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Leonardo breaks ground on new UK helicopters logistics hub

Leonardo breaks ground on new UK helicopters logistics hub

16-Jun-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced today that building work will shortly commence on a new c.£30 million single-site logistics facility at Leonardo’s helicopter site in Yeovil. The ground-breaking facility, spanning an area of nearly 20,000m², the equivalent of 2.7 football pitches, is scheduled to be completed in Q4 2022. The project sees the consolidation of eight existing warehouses... Read more

Babcock lose UK wind farm contract

Babcock lose UK wind farm contract

14-Jun-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Babcock have lost their remaining UK wind farm contract – supporting the Walney projects off the Cumbrian coast.  Operating for Danish company Ørsted, previously known as Dong Energy, the British operator had purchased a new 135T3 and upgraded an older 135T2 for the work. The five year contract started in April 2018 and was thus... Read more

CHC merger with Babcock Offshore on hold

CHC merger with Babcock Offshore on hold

14-Jun-2021Source: CMA

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on CHC Group LLC, EEA Helicopter Operations B.V., CHC Scotia Limited, Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore Limited, Babcock Offshore Services Australasia Pty Ltd, and Babcock Denmark A/S in relation to the acquisition by CHC Group... Read more

Bell 505 autopilot certified in UK

Bell 505 autopilot certified in UK

9-Jun-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the Genesys HeliSAS autopilot in the Bell 505 has received certification from the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). “We are thrilled to offer the Genesys autopilot for the 505 to our customers in the UK,” said Duncan Van De Velde, managing director,... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance reports on 12 months of COVID operations

Yorkshire Air Ambulance reports on 12 months of COVID operations

9-Jun-2021Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Yorkshire Air Ambulance is a lifesaving rapid response emergency service 365 days a year to the five million people across Yorkshire. On average, the charity responds to five incidents across the entirety of the region every single day. Like many charities across the UK, the recent pandemic brought many new challenges to Yorkshire Air Ambulance... Read more

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Appoints New Trustees

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Appoints New Trustees

8-Jun-2021Source: Midlands Air Ambulance

During Volunteers’ Week (1st – 7th June 2021) advanced pre-hospital emergency service, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, has announced the appointment of Vivienne McVey and Neal Hooper to its Board of Trustees, who joined the organisation after an open selection process. The lifesaving service relies on important voluntary support from more than 200 people across the... Read more

East Anglian Air Ambulance wins national award

East Anglian Air Ambulance wins national award

7-Jun-2021Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has been awarded the top spot in this year’s Best Companies list for the Charity Sector for its exceptional employee engagement and support during the pandemic. The charity has also been recognised as the 6th Best Company to Work For in the East of England in the 2021 listings and 14th... Read more

Devon Air Ambulance journeys towards sustainability

Devon Air Ambulance journeys towards sustainability

3-Jun-2021Source: Devon Air Ambulance

Devon Air Ambulance recognises that our world is facing a serious and urgent threat to climate change. The journey towards environmental sustainability is ongoing, but sadly it is not something which can be resolved instantly. Instead it is about making a meaningful commitment to addressing the reality of climate breakdown, by acting to radically reduce carbon emissions. The Declaration has been prepared by... Read more

UK aircraft carrier sets sail for 7 months with 14 helicopters and 18 jets

UK aircraft carrier sets sail for 7 months with 14 helicopters and 18 jets

3-Jun-2021Source: UK Government

Nine ships, 32 aircraft, and 3,700 personnel will set sail today on the UK Carrier Strike Group’s maiden operational deployment. The seven-month global deployment will extend through the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean and on to the Indo-Pacific, interacting with more than one fifth of the world’s nations. Britain’s new flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth,... Read more

EASA and UK CAA agree on Technical Implementation Procedures

EASA and UK CAA agree on Technical Implementation Procedures

18-May-2021Source: EASA

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have agreed on the Technical Implementation Procedures (the TIP) as a basis for their future working. The TIP, which was signed on May 17, 2021, gives the two parties oversight of the Air Safety Agreement that was signed between the UK and European... Read more

London Oxford Airport expansion includes 7 helipads

London Oxford Airport expansion includes 7 helipads

18-May-2021Source: London Oxford Airport

As part of a new strategic plan, London Oxford Airport has commenced construction work on a new development phase, which will, when complete this autumn, be its most significant step forward to date.  Central to the work is a 63,000 sq.ft. (6,000m2) 140m long hangar with two bays including rear offices, stores and workshops, capable... Read more

