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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

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

Bristow formalises partnership with Helicentre Aviation for UK Pilot Training

Bristow formalises partnership with Helicentre Aviation for UK Pilot Training

11-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

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

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

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

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

Thames Valley Air Ambulance reports 2021 as busiest year to date

Thames Valley Air Ambulance reports 2021 as busiest year to date

19-Jan-2022Source: Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Our crews were called out 2,880 times in 2021, the highest number since we became an independent healthcare provider in 2018. 1,125 call outs took place in Berkshire, with 1,018 in Buckinghamshire and 640 in Oxfordshire. Crews delivered critical care to 1,819 patients when they needed it most, attending the most serious incidents across the... Read more

AvSax Fire Safety Device Deployed on Babcock Air Ambulances

AvSax Fire Safety Device Deployed on Babcock Air Ambulances

19-Jan-2022Source: AvSax

Many air ambulance helicopters in the UK are now carrying a specialist piece of equipment to help keep the crew, patients and aircraft safe in the event of a fire or even an explosion. More than 20 helicopters are operated by specialist aerial emergency medical services (EMS) company Babcock and following a detailed look into... Read more

High Sheriff Recognises Hard Work of Wales Air Ambulance

High Sheriff Recognises Hard Work of Wales Air Ambulance

17-Jan-2022Source: Wales Air Ambulance

Wales Air Ambulance has been presented with the prestigious High Sheriff’s Award for its services to the people of the preserved county of Mid Glamorgan. The accolade was presented to the Service by the High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan, Jeff Edwards MBE, in November during his visit to Cardiff Heliport. Mr Morgan said: “Wales Air... Read more

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance records 2021 as busiest year

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance records 2021 as busiest year

14-Jan-2022Source: Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance sign off 2021 as busiest year in charity’s history. A lot has happened at LNAA this year, from moving to a new headquarters to upgrading the helicopter, the charity hasn’t stood still through what has been a monumental year of change. And the numbers reflect the pace of transformation with... Read more

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance reports on 2021

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance reports on 2021

13-Jan-2022Source: Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance responded to 1,570 potentially life-saving call-outs in 2021. The highest number of missions were cardiac arrest, 491 (31% of total), closely followed by medical emergencies, such as strokes, 268 (17%), road traffic collisions, 228 (15%) and falls from height, 226 (14%). Other incidents included rail and sporting incidents,... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2022

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2022

13-Jan-2022Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AS355F1 (G-BOSN), engine fire due to exhaust clamp failure, Hedsor House, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, 2 March 2021... Read more

Helicentre Aviation buys Entrol AW109 simulator

Helicentre Aviation buys Entrol AW109 simulator

12-Jan-2022Source: Helicentre Aviation Academy

Helicentre Aviation Academy, the UK’s leading provider of professional helicopter pilot training, has become Entrol’s first UK customer, signing a purchase order for an H19 / AW109 SP FNPT II MCC simulator. Early last year, following twenty successful years specialising in “ab-initio to professional pilot” training, Helicentre Aviation obtained CAA approval for the Multi-Engine Instrument Rating... Read more

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance buy their AW169 outright

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance buy their AW169 outright

7-Jan-2022Source: HeliHub.com

British EMS operator Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance (D&SAA) have bought out the “other half” of the Leonardo AW169 operated for them by Specialist Aviation Services (SAS). Prior to the transaction date in December, their aircraft was owned by SAS (Dorset & Somerset) Ltd, a company set up in 2017 jointly owned by the charity... Read more

Hill Helicopters opens sales for certified version HC50

Hill Helicopters opens sales for certified version HC50

17-Dec-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Hill Helicopters yesterday held their first Global Meetup & Discover Event at their Development Centre in the UK. Hosted by Dr Jason Hill, the event brought together around 100 people in person – mostly existing owners/customers – and over 1000 online. Jason Hill announced that the company’s current order book for their HX50 model –... Read more

UK New Military Helicopter requirement – is S70M the cheapest option?

UK New Military Helicopter requirement – is S70M the cheapest option?

