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Boots completes first drone delivery in UK

Boots completes first drone delivery in UK

8-Aug-2022Source: Boots

Boots has become the first community pharmacy in the UK to transport prescription-only medicines by uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) – commonly known as drones.  The leading health and beauty retailer has already completed a test flight transporting prescription-only medicines by drone from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight earlier this month.   The flight departed from the British Army’s Baker Barracks on Thorney Island near Portsmouth and arrived at St. Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight. The... Read more

Bell marks milestone 400th Bell 505 delivery

Bell marks milestone 400th Bell 505 delivery

4-Aug-2022Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today the 400th Bell 505 delivery to European customer Al Barratt, co-founder of Grenade and owner of Cotswold Aviation, both based in the United Kingdom. Joined by the Bell leadership team, Mr. Barratt received the customized Bell 505 at a delivery ceremony at Bell’s Mirabel, Canada facility. “The Bell 505 is an... Read more

Bristow Completes Acquisition of British International Helicopter Services

Bristow Completes Acquisition of British International Helicopter Services

4-Aug-2022

  Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) (“Bristow”), the global leader in innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of British International Helicopter Services Limited (“BIH”) effective August 2, 2022, further enhancing its leading global Government Services offering. Bristow will integrate BIH into its U.K. operations, where BIH will... Read more

StandardAero opens two facilities dedicated to servicing RR300 engines

StandardAero opens two facilities dedicated to servicing RR300 engines

2-Aug-2022Source: StandardAero

  StandardAero has announced the addition of two new approved facilities for Rolls-Royce RR300 helicopter engine MRO. With this new expanded capability, the company is now able to service this engine type for Robinson R66 helicopter operators in Westminster, British Columbia and Concord, North Carolina in addition to its existing facilities in Winnipeg, Manitoba ,... Read more

Air Ambulances UK wants to reassure public

Air Ambulances UK wants to reassure public

27-Jul-2022Source: Air Ambulances UK

  In light of the recently launched Charity Commission inquiry into the Air Ambulance Foundation UK (1155345). Air Ambulances UK wants to reassure supporters, members, and partners that they are in no way affiliated with the Air Ambulance Foundation UK. Air Ambulances UK (AAUK) is the national charity supporting the lifesaving work of the UK’s... Read more

Midlands Air Ambulance predicts demand rise

Midlands Air Ambulance predicts demand rise

27-Jul-2022Source: Midlands Air Ambulance

  A West Midlands charity is predicting a rise in demand for its vitally important pre-hospital emergency service with more than one million people[1] expected to descend on the region for a summer of sport. Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, which rapidly reaches and treats up to 12 patients every day in the region, believes the increase... Read more

Milestone delivers two AW169s to Sloane Helicopters

Milestone delivers two AW169s to Sloane Helicopters

25-Jul-2022Source: Milestone Aviation

The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, has announced that it has delivered a second AW169 helicopter to UK-based operator, Sloane Helicopters (“Sloane”). The first helicopter, a new AW169, was delivered in December 2021. Sloane will operate the helicopters on behalf of the Children’s Air Ambulance UK, an inter-hospital transfer... Read more

Urban-Air Port and Skyroads to collaborate on UATM for AAM

Urban-Air Port and Skyroads to collaborate on UATM for AAM

22-Jul-2022Source: Urban-Air Port

  Urban-Air Port (UAP), the British start-up leading the charge in the design and manufacture of vertiports for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) have announced the latest addition to their world-class partner ecosystem: Skyroads, a Germany based technology company who are developing automated airspace management and guidance systems. With UAP building the essential infrastructure and OEMs... Read more

UK MoD green lights Leonardo for Proteus demonstration flight

UK MoD green lights Leonardo for Proteus demonstration flight

22-Jul-2022Source: Leonardo

The UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Future Capability Group (FCG) has awarded a four-year contract valued at 71 million Eur (£60 million) to Leonardo to deliver the Rotary Wing Uncrewed Air System (RWUAS) Technology Demonstration Programme (TDP), “RWUAS CCD Phase 3 TDP”. This programme funded through Defence Innovation, will include the... Read more

