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UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2020

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Correction – Record only – Guimbal Cabri G2 (G-CHWJ), Cotswold Airport, 7 May 2019

Source: AAIB, 19-Feb-20

Devon Air Ambulance adds two Critical Care Cars

Devon Air Ambulance adds two Critical Care Cars

From 2 March, when poor weather or maintenance prevents Devon’s emergency aircraft from flying, two new Critical Care Cars mean our critical care teams can still provide specialist life-saving care by road. In the Autumn 2018 Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced £10 million in capital funding for air ambulance services.  Devon Air Ambulance… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 19-Feb-20

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Gama Aviation provides update on Scottish Ambulance Service contract

Gama Aviation provides update on Scottish Ambulance Service contract

Gama Aviation is pleased to provide an update on its £20m order for three Airbus H145 helicopters, as reported on 24th December 2018. The Company has completed this purchase and taken title to all three helicopters. Preparations for the deployment of the helicopters from 1st June 2020 in support of a long-term contract are proceeding to plan…. Read more »

Source: Gama Aviation, 14-Feb-20

Devon Air Ambulance reports 2019 statistics

Devon Air Ambulance reports 2019 statistics

Thanks to the support of the community, businesses and friends of Devon, in 2019 Devon’s Air Ambulances were able to assist 985 patients. Flying hours were also extended to 19 hours a day from its Exeter airbase, meaning emergency assistance was available up to 2am. The charity-funded service’s priorities have always been to put their… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 14-Feb-20

£183 million boost for UK military helicopter training

£183 million boost for UK military helicopter training

The MOD’s UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) has signed a £183 million contract to boost training services for new Rotary Wing pilots. The contract amendment includes: An uplift of four new Airbus H145 helicopters A state-of-the-art simulator and infrastructure improvements Support in attracting and training personnel to meet the increased helicopter demand from the… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 04-Feb-20

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2020

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Eurocopter EC135T1 (VP-CPS), corrosion-initiated fracture of a main rotor actuator tie bar, Owen Roberts International Airport, Cayman Islands, 26 February 2019 Agusta A109E (G-ETPI), loss of co-pilot’s door window, In flight North of Seaton, Cornwall, 27… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 09-Jan-20

Changes in UK air ambulance sector

Changes in UK air ambulance sector

The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) trade membership body and national charity, Air Ambulances UK, are proud to announce a successful merger, taking effect from 1st January 2020. The new single nationwide organisation will support the UK’s air ambulance sector and will provide a national voice and platform on behalf of the air ambulance community…. Read more »

Source: Association of Air Ambulances, 07-Jan-20

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- EC135 P2+ (G-POLA), loss of NR control during flight test due to a faulty N2 adjuster, Morpeth, Northumberland, 5 April 2018  

Source: AAIB, 15-Dec-19

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Babcock Offshore secures new North Sea helicopter contract

Babcock Offshore secures new North Sea helicopter contract

Babcock Offshore has confirmed a new three-year contract to provide the expanding UK-based Oil and Gas company Serica Energy with offshore helicopter crew transport services. The contract was awarded after a competitive tender and will see Babcock transport Serica Energy passengers to and from the company’s Bruce complex in the North Sea, 340 km north… Read more »

Source: Babcock Offshore, 02-Dec-19

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UK CHC Helicopter engineers reject further pay offer

UK CHC Helicopter engineers reject further pay offer

Union representatives were locked in talks with CHC Helicopters until late in the evening after a second pay offer was voted down by around 80% of the workforce. Read the full story here

Source: Energy Voice, 27-Nov-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2019

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.  

