Specialist Aviation Services

German operator scores first success in UK EMS market

German operator scores first success in UK EMS market

22-Apr-2021

The UK air ambulance market is a mature one with very good coverage across the country. A total of 44 helicopters are flown for EMS work, supplemented by a handful of other aircraft for maintenance cover, together with a few fixed wing in certain situations including supporting the Channel Islands.   Apart from two in Scotland,... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance extends maintenance contract with SAS

London’s Air Ambulance extends maintenance contract with SAS

24-Feb-2021Source: London Air Ambulance

London Air Ambulance Charity & Specialist Aviation Services are pleased to announce they have signed a further 3-year maintenance contract, supporting London’s Air Ambulance in delivering an advanced trauma team to the Capital’s most critically injured patients in need of life-saving care. London’s Air Ambulance delivers rapid response and cutting-edge care to save lives in the... Read more

Leonardo delivers its 100th AW169

Leonardo delivers its 100th AW169

6-Jan-2020Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has delivered its 100th AW169, setting a major milestone since its EASA Certification in the summer of 2015 for the first all new helicopter in the light intermediate category in decades. The aircraft was handed over to Specialist Aviation Services/Cornwall Air Ambulance during an official ceremony at Leonardo’s plant in Vergiate (Varese – Italy)... Read more

Specialist Aviation Services welcomes new CEO

Specialist Aviation Services welcomes new CEO

13-Jun-2019Source: Specialist Aviation Services

We are very pleased to welcome our new Chief Executive Officer, Luke Farajallah. Luke joins us from the airline Flybe where he was Group COO & Accountable Manager. Prior to joining Flybe Luke held executive positions in several high profile aviation companies including British Airways, easyJet, Wizzair, and in the Rotary sector Luke was the... Read more

Isles of Scilly spoiler operation runs out of steam

Isles of Scilly spoiler operation runs out of steam

28-Feb-2019Source: HeliHub.com

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company (“Steamship”) is reported saying that it will not be restarting its helicopter operation after its self-enforced winter break, leaving the route wide open for the new operator.  Led by the tenant of the island of Tresco, the new operation will fly a Leonardo AW139 helicopter between the new Penzance Heliport and the Scilly... Read more

Magpas Air Ambulance selects AW169 to replace MD Explorer

Magpas Air Ambulance selects AW169 to replace MD Explorer

19-Jul-2018Source: Leonardo

Leonardo is pleased to announce that Magpas Air Ambulance has selected the AW169 as its new generation helicopter. Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) will customise the aircraft with an advanced medical interior and will operate the helicopter on behalf of Magpas Air Ambulance, providing pilots and maintenance services. The announcement was made during the Farnborough International... Read more

SAS to provide AW139 support

SAS to provide AW139 support

9-Oct-2017Source: SAS

UK based operator and authorised Leonardo service centre – Specialist Aviation Services – is pleased to announce its plans to extend its Leonardo support capability. SAS has spent five years developing a close working relationship with Leonardo Helicopters and building its technical expertise supporting the entry into service of the AW169 in the UK. It... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance to replace MD902 with AW169

Cornwall Air Ambulance to replace MD902 with AW169

5-Oct-2017Source: Specialist Aviation Services

UK based Specialist Aviation Services is delighted to announce that it has been selected as the preferred bidder by Cornwall Air Ambulance to provide an AW169 EMS under a ten year contract starting in 2019. The decision follows a competitive tendering process carried out by Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust ahead of the end of the... Read more

SAS to undertake AW169 pilot training

SAS to undertake AW169 pilot training

10-Jul-2017Source: Specialist Aviation Services

Specialist Aviation Services is pleased to announce the addition of AW169 Type Rating courses to its portfolio of Leonardo Service Centre capabilities. SAS has gained this approval as more AW169’s enter service both in the utility and VIP sectors. SAS is now supporting four AW169 air ambulances across the south of the UK as well... Read more

UK Air Ambulance AW169s go to work at last

UK Air Ambulance AW169s go to work at last

12-Jun-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Following our article “EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly“, HeliHub.com can now confirm that the first three AW169s enter service today after delivery from Specialist Aviation Services on Friday 9th.  Late in the afternoon the company flew a photo sortie with the aircraft for Kent, Surrey & Sussex, Dorset & Somerset, and Lincolnshire... Read more

EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly

EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly

11-May-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Four AW169 helicopters have so far been delivered from the factory in Italy to British operator Specialist Aviation Services (SAS), but none are yet in service.  With the medical interior completion by SAS, various aspects of the work have required STC approval from EASA, and while that part would always be expected to take some... Read more

