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Penzance Helicopters introduces AW139 to Isles of Scilly service

Penzance Helicopters introduces AW139 to Isles of Scilly service

Penzance Helicopters is (on 12th September 2020) introducing the Leonardo AW139 to the recently re-launched Isles of Scilly service, flying from Penzance direct to Tresco and St Mary’s. The best-in-class aircraft sets the benchmark for passenger safety and comfort. With 15 ergonomically designed seats and large cabin windows, it treats passengers to unobstructed views of… Read more »

Source: Penzance Helicopters, 11-Sep-20

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2020

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, 11-Sep-20

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New 5 seat helicopter will turn private flying on its head

New 5 seat helicopter will turn private flying on its head

British engineer Jason Hill has been flying helicopters for nearly 20 years, and has more recently been developing a five-seat three-blade turbine helicopter that will not be “just another new helicopter”. Instead, he is aiming to disrupt the helicopter industry at least as much as Elon Musk has disrupted the car industry with his Tesla… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Aug-20

Leonardo supporting the UK Armed Forces’ Covid-19 response

Leonardo supporting the UK Armed Forces’ Covid-19 response

Leonardo, at its site in Yeovil, not only builds and designs rotorcraft but it also supports aircraft once in operation by its military customers. The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted even more this key area of customer engagement for the Company. The British Army, specifically 1 Aviation Brigade HQ, was tasked to provide two aircraft every day… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Aug-20

Children’s Air Ambulance offers pioneering medical treatment

Children’s Air Ambulance offers pioneering medical treatment

The pioneering Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) has achieved another first in the UK by further improving specialist, lifesaving equipment on-board their aircraft to assist NHS specialist transport teams during flights. 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… Read more »

Source: Children’s Air Ambulance, 14-Aug-20

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2020

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-Aug-20

QinetiQ contract with Castle Air to operate new Airbus H145

QinetiQ contract with Castle Air to operate new Airbus H145

QinetiQ has bought a new Airbus H145 for the LTPA (Long Term Partnering Agreement) Range Helicopter Service that covers the UK Ministry of Defence BUTEC (British Underwater Test & Evaluation Centre) and Hebrides sites in North West Scotland.  The LTPA is a 25-year contract between the UK Ministry of Defence and QinetiQ to deliver Test &… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Aug-20

Babcock wins major new contracts with Total E&P UK

Babcock wins major new contracts with Total E&P UK

Babcock has secured two new five-year contracts in the UK and Denmark to provide energy major Total with helicopter transport in the North Sea. The contracts, which were won in a competitive tender, will see Babcock’s Offshore business operate a mix of S-92 and H175 helicopters for Total in the UK. Flights from Aberdeen will… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 03-Aug-20

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HM Coastguard flies first UK unmanned SAR missions

HM Coastguard flies first UK unmanned SAR missions

Unmanned aircraft will be flown as safety overwatch in support of search and rescue missions for HM Coastguard for the first time this weekend. The unmanned aircraft will be supporting search and rescue response in north Wales both in maritime and in the mountains. It is an operational trial and will potentially have the benefits… Read more »

Source: HM Coastguard, 31-Jul-20

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UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2020

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Eurocopter AS350B2 (G-PDGF), inadvertent release of underslung load, Glencoe, Argyll, Scotland, 3 March 2020

Source: AAIB, 10-Jul-20

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CHC and UniFly extend Hornsea wind farm support contract

CHC and UniFly extend Hornsea wind farm support contract

World leader in offshore wind, Ørsted have today confirmed that CHC Helicopter has been awarded the contract for aerial transportation during the construction and operations phases of its Hornsea Two offshore wind farm. CHC will continue to work with UniFly to deliver flight operations for Hornsea One, covering the construction phase as well as the… Read more »

Source: Ørsted, 06-Jul-20

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NHV awarded offshore contract by Shell UK and NAM

NHV awarded offshore contract by Shell UK and NAM

NHV Group today announced a new long-term contract to provide helicopter services for Shell UK & NAM, starting July 1st 2020. Under the three- year agreement, daily flights will depart from NHV’s bases in Den Helder and Norwich to the Shell UK and NAM assets in the Southern North Sea (SNS). The contract facilitates the… Read more »

Source: NHV, 02-Jul-20

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British helicopter salesman pleads guilty in US court