Source: AAIB, 15-Nov-19

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Penzance Helicopters launches Travel Club discount for Isles of Scilly residents

Penzance Helicopters launches Travel Club discount for Isles of Scilly residents

Penzance Helicopters has launched its new Residents Helicopter Travel Club offering reduced fares for Isles of Scilly residents. The new and only Isles of Scilly helicopter service will fly direct from the purpose-built heliport in Penzance, from March 2020; flying to both St Mary’s and Tresco in just 15 minutes aboard a state-of-the-art, modern AW139… Read more »

Source: Penzance Helicopters, 12-Nov-19

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance becomes fourth UK EMS operator with Air Operator Certificate

Wiltshire Air Ambulance becomes fourth UK EMS operator with Air Operator Certificate

Wiltshire Air Ambulance is delighted to announce it has received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and will return to Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) immediately. The charity is now just one of four air ambulances who hold their own Air Operator Certificate. Wiltshire Air Ambulance chief executive David Philpott says: “This has been a hard… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 11-Nov-19

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Vertical Flight Expo will have no helicopter manufacturers exhibiting

Vertical Flight Expo will have no helicopter manufacturers exhibiting

Every potential helicopter manufacturer exhibitor – Airbus, Bell, Enstrom, Guimbal, Kopter, Leonardo, MD Helicopters, Robinson and Sikorsky – has decided against taking space at the upcoming Vertical Flight Expo, previously known as Helitech. Representatives from each of these manufacturers (or their UK distributors) have confirmed their position to HeliHub, and none of them appear in the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Nov-19

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UK AOC for NHV Group granted; new AW169 operating base at Blackpool in prospect?

UK AOC for NHV Group granted; new AW169 operating base at Blackpool in prospect?

The Belgian NHV Group announced on Monday 28th October that it had been granted a UK Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) for its offshore operations from the UK. Six of the fleet of helicopters already based at Norwich and Aberdeen-Dyce had been re-registered from the Belgian register to NHV Helicopters Ltd on the British register by… Read more »

Source: Robert Swan, 30-Oct-19

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NHV gains a UK Air Operator Certificate

NHV gains a UK Air Operator Certificate

NHV Group, a leading provider of B2B helicopter services, today announced that it has gained an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). With this AOC, NHV again confirms its intention to strengthen its position in the UK offshore helicopter segment. The Group has currently inducted 7 aircraft under its UK… Read more »

Source: NHV, 28-Oct-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Guimbal Cabri G2 (G-PERH), loss of control in hover, Goodwood Aerodrome, Sussex, 8 June 2018 Robinson R22 Beta (G-OODX), autorotation following loss of drive to main rotor, Near Naunton Beauchamp, Worcestershire, 1 August 2018

Source: AAIB, 15-Oct-19

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UK CAA appoints new Safety and Airspace Regulation Director

UK CAA appoints new Safety and Airspace Regulation Director

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is pleased to confirm the appointment of Rob Bishton as its new Group Director of Safety and Airspace Regulation. This follows a global recruitment process, including both internal and external candidates. Rob has been at the CAA since 2014, where he is currently Head of Flight Operations and a… Read more »

Source: CAA, 07-Oct-19

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First AW109 VIP Trekker in Europe debuts at Monaco Yacht Show

First AW109 VIP Trekker in Europe debuts at Monaco Yacht Show

The first Leonardo AW109 VIP Trekker helicopter for a European customer debuts today at the Monaco Yacht Show – Leonardo stand QA13 / Quai Antoine 1er. The Monaco Yacht Show (25 to 28 September) is one of the most important international luxury yacht showcases. After the show, the VIP Trekker will fly to the United… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-Sep-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Agusta Westland AW189 (G-MCGR), pilot became temporarily spatially disorientated in cloud at night, Beinn Narnain, Scotland, 17 February 2018 EC120 B (G-RCNB), helicopter rolled onto its side after lift-off, Enniskillen Airport, County Fermanagh, 25 June 2019

Source: AAIB, 15-Sep-19

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Sloane Helicopters appoints General Manager for new base at Penzance

Sloane Helicopters appoints General Manager for new base at Penzance

Sloane Helicopters is pleased to announce the appointment of Captain Justin Wood as General Manager (Penzance). Justin will be responsible for the day to day management of the Heliport and delivery of the Service between the mainland and the Isles of Scilly. Based in Truro in Cornwall, Justin has consistently championed the return of the… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 04-Sep-19

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Aeromega closes Cambridge base – with no alternative to go to

