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Bond Offshore Helicopters picks Heli-One to overhaul H225

Bond Offshore Helicopters picks Heli-One to overhaul H225

Stavanger, Norway -Heli-One, one of the world’s largest independent providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has been chosen as Bond Offshore Helicopters’ service partner for an H225G-REDR, 9,000 hour G check. The contract, to be serviced at Heli-One’s Stavanger facility in Norway, constitutes the first major H225 inspection in Bond Offshore Helicopter’s… Read more »

Source: Heli-one, 02-Sep-15

Unite union renews call for North Sea safety inquiry

Unite union renews call for North Sea safety inquiry

Ahead of the second anniversary of the Sumburgh offshore helicopter tragedy, Unite has called on the UK government to urgently revisit the recommendation of the previous parliament’s Transport Select Committee for a public inquiry into offshore helicopter safety. The death of four offshore workers when their helicopter ditched in the waters off the Sumburgh coast… Read more »

Source: Unite The Union, 27-Aug-15

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First students complete Heli Air ATPL(H) ground school course at Wycombe Air Park

First students complete Heli Air ATPL(H) ground school course at Wycombe Air Park

Heli Air, the UK’s largest light helicopter company, has seen the first set of students graduate from its ATPL (H) / IR ground school training at Wycombe Air Park. Having sat their final examinations earlier this month, the successful students now qualify for their Air Transport Pilot’s Licence (Helicopter). During the six-month training, course delegates… Read more »

Source: Heli Air, 25-Aug-15

Heli UK Expo announces New 2016 Date

Heli UK Expo announces New 2016 Date

Heli UK Expo will be taking place during 1-3 July 2016 at Sywell Aerodrome, Northamptonshire Heli UK Expo is the UK’s only fly in heclicopter event which provides an event platform within a traditional airfield setting, where exhibitors and visitors can meet, connect and do business in a flexible and relaxed environment. If you have… Read more »

Source: Heli UK Expo, 24-Aug-15

London Air Ambulance buys second MD Explorer

London Air Ambulance buys second MD Explorer

With a figure of almost £4M so far raised  towards a target of £6M, London’s Air Ambulance is doing well financially towards their second helicopter.  Exactly what the monetary trigger point was we are not aware, but the organisation has clearly passed the “BUY” point and have completed on the purchase of a second MD… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Aug-15

UK – HIOWAA reaches 6000 missions

UK – HIOWAA reaches 6000 missions

Since the news that the Air Ambulance has helped to achieve a higher survival rate of patients across the county, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) can now reveal that they have reached 6000 missions in the eight years that it has been operating. Over the years of operating, the Air Ambulance has… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 20-Aug-15

North Sea pilots consider strike action

North Sea pilots consider strike action

Over a third of helicopter pilots operating in the North Sea met last night in Aberdeen at a meeting convened by BALPA to hear an update on the negotiations over planned redundancies. The meeting was appalled to hear the employers’ approach to the redundancies, at the ruthless exploitation of the weak market by the oil… Read more »

Source: Balpa, 18-Aug-15

Sea King forms heart of Fleet Air Arm Museum exhibition

Sea King forms heart of Fleet Air Arm Museum exhibition

A NAVY helicopter which saw active service in a dramatic rescue of British troops during the Falklands War is the leading attraction of a new exhibition at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton. See Full Story

Source: Western Gazette, 17-Aug-15

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Public consultation held for proposed new Wiltshire Air Ambulance base

Public consultation held for proposed new Wiltshire Air Ambulance base

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance (WAA) held a public consultation event yesterday (Wednesday August 12th) for local residents and businesses to find out about its proposed new home to base the charity’s helicopter, aircrew and office staff. The charity has been searching for a site for its new home for over a year and its preferred location… Read more »

Source: WAA, 14-Aug-15

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Helicentre Aviation Launches Cabri G2 Flight Instructor Programme

Helicentre Aviation Launches Cabri G2 Flight Instructor Programme

Helicentre Aviation Academy has launched a brand new EASA helicopter Flight Instructor (FI) programme to meet its demand for instructors on the Cabri G2. The Cabri’s success as a training helicopter has been immense. It’s selection as the primary platform for students enrolled on the Helicentre Aviation Academy BSc (Hons) degree programme (a joint initiative… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 14-Aug-15

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Bristow SAR base at Lydd goes fully live Friday 14th

Bristow SAR base at Lydd goes fully live Friday 14th

A new Kent search and rescue base is set to leap into action tomorrow. See Full Story

Source: Kent Online, 14-Aug-15

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2015

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-15

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Charity Commission finds failings in the Air Ambulance Service