Airbus sells more ACH130 Aston Martin Edition aircraft

Airbus sells more ACH130 Aston Martin Edition aircraft

17-May-2021

Airbus Corporate Helicopters held a pre-EBACE press conference today, to provide updates and answer questions on their products – the exclusive ACH aspect of their product lines. As part of this, ACH confirmed to HeliHub.com that they have now secured seven orders for the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition, although did not provide any further information... Read more

New rooftop helipad for central Manchester UK hospitals

New rooftop helipad for central Manchester UK hospitals

14-May-2021Source: Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

The new, lifesaving helipad at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) – the first elevated helipad of its kind in the North West – has opened to patients today (Monday 10th May, 2021). The state-of-the-art helicopter landing pad, which is situated on the roof of Grafton Street car park onOxford Road Campus (ORC), will enable... Read more

Bell 407 Receives Type Acceptance Certificate in Guernsey

Bell 407 Receives Type Acceptance Certificate in Guernsey

14-May-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the Bell 407 has received its Type Acceptance Certificate (TAC) in Bailiwick of Guernsey. This milestone will allow more European customers to add the aircraft to their operations. “As the most cost-effective IFR-certified platform, the Bell 407 has more than 6 million global flight hours,”... Read more

Babcock extends East Anglian Air Ambulance contract

Babcock extends East Anglian Air Ambulance contract

13-May-2021Source: Babcock

Babcock and the life-saving charity East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) have announced a significant new seven-year contract to keep the helicopter emergency medical service flying high and saving lives into the next decade. The contract will see Babcock providing exclusive aviation support including advanced helicopters, ground support, engineering and pilots and includes the imminent introduction... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance orders two five-blade H145s

Yorkshire Air Ambulance orders two five-blade H145s

13-May-2021Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance

The two current YAA helicopters, G-YAAC and G-YOAA, which came into service in 2016, will be replaced by a more advanced and state-of-the-art version of their current model, the Airbus H145.  The decision to replace the helicopters is to ensure the people of Yorkshire receive the best operational and medical service from the life-saving Charity.... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2021

13-May-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

UK – Halo Aviation sold to Directional Aviation

UK – Halo Aviation sold to Directional Aviation

6-May-2021

As the spate of mergers, take-overs, IPOs and SPACs continues around the industry, this one has raised a few eyebrows.  British operator Halo Aviation has been sold to Directional Aviation, a “private investment firm whose singular focus is private business aviation”.  As Halo becomes the 15th member of the ever-increasing Directional family of companies, there’s... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance Charity releases 2020 stats

London’s Air Ambulance Charity releases 2020 stats

6-May-2021Source: London’s Air Ambulance Charity

Health Minister praises work of London’s Air Ambulance Charity as 2020 mission data is announced London’s Air Ambulance has today revealed the number of critically injured patients it treated in 2020. The data has been released to thank people for keeping the service operational day and night throughout the pandemic and to ask Londoners to... Read more

Royal Navy extends British International contract

Royal Navy extends British International contract

30-Apr-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed to HeliHub.com that the Royal Navy has extended the helicopter support contract for their Fleet Operational Sea Training (widely known by its “FOST” initials, and previously called Flag Officer Sea Training). This support programme for the Royal Navy is managed through the training establishment known as HMS Raleigh,... Read more

KAMS Global and Green Deck Operations Partnership

KAMS Global and Green Deck Operations Partnership

29-Apr-2021Source: Green Deck Operations

KAMS Global is pleased to announce an exclusive partnership agreement with UK-based aviation operations specialist Green Deck Operations to provide through-life safety and capability management services for rotocraft operations in Saudi Arabia. “We are honoured to be in a position to form this partnership with KAMS Global, allowing us to further enhance the safety of rotorcraft operations... Read more

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

Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance completes 10,000th heli mission

Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance completes 10,000th heli mission

21-Apr-2021Source: Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance

The milestone mission took place yesterday afternoon, 19 April, when Doctor Fran Dolman, Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) Specialist Paramedic Mike Funge, HEMS Paramedic Nigel Harley, and Captain Dave Nichollswere called to Ringwood, Hampshire,to provide critical care to a young male following a road traffic collision.Following treatment at the scene, the patient was conveyed to... Read more