Bristow wins ten year UKSAR 2G contract with S92, AW189 and AW139 fleet

Bristow wins ten year UKSAR 2G contract with S92, AW189 and AW139 fleet

21-Jul-2022

Bristow Helicopters Ltd (NYSE: VTOL) (“Bristow”), the global leader in innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions, has been awarded a £1.6 billion 10-year contract for the Second-Generation Search and Rescue Aviation (“UKSAR2G”) program by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), an executive agency of the Department for Transport. Bristow will work in partnership with 2Excel... Read more

Sloane Helicopters renews Leonardo distributor agreement

Sloane Helicopters renews Leonardo distributor agreement

21-Jul-2022

  Leonardo’s continued success in the UK and Ireland helicopter market expands as its regional distributor, Sloane confirmed renewal of its Distributor Agreement for the 2022-2024 timeframe with the company at the Farnborough International Airshow on 19 July. The agreement covers the AW109 GrandNew, AW109 Trekker and AW169 types, and foresees a minimum of seven... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance orders 2 H135s for fleet renewal

London’s Air Ambulance orders 2 H135s for fleet renewal

21-Jul-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

  London’s Air Ambulance Charity (LAAC) – the helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) for the UK’s capital – has ordered two Airbus H135 helicopters for the renewal of its fleet under a contract signed at the Farnborough International Airshow. “We are extremely honoured to have received this order from one of the world’s most prestigious... Read more

Joby Applies for UK Aircraft Certification

Joby Applies for UK Aircraft Certification

18-Jul-2022Source: Joby

  Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a California-based company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, today announced it has formally applied for its revolutionary aircraft design to be certified for use in the United Kingdom. While Joby is currently pursuing the “type certification” for its aircraft with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) and expects... Read more

Airbus announces H175M Task Force

Airbus announces H175M Task Force

18-Jul-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

  Airbus Helicopters has announced the first members of H175M Task  Force – the UK-based industry team created to offer, supply and support the British-produced  H175M helicopter for the UK’s New Medium Helicopter (NMH) requirement. On the opening day of the Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford, Gloucestershire, leading  aerospace companies Babcock International, Martin-Baker, Pratt &... Read more

British consortium to build world first AAM flight ecosystem

British consortium to build world first AAM flight ecosystem

18-Jul-2022Source: Atkins

Vertical Aerospace, Virgin Atlantic, Atkins, Skyports and NATS, along with Connected Places Catapult and leading academic institutions Cranfield University and WMG, University of Warwick, today announced the creation of the Advanced Mobility Ecosystem Consortium. Together, the organisations will develop key technology and infrastructure in a project that will significantly accelerate the introduction of AAM in... Read more

AW149 completes Guided and Unguided Rocket Firing Trials

AW149 completes Guided and Unguided Rocket Firing Trials

15-Jul-2022Source: Leonardo

  In Q4 2021, Leonardo’s AW149 multi-role helicopter undertook weapon firing trials to optimise the military capability of the aircraft. Free-flight unguided rockets and laser guided rocket salvos were fired at a test range in an undisclosed European country. These trials took place during hover, diving flight and forward flight, both day and night. Over... Read more

Leonardo’s AW101 in the spotlight in blockbuster Jurassic World Dominion

Leonardo’s AW101 in the spotlight in blockbuster Jurassic World Dominion

14-Jul-2022Source: Leonardo

  Built near the Jurassic Coast in Yeovil, UK, Leonardo’s AW101 helicopter regularly flies its global operators in challenging conditions from hot and high to ice cold. This flexibility makes the AW101 the most advanced, versatile and capable multi-role helicopter available today. However, transporting dinosaurs is a new mission set that even its designers at... Read more

Wisk Brings 5th Generation Aircraft to the UK and Australia

Wisk Brings 5th Generation Aircraft to the UK and Australia

12-Jul-2022Source: Wisk Aero

  Wisk Aero, a leading Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company and developer of the first all-electric, self-flying air taxi in the U.S., will be conducting public displays of its 5th Generation Aircraft, Cora, in both Farnborough, UK, and Brisbane, Australia. In the United Kingdom: one of Wisk’s fleet of aircraft will be on display at... Read more