SAS lands second AW 169 deal with Kent Surrey Sussex

SAS lands second AW 169 deal with Kent Surrey Sussex

1-Nov-2016Source: Specialist Aviation Services

UK operator Specialist Aviation Services is pleased to announce an agreement with Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust to provide a second AW169. The charity’s first helicopter, displayed at this year’s Helitech International, will enter service later this year, whilst the second aircraft will go into operation later next year, bringing the total number... Read more

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance takes delivery of AW169

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance takes delivery of AW169

7-Jun-2016Source: AW169

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT) has taken delivery of their new AgustaWestland AW169, supplied under contract by Specialist Aviation Services.  The helicopter will replace one of the two older MD902 helicopters currently in service and greatly increases the operational capacity of the life-saving service.  Every year the specialist doctors and paramedics treat nearly... Read more

Second Explorer for London’s Air Ambulance now test flying

Second Explorer for London’s Air Ambulance now test flying

25-Jan-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The second MD902 Explorer helicopter for London’s Air Ambulance has taken to the air on Friday 22nd January at Gloucestershire Airport on its first UK test flights with the appropriate registration G-LNDN.  The helicopter arrived by road on 9th October in the lime green colour scheme of its previous owners – the Hamad Medical Corporation... Read more

PDG Helicopters starts newly-expanded lighthouse contract

PDG Helicopters starts newly-expanded lighthouse contract

3-Dec-2015Source: HeliHub.com

PDG Helicopters – based in Scotland – has this week started a new seven year contract to support of lighthouses around the coasts of UK and Ireland, the first time this has been flown as a single contract. Up to now there have been three separate contracts for the Corporation of Trinity House (covering England... Read more

ASU appoints Specialist Aviation Services as NVG Service Center

ASU appoints Specialist Aviation Services as NVG Service Center

9-Oct-2015Source: ASU

From the tradeshow floor of Helitech International, NVG specialists, Aviation Specialties Unlimited Inc. (ASU) of Idaho, USA and UK based operator and support organization, Specialist Aviation Services Ltd (SAS) announced the appointment of SAS as a dealer and service center for ASU’s ANVIS 9 night vision goggles. As more European HEMS operators expand their services... Read more

Specialist Aviation Services to be Appointed AW169 Authorized Service Centre in UK

Specialist Aviation Services to be Appointed AW169 Authorized Service Centre in UK

3-Mar-2015Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland announced today that Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) of the UK will be appointed as an Authorized Service Centre for the new generation AW169 light intermediate helicopter in UK. The company will ensure a range of support and maintenance services are supplied for the new model, following the selection of SAS by prime HEMS customers... Read more

First MD Explorer ready for Cornwall Air Ambulance

First MD Explorer ready for Cornwall Air Ambulance

28-Nov-2014Source: HeliHub.com

Cornwall Air Ambulance are on the point of taking delivery of two MD Explorers as part of the next stage of the organisation’s evolution.  The delivery brings a whole raft of changes with a new operator, new helicopter type, dual aircraft working, and (later) a night flying capability.  The Explorers – operated by Specialist Aviation... Read more

Hong Kong – HeliServices commit to third MD Explorer

Hong Kong – HeliServices commit to third MD Explorer

17-Nov-2014Source: HeliHub.com

Hong Kong operator HeliServices have reportedly committed to buying their third MD Explorer via Specialist Aviation Services in the UK.  The aircraft will be delivered in the spring of 2015, and is currently on contract to the Wiltshire Police until the end of December.  At that point Wiltshire Police become part of NPAS – the... Read more

UK – SAS wins 5 year MD Explorer maintenance contract

UK – SAS wins 5 year MD Explorer maintenance contract

11-Sep-2014Source: NPAS

The National Police Air Service (NPAS) has awarded a five-year contract for airworthiness management, maintenance and parts to Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) for the 6 MD Explorer aircraft in the NPAS fleet. Under this agreement which starts on Wednesday 1 October,  SAS will provide 5,400 hours of support per year – or 27,000 hours over... Read more

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance to fly AW169

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance to fly AW169

15-Jul-2014Source: Specialist Avn Svs

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT) has selected the new generation AW169 twin-engine light intermediate helicopter to perform emergency medical service missions. The aircraft will be operated by Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) for the KSSAAT. KSSAAT, a prime HEMS provider and the first, and presently only,... Read more

British and Irish lighthouse support contracts to merge

British and Irish lighthouse support contracts to merge

3-Feb-2014Source: HeliHub.com

From the 1st December 2015, the support of lighthouses around the coasts of UK and Ireland is to merge into one contract. Up to now there have been three separate contracts for the Corporation of Trinity House (covering England & Wales), Northern Lighthouse Board (Scotland) and the Commissioner of Irish Lights (Ireland and Northern Ireland).... Read more