Aeromega closes Cambridge base – with no alternative to go to

It is with great regret that Aeromega Helicopters have to announce we will cease operating from our existing Cambridge offices on 31st October 2019. Despite being a profitable, safe and professional training school for the last twenty two years at Cambridge, we have fallen victim to the greed of developers and are being forced out… Read more »

Source: Aeromega, 28-Aug-19

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Online bookings open for new Isles of Scilly AW139 service

Online bookings open for new Isles of Scilly AW139 service

Prepare for take-off!  Penzance Helicopters today (20th August 2019) reveal that advance bookings for the new 2020 Isles of Scilly helicopter service is now available online at www.penzancehelicopters.co.uk The new operation takes off from 17th March 2020 and will be the only scheduled helicopter service for the Isles of Scilly, flying direct to both Tresco and St Mary’s… Read more »

Source: Penzance Helicopters, 20-Aug-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AS350B2 (G-PLMH), loss of control and impact with water after underslung load struck tail rotor, Loch Scadavay, North Uist, Western Isles, 13 June 2018 Sikorsky S-92A (G-CKXL), wrong-deck approach to Brae Bravo, Brae oil-field, northern North… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 15-Aug-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2019

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.

Source: AAIB, 15-Jul-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Bell 429 (M-YMCM), bird strike on approach to Edinburgh Airport, 25 November 2018  

Source: AAIB, 15-Jun-19

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Airbus, Bell, Guimbal and Robinson all represented at Heli UK Expo

The upcoming Heli UK Expo event at Wycombe Air Park on 13-15 June will feature four manufacturers. Airbus Helicopters UK will be bringing an H130, Bell’s representatives HelixAv have two 505s and a 407 and HeliGroup will show a G2 Cabri from French manufacturer Guimbal. Robinson have three distributors based in the UK, and all… Read more »

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Apollo Air Services to operate first AW109 Trekker in UK

Apollo Air Services to operate first AW109 Trekker in UK

British charter operator Apollo Air Services have confirmed – via an Instagram post – that they will be operating the first Leonardo AW109 Trekker in the UK. The company, base at Carlisle Lake District Airport, already operate six AW109SP GrandNew, one AW109S Grand and one Airbus AS350B2, with additional bases at Cardiff Heliport and Leeds… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-19

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Sloane extend Leonardo distributorship and sign for two more AW109s

Sloane extend Leonardo distributorship and sign for two more AW109s

As the world’s leading manufacturer in the VIP multiengine helicopter market with a 40% share and the largest producer of corporate helicopters flying in UK, Leonardo is further growing its presence in this sector with the announcement of a further renewal of the Distributorship Agreement in UK and Ireland with its key partner Sloane Helicopters… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 23-May-19

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NeoXCraft designers VRCO sign agreement with ConnectJets

NeoXCraft designers VRCO sign agreement with ConnectJets

ConnectJets is marking its 10th anniversary this summer with the launch of a new division – ConnectSkies. the business aviation charter industry’s first independent ‘sustainable’ aircraft sales, marketing and logistics platform. With sustainability at the forefront of the industry and the world, especially among millennials, ConnectSkies will explore a range of options in all categories of… Read more »

Source: ConnectJets, 22-May-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Agusta AW139 (G-MCSD), tail rotor blade fairing and bonding strip detached during flight, offshore from Aberdeen, 6 May 2018 Aerospatiale SA341G Gazelle (YU-HMC), loss of power and rolled over on landing, private landing field, Enfield, 14… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 15-May-19

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RAF Odiham choose Peli

RAF Odiham choose Peli

Peli UK foam specialists have designed a bespoke packaging solution for a Chinook Helicopter torque maintenance kit which is now in service at RAF Odiham. The kit had previously been housed in a special to type container. This had a high centre of gravity causing them to topple over when handled. They were not man… Read more »

Source: Peli UK, 06-May-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- MBB-BK 117 D-2 (G-HEMC), aircraft struck a wire whilst taxiing, Near Hollesley, Suffolk, 15 December 2018  

Source: AAIB, 15-Apr-19

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HQ Aviation gains approval as RR300 Authorized Service Center