Helicentre Aviation announces London Oxford Airport base

Helicentre Aviation announces London Oxford Airport base

7-Jul-2022Source: Helicentre

Helicentre Aviation has invested over £1m (GBP) into a new Multi-Engine Operations and Training Centre of Excellence at London Oxford Airport. The company has expanded its highly successful Professional Pilot Training Academy, and will also be extending the scope of its existing Air Operations division, encompassing aerial surveillance and charter, to the new location. The... Read more

NHV Group Celebrated 25 Years of Operation

NHV Group Celebrated 25 Years of Operation

5-Jul-2022Source: NHV

  NHV Group commemorated the achievement of 25 years of operation at a companywide event on Friday 1st July. On this day, 9 NHV bases across Europe and West Africa held an event for employees and their families to commemorate this milestone. The event included entertainment for kids, dinner, and awards as well as a... Read more

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance marks 15 years of service

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance marks 15 years of service

4-Jul-2022Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

  Fifteen years on from that first flight, the crew are tasked to around four emergency missions every day mirroring previous years, and are able to provide advanced life-saving care usually found in a hospital emergency department.   One of the longest-serving members of the team, Dr David Sutton, who has been flying with the charity... Read more

New operator to take over Penzance Helicopters service

New operator to take over Penzance Helicopters service

27-Jun-2022Source: Sloane Helicopters

A new operator will take over the operation of the Penzance Helicopters service to the Isles of Scilly this winter, replacing current operator Sloane Helicopters. The helicopter service flies year-round between Penzance and the islands of Tresco and St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly and has been operated by Sloane Helicopters since it was... Read more

Billy Beacon SAR memorial trophy awarded

Billy Beacon SAR memorial trophy awarded

24-Jun-2022Source: Bristow

  Robert Courts MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Transport, with responsibility for aviation and maritime, has presented the Billy Deacon SAR Memorial Trophy to three of HM Coastguard’s search and rescue crew in the UK, recognising their outstanding performance in dangerous circumstances in 2020-21. Winch paramedics Abi Wild and Niall... Read more

HeliSpeed purchases Bell 429 simulator from Entrol

HeliSpeed purchases Bell 429 simulator from Entrol

17-Jun-2022Source: Entrol

  In January 2023 Entrol will install their H14 FNPT II MCC simulator based on the Bell 429 at HeliSpeed Academy Base in Blackpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom. The H14 is equipped with GTN 750 and GTN 650 units, a three-channel cylindrical visual system with a FOV of 200ºx40º and a vibration system to replicate the... Read more

Allaero move into helicopter parts with A109A Mk.II acquisition

Allaero move into helicopter parts with A109A Mk.II acquisition

14-Jun-2022

UK-Based corporate aircraft parts support specialist Allaero, have recently acquired an Agusta A109 Mk.II. Since its creation in 1988, Allaero have established the largest independent stock of serviceable corporate aircraft rotables outside of the United States. In addition, they have created their own EASA/CAA and FAA approved MRO Repaero, which maintains and overhauled NiCad and... Read more

UK HELP Appeal helipads mark 20,000 landings

UK HELP Appeal helipads mark 20,000 landings

14-Jun-2022Source: HELP Appeal

  The HELP Appeal, which is the only charity in the country dedicated to funding NHS hospital helipads, announces that over 20,000 landings have been made on the NHS hospital helipads it has funded. It has donated over £40 million so far towards 45 helipads in total, which also includes 25 new helipads and major... Read more

Bristow plan for Dutch SAR contract becomes clearer

Bristow plan for Dutch SAR contract becomes clearer

13-Jun-2022Source: HeliHub.com

After beating NHV to win the Dutch SAR contract, the bigger picture of what Bristow will bring to the table are now clearer. The requirement is for two helicopters and a maintenance spare, and Bristow won by offering Leonardo AW189s which they have good experience with on the UK SAR contract. Helicopter market intelligence firm... Read more

