in the Falkland Islands. The contract is valued at approximately $275 million (approximately £180 million). AAR Airlift, together with British International Helicopters (BIH) and Air Rescue Systems… Read more »

Source: AAR, 20-Jan-15

UK – Patriot Aerospace wants to reopen Plymouth Airport as a heliport

UK – Patriot Aerospace wants to reopen Plymouth Airport as a heliport

Patriot Aerospace, the main aviation company within the Rigby Group plc, has had outline discussions with airport leaseholder the Sutton Harbour Group to reopen Plymouth Airport as a Heliport.  Patriot have a particular interest given they own British International who hold the Royal Navy FOST (Flag Officer Sea Training) contract operating two Dauphins see full story

Source: Plymouth Herald, 28-Jun-13

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UK – Patriot Aerospace buys 60% of Exeter Airport

UK – Patriot Aerospace buys 60% of Exeter Airport

Balfour Beatty has sold its 60% stake in Exeter International Airport to Patriot Aerospace after expectations of passenger growth were dashed by the UK’s recession and weak recovery.  Patriot also owns Coventry Airport,  British International and London Helicopter Centres.  see full story

Source: The Telegraph, 27-Jun-13

UK – Patriot buys British International

UK – Patriot buys British International

Patriot Aerospace has acquired the interests of British International Helicopter Services (BIH), making the aviation group the UK’s largest domestically owned helicopter operator. The deal will see Sir Peter Rigby’s aviation company take over BIH’s military support contracts in the UK and overseas. Representing a significant move towards realising the group’s plan to create a… Read more »

Source: Patriot Aerospace, 13-May-13

New local hope for restoration of Scilly Isles service

New local hope for restoration of Scilly Isles service

Pirate FM has learnt an announcement on a new air link to the Isles of Scilly could be just weeks away (see full story).

Source: Pirate FM, 12-Apr-13

World’s longest running scheduled helicopter service closes

World’s longest running scheduled helicopter service closes

It is with sadness we record the closure yesterday of the helicopter link between the UK mainland and the Scilly Isles, following the sale of Penzance Heliport to a retail supermarket as the site of a future store. Scheduled services began on 1st May 1964 and have continued for forty eight and a half years,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Nov-12

British International to stop Scilly Isles route after 48 years

British International to stop Scilly Isles route after 48 years

British International Helicopters is to end its service from Penzance, which has run since 1964, in November.  The company blamed the decision on uncertainty created by legal challenges to its sale of land to supermarket giant Sainsbury’s (see full story)

03-Aug-12

UK Government reduces SAR bidders to three

UK Government reduces SAR bidders to three

After the huge debacle of the previous round of bids (see £6bn UK SAR privatisation deal on hold – police investigate), the UK Government has announced the short-list of bidders going forward to provide SAR services around the British coastline for a 25 year period.  The successful bidder(s) will take over roles currently provided by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Aug-12

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25-Jun-12 Sikorsky S61 St Mary’s, UK

Emergency landing at St Mary’s, Scilly Isles, on a flight out of Tresco after a warning light came on.  Apparently a ‘spurious fire warning’

25-Jun-12

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UK – Improved helicopter facilities open at HMS Raleigh

UK – Improved helicopter facilities open at HMS Raleigh

The Torpoint base stepped in when Plymouth Airport closed and now serves as a ‘lily pad’  for helicopters working for the Flag Officer Sea Training. In their distinctive blue livery, two Dauphin helicopters which serve the RN’s premier training organisation are parked on new landing pads at HMS Raleigh. This is the new and improved… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 01-May-12

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UK: Penzance HP gets a few months reprieve

UK: Penzance HP gets a few months reprieve

British International Helicopters (BIH) has announced that Penzance Heliport will be available to them until the end of October this year, rather than June/July as previously thought.  The move has been welcomed as it allows a complete summer season to be operated. BIH had planned on moving to St Erth, but withdrew their application there… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jan-12

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British International targets Newquay after withdrawing St Erth plans

British International targets Newquay after withdrawing St Erth plans

BIH managing director, Tony Jones, said flights would continue from Penzance until June next year and the firm would continue to look for a site in West Cornwall.  If necessary, flights would continue after that date from Newquay Cornwall airport to ensure the service was not disrupted.

Source: Cornish Guardian, 17-Nov-11

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Penzance HP planning meeting postponed

Penzance HP planning meeting postponed

The subject of the planning application for the future of Penzance Heliport was put back at today’s meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee of Cornwall Council.  It is not known whether this item will be scheduled for their next meeting on 20th October, or an additional meeting on 6th October which has been convened at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-11

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Supermarket gets local council nod for Penzance Heliport site

Supermarket gets local council nod for Penzance Heliport site

Penzance Town Council has voted by 7 to 6 in favour of the plans submitted to redevelop the site as a Sainbury’s supermarket as well as a petrol station, car park, park-and-ride scheme and other business units.  The debate lasted almost two hours as town councillors discussed the plan.  Arguments against the plan focused on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-11

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UK: British International to put St Erth Heliport plans on display

UK: British International to put St Erth Heliport plans on display

British International Helicopters intends moving their helicopter base from Penzance to a site within walking distance of the St Erth railway station.  The plans will be put on public display 18-19th August and are expected to go before planners in September (Full story)

Source: Scilly Today, 08-Aug-11

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British International sell third S61 to Vector Aerospace

British International sell third S61 to Vector Aerospace

British International have recently sold a third Sikorsky S61 this year to Vector Aerospace, this being serial 61721 and registered G-BCEA, Managing Director Tony Jones has confirmed to HeliHub.com.  Previously operating on a military contract in the Falkland Islands, ‘EA had reached time for a major inspection and has thus been swapped with another example. … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jul-11

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16-Jun-11 ZJ165 Eurocopter AS365N2 Plymouth, UK

Nose wheel collapse on runway landing on training flight.  Runway blocked for period of time which necessitated diversion of one airline flight.  Civil owned, Military Registered aircraft, operated by British International for Royal Navy “Flag Officer Sea Training” unit

16-Jun-11

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Local press reveal BIH preferred site after Penzance HP closure

Local press reveal BIH preferred site after Penzance HP closure

The company confirmed that it had reached an agreement with a landowner for a new heliport adjacent to the St Erth industrial estate off the A30, subject to planning permission and the successful sale of the current heliport in Penzance to Sainsburys.  If successful, it will create a transport hub enabling passengers easy access to… Read more »

Source: Cornishman, 06-Jun-11

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British International sell two Sikorsky S61s

British International sell two Sikorsky S61s

British International have sold two of their Sikorsky S61N helicopters to Vector Aerospace.  The pair are currently at Southampton Docks awaiting shipment across the Atlantic, destination British Columbia for work at Vector’s Vancouver International Airport base.  Both airframes need extensive work to get them airworthy, one having not flown for 10 years. The particular airframes… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Apr-11

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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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Talks planned this month over Scilly Isles helicopter link

Talks planned this month over Scilly Isles helicopter link

Noise protestors at Land’s End Aerodrome raise concerns.  Operator British International says there will be more concerns over tourism if they can’t operate a service from Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly. {Photo shows the current arrangement at Penzance HP]

Source: BBC, 04-Aug-10

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Was Obama at Penzance Heliport? Helicopter firm reveals the truth

Was Obama at Penzance Heliport? Helicopter firm reveals the truth

The event coincided with a break in President Barack Obama’s public engagements, leading to speculation about an impromptu visit to Cornwal

Source: British International, 31-Oct-09

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Heliport move is a property deal says councillor

Source: This is Cornwall, 12-Feb-09

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