14-Dec-2021Source: HeliHub.com

[updated 15-Dec-21.  Despite a reliable source in Romania confirming that Airbus bid the SMURD contract with the H175M, the OEM has contacted HeliHub.com to confirm that was not the case and they bid with the H215.  Text thus updated accordingly] Lockheed Martin have confirmed via social media – see tweet below – that they are... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2021

14-Dec-2021Source: 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

Bristow completes offshore flight using Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Bristow completes offshore flight using Sustainable Aviation Fuel

10-Dec-2021Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) announced today it completed an offshore revenue flight using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), marking one of the first SAF-powered flights to an offshore operation in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). The aircraft flew from Aberdeen to installations operated by bp. As part of its strategic relationship with Air bp, Bristow... Read more

RAF helicopters celebrate 90 years of service with joint flight

RAF helicopters celebrate 90 years of service with joint flight

3-Dec-2021Source: Royal Air Force

A formation flight of specially painted Chinook and Puma helicopter has taken place to mark over 90 years of combined service. The occasion saw the aircraft make a commemorative flight over a number of locations in the South of England displaying their bespoke anniversary tail art. The two uniquely painted airframes celebrated their individual anniversaries... Read more

Savback Helicopters appoints Head of Sales, UK & Ireland

Savback Helicopters appoints Head of Sales, UK & Ireland

2-Dec-2021Source: Savback Helicopters

Savback Helicopters is pleased to announce another addition to its sales team, engaging Stephen Mitchell as its Head of Sales for the UK and Ireland, effective immediately. Stephen joins Commercial Director Rick Andrew and both will be based at the company’s newly opened facilities at the Nottingham Heliport, UK. Stephen brings 25 years of experience... Read more

Air Ambulances UK Awards of Excellence 2021 – shortlist announced

Air Ambulances UK Awards of Excellence 2021 – shortlist announced

30-Nov-2021

The shortlisted nominees for the Air Ambulances UK Awards of Excellence 2021, sponsored by BMW Group, have been announced today. The Awards recognise the professionalism, excellence and dedication of the air ambulance community and the winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony, being held virtually this year, on Friday 3rd December 2021. The Independent... Read more

UK competition authority moves CHC-Babcock to Phase 2

UK competition authority moves CHC-Babcock to Phase 2

29-Nov-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The UK Government’s Competition and Mergers Authority (“CMA”) has referred the completed acquisition by CHC Group LLC of Offshore Helicopter Services UK Limited (“OHS”), Offshore Services Australasia Pty Ltd and Offshore Helicopter Services Denmark A/S for an in-depth investigation.  The latter three companies were previously named Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore Limited, Babcock Offshore Services... Read more

Castle Air wins Cornwall Air Ambulance contract

Castle Air wins Cornwall Air Ambulance contract

26-Nov-2021Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance is pleased to announce it has appointed Castle Air as its helicopter operations partner. The Liskeard-based company will be responsible for the ongoing maintenance and engineering of the charity’s AgustaWestland (AW) 169 helicopter, which was manufactured by Leonardo. Castle Air has over 40 years’ experience in the management of aircraft and is... Read more

NHV Aberdeen Helicopter Base supports The Giving Tree Christmas Campaign

NHV Aberdeen Helicopter Base supports The Giving Tree Christmas Campaign

23-Nov-2021Source: NHV Group

The NHV Helicopter Base in Aberdeen is supporting ‘The Giving Tree’ Christmas Campaign run by Instant Neighbour for the second year running. Instant Neighbour believes that no child should be without a gift at Christmas and ‘The Giving Tree’ appeal continues to be supported by many local businesses as well as the public to distribute... Read more

Safran supports Leonardo’s first flight on SAF with its Aneto-1K engines

Safran supports Leonardo’s first flight on SAF with its Aneto-1K engines

22-Nov-2021Source: Safran

Leonardo’s AW149 Common Platform Demonstrator, which is currently fitted with Safran Aneto-1K engines flew on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for the first time on 12 November 2021 between Bristol and Yeovil, UK. During this flight, the aircraft ran with biofuel, manufactured from residues and waste from the circular economy, specifically used cooking oil. The use... Read more

Leonardo flies AW149 on Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Leonardo flies AW149 on Sustainable Aviation Fuel

19-Nov-2021Source: Leonardo

As the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, drew to a close in Glasgow, Leonardo’s latest generation military helicopter, the AW149, took to the sky to demonstrate the steps the company is taking to help reduce the carbon footprint of its helicopter fleet. Using a blend of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), the AW149 – the aircraft... Read more

UK Competition Authority raises concerns at CHC-Babcock deal

UK Competition Authority raises concerns at CHC-Babcock deal

18-Nov-2021

CHC and Babcock’s oil and gas offshore helicopter business (the Babcock Business) both provide offshore transportation in the oil and gas sector, taking workers to and from rigs in the North Sea. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) identified competition concerns relating to the deal that, unless addressed, will mean that the merger will be... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2021