CMA requires CHC to unwind Babcock Offshore deal

CMA requires CHC to unwind Babcock Offshore deal

1-Jun-2022Source: UK Government

This decision by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) follows an in-depth Phase 2 investigation into the deal. CHC provides offshore transport in the oil and gas sector, including taking workers to and from rigs in the UK North Sea. Prior to the merger, Babcock also provided these services. The CMA found that the parties... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance officially opens its new helipad space

London’s Air Ambulance officially opens its new helipad space

1-Jun-2022Source: London's Air Ambulance

  Following a campaign during our 30th anniversary, we celebrated the official opening of London’s Air Ambulance’s new helipad space. The new offices are positioned closer to the flight deck, enabling the crew to reach the aircraft faster when a trauma call comes in. Therefore this development will potentially give London’s most critically injured patients... Read more

NHV Group achieves 70,000 flying hours with the H175

NHV Group achieves 70,000 flying hours with the H175

31-May-2022Source: NHV

NHV Group is pleased to announce that our fleet of Airbus H175 has achieved over 70,000 flying hours, a whopping 50% of the total 140,000 H175 flying hours worldwide. Our success story with the H175 commenced in 2014, when NHV Group became the launching helicopter operator for this Super Medium Aircraft type. Initially, the aircraft... Read more

Bristow Conducts Successful UK SAR Winch Paramedic Selection Event

Bristow Conducts Successful UK SAR Winch Paramedic Selection Event

30-May-2022Source: Bristow

  Bristow’s UK SAR team conducted a successful SAR Winch Paramedic selection event at Fleetwood Nautical College in May 2022, continuing its long history of innovation and excellence in aviation. The innovative program used a nationwide recruitment effort that solicited almost 300 applicants in late January from across the United Kingdom to apply for the UK SAR... Read more

Airbus Helicopters UK plans big expansion

Airbus Helicopters UK plans big expansion

26-May-2022Source: HeliHub.com

Airbus Helicopters base in the UK at Oxford Airport is set for a significant expansion, as the Airport and the OEM make a joint investment of £40 Million. The current facilities occupied by Airbus Helicopters has been very restrictive for some years now, and the new facility will create opportunities for every aspect of the... Read more

SaxonAir formally signs AW109SP GrandNew order for Q1 2023 delivery

SaxonAir formally signs AW109SP GrandNew order for Q1 2023 delivery

25-May-2022Source: SaxonAir

  SaxonAir, the independent UK business aviation operator, confirmed its order for an Agusta AW109 GrandNew helicopter on the opening day of EBACE, Monday 23 May. The latest variant, to be delivered in the first quarter of 2023, with the registration G-KLNA, replaces SaxonAir’s 2016 AW109SP, which was delivered new in 2016. Norwich-headquartered SaxonAir, which also... Read more

UK and US helicopters complete Exercise Swift Response in North Macedonia

UK and US helicopters complete Exercise Swift Response in North Macedonia

24-May-2022Source: UK Military

  UK and US helicopters have been finding and striking targets and lifting paratroopers and equipment into action together on Exercise Swift Response. Joint Helicopter Command’s Aviation Task Force 1 (ATF-1), which commands the attack, reconnaissance and support helicopters in the British Army’s global response force, is flying in support of the major multinational exercise in... Read more

Bristow continues drive to develop new talent in aviation

Bristow continues drive to develop new talent in aviation

18-May-2022Source: Bristow

  Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) has launched its third UK offshore helicopter pilot cadet programme, aimed at attracting a new generation of aviators to the industry, in partnership with Helicentre Aviation. Would-be pilots can now apply for Bristow’s latest fully funded programme, which will see four cadets ultimately selected to undergo training with Helicentre... Read more

RotorTech UK 2022 is cancelled

RotorTech UK 2022 is cancelled

18-May-2022Source: Rotortech UK

  We have had to take the difficult decision to cancel RotorTech UK for this year. The indoor exhibition (hangar) space we were allocated is now not available due to issues outside of our control. Refunds for Tickets purchased and Fly-In Landing fees will be issued over the coming week. We look forward to bringing the... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2022