HQ Aviation gains approval as RR300 Authorized Service Center

HQ Aviation, the very successful British helicopter training school and maintenance centre has expanded its list of approvals through its appointment as a Rolls-Royce RR300 Authorized Service Center.  Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce today at Heli-Expo 2019 officially confirmed HQ Aviation has joined the RR300 Service Center network, which offers global, approved maintenance support to RR300 powered Robinson R66… Read more »

Source: HQ Aviation, 08-Apr-19

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AW159 Wildcat helps HMS Dragon to record eighth drugs haul – value £145m in six months

AW159 Wildcat helps HMS Dragon to record eighth drugs haul – value  £145m in six months

The Leonardo AW159 helicopter — dubbed the Wildcat by the Royal Navy — has helped HMS Dragon and 815 Naval Air Squadron net eight drug busts since last September, and U.K. authorities say the stashes of heroin, hashish, and crystal methamphetamine recovered mark a record for the Royal Navy. On March 17, HMS Dragon, a… Read more »

Source: UK Royal Navy, 01-Apr-19

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UK – Petrofac extends Survitec contract for immersion suits and lifejackets

UK – Petrofac extends Survitec contract for immersion suits and lifejackets

Survitec has secured a three-year contract extension with oil and gas services provider, Petrofac, to supply aviation immersion suits and lifejackets for personnel making helicopter transits to offshore oil platforms from Norwich Airport in the UK. Jill Florence, Contract Service Delivery Manager, Survitec, said: “For the past three years, Survitec has worked with Petrofac providing… Read more »

Source: Survitec Group, 01-Apr-19

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Building Work Begins on new Penzance Heliport

Building Work Begins on new Penzance Heliport

Work has officially begun on the new Penzance Heliport that will become the helicopter gateway to the Isles of Scilly. The first turf was cut on the site at Jelbert Way in a ceremony this week (Monday 18th March 2019). The new heliport is adjacent to the previous heliport site and will reinstate direct helicopter flights… Read more »

Source: Penzance Heliport, 21-Mar-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AW109SP (G-FRRN), engine started with rotor brake on, London Heliport (Battersea), 19 November 2018 Bell 206B3 (G-OPEN), inadvertent climb into cloud and subsequent loss of control, near Aldborough, North Yorkshire, 30 May 2018 Robinson R22 Beta (G-MACA), helicopter… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 14-Mar-19

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Sloane Helicopters celebrates its 500th new Robinson Helicopter

Sloane Helicopters celebrates its 500th new Robinson Helicopter

As Europe’s longest-established dealer for the Robinson Helicopter Company, Sloane Helicopters will soon be taking delivery of its 500th new Robinson helicopter – R44 Raven II S/N 14297. This significant milestone highlights the successful partnership between Sloane and Robinson, reflecting Sloane’s dedication and expertise in supporting the full range of Robinson helicopters. Kurt Robinson commented,… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 05-Mar-19

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Babcock swaps aircraft between UK and Australia

Babcock swaps aircraft between UK and Australia

Babcock has in the last week completed a fleet move that saw two helicopters moving from UK to Australia, and two coming back on the return flight. The move was completed by freight specialists Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA), using an Antonov An-124 aircraft.  After shipping two Leonardo AW139 helicopters from Prestwick UK to Melbourne in Australia, VDA… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Mar-19

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Isles of Scilly spoiler operation runs out of steam

Isles of Scilly spoiler operation runs out of steam

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Feb-19

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UK EMS charities invited to bid for share of £10m funding

UK EMS charities invited to bid for share of £10m funding

Health Minister Stephen Hammond has invited air ambulance charities in England to apply for a new £10 million fund for upgraded equipment and facilities. The £10 million in capital funding will help air ambulance charities to invest in new equipment and upgrade facilities to support them in providing vital services to patients across England. Air… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 19-Feb-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2019

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.