Hill Helicopters unveils digital glass cockpit for the HX50

Hill Helicopters unveils digital glass cockpit for the HX50

21-Apr-2021

Hill Helicopters today unveiled its elegant, intuitive Hill Digital Cockpit (HDC) for the new Hill HX50 luxury personal turbine helicopter. HDC is a completely reimagined, 21st century user-experience and user-interface for the HX50 light helicopter, designed from the ground up to make light helicopter flight safer and easier than ever before. The system is focused... Read more

North West Air Ambulance transfers 100th unit of blood

North West Air Ambulance transfers 100th unit of blood

16-Apr-2021Source: The North West Air Ambulance Charity

The North West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA) has reached a significant milestone in its ‘Blood on Board’ project, bringing blood transfusion to critically ill and injured patients across the region. The service administered blood products to its 100th pre-hospital patient in March 2021, after introducing the capability to perform pre-hospital blood transfusions by the road... Read more

Babcock considers selling aerial emergency services businesses

Babcock considers selling aerial emergency services businesses

14-Apr-2021

In a detailed press release under the brief title of “Business Update”, Babcock International Group not only reaffirmed the sale of their offshore business, but also indicated that all aerial emergency services businesses are under review.  The company admitted that the Avincis acquisition in 2014 has not delivered shareholder value with low returns on high... Read more

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance receives keys to new HQ

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance receives keys to new HQ

8-Apr-2021Source: HELP Appeal

The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA) has taken possession of its new Headquarters based on A15 Sleaford Road, next to RAF Waddington. The new purpose-built home, which will see staff, crew, helicopter and Critical Care Cars under one roof for the very first time, will provide a unique opportunity for the charity to welcome... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2021

8-Apr-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

SCAA paramedics interviewed on how COVID restricts their work

SCAA paramedics interviewed on how COVID restricts their work

8-Apr-2021Source: The Press and Journal

Helimed 79 and its crew took up operations from Aberdeen airport on April 3, 2020 – less than a fortnight after the UK-wide coronavirus lockdown was introduced. It left Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance’s (Scaa) new team isolated in their hangar as only essential personnel were allowed entry. See Full Story.... Read more

London Air Ambulance building own app

London Air Ambulance building own app

5-Apr-2021Source: London’s Air Ambulance Charity

London’s Air Ambulance Charity cares for the 10 million people living and working within the M25. The charity deals in life and death situations, helping patients in need of urgent emergency treatment. When an emergency call comes in, London’s Air Ambulance medics must be ready to go – and so must their equipment. Ensuring medics... Read more

Air Ambulance NI announce sponsorship deal with ABP

Air Ambulance NI announce sponsorship deal with ABP

5-Apr-2021Source: Air Ambulance Northern Island

ABP has entered into a new 5-year sponsorship partnership with Air Ambulance NI. In a first-of-its-kind branding agreement for Air Ambulance NI, the ABP logo is now displayed on the charity’s helicopters. The charity, along with partners at Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for Northern Ireland. The HEMS team... Read more

New Offshore HTAWS technical standard published

New Offshore HTAWS technical standard published

5-Apr-2021Source: CAA

A new technical standard for ‘Terrain Awareness & Warning Systems’ fitted to helicopters operating offshore (Offshore HTAWS) has been published in Europe and North America. The upgrade will significantly enhance safety levels by increasing the warning time helicopter pilots receive of a potential impact by up to 600 per cent, affording flight crews a much... Read more

Opinion – UK HEMS industry faces key operational changes

Opinion – UK HEMS industry faces key operational changes

30-Mar-2021

Now, more than ever, UK HEMS charities are scrutinising their operations and we are likely to see a continued steady move from contracting with commercial helicopter operators to managing the operation in-house. Air ambulance charities have now been established in the UK for over thirty years. Nearly all of them originally developed around a three-way... Read more

New “Crowsnest” AEW AW101 ready for Royal Navy service

New “Crowsnest” AEW AW101 ready for Royal Navy service

29-Mar-2021Source: Royal Navy

The first of the Royal Navy’s new ‘eyes in the sky’ has entered service – getting ready to protect the nation’s flagship. The first Merlin ‘Crowsnest’ helicopter – which scours the heavens with its radar looking for potential foes – will now begin operational training, ahead of the maiden deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth this... Read more