British helicopter salesman pleads guilty in US court

In a press report late last week, Tennessee radio station WFHG 92.9 reported that Richard Harper of Apple International, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted aircraft parts fraud.  This followed his arrest in January in Anaheim as he was heading to Heli-Expo.  The article concludes by saying that Harper could face up to 10 years… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-20

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Penzance Helicopters flights to restart 4th July, plus AW139 update

Penzance Helicopters flights to restart 4th July, plus AW139 update

The Leonardo AW139 destined for the scheduled service between Penzance Heliport and the Isles of Scilly was one of the helicopter industry’s first #COVID19 casualties. The helicopter became quarantined in China early in 2020 when the pandemic took hold. Consequently the route started as planned on March 17 using two Leonardo AW109SP GrandNew helicopters, but… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-20

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NHV extends North Sea contract with Ithaca Energy

NHV extends North Sea contract with Ithaca Energy

NHV Group, a leading provider of B2B helicopter services, today announced it has signed a five-year contract extension with Ithaca Energy (UK) Limited, providing aviation services to the Ithaca Energy Group’s operated FPF-1 installation, Alba, Captain and Erskine fields in the Scottish North Sea. The extension covers seven-day-a-week coverage and will start in January 2021…. Read more »

Source: NHV, 15-Jun-20

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UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2020

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AW189 (G-OENC), wrong deck landing, Forties Charlie platform, northern North Sea, 25 March 2019

Source: AAIB, 11-Jun-20

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Aero Asset adds UK-based sales contact

Aero Asset adds UK-based sales contact

Aero Asset has named Philip Louis Amadeus as a Sales Director for the company. The experienced aviator will be based in London, expanding Aero Asset’s global footprint with sales directors now also in Canada, the United States and Mexico. “Philip brings decades of fixed and rotary wing savoir-faire to Aero Asset. He draws from his… Read more »

Source: Aero Asset, 09-Jun-20

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Compass and ALG ship EC135 from UK to US for Air Methods

Compass and ALG ship EC135 from UK to US for Air Methods

Aerospace Logistics Group (ALG) members Compass Forwarding and Talkcargo partnered to ship a Eurocopter EC135 helicopter from the United Kingdom to the United States this month. The group handled the door-to-door movement of the aircraft from Brighton City Airport in Southern England to Allegheny County Airport in the Pittsburgh area via containerized ocean freight. The… Read more »

Source: Compass Forwarding, 04-Jun-20

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Gama Aviation and Atkins retain UK military airworthiness contract

Gama Aviation and Atkins retain UK military airworthiness contract

Gama Aviation, the global business aviation service provider, together with Atkins, has been reappointed to continue delivering Military Airworthiness Reviews (MARs) to the Royal Air Force’s HQ Air Command (HQ Air) and The British Army’s Joint Helicopter Command (JHC). Airworthiness regulations were issued by The Military Aviation Authority in 2013, requiring all aircraft on the… Read more »

Source: Gama Aviation, 04-Jun-20

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Gama Aviation starts Scottish EMS operations after taking contract back from Babcock

Gama Aviation starts Scottish EMS operations after taking contract back from Babcock

HeliHub.com editor note – below is the press release from Gama Aviation regarding the commencement of operations for the Scottish Ambulance Service.  It is worth noting that Gama Aviation have held the contract since the 1990s to provide two fixed-wing and two rotary-wing aircraft.  Up to now, the rotary-wing element has been subcontracted to Babcock… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-20

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Hereford County Hospital helipad is now open

Hereford County Hospital helipad is now open

Hereford County Hospital has opened its new, larger helipad thanks to the support of the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads. The entire construction costs of the new helipad and additional infrastructure around the Emergency Department, were covered by the HELP Appeal’s £100,000 donation. The new helipad has… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 22-May-20

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BladeSense research advances rotor blade health monitoring

BladeSense research advances rotor blade health monitoring

Airbus Helicopters in the UK is exploring future activities to follow on from a four-year research project that has shown strong potential for advancing the state-ofthe-art in measuring deformation of helicopter rotor blades in the rotating frame. The BladeSense project, a £2 million programme supported with a £1 million grant from Innovate UK, via the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-May-20

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UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2020

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Bell 429 (G-WLTS), un-commanded yaw during Power Assurance Check, Melksham, Wiltshire, 2 January 2019 AW109SP (G-VIVE), aircraft struck power lines during final approach, Robins Farm, Chiddingfold, Surrey, 04 November 2019 Robinson R44 II (G-LLIZ), helicopter rollover,… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 15-May-20