Source: AAIB, 14-Feb-19

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Orsted places contract for Barrow windfarm heliport

Orsted places contract for Barrow windfarm heliport

Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK won the £1.8 million contract from Orsted for the design and construction of a heliport. The heliport will be in Barrow-in-Furness, which will help helicopters travel to and from the Walney Extension off-shore wind farm. The heliport will include an aviation fueling system which will hold up to 15,000 litres… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Feb-19

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Babcock exits southern North Sea operations

Babcock exits southern North Sea operations

Following the loss of the contract with Perenco, Babcock MCS Offshore have closed their base at Norwich and the four Leonardo AW139s which they operated from there have been dispersed. In the early days of January, two of the four AW139s based there (G-PERD and G-VINC) were ferried to Babcock’s facility in Aberdeen. The third aircraft,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Feb-19

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Babcock H175s return to Airbus for retrofit work

Babcock H175s return to Airbus for retrofit work

Babcock MCS Offshore have a fleet of four Airbus H175 helicopters, and we recently tracked one of these taking an unusual route.  Ship #5022 registered as G-MCSE took a two day ferry flight on 29th and 30th January from Babcock’s base at Aberdeen through to the Airbus Helicopters facility at Albacete in Spain, with an… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Feb-19

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Leonardo awarded contract to support MOD fleet

Leonardo awarded contract to support MOD fleet

The MOD has awarded a five-year, multi-million-pound deal to Leonardo Helicopters (UK) for the support of the existing fleet of 50 Apache attack helicopters.Defence Minister Stuart Andrew announced the £293 million contract with Leonardo Helicopters during a visit to the company’s site in Yeovil where some of the vital work on the aircraft will take place…. Read more »

Source: UK Government, 28-Jan-19

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New CAP 1747 Report Identifies Optimum Strategy for Flight Crew HTAWS Alerts

New CAP 1747 Report Identifies Optimum Strategy for Flight Crew HTAWS Alerts

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has published its CAP 1747 report on research into the optimum means of alerting helicopter flight crews to alerts for Class A Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (HTAWS). The report’s findings will provide input for the EUROCAE WG110 working group as part of the aviation standards organisation’s efforts to… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 21-Jan-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Special Bulletins S1/2018 – Agusta AW169 (G-VSKP), loss of control on departure, Leicester, 27 October 2018 S2/2018 – Agusta AW169 (G-VSKP), loss of control on departure, Leicester, 27 October 2018 Other Investigations MBB-BK 117 D-2 (G-RMAA), insufficient anti-torque… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 10-Jan-19

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance grounded by Heli Charter liquidation

Wiltshire Air Ambulance grounded by Heli Charter liquidation

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) have had to ground their Bell 429 helicopter after their operator Heli Charter Ltd went into voluntary liquidation. That move means that the company is no longer trading, which in turn invalidates their Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) on which WAA relies. Without a nominated AOC holder, they cannot fly. WAA issued… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-19

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Castle Air adds AW139 to London Heli Shuttle

Castle Air adds AW139 to London Heli Shuttle

The London Heli Shuttle, operated by Castle Air at London Biggin Hill Airport, is extending its fleet to 10 helicopters with the addition of a new AgustaWestland AW139. The London Heli Shuttle was established in 2015 to offer the airport’s customers the fastest and most convenient route to central London. The service has been in… Read more »

Source: London Biggin Hill Airport, 11-Dec-18

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Cayman Islands Police orders Airbus H145

Cayman Islands Police orders Airbus H145

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) is adding a second helicopter, expected to be in operation mid-2019. The Airbus H145 The accompanying image shows Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin with UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister of State for the Overseas Territories, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon. The pair signed a memorandum of understanding in London… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Dec-18

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New Chinook simulators ready for training

New Chinook simulators ready for training

The Chinook Mk 6 synthetic training facility was built following a £53 million contract with Lockheed Martin UK, Rotary and Mission Systems. It is housed at RAF Odiham in Hampshire – home of the Chinook Force, a key component of the Joint Helicopter Command. The state-of-the-art technology includes two Flight Deck Device simulators, a Rear… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 28-Nov-18

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Trials to launch and land Chinooks on RFA Tidesurge

Trials to launch and land Chinooks on RFA Tidesurge

While her sister pumps hundreds of tonnes of fuel into Britain’s new aircraft carrier, RFA Tidesurge is proving the £113m ships are more than mere tankers. The third of four large, fast tankers – built specifically to support the UK’s two Queen Elizabeth-class flagships – is carrying out trials with the largest helicopter on the… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 15-Nov-18

