Patriot Aerospace

UK – Patriot/LHC/Veritair to be renamed

UK – Patriot/LHC/Veritair to be renamed

6-Aug-2013Source: HeliHub.com

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

Patriot Aerospace parent acquires Blackpool and Derry Airports

Patriot Aerospace parent acquires Blackpool and Derry Airports

7-Jul-2013Source: Rigby Group Plc

Rigby Group Plc has announced the acquisition of RCAM (Regional and City Airport Management Limited) from Balfour Beatty Plc. RCAM is a specialist airport management company which is focused on operating airports which accommodate up to 3 million passengers a year, cargo, freight, corporate and General Aviation. Led by John Spooner – a highly experienced... Read more

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

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

28-Jun-2013Source: Plymouth Herald

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... Read more

UK – Patriot Aerospace buys 60% of Exeter Airport

UK – Patriot Aerospace buys 60% of Exeter Airport

27-Jun-2013Source: The Telegraph

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... Read more

UK – Patriot buys British International

UK – Patriot buys British International

13-May-2013Source: Patriot Aerospace

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

Heliflight UK Ltd leaves Patriot Aerospace Group

Heliflight UK Ltd leaves Patriot Aerospace Group

23-May-2012Source: Heliflight UK

On 18th May 2012 Heliflight UK Ltd, one of Gloucestershire Airport’s longest established helicopter operators left the Patriot Aerospace Group and returned to its roots. Founder Jon Lane said ˜we’ve had an interesting couple of years as part of a larger organisation but with Patriot wanting to concentrate on its general aviation businesses at Coventry... Read more

UK – Patriot Aerospace buys Veritair Aviation

UK – Patriot Aerospace buys Veritair Aviation

18-Apr-2012Source: Patriot Aerospace

Patriot Aerospace has announced the acquisition of Cardiff-based commercial helicopter charter specialist Veritair Aviation. The deal, which underlines Patriot’s determination to form a credible UK alternative to the foreign owned companies currently dominating the commercial helicopter sector, sees Sir Peter Rigby’s aviation group acquire a significant majority share in the Cardiff Heliport operator. Enabling Patriot’s expansion to incorporate police... Read more

New Coventry Airport owners sign ATC contract and introduce helicopter training school

New Coventry Airport owners sign ATC contract and introduce helicopter training school

17-Jun-2010Source: Patriot Aerospace

Less than five weeks after acquiring Coventry Airport, Sir Peter Rigby’s aviation group, Patriot Aerospace, has signed a £4million contract with Serco for air traffic services. The objective is to get Coventry Airport fully operational as quickly as possible and provide the highest levels of air traffic services with full radar and instrumental approaches. Sir... Read more

UK: Patriot Aerospace buy Coventry Airport

UK: Patriot Aerospace buy Coventry Airport

28-Apr-2010Source: Patriot Aerospace

The strategic acquisition will create a vibrant, commercial regional hub for General Aviation, including leisure, business and freight; with passenger flights amongst possible future plans, alongside creating more jobs.It dovetails with the Group’s extensive national flight training, charter, sales and engineering operations. The deal firmly establishes Patriot’s status as a leading and fast growing General... Read more

Patriot introduces volcano cloud busting UK-Ireland routes

Patriot introduces volcano cloud busting UK-Ireland routes

20-Apr-2010Source: Patriot Aerospace

Patriot Aerospace has introduced an emergency shuttle service to fly stranded passengers between Dublin, Belfast and Liverpool With the vast majority of flights still grounded following the volcanic ash phenomenon and aviation experts predicting continued flights chaos for the rest of the week, Patriot has stepped in to offer a number of unscheduled passenger seats... Read more

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