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UK – Heliair gets bank loan to continue operations through COVID-19

UK – Heliair gets bank loan to continue operations through COVID-19

Business press in the county of Warwickshire reports that Heliair has received loan funding from Barclays Bank to continue its operations during the Covid-19 crisis.  See report

Source: Business Live, 12-May-20

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The Air Ambulance Service charity predicts £2.2M income shortfall but still has £12M in the bank

The Air Ambulance Service charity predicts £2.2M income shortfall but still has £12M in the bank

[Please also see Editor’s note at the foot of this post] The Air Ambulance Service charity, providing vital support to the NHS frontline, is asking the public to back an urgent appeal to safely reopen its stores which provide the much-needed income to operate its clinical services. Your Local Air Ambulance is currently in the… Read more »

Source: TAAS, 06-May-20

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Devon Air Ambulance resumes ops – EC135s fitted with separation screens

Devon Air Ambulance resumes ops – EC135s fitted with separation screens

Devon Air Ambulance is today resuming air operations after the successful introduction of several innovative new aviation solutions, which means we can now provide greater protection for our patients and aircrew against Coronavirus. A new separation screen has been installed between the front and rear sections of the aircraft, which partitions-off the pilot cockpit from the patient treatment/paramedic area. Our aircrew will also now be able to use newly designed throat microphones when… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 06-May-20

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NHV wins AW169 offshore contract from Blackpool UK

NHV wins AW169 offshore contract from Blackpool UK

NHV Group today announced a new long-term contract with Spirit Energy to provide passenger transfer services in support of their East Irish Sea operations. The operations are expected to start in December 2020, and will be based at Blackpool (UK).  The contract is currently flown by Babcock MCS Offshore. Spirit Energy has a group of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-May-20

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COVID-19 – First HACA flights made under UK Government payment scheme

COVID-19 – First HACA flights made under UK Government payment scheme

Today marks the first flights being made under the Helicopter Assistance to Civil Authorities (HACA) scheme set up by the British Helicopter Association. Two AW109s have this morning flown from the NHS Nightingale Hospital in London to its sister NHS Nightingale Hospital in Sunderland, and will return later in the day. The aircraft are being… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Apr-20

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Air Covers wins Queen’s Award

Air Covers wins Queen’s Award

Air Covers Ltd, a leading specialist in the design of bespoke protective covers for the aerospace and marine sector, is proud to have won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade 2020. These Awards are the most prestigious award a UK company can receive. Her Majesty The Queen approves the winners, which recognises companies… Read more »

Source: Air Covers, 22-Apr-20

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HeliOperations granted Part 145 approval for new facility by MAA

HeliOperations granted Part 145 approval for new facility by MAA

The UK MAA has granted HeliOperations Part 145 approval for its brand new Base Maintenance and Storage Facility in Somerton near RNAS Yeovilton. The facility will be used for the storage and on-site maintenance of military registered air systems and components. HeliOperations will now transfer its Sea Kings and associated engineering stores and other equipment… Read more »

Source: HeliOperations, 19-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – UK Government agrees coronavirus aviation contract with BHA

COVID-19 – UK Government agrees coronavirus aviation contract with BHA

The British Helicopter Association (BHA) has made a major achievement with the completion of a contract to facilitate freight and passenger transport by air in support of coronavirus response across the whole of the UK. The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) – the UK Government contract management organisation – has worked tirelessly in recent days to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Apr-20

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UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2020

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-CILR), aircraft fire due to electrical short circuit, Wycombe Air Park, 22 July 2019 Correction: Sikorsky S-61N (G-ATBJ), control restriction on takeoff, Marchwood, Hampshire, 1 February 2018

Source: AAIB, 15-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – CHC adapt AW139s with all approvals completed inside two weeks

COVID-19 – CHC adapt AW139s with all approvals completed inside two weeks

Offshore operator CHC has produced an adaption for their offshore AW139s in the Netherlands to provide a safety screen between the pilots and the passengers during the COVID19 pandemic.  Quinten Hergaarden, Deputy Accountable Manager at CHC Helicopters Netherlands spoke with HeliHub.com to explain the project further. With the AW139 cabin reduced from 12 to 8 passengers (for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Apr-20

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RAF Helicopters Support Scottish Ambulance Service Trials