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2022

12-May-2022Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness.... Read more

UK – Gama Aviation offers ‘HEMS for hire’

UK – Gama Aviation offers ‘HEMS for hire’

10-May-2022Source: Gama Aviation

Gama Aviation is continuing to build its UK air ambulance offer by introducing a new service specifically aimed at the motorsport, events and film / TV industry in the UK. The service seeks to provide fully crewed turnkey helicopter emergency services for situations that require additional medical infrastructure to support a specific safety case or... Read more

Thames Valley Air Ambulance buys an Airbus EC135

Thames Valley Air Ambulance buys an Airbus EC135

5-May-2022Source: HeliHub.com

Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA), based at RAF Benson near Oxford, have purchased an Airbus EC135T2+ helicopter as part of their move to a new operating model. After the end of their current contract with Babcock MCS Onshore this autumn, TVAA will start operations on their own account under a newly-issued Air Operations Certificate (AOC).... Read more

HeliOperations wins Queen’s Award for International Trade

HeliOperations wins Queen’s Award for International Trade

3-May-2022Source: HeliOperations

Developing Assets (UK) which trades as HeliOperations has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade for Outstanding Short-Term Growth in overseas sales. HeliOperations is one of 225 UK organisations to receive a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise which recognizes exceptional short-term growth in overseas sales during the last three years. HeliOperations is based... Read more

Urban-Air Port announces investment from European Urban Logistics Provider

Urban-Air Port announces investment from European Urban Logistics Provider

28-Apr-2022Source: Urban-Air Port

Urban-Air Port®, the UK-based developer of technology-driven ground infrastructure for passenger air taxis and autonomous delivery drones, today announced a major equity investment into the company via their Series A, from the founding directors of M7. This investment is a signal of how important UAP infrastructure will be to “meet the moment” as cities around the... Read more

World’s first eVTOL vertiport opens in UK

World’s first eVTOL vertiport opens in UK

27-Apr-2022Source: Urban-Air Port

Urban-Air Port®, the UK-based developer of ground infrastructure for air taxis and autonomous delivery drones, opens “Air-One®”, a world-first demonstration of a fully-operational hub for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles – such as air taxis – and autonomous cargo drones, heralding a new age of zero-emission, low-congestion urban transport. Urban-Air Port® – backed by... Read more

Leonardo supports Sloane Helicopters expansion of VIP twin market in UK and Ireland

Leonardo supports Sloane Helicopters expansion of VIP twin market in UK and Ireland

25-Apr-2022Source: Leonardo

With a global fleet of more than 900 VIP/corporate helicopters, over 35% of which are based in Europe (the world’s largest commercial helicopter market) and 13% flying in UK and Ireland, it is clear Leonardo’s executive aircraft are popular among private, charter and scheduled services operators in this market. Leonardo has a long established presence... Read more

Castle Air double the size of Biggin Hill facility

Castle Air double the size of Biggin Hill facility

25-Apr-2022Source: Castle Air Group

Castle Air Group; (The leading UK based helicopter company), double the size of their London Biggin Hill Airport facility with the addition of a 20,000-sq ft  adjacent  hangar and office space.  As Castle Air Group continues to expand, (with the recent addition of the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust contract), the leading London helicopter provider hopes... Read more

UK Helicopter pilot sentenced for forging licence

UK Helicopter pilot sentenced for forging licence

25-Apr-2022Source: CAA

A commercial helicopter pilot has been sentenced to 24 months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, at Lewes Crown Court on 6 April 2022 for forging revalidations in his pilot’s licence, making false entries in his personal flying log and flying a helicopter without an appropriate licence. Giles Dumper, 41, of Horley, West Sussex, was sentenced... Read more

Air Covers receives Queen’s Award for International Trade

Air Covers receives Queen’s Award for International Trade

22-Apr-2022Source: Air Covers

Air Covers has been given the Queen’s Award for International Trade, by the Lord Lieutenant of Powys at the company’s premises on Wrexham Industrial Estate. The Award is the highest independent business accolade in the UK and reflects year on year growth by the specialist protective cover company. Air Covers uses 3D Lidar scanning to... Read more