15-Nov-2021

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Bell 407 (N120HH), engine failure and autorotation, Long Marston, Warwickshire, 24 June 2020 Robinson R44 II (G-OPDG), loss of rotor rpm when landing, Maghera, County Londonderry, 22 July 2021 Rotorway Executive 162F (G-OHOV), power loss followed... Read more

Savback Helicopters makes Nottingham Heliport its UK home

Savback Helicopters makes Nottingham Heliport its UK home

3-Nov-2021

Savback Helicopters AB announced today it is opening a UK home at Nottingham Heliport in East Midlands, UK, as it furthers its expansion in Europe. The premier dedicated helicopter facility, owned and operated by Central Helicopters, is set in 11 acres of private grounds, offering VIP facilities for crew and passengers and a substantial 520... Read more

Bristow’s latest sponsored cadets join the ranks

Bristow’s latest sponsored cadets join the ranks

3-Nov-2021Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) announced that it has welcomed the latest cohort of trainees to its fully sponsored UK cadet programme, in partnership with Helicentre Aviation, underpinning its commitment to bringing new pilots into the industry. The programme is the only UK scheme of its kind enabling cadets to graduate and transition from training... Read more

Airport operator Ferrovial to build 25 UK vertiports

Airport operator Ferrovial to build 25 UK vertiports

1-Nov-2021Source: Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace (“Vertical”), a global aerospace and technology company that is pioneering zero-emissions aviation, today announced an agreement with Ferrovial, a leading global infrastructure operator, to cooperate on creating a network of 25 vertiports across the UK. Vertiports are dedicated sites that enable the take-off, landing and recharging of electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”)... Read more

Vertical Aerospace announces $205M in additional funding

Vertical Aerospace announces $205M in additional funding

1-Nov-2021Source: Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace (“Vertical”), a global aerospace and technology company that is pioneering zero-emissions aviation, announces over $200 million in additional financing to support its path to scale production and certification of the VA-X4 electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Vertical is targeting the highest global certification for its VA-X4, which is expected to achieve... Read more

Royal Navy AW159 tests new Marlet lightweight missile

Royal Navy AW159 tests new Marlet lightweight missile

27-Oct-2021Source: Royal Navy

The Royal Navy has successfully tested a new missile system designed to protect the UK’s new aircraft carriers from attacks by swarms of small boats. During operations in the Pacific Ocean with the UK Carrier Strike Group, HMS Defender’s Wildcat helicopter of 815 Naval Air Squadron fired the Martlet lightweight missile at an inflatable target... Read more

Savback Helicopters evolves business model to better serve customers

Savback Helicopters evolves business model to better serve customers

25-Oct-2021Source: Savback

Savback Helicopters AB, a leading specialist helicopter vendor with a global client base, is pleased to present its new, ‘independently focused’ business model –showcased in a brand-new website.  Savback.com. Bolstered with a wider geographical reach, following the opening of offices in the UK, Italy and Slovakia, Savback, headquartered in Sweden, will carefully consider clients’ requirements and travel... Read more

HELP Appeal donates £300K to Magpas Air Ambulance

HELP Appeal donates £300K to Magpas Air Ambulance

21-Oct-2021Source: HELP Appeal

Magpas Air Ambulance welcomed Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP Appeal to its airbase in Cambridgeshire after receiving a £300,000 donation to its ‘Future 50’ appeal to fund a new airbase. During the visit he met with Magpas Air Ambulance CEO, Daryl Brown MBE, to find out more about the new base, which is... Read more

Vertical Aerospace lobbies UK Gov’t to enable electric intercity flight by 2025

Vertical Aerospace lobbies UK Gov’t to enable electric intercity flight by 2025

20-Oct-2021Source: Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace (“Vertical”), the global aerospace and technology company that is pioneering electric aviation, along with its partners Virgin Atlantic, Avolon, Heathrow Airport, Skyports, and NATS today released a white paper highlighting the benefits of Advanced Aerial Mobility (AAM). AAM is a future transport enabled by electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft flying from... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2021