London Luton Airport staff to support East Anglian Air Ambulance

London Luton Airport staff to support East Anglian Air Ambulance

26-Mar-2021Source: EAAA

We’re excited to announce a brand new charity partnership in Bedfordshire. Staff at London Luton Airport have chosen to support EAAA over the next three years, alongside Luton Foodbank. As well as fundraising support, we will also benefit from free refuelling and waived landing fees as and when one of our helicopters needs to land at the airport.... Read more

EBAA sends urgent call to action

EBAA sends urgent call to action

25-Mar-2021Source: EBAA

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) urged EU institutions, European  Member states, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and other vital stakeholders to collaborate closely and develop harmonised rules for the safe reopening of air travel, proposing guidelines that ensure Business aviation’s safe and timely return to operations. In the urgent call ahead of the EU summit... Read more

Bristow becomes first UK operator to achieve Part CAMO certification

Bristow becomes first UK operator to achieve Part CAMO certification

23-Mar-2021Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) is the first helicopter operator in the UK to achieve a new mandatory international aviation safety standard designed to ensure the airworthiness of its aircraft, underscoring the Company’s commitment to safety and industry leadership. Bristow was notified it officially achieved the certification – Continued Airworthiness Management Organisation certification (known as... Read more

Leonardo UK mark major milestone for iAero Centre

Leonardo UK mark major milestone for iAero Centre

22-Mar-2021Source: Leonardo

The iAero Centre, a cutting-edge aerospace innovation facility in Yeovil, is flying high with completion of construction work and the start of the centre’s fit-out. Somerset County Council has worked with a range of partners to develop the iAero Centre which will provide high-quality workspace and specialist support services to facilitate collaboration and innovation amongst... Read more

Airbus partners with Draken for UK SAR contract bid

Airbus partners with Draken for UK SAR contract bid

17-Mar-2021Source: Airbus

Airbus is teaming with Draken Europe to address the UK Maritime Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) requirement for the Second Generation Search and Rescue (UKSAR2G) service. Airbus and Draken present a UK-based partnership demonstrating an extensive track record in delivering critical Search and Rescue services around the world, an ethos of technological advancement and innovation combined with... Read more

New Commander for RAF Chinook detachment in Mali

New Commander for RAF Chinook detachment in Mali

17-Mar-2021Source: Royal Air Force

A new British National Component Commander has taken command of the RAF Chinook detachment serving in Mali in support of the French Counter Insurgency Operation. Commander Colin Kiernan of the Royal Navy has taken over from Lieutenant Colonel Steve Brining of the Army Air Corps during a handover ceremony at Gao Airbase in Mali, West... Read more

Worcestershire Royal Hospital redevelopment includes new helipad

Worcestershire Royal Hospital redevelopment includes new helipad

15-Mar-2021Source: NHS

Plans to transform urgent and emergency care services at Worcestershire Royal Hospital could see a relocation and expansion of the hospital’s Emergency Department and the creation of an ‘emergency village’ hosting a wide range of diagnostic and treatment services. The plans are being drawn up following the offer of an additional £15 million central funding... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2021

11-Mar-2021Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Correction: Agusta A109E (G-ETPJ), localised burning in equipment bay, Boscombe Down Airfield, Wiltshire, 2 July 2020... Read more

UK man jailed for shining torch into police helicopter cockpit

UK man jailed for shining torch into police helicopter cockpit

1-Mar-2021Source: The Northern Echo

A PILOT was forced to take evasive action when a high-powered torch was used to deliberately target his helicopter while flying at 1,300ft. The quick-thinking police helicopter pilot managed to move to safety while other crew used high-tech cameras to locate the suspect and direct police officers to where Tony Gaffney was hiding. See Full... Read more

Sloane Helicopters ranked in top 40 UK private companies for international sales growth

Sloane Helicopters ranked in top 40 UK private companies for international sales growth

22-Feb-2021Source: HeliHub.com

British operator Sloane Helicopters has been named as the 37th fastest growing private company in the UK for international sales growth. With UK and Ireland distributorships for both Leonardo and Robinson helicopters, Sloane were named yesterday in the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table. The company’s overseas sales grew by 77% over two... Read more