Bristow formalises partnership with Helicentre Aviation for UK Pilot Training

Bristow formalises partnership with Helicentre Aviation for UK Pilot Training

19-Apr-2022Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), the global leader in innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Helicentre Aviation Ltd, the UK’s leading helicopter training academy, to serve as its preferred provider of ab-initio commercial pilot training. Under the MOU, through this collaborative initiative, Bristow will support Helicentre with... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2022

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2022

14-Apr-2022Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Leonardo AW189 (G-MCGU), emergency landing following failure of heating duct, 3 nm south-east of Porthcawl, Wales, 4 March 2021... Read more

Salford Royal helipad construction to begin with £2M funding pledge

Salford Royal helipad construction to begin with £2M funding pledge

14-Apr-2022Source: HELP Appeal

Thanks to a £2 million pledge from the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country funding NHS hospital helipads, Salford Royal’s new hospital will have a new rooftop helipad that will be able  to receive seriously injured or ill patients flown directly in by helicopter. It means that up to 20 minutes will be... Read more

Urban-Air Port and Leeds Bradford Airport commit to drone future

Urban-Air Port and Leeds Bradford Airport commit to drone future

12-Apr-2022Source: Urban-Air Port

Radical new transport and logistics infrastructure start-up, Urban-Air Port (UAP), have joined to collaborate with Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) on developing a new unmanned and manned aerial vehicle hub. UAP will be working with LBA to develop an off-grid, hydrogen-powered infrastructure hub at the airport. The main role of the site at LBA will be to... Read more

New equipment delivered by HELP Appeal to east of England

New equipment delivered by HELP Appeal to east of England

8-Apr-2022Source: HELP Appeal

A Cambridgeshire based lifesaving charity that flies hospital-level care to patients at the scene of their medical emergencies, has received a generous donation from the HELP Appeal to invest in cutting edge medical equipment. Magpas Air Ambulance doctors and paramedics have the skills and kit to effectively bring a hospital A&E department to the scene... Read more

NHV hits flying hour milestone with the AW169

NHV hits flying hour milestone with the AW169

7-Apr-2022Source: NHV

At the end of 2020, while COVID was putting most of the world into lockdown, NHV was expanding with a new base in Blackpool and bringing the AW169 into the UK Oil & Gas market. There is an energy-rich stretch of the Irish Sea that hosts several offshore platforms, providing the UK with oil and... Read more

Sloane Helicopters records best UK/Eire sales performance with 10 AW109SPs due

Sloane Helicopters records best UK/Eire sales performance with 10 AW109SPs due

6-Apr-2022Source: HeliHub.com

Sloane Helicopters, the UK/Ireland distributor for Leonardo Helicopters, has sold ten AW109SP GrandNew helicopters, according to a recent statement from the OEM. Sloane’s Director of Sales and Marketing John Parnell confirmed to HeliHub.com that six are due for delivery in 2022. The first of these flew from the production line in Italy to the UK... Read more

Leonardo to deliver next stage of AW159 Wildcat contract in the UK

Leonardo to deliver next stage of AW159 Wildcat contract in the UK

6-Apr-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo will now deliver the next stage of the Wildcat Integrated Support and Training (WIST) contract, which confirms the next five-year period of the 34-year contract originally signed in 2012. This £360 million contract awarded last year marks the continued delivery of support services for the UK’s fleet of AW159 Wildcat helicopters to the British... Read more

Oldest UK air ambulance service celebrates 35 years in the air

Oldest UK air ambulance service celebrates 35 years in the air

4-Apr-2022Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust is thrilled to celebrate 35 years since the first emergency helicopter service began in Cornwall – and the UK. In 1987, Cornwall was the first county in the UK to launch an air ambulance helicopter, a vital service that has proven time and time again its importance in such a rural... Read more