RAF Helicopters Support Scottish Ambulance Service Trials

RAF Puma helicopters based at Kinloss Barracks in Moray have been supporting the Scottish Ambulance Service with the trials of the EpiShuttle medical isolation and transportation system as part of the Scottish Government’s coronavirus response. The Scottish Ambulance Service has trialled the use of the EpiShuttle to enable the safe and swift transportation of patients… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 06-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Air BP to supply free fuel to a number of air ambulance services in England and Wales

COVID-19 – Air BP to supply free fuel to a number of air ambulance services in England and Wales

Air BP, the aviation division of BP, will provide free jet fuel for use by the helicopters of a number of UK air ambulance services, supporting their life-saving work during the current coronavirus pandemic. The air ambulance crews are on stand-by 24/7, ready to respond to emergencies where they are needed most. All these services are… Read more »

Source: Air BP, 01-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – London Heliport announces temporary closure

COVID-19 – London Heliport announces temporary closure

The coronavirus pandemic is having a severe impact on commercial travel and the general aviation industry. The London Heliport in Battersea, South London has been working closely with all relevant authorities and will continue to follow the latest advice from Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Accordingly, with immediate effect and no… Read more »

Source: London Heliport, 31-Mar-20

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Helitech World Expo (ex Vertical Flight Expo) picks April 2021 dates

Helitech World Expo (ex Vertical Flight Expo) picks April 2021 dates

Following HeliHub’s exclusive article Reed sells Vertical Flight Expo (ex Helitech), the purchasers have made this announcement:- Prysm Group is delighted to announce the launch of Helitech World Expo, Europe’s largest event for the helicopter sector. Welcoming 300 exhibitors and over 3,000 visitors, Helitech World Expo will empower the industry to reimagine the possibilities and… Read more »

Source: Prysm Group, 25-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – British helicopter industry steps up – but still needs more help

COVID-19 – British helicopter industry steps up – but still needs more help

The British Helicopter Association (BHA) is flagging up to the UK Government that there are plenty of helicopters available to transport both people and freight in the current time of need while the country battles Coronavirus (COVID-19). BHA sees urgent requirements from both Government and National Health Service (NHS) users. A number of operators including… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Mar-20

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London’s Air Ambulance releases 2019 statistics

Today we are releasing our mission statistics for 2019 in order to raise awareness of the work we do day and night to help save lives in the capital. In 2019, our charity’s 30th anniversary year, we took an advanced trauma team to 1730 patients whose lives were on the line. This is an increase of 74 missions… Read more »

18-Mar-20

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New scheduled service to the Isles of Scilly starts amid protesters

New scheduled service to the Isles of Scilly starts amid protesters

The new scheduled service between the British mainland and the Isles of Scilly started yesterday, but the launch was marred by climate change protesters with “Climate Crime Scene” banners, including one approx 8m long and 2m tall. The scheduled service route between the old Penzance Heliport (only “over the road” from the new one) dates… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Mar-20

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UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2020

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Sikorsky S-61N (G-ATBJ), control restriction on takeoff, Marchwood, Hampshire, 1 February 2018

Source: AAIB, 15-Mar-20

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The Air Ambulance Service to upgrade with two new AW109SPs

The Air Ambulance Service to upgrade with two new AW109SPs

A multi-million pound investment project to acquire two brand new lifesaving helicopters has been launched. The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance, (DLRAA) along with the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) have begun a helicopter replacement project which will come to fruition in early 2021. Every day of the year, your local air ambulance… Read more »

Source: TAAS, 12-Mar-20

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Schweizer appoints sales and service centre for UK and Ireland

Schweizer appoints sales and service centre for UK and Ireland

Under new owners since 2018, Schweizer is making a steady and planned approach to their re-entry to the helicopter market. Having spent time investing in the spares and support side of the business back, the company is now working on the order for 25 model CBi helicopters, and is also starting to build the sales… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Mar-20

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Leonardo provides update on UK research, design and innovation facility

Leonardo provides update on UK research, design and innovation facility

Somerset’s commitment to the vital aerospace industry is set in steel after a milestone was reached in construction of the cutting-edge aerospace innovation centre in Yeovil. Partners in the iAero Centre initiative visited the construction site and signed a steel column at a special ceremony on Thursday (5 March) as work on the construction of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 10-Mar-20

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Reed sells Vertical Flight Expo (ex Helitech)

Reed sells Vertical Flight Expo (ex Helitech)