New Partnership to Develop Revolutionary All-Composite Helicopter Wheel Takes Off

New Partnership to Develop Revolutionary All-Composite Helicopter Wheel Takes Off

22-Feb-2021Source: Carbon ThreeSixty

Carbon ThreeSixty, the advanced composite structure specialist, are leading a new project co-funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to develop a revolutionary all-composite helicopter wheel. The project started 1st Jan 2021 and will run for the next eighteen months. The NATEP project is being delivered in partnership with the National Composites Centre, collaborating... Read more

Children’s Air Ambulance picks youngster’s mascot design

Children’s Air Ambulance picks youngster’s mascot design

17-Feb-2021Source: Children’s Air Ambulance

A Leicestershire girl has been crowned the winner of a nationwide competition to design an official mascot for the Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA). Last year, the national children’s charity launched a competition to find the perfect mascot for #TheCrew – their club for children and young people – and with over 500 entries from across... Read more

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance move in to new airbase

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance move in to new airbase

17-Feb-2021Source: EHAAT

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has taken possession of its brand-new purpose-built airbase at North Weald Airfield following its completion by Barnes Construction. Work on the facility began in February 2020 after planning permission was granted by Epping Forest District Council. Project managed by quantity surveyors Castons, and designed by architects Hurley Porte and... Read more

COVID moves Helitech Expo 2021 date for second time

COVID moves Helitech Expo 2021 date for second time

17-Feb-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Prysm Group, organisers of Helitech Expo after they bought the event from Reed, have moved the date for the UK-based Helitech Expo again. Originally set for 10-11 March, then moved to 26-27 May, it is now penciled in for 5-6 October. Both moves have been announced as COVID responses, with the latest update saying “As... Read more

Leonardo UK apprentice recognised with national award

Leonardo UK apprentice recognised with national award

12-Feb-2021Source: Somerset Live

An apprentice at Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil has been recognised with a national award. Tiago Gomes is an operations craft apprentice at the Lysander Road company and has been ‘highly commended’ in the national final of the Make UK Awards. See Full Story.   ... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2021

11-Feb-2021Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters in the main section, but under “AAIB Record-only investigations reviewed: November – December 2020” is this 11 Sep 2020 Robinson R44 G-CDUE Peterborough Business Airport, Cambridgeshire The helicopter was caught by a gust of wind as the... Read more

Sustainable fuels to power UK military helicopters

Sustainable fuels to power UK military helicopters

8-Feb-2021Source: UK Government

Known as ‘drop-ins,’ sustainable fuel sources include hydrogenated fats and oils, wood waste, alcohols, sugars, household waste, biomass and algae. Aircraft including F-35s, Typhoons and Wildcat helicopters currently use conventional fuel, but could use up to 50 per cent sustainable sources in the future, after MOD’s changed aviation fuel standards came into effect in November... Read more

Babcock wins extension to North Sea SAR contract

Babcock wins extension to North Sea SAR contract

4-Feb-2021Source: Babcock

Babcock has been awarded a contract extension to continue delivering a lifesaving Search and Rescue (SAR) service in support of the men and women working in the North Sea. The four-year extension – which follows a previous one-year extension – will see the contract for the Aberdeen-based operation, which was due to complete this April,... Read more

Northrop Grumman and Ultra demo Unmanned ASW capability

Northrop Grumman and Ultra demo Unmanned ASW capability

3-Feb-2021Source: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and UK-based Ultra (LSE: ULE) equipped a modified, manned Bell 407 (acting as an MQ-8C Fire Scout surrogate) platform with Ultra sonobuoys, receiver and processor to complete an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability demonstration. This successful demonstration of the UAS ASW mission on October 29 was the... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance welcomes two vehicles to their fleet

Yorkshire Air Ambulance welcomes two vehicles to their fleet

3-Feb-2021Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance

When dealing with the most serious major traumas in Yorkshire, time is of the essence and it is paramount that the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Team can reach their patients in the quickest way possible. Yorkshire Air Ambulance is delighted to announce that they have introduced two custom-built Skoda Kodiaq Rapid Response Vehicles to... Read more