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Airbus Delivers Upgraded Night Vision to UK police

Airbus Delivers Upgraded Night Vision to UK police

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first of seven upgraded National Police Air Service (NPAS) H135 helicopters, under a £1.5 million contract signed in December 2017 to equip and standardise the UK police helicopter fleet’s Night Vision (NVIS) capability.  Under the new configuration, all seven NPAS’ H135 helicopters will be capable of NVIS operations down to ground level, enhancing… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Nov-18

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UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2018

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Cessna 152 (G-WACG) and Guimbal Cabri G2 (G-JAMM), mid-air collision, Near Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, 17 November 2017 Rotorway Executive 90 (G-BZES), loss of control while inadvertently descending downwind, Fenland Airfield, Lincolnshire, 1 July 2018

Source: AAIB, 12-Nov-18

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CHC adds apprentice engineers in UK

CHC adds apprentice engineers in UK

CHC has made an announcement, saying that they will be adding 100 apprentice engineers to the Aberdeen main operational centre, as well as Norwich and Humberside. Their apprenticeship programme is also commencing again in 2018, reports Energy Voice.

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Nov-18

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Helitech to change name as expo adapts to changing market

Helitech to change name as expo adapts to changing market

As Helitech International closes today at the RAI exhibition centre in Amsterdam, the Helitech name is now disappearing. Initially focusing on the oil industry and first run in Aberdeen in 1986, the original Helitech organisers Spearhead Exhibitions realised they had to evolve to make the event viable. Primarily this meant moving the event to Redhill… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Oct-18

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Specialist Aviation Services ranked ‘Excellent’

Specialist Aviation Services ranked ‘Excellent’

Leonardo announced during an official ceremony held at Helitech in Amsterdam, that Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) has been appointed an Excellent Service Centre for the AW169 light intermediate and AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters in UK and Ireland. An established service centre for the AW169 and AW139 types in UK providing a range of support… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 18-Oct-18

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HeliGroup launches world-first Airbus ACH135 Helionix for charter operations

HeliGroup launches world-first Airbus ACH135 Helionix for charter operations

HeliGroup is today launching their newly-delivered Airbus ACH135 Helionix into the charter market from their UK base at Wycombe Air Park.  The latest generation twin engine luxury aircraft will serve the high-end charter market. HeliGroup is based close to all of the key London corporate jet airports at Luton, Stansted, Oxford, Biggin Hill and Farnborough, as… Read more »

Source: HeliGroup, 16-Oct-18

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UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2018

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AS350 B3e (G-MATH), loss of control during hydraulics-off training, Wycombe Air Park, Buckinghamshire, 5 May 2017 Robinson R44 (G-CTFL) and Robinson R44 (G-HYND), loss of control to G-CFTL after reversing into G-HYND’s main rotor, Cumbernauld Airport, North Lanarkshire,… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 11-Oct-18

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Red Arrows Support Handover of First ACH135 for charter ops

Red Arrows Support Handover of First ACH135 for charter ops

UK operator HeliGroup has taken delivery of the first ever ACH135 Helionix for VIP charter operations from Airbus Corporate Helicopters at the Monaco Yacht Club during the annual yacht show in the Principality. The handover event was attended by representatives of global aviation and yachting industries and supported by the Royal Air Force Red Arrows,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Oct-18

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First UK registered SD2 helicopter comes online

First UK registered SD2 helicopter comes online

As the first aerial operator in the UK to use a SD2 for underslung lifting, we quickly saw the advantages of using this model of helicopter. So the decision was taken to purchase our own SD2 helicopter to join our ever expanding fleet of AS350B2’s and AS350B3’s. The SD2 has more power then the standard… Read more »

Source: Airbourne Solutions, 26-Sep-18

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ACH Displays New ACH135 Helionix

ACH Displays New ACH135 Helionix

Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) Airbus’ dedicated private and business helicopter entity, will display the company’s new ACH135 Helionix for the first time on the rooftop of the Monaco Yacht Club during the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show.  Fitted with the company’s in-house ACH Line interior configuration, the updated, Helionix-equipped provides a technological leap forward for the light, twin-engine… Read more »