15-Oct-2021

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

Fugro adds UK CAA accreditation as approved helideck monitoring systems provider

Fugro adds UK CAA accreditation as approved helideck monitoring systems provider

15-Oct-2021Source: Furgo

Fugro has become one of the first companies to secure accreditation from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Helideck Certification Agency (HCA) as an approved supplier of helideck monitoring systems (HMS) conforming to the new 2021 UK CAA standards. The new standards were issued in November 2020 and apply to all offshore floating assets... Read more

Airbus Helicopters pulls out of UK SAR2G contest

Airbus Helicopters pulls out of UK SAR2G contest

11-Oct-2021

As a submission deadline passed on Friday 8th October, Airbus Helicopters issued the following statement to HeliHub.com regarding their interest in the UK SAR 2G contest Airbus Helicopters is very disappointed to conclude that it was not in the best interests of the company to submit an offer in respect of the Maritime & Coastguard... Read more

UK CAA announces eVTOL safety consortium 

UK CAA announces eVTOL safety consortium 

6-Oct-2021Source: UK CAA

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has established an international consortium of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) industry leaders and aviation experts. The group, which was announced at the HeliTech Expo today (5 October 2021) in London, will consider the safety challenges that need to be solved to allow eVTOL aircraft and drone taxis to... Read more

Story related to Children’s Air Ambulance and Specialist Aviation Services

Story related to Children’s Air Ambulance and Specialist Aviation Services

5-Oct-2021Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com has suspended a story ran four hours ago regarding The Children’s Air Ambulance and Specialist Aviation Services. We are checking the accuracy of the text provided, which was largely based on a statement provided to the HeliHub.com news team. The story was suspended 7 minutes after the HeliHub office was contacted by a party... Read more

Boeing awarded $68M task order for work on UK Chinooks

Boeing awarded $68M task order for work on UK Chinooks

30-Sep-2021Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (H9224121F0075), was awarded a $68,155,223 cost-plus-fixed-fee task order under contract H92241-18-D-0002 for design and manufacturer development and support efforts (Phase 2) for the United Kingdom FMS H-47 Extended Range (ER) rotary wing aircraft required to satisfy the United Kingdom’s requirement for heavy assault, rotary wing aircraft in accordance with... Read more

Skyports plans north London eVTOL vertiport

Skyports plans north London eVTOL vertiport

29-Sep-2021Source: Skyports

Skyports, the world-leading owner and operator of vertiport infrastructure for the advanced air mobility (AAM) industry, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Brent Cross South Limited Partnership, a joint venture between Argent Related and Barnet Council, to develop a passenger air taxi vertiport at Brent Cross Town. Brent Cross Town, a 180-acre development... Read more

Competition watchdog to dig deeper into CHC acquisition of Babcock

Competition watchdog to dig deeper into CHC acquisition of Babcock

27-Sep-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK has given notice late last week that it will dig further into the merger of the offshore operations of Babcock and CHC. Although CHC has acquired Babcock’s offshore operations in UK, Denmark and Australia, clearly the UK authority only has jurisdiction over the UK aspect of... Read more

Evolito launches low-weight electric motors to aviation market

Evolito launches low-weight electric motors to aviation market

27-Sep-2021Source: Evolito

Evolito, a new company developing and manufacturing electric motors and power electronics for aerospace applications, launched publicly today as a privately-owned business. Evolito was spun out earlier this year by YASA (the world-leading pioneer of automotive axial-flux electric motors acquired by Mercedes-Benz in July 2021) to exclusively commercialise YASA’s next-generation electric motor technology and IP... Read more

Marubeni Corporation explores eVTOL in Japan with 200 aircraft option

Marubeni Corporation explores eVTOL in Japan with 200 aircraft option

27-Sep-2021Source: Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace (“Vertical”), a leading British eVTOL manufacturer which is pioneering the transition to carbon free aviation, announced that Vertical and Marubeni Corporation (“Marubeni”), a leading Japanese integrated trading and investment business conglomerate have reached an agreement to explore sustainable, emissions free Advanced Aerial Mobility (AAM) travel solutions, focused on the application of Vertical’s flagship... Read more

Urban-Air Ports partners with Hyundai to create 65 eVTOL hubs

Urban-Air Ports partners with Hyundai to create 65 eVTOL hubs

22-Sep-2021Source: Urban-Air Ports

UK start-up Urban-Air Port has announced a partnership with the Urban Air Mobility Division of Hyundai Motor Group to develop the blueprint and foundations for Urban Air Mobility infrastructure to meet the growing demand for autonomous airborne drones and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) passenger vehicles. The goal is to meet the growing demand... Read more

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