Bristow achieves ISO 14001 environmental certification for UK operations

Bristow achieves ISO 14001 environmental certification for UK operations

27-Jan-2021Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) announced its UK operations received International Organization for Standards (ISO) 14001 certification, making it one of the first vertical lift operators in the UK to achieve the global standard. The certification confirms Bristow’s UK operations have a certified environmental management systems (EMS) in place to monitor, manage, and deliver continuous... Read more

CHC wins another UK offshore windfarm contract

CHC wins another UK offshore windfarm contract

26-Jan-2021Source: CHC

CHC Helicopter has been awarded a contract to provide helicopter services by Vestas, for three offshore wind energy projects in the northern and southern North Sea. Flying out of Aberdeen and Humberside, a combination of Sikorsky S-92 and Leonardo AW139 aircraft will be used to support the projects. CHC, a world leader in helicopter transportation... Read more

Great Western Air Ambulance reports on 2020 missions

Great Western Air Ambulance reports on 2020 missions

26-Jan-2021Source: Great Western Air Ambulance

Our Critical Care Team were called to around five patients a day on average across 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic causing national lockdowns and restrictions throughout much of the year. The crew were called to 1,726 patients in urgent need across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, and surrounding areas.... Read more

UK – Children’s Air Ambulance reaches another milestone

UK – Children’s Air Ambulance reaches another milestone

26-Jan-2021Source: Children’s Air Ambulance

The pioneering Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) has reached another milestone by transferring its 500th patient. Formed in 2012 and operated by The Air Ambulance Service, the national transfer service provides the only intensive care aircraft in the country dedicated to transferring critically ill babies and children, at high-speed, from local hospitals to specialist paediatric and... Read more

Bristow renews service with Navblue

Bristow renews service with Navblue

22-Jan-2021Source: NAVBLUE

Bristow Helicopters Limited, a NAVBLUE customer for more than 10 years, recently renewed their Charts+ and Navigation+ services. Part of the world-leading Bristow Group Inc, UK operations serve government and civil organisations including UK Search and Rescue [SAR] and North Sea rig transport. A fleet of approximately 50 helicopters rely on navigation data and electronic... Read more

UK – National Grid to add second Bell 429

UK – National Grid to add second Bell 429

18-Jan-2021Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com can reveal that National Grid will be adding a second Bell 429 in the next few months – adding to their first example of the type which they took delivery of in the summer of 2013.  The aircraft is currently in completion with Bell Flight in Prague, Czech Republic. National Grid is responsible for... Read more

Royal Navy opens new helipad facility in Plymouth

Royal Navy opens new helipad facility in Plymouth

18-Jan-2021Source: Royal Navy

HMNB Devonport has welcomed the first landing on its new, multi million pound, Helicopter Operating Facility. A Dauphin from the Fleet Helicopter Support Unit (FHSU) touched down at the new facility, where they will forward base away from their home airfield in Newquay, to facilitate Fleet Operational Sea Training (FOST) staff transfers to ships at... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2021

14-Jan-2021Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Agusta A109E (G-ETPJ), localised burning in equipment bay, Boscombe Down Airfield, Wiltshire, 2 July 2020 Westland Scout AH1 (G-CIBW), loss of door window in flight, West Dean, Salisbury, Wiltshire, 17 September 2020... Read more

Civil Aviation Authorities of Singapore and UK strengthen cooperation

Civil Aviation Authorities of Singapore and UK strengthen cooperation

22-Dec-2020Source: UK Civil Aviation Authority

Both agencies commit to expand cooperation to tackle emerging complex issues impacting aviation The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UKCAA) have signed two collaborative agreements, further strengthening their bilateral partnership. The first agreement is a technical Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation across a wide range of... Read more

Hayward & Green announces parts inventory partnership with Bristow

Hayward & Green announces parts inventory partnership with Bristow

21-Dec-2020Source: Bristow

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), the world’s leading provider of helicopter transportation services. As Bristow’s partner across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, H&G’s aim is to make Bristow’s parts inventory work harder. We have a substantial package of rotable components supporting the AW139 and S92... Read more

RAF Odiham Engineers use 3D Printing to Improve Chinook Force Safety

RAF Odiham Engineers use 3D Printing to Improve Chinook Force Safety

16-Dec-2020Source: Royal Air Force

RAF Odiham Station Workshops have been heavily involved in the recent Service Modification work to produce a solution to the ongoing problem of Articles Falling Off Aircraft (AFOA) relating to the Aft MRH Droop Stop Shrouds on Boeing CH47 Chinook Helicopters. The Boeing CH47 Chinook aircraft is fitted with droop stops on the Aft main... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2020