Charity buys third Bo105 for rat eradication on remote island

Charity buys third Bo105 for rat eradication on remote island

10-Oct-2012Source: HeliHub.com

The South Georgia Heritage Trust has purchased a third Eurocopter Bo105 to add to the two it already has for rat eradication.  The helicopters are involved in a five year project on the remote south Atlantic island of South Georgia, where the weather is so poor that the maximum weather window is just ten weeks... Read more

Specialist Aviation Services add another MD Explorer

Specialist Aviation Services add another MD Explorer

23-May-2012Source: HeliHub.com

Specialist Aviation Services has added another MD Explorer to its fleet – a lease from sister company European Support Centre bvba in Belgium.  SAS’s Nigel Lemon told HeliHub.com that they see greater market opportunity for the Explorer in the UK and have thus transferred it from the Belgian register – where it was OO-EMS –... Read more

Trinity House marks first anniversary of using MD902 for lighthouse support

Trinity House marks first anniversary of using MD902 for lighthouse support

18-Apr-2012Source: Specialist Aviation Services

On the anniversary of the 2011 ceremony marking the start of the new service, Trinity House and Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) announce significant efficiency and value improvements as helicopter operations double capacity, reduce flying time requirements and enhance operational efficiency across the lighthouse maintenance programme. This month marks one year since the ceremony in Harwich... Read more

Specialist Aviation celebrates 100,000 MD Explorer hours

Specialist Aviation celebrates 100,000 MD Explorer hours

18-Apr-2012Source: Specialist Aviation Services

Specialist Aviation Services (SAS), the UK based emergency services and utility operator, is celebrating this week having achieved 100,000 flying hours with the MD 902 Explorer. The group is the largest operator of MD902 Explorers in the world and first introduced the type into the UK in 1998 as a dual-roled Police and Air Ambulance... Read more

UK: Specialist Aviation Services adds two directors

UK: Specialist Aviation Services adds two directors

25-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Specialist Aviation Services “SAS”, the British operator better known for its subsidiaries Police Aviation Services and Medical Aviation Services, has two new directors.  Following our report on 7th July of a change in ownership (see here), we can now advise that they have added two directors as well.  Previously we noted that we had an... Read more

Change of owner at Specialist Aviation Services

Change of owner at Specialist Aviation Services

7-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Specialist Aviation Services “SAS”, the British operator better known for its subsidiaries Police Aviation Services and Medical Aviation Services, has been sold.  Few details are currently available, and while Financial Director Jim Webster confirmed the change of ownership, he declined to provide any information to HeliHub.com beyond what is already public domain.  When we asked... Read more

Specialist Aviation assists South Georgia Heritage Trust in habitat restoration project

Specialist Aviation assists South Georgia Heritage Trust in habitat restoration project

29-Mar-2011Source: Specialist Aviation Services

UK based operator and support organisation Specialist Aviation Services has assisted South Georgia Heritage Trust in successfully completing the first phase of a 5 year project to eradicate rats which have decimated the island’s unique population of seabirds over recent decades. The project involves dropping special bait across areas of the island by helicopter for... Read more

UK: Essex Air Ambulance to move from EC135 to MD Explorer

UK: Essex Air Ambulance to move from EC135 to MD Explorer

28-Apr-2010Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com understands that Essex Air Ambulance will be moving from their current Eurocopter EC135T2 to an MD Explorer, perhaps as early as June 2010. EAA already has experience of the type after operating one for their neighbouring county of Hertfordshire on similar EMS work – what better situation could you be in to compare two... Read more

UK Lighthouses to be supported by MD Explorer after 30 years with Bo105

UK Lighthouses to be supported by MD Explorer after 30 years with Bo105

21-Sep-2009Source: Specialist Aviation Services

UK based operator and support organisation Specialist Aviation Services has announced the award of its new multi-year lighthouse maintenance contract with Trinity House.... Read more

Specialist Aviation bucks the trend in its 25th Year

Specialist Aviation bucks the trend in its 25th Year

19-Sep-2009Source: Specialist Aviation Services

UK based operator and support organisation Specialist Aviation Services is set for a bumper year, despite the current economic climate... Read more

Latest police role equipped MD Explorer at Helitech

Latest police role equipped MD Explorer at Helitech

18-Sep-2009Source: Specialist Aviation Services

UK based operator and support organisation Specialist Aviation Services SAS is Gold Sponsor at Helitech as it celebrates 25 years in business and will be displaying several MD 902 Explorers throughout next week, equipped in both air ambulance and police roles.... Read more

Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance order new MD Explorer

Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance order new MD Explorer

18-Sep-2009Source: Specialist Aviation Services

UK based operator Specialist Aviation Services is pleased to announce that Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance has signed up to a ten year air ambulance package which will see the introduction of another brand new MD Explorer to the SAS fleet next year SAS subsidiary, Medical Aviation Services will provide a turnkey operation and support... Read more

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