North West Air Ambulance renews contract with Babcock

North West Air Ambulance renews contract with Babcock

31-Mar-2022Source: North West Air Ambulance

Babcock and North West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA) have announced a significant new multi-year contract which will keep the charity saving lives into the next decade. The new contract, awarded following a competitive procurement process, supported by Aeroptimo, has seen Babcock selected to continue as NWAA’s exclusive aviation partner for at least the next seven years.... Read more

Leonardo presents twin-engine multi-role military AW149 to UK MoD

Leonardo presents twin-engine multi-role military AW149 to UK MoD

31-Mar-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo is putting forward its twin-engine multi-role military AW149 for the UK MoD’s New Medium Helicopter (NMH) requirement. If successful, the company has committed to the establishment of an additional final assembly line of the platform at the “Home of British Helicopters” – its Yeovil site. The NMH campaign will enable Leonardo to support and... Read more

UK consortium completes UAM Ops Concept for CAA

UK consortium completes UAM Ops Concept for CAA

24-Mar-2022Source: Eve Urban Air Mobility

Eve UAM, LLC (“Eve”), an Embraer S.A. (“Embraer”) company, has announced the completion of the Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for airspace integration of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) in the UK. Led by Eve, the UK Air Mobility Consortium consists of global companies with expertise that span the aviation industry, including NATS, Heathrow Airport, London City... Read more

CHC-Babcock deal raises competition concerns

CHC-Babcock deal raises competition concerns

18-Mar-2022Source: CMA

Following an in-depth Phase 2 investigation of this completed acquisition, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally found that the merger would lead to a significant loss of competition in the market. CHC and the acquired businesses both provide offshore transportation in the oil and gas sector, including taking workers to and from rigs... Read more

Airbus Wins PETA Germany Aviation Award

Airbus Wins PETA Germany Aviation Award

14-Mar-2022Source: PETA UK

A Vegan Aviation Award is on its way to Airbus from PETA Germany following the launch of ACH145, the company’s first helicopter with a fully vegan interior. Free from animal-derived fabrics, such as leather and wool, the interior is crafted from Ultraleather, a high-performance vegan material. The innovative design was ordered by a PETA supporter, who... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2022

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2022

10-Mar-2022Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- MBB-BK 117 C-2 (G-MPSB), firm landing following a simulated engine failure on takeoff, North Weald Airfield, Essex, 12 March 2021... Read more

Princess Royal opens new Manchester hospital helipad

Princess Royal opens new Manchester hospital helipad

9-Mar-2022Source: NHS Manchester University

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal today (2nd March) officially unveiled the helipad at Oxford Road Campus (ORC). She also visited maternity services at Saint Mary’s Hospital, both part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), in her role as Patron of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). The helipad, the first of its kind... Read more

Wiltshire Air Ambulance announce helicopter review decision

Wiltshire Air Ambulance announce helicopter review decision

3-Mar-2022Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance

  Wiltshire Air Ambulance has decided to continue with its existing helicopter until at least 2025. It follows a review by the charity’s board and leadership team, which formed part of its three-year strategy launched last August. The charity has used its existing Bell 429 helicopter since becoming a standalone operation in 2015.  Wiltshire Air... Read more

East Anglian Air Ambulance become first UK operator of upgrade five-blade H145

East Anglian Air Ambulance become first UK operator of upgrade five-blade H145

2-Mar-2022Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) is the first air ambulance in the UK to upgrade its Airbus H145 helicopter with a new five blade rotor head.  This UK-engineering first will generate more lift, reduce vibrations and improve handling and stability, providing improved comfort for EAAA’s patients and crew as they operate 24/7. The Norwich-based Anglia... Read more

HyPoint opens new UK hydrogen fuel cell labs and production facility

HyPoint opens new UK hydrogen fuel cell labs and production facility

24-Feb-2022Source: HyPoint

HyPoint, a company developing hydrogen fuel cell systems for urban air mobility, has opened the doors to a new research and development facility at the Discovery Park site in the U.K. Headquartered in Menlo Park, California, HyPoint’s new Sandwich, Kent, facility aims to produce fuel cells for new hydrogen-powered aircraft, including eVTOL designs. “We are... Read more

AutoFlight’s Prosperity I Air taxi Achieves Proof of Concept Transition Test Flight