Source: Airbus Corporate Helicopters, 24-Sep-18

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UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2018

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

Source: AAIB, 13-Sep-18

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CAAi launch new Risk-Based Oversight and Surveillance training course

CAAi launch new Risk-Based Oversight and Surveillance training course

The training arm of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA), CAA International (CAAi), has announced a brand new, two-day training course on risk-based oversight and surveillance. Risk-Based Oversight, or Performance-Based Regulation as it is commonly known in the UK, is an oversight system which compliments compliance-based auditing. A risk-based approach allows regulators to fully… Read more »

Source: CAAi, 06-Sep-18

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Helitech gives up on London – 2019 venue is Farnborough

Helitech gives up on London – 2019 venue is Farnborough

The organisers of Helitech have finally listened to what their customers want and moved the UK venue out of London to as location which will allow proper demo flights.  Way back on 21st September 2012, HeliHub.com announced that Helitech was to move from its Duxford location to an indoor exhibition centre in central London –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Sep-18

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2018

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Sikorsky S-92A (G-CHHF), nose landing gear failed to lower on approach to Scatsta Airport, Shetland, 29 January 2018

Source: AAIB, 15-Aug-18

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59 year old London Heliport faces new noise challenges

59 year old London Heliport faces new noise challenges

Residents living in three riverside boroughs near the London Heliport in Battersea are being subjected to noise levels that could pose a risk to their health. That’s the conclusion of a ground-breaking study, the first of its kind in the UK that monitored noise levels near the heliport over a five month period last year…. Read more »

Source: Wandsworth Council, 08-Aug-18

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Helicopter Museum details activities for World Helicopter Day

Helicopter Museum details activities for World Helicopter Day

World Helicopter Day takes place on Sunday 19 August and to mark the occasion The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare is hosting a special Family Fun Day which includes opening some of its more unusual exhibits, that have rarely been open to the public before. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 08-Aug-18

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Penzance Heliport Project Recommended for Approval

Penzance Heliport Project Recommended for Approval

Plans for a replacement Penzance Heliport to serve the Isles of Scilly have been recommended for approval by Cornwall Council planning officers. The Planning Report recommends Councillors grant permission for the heliport, citing the “significant social and economic benefit to the businesses, residents and visitors of the Scillies and wider economic benefits to West Cornwall.” The report… Read more »

Source: Penzance Heliport, 30-Jul-18

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Magpas Air Ambulance selects AW169 to replace MD Explorer

Magpas Air Ambulance selects AW169 to replace MD Explorer

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

Source: Leonardo, 19-Jul-18

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Sloane Helicopters opens up Irish corporate market with AW109 GrandNew sale

Sloane Helicopters opens up Irish corporate market with AW109 GrandNew sale

Leonardo and official distributor in UK Sloane Helicopters (Sloane) has announced that QME Mining Equipment Ltd (QME) of Ireland, a leading company in the supply of complete solutions to the Mining and Tunnelling industries worldwide, has signed a contract for an AW109 GrandNew helicopter. The aircraft will be used to perform VIP/corporate transport operations with delivery… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Jul-18

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Bristow opens new SAR base at Lydd

Bristow opens new SAR base at Lydd

The last purpose-built HM Coastguard helicopter base at Lydd, Kent, was opened today, marking a major milestone in the UK’s national search and rescue helicopter service. Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, officially opened the base and witnessed the duty search and rescue helicopter crew returning from a training sortie, in a… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 18-Jul-18

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AeroTex UK leverages VABS for simulation of composite rotor blades

AeroTex UK leverages VABS for simulation of composite rotor blades

AnalySwift, LLC, a provider of efficient high-fidelity modeling software for composites and other advanced materials, announced today that AertoTex UK has licensed its powerful VABS software for the simulation of composite propellers, rotor blades, and other slender structures. Located in the United Kingdom, AeroTex UK has extensive experience in the area of structural dynamics, including… Read more »

Source: AnalySwift, 12-Jul-18

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