Reed Exhibitions have disposed of Vertical Flight Expo – previously called (and better know as) Helitech International. The purchasers are Prysm Group, who have been organising B2B trade exhibitions for over twenty years, and are responsible for a portfolio of over 50 shows across the world.  In 2019 alone the company opened new offices in the USA,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Mar-20

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Babcock wins major new North Sea helicopter contract from Bristow

Babcock wins major new North Sea helicopter contract from Bristow

Babcock MCS Offshore have won a significant new five-year shared contract with three oil and gas operators for helicopter transport in the northern North Sea. The contract will initially see Babcock operate over 100 helicopter flights each month from Sumburgh in Shetland, on behalf of CNR International, EnQuest and TAQA under a collaborative agreement. Flights… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Mar-20

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Gama Aviation makes a power play for UK helicopter market

Gama Aviation makes a power play for UK helicopter market

Long-established business aviation operator Gama Aviation is making its first move into the UK helicopter market with the launch of a fleet of three Airbus H145s.  Two of the three aircraft are being permanently fitted out for EMS work, and will be put to work on the Scottish Ambulance Service contract from 1st June 2020 –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Mar-20

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Price comparison website takes aim at UK helicopter charter market

Price comparison website takes aim at UK helicopter charter market

Cardiff based hire & rental industry giants Anything for Hire have added another string to their bow with the acquisition of the sought-after helicopterhire.com domain name – and look set to take yet another market by storm. Since their launch in 2018, the team at Anything for Hire has been going from strength to strength,… Read more »

Source: Anything for Hire, 02-Mar-20

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Bristow to trial Unmanned systems to help with SAR

Bristow to trial Unmanned systems to help with SAR

At the Helicopter Investor conference in London yesterday, Russ Torbet – the Director of UK SAR at Bristow Helicopters – gave an interesting presentation on how their long-term UK SAR contract was working in practice, and provided an insight of what lies ahead. The contract was launched in a ceremony on 26th February 2015, and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Feb-20

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Penzance Helicopters to launch with AW109 GrandNew due to Coronavirus

Penzance Helicopters to launch with AW109 GrandNew due to Coronavirus

The new Penzance Helicopters service to the Isles of Scilly, is set to launch on schedule from March 17th 2020. This is despite a delay to the arrival of the new AW139 helicopter, caused by current Chinese export restrictions linked to Coronavirus control measures. Following manufacture in Italy, the aircraft had been on a short… Read more »

Source: Penzance Helicopters, 24-Feb-20

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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

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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

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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

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£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

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HELP Appeal celebrates construction progress on new Helipad

HELP Appeal celebrates construction progress on new Helipad

Donors who supported the appeal to raise funds for the new state-of-the-art Helipad at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) attended a ‘breaking of the ground’ celebration to mark construction work progress. Funding for the Helipad was raised by MFT Charity’s Time Save Lives Appeal, which raised a phenomenal £3.9million in just 12 months, thanks… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 29-Jan-20

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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

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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

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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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New helipad opens at Maidstone Hospital

New helipad opens at Maidstone Hospital

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Maidstone Hospital on Wednesday (11 December 2019) to officially open its new helipad. The HELP Appeal, which is the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads, donated £300,000 to Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust to build the all-weather pad at the rear of the… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 13-Dec-19

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Major Trauma Centre first in UK to benefit from weather station

Major Trauma Centre first in UK to benefit from weather station

University Hospitals of North Midlands Major Trauma Centre is the first in the UK to benefit from a weather station which provides certainty and real time information for emergency helicopter pilots about weather conditions, ensuring that its patients are seen quicker and with more efficiency. The weather station, called “Skyview”, which has been donated by… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 11-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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Royal Devon and Exeter hospital helipad to open by January 2020

Royal Devon and Exeter hospital helipad to open by January 2020

Work to replace the old helipad at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital is well underway, thanks to the cost being totally funded with a £1million grant from the HELP Appeal– the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads. It is anticipated that the new helipad is set to open by January… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 26-Sep-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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Sheffield Children’s Hospital Helipad receives £562,500 boos

Sheffield Children’s Hospital Helipad receives £562,500 boos

The fundraising campaign for a life-saving helipad at Sheffield Children’s Hospital took a major step forward thanks to a £562,500 charity donation. This morning, the HELP Appeal’s Chief Executive Robert Bertram presented the second installment of their £2.25M pledge to David Vernon-Edwards, Director of The Children’s Hospital Charity. It takes the fundraising towards the Helipad… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 16-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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