AutoFlight’s Prosperity I Air taxi Achieves Proof of Concept Transition Test Flight

21-Feb-2022Source: AutoFlight

AutoFlight announced the successful completion of the proof-of-concept, transition test flight for its air taxi Prosperity I, in which the aircraft switches from a vertical take-off motion to the more energy-efficient, horizontal flight and back to vertical flight, before landing. The successful transition test flight was achieved in January 2022. The unmanned flight took place... Read more

New helipad lighting for Peterborough City Hospital for 24×7 ops

New helipad lighting for Peterborough City Hospital for 24×7 ops

21-Feb-2022Source: HELP Appeal

Seriously ill or injured patients from across the region will benefit from extended air ambulance flying hours thanks to a generous donation of nearly £47,000 to Peterborough City Hospital from the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads State-of-the-art helipad lighting will enable air ambulances to land throughout the... Read more

Leonardo UK adds two trainee Flight Test Engineers

Leonardo UK adds two trainee Flight Test Engineers

15-Feb-2022

Last year, the flight operations team at Leonardo in Yeovil flew more than 870 hours across several different types of helicopters on 585 flights respectively. Sorties were undertaken from the AW159, AW149 Common Platform Demonstrator, Super Lynx to the AW101. The aircrew at Leonardo accrued over 70 hours in the AW149 during 53 sorties. The... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2022

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2022

10-Feb-2022Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AW109SP (G-SCAP), bird strike followed by successful landing with no injuries, Wycombe Air Park, Buckinghamshire, 7 July 2021 Agusta AB206B (G-WIZZ), low rotor speed warning led to autorotation and subsequent tail boom damage due to rotor... Read more

BBGA keeps resilient through 2021

BBGA keeps resilient through 2021

3-Feb-2022Source: BBGA

Despite another tough year battling the Coronavirus pandemic and its variants, The British Business and General Aviation Association demonstrated continued resilience in 2021.  The Association spent most of the year working from home on Teams and Zoom with all major conferences and events cancelled or postponed. “As we enter 2022, however, with the subsiding of... Read more

Skyports acquires Falcon Heliport in London for eVTOL use

Skyports acquires Falcon Heliport in London for eVTOL use

3-Feb-2022Source: Skyports

Skyports, the world-leading designer, developer and operator of vertiports for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, has announced its acquisition of a heliport, previously known as the Falcon Heliport, which is located in East London and only minutes away from Canary Wharf financial district. It is one of only two operational heliports in London.... Read more

UK military orders five H135s from Airbus

UK military orders five H135s from Airbus

2-Feb-2022

Airbus Helicopters in the UK has won an order to provide five additional H135 helicopters for the Ministry of Defence.  HeliHub.com understands that these are to replace elderly Gazelle helicopters in the surveillance role. Currently the Ministry of Defence operates 29 H135 helicopters at the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) at RAF Shawbury where all... Read more

Safran deploys SAF to UK facility

Safran deploys SAF to UK facility

28-Jan-2022Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has started using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at its Fareham facility in the United Kingdom on a permanent basis, initially with the currently available mix of 38% SAF and subsequently with the maximum permitted blend of 50%. It is the first Safran Helicopter Engines site outside France to use SAF in its... Read more

Devon Air Ambulance reports on 2021 mission stats

Devon Air Ambulance reports on 2021 mission stats

26-Jan-2022Source: Devon Air Ambulance

Mission statistics for 2021 reveal just how vital the response of the Devon Air Ambulance medical emergency service is to the people of Devon, as they experience their busiest year ever. Throughout another challenging year for many public services and charities, the crew at Devon Air Ambulance has been tasked to attend over 1900 incidents... Read more

Boeing expands UK AH-64E long-term services contract

Boeing expands UK AH-64E long-term services contract

25-Jan-2022Source: Boeing

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) have signed an agreement for Boeing to provide long-term training, support and sustainment for the British Army’s new fleet of 50 Apache AH-64E helicopters. The announcement was made by Minster for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin MP, as he visited Wattisham Flying Station to see the Apache... Read more

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