10-Dec-2020Source: 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

Hill Helicopters targets R44 market with turbine HX50 price

Hill Helicopters targets R44 market with turbine HX50 price

9-Dec-2020Source: Hill Helicopters

Hill Helicopters today announced its luxury, private Hill HX50 helicopter will receive an initial EASA CS-27 type approval from the UK CAA to be operated under amateur-built/experimental category regulations, making it the most modern, affordable private turbine light helicopter in the world. HX50 fully meets EASA CS-27 and FAR Part 27 certification requirements. This elegant, cutting-edge... Read more

Date Change – Helitech Expo moves from March to May 2021

Date Change – Helitech Expo moves from March to May 2021

7-Dec-2020Source: HeliHub.com

London-based event Helitech Expo has changed its dates from March to 26/27 May 2021, remaining at the ExCeL centre in London. Organisers Prysm Group have advised that the move is “due to ongoing restrictions on large scale business events and changing government guidelines“. However, as industry observers we believe that a further significant reason is... Read more

FAI elects new President

FAI elects new President

5-Dec-2020Source: FAI

David Monks has been elected as the new President of FAI for a two-year term. His election took place today at the 114th FAI General Conference held online from 2 to 5 December 2020. An electrical engineer by profession, Monks, 53, from the United Kingdom, caught the bug for aviation when learning to fly helicopters... Read more

Man charged after UK police helicopter struck by laser

Man charged after UK police helicopter struck by laser

4-Dec-2020Source: ASP

A man will appear in court in the new year after being charged in connection with a laser strike on a police helicopter. The National Police Air Service were assisting officers in south Bristol searching for a vulnerable missing man when the incident was reported at about 8.20pm on Wednesday 18 November. The man was... Read more

Mornington Sanford Aviation adds EASA Part 147 approval for Robinson maintenance training

Mornington Sanford Aviation adds EASA Part 147 approval for Robinson maintenance training

26-Nov-2020Source: Mornington Sanford Aviation

In readiness for the UK formally leaving the European Union on 1st January 2021 (BREXIT), Mornington Sanford Aviation Training Ltd. are delighted to announce that they have gained EASA Part 147 Third Country Approval for their Robinson Helicopter Type Training Capabilities. The approval is issued under the EASA Third Country Approval and will allow us... Read more

Savback Helicopters opens in the UK

Savback Helicopters opens in the UK

26-Nov-2020Source: Savback Helicopters

Savback Helicopters AB is pleased to be establishing a presence in the UK for the first time with the appointment of Rick Andrew as Commercial Director, effective immediately. Rick joins the family-owned business from Sloane Helicopters, the long established Robinson and Leonardo Helicopters UK sales distributor. Rick was close to the Robinson helicopter community in... Read more

Penzance Helicopters cancels schedules for over three months

Penzance Helicopters cancels schedules for over three months

26-Nov-2020Source: HeliHub.com

The helicopter link between Penzance Heliport on the the south west tip of the UK, and the Isles of Scilly, some 25 miles further south west, has been suspended due to the pandemic. Penzance Helicopters has announced all flights to Tresco and St Mary’s from Penzance Heliport have been cancelled until the spring 2021. The... Read more

Aberdeen Standard Investments extends support for London’s Air Ambulance

Aberdeen Standard Investments extends support for London’s Air Ambulance

20-Nov-2020Source: Aberdeen Standard Investments

Aberdeen Standard Investments has confirmed a new three-year charity partnership with London’s Air Ambulance, having supported the charity since 2012. The new partnership, that will run until 2023, will continue to provide lifesaving funding to the London’s Air Ambulance service, whose advanced trauma team treat critically injured patients on the roadside and serve the ten... Read more

Devon Air Ambulance puts H145 into service

Devon Air Ambulance puts H145 into service

12-Nov-2020Source: Devon Air Ambulance

On Wednesday 11 November the new H145 helicopter was introduced into service and ready to bring emergency medical care to patients across Devon. As the hangar doors were rolled back, the Devon Air Ambulance crew readied the H145 for the first day of its lifesaving service. Although just like the start of a typical day... Read more

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