Charity Commission finds failings in the Air Ambulance Service

The Charity Commission has concluded that there were serious governance failings at the Air Ambulance Charity after it ran a fundraising event that lost £111,000 and made a loan of £27,000 to its deputy chief executive. See Full Story

Source: Third Sector, 13-Aug-15

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British R44 pilot fined for downwash incident

British R44 pilot fined for downwash incident

TORBAY millionaire hotel owner Keith Richardson has been fined £3,000 after his helicopter caused a parasol to take off and strike a teenage guest. See Full Story

Source: Torquay Herald Express, 10-Aug-15

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UK military helicopter fleet in 2019 will be half of 2009 fleet

UK military helicopter fleet in 2019 will be half of 2009 fleet

On 31 July 2015 the final Army Air Corps course on the Lynx AH Mk7 helicopter completed their advanced twin engine training, and at a stroke another helicopter disappeared from the UK inventory. This event highlights the missing link that exists being staged government policy and the ability to deliver it, where small cuts in… Read more »

Source: Nova Systems, 07-Aug-15

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Bristow SAR Framework Recognized with 2015 Green Apple Award

Bristow SAR Framework Recognized with 2015 Green Apple Award

Bristow search and rescue (SAR) framework was recognized as the Green Champion for Scotland in the 2015 Green Apple Awards. The award provides recognition for framework in which sustainability has played a key role and associated objectives have been exceeded. Balfour Beatty led the £40 million construction framework of seven new SAR facilities and refurbishment… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 06-Aug-15

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance reveals preferred site for new base

Wiltshire Air Ambulance reveals preferred site for new base

Wiltshire Air Ambulance may have found a new base in the county after a year-long search. See Full Story.  

Source: Gazette & Herald, 06-Aug-15

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Great Western Air Ambulance – where a pint is beer, not blood

Great Western Air Ambulance – where a pint is beer, not blood

Beer lovers will soon be able to support the local air ambulance while enjoying their favourite tipple.See Full Story.

Source: Bath Chronicle, 06-Aug-15

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CHC targets 50 job cuts in Aberdeen

CHC targets 50 job cuts in Aberdeen

About 50 jobs at Aberdeen helicopter firm CHC are at risk.See Full Story

Source: BBC, 05-Aug-15

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Helitech expands Business and Strategy Conference

Helitech expands Business and Strategy Conference

Europe’s largest helicopter exhibition and conference, Helitech International, has announced that its influential Business and Strategy Conference has been expanded this year to include two new Focus On sessions, covering unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and offshore wind farms. The Business and Strategy Conference is a key component of Helitech International’s three day Education Programme, run… Read more »

Source: Helitech International, 05-Aug-15

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Heli Air holding company, British European Aviation, appoints new Chairman

Heli Air holding company, British European Aviation, appoints new Chairman

Heli Air, the UK’s largest light helicopter company, is delighted to announce the appointment of The Lord Glenarthur DL as Chairman of British European Aviation Ltd (BEA), Heli Air’s holding company. The appointment has been made as a result of the continued expansion of both the Heli Air business and that of its sister company within BEA,… Read more »

Source: Heli Air, 04-Aug-15

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World Helicopter Day

World Helicopter Day

World Helicopter Day takes place on Sunday August 16th and to mark the occasion The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare is going to open up some of its more unusual exhibits, that have rarely been open to the public before. The day aims to raise awareness of the contributions that helicopters make to society and to… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 03-Aug-15

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Devon Air Ambulance pilot retires after 23 years and over 7,000 missions

Devon Air Ambulance pilot retires after 23 years and over 7,000 missions

This week saw the end of an era for Devon’s Air Ambulances, with the final operational flight flown by Captain Rob Mackie, before he retires. One constant at Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) over its 23 years of operation is Rob, who has flown with the service since April 1993. He is thought to be the… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance Trust, 24-Jul-15

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Nova Systems joins with Starspeed on EC135 ops

Nova Systems joins with Starspeed on EC135 ops

Starspeed’s Gloucestershire Training facility at Kemble airport has been chosen by Nova Systems as the base for their new Airbus Helicopter, H135. The partnership between the two companies will see the aircraft, now operating under its new registration G-NSYS, used to the optimum: Nova Systems is a leading provider of independent flight test and evaluation… Read more »

Source: Nova, 22-Jul-15

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Former Dancopter pilots begin legal proceedings after job losses

Former Dancopter pilots begin legal proceedings after job losses

Nearly 30 people have been left without a job and without redundancy pay after their former employer DanCopter UK’s deal with Shell to transport workers to and from North Sea oil platforms was taken over by CHC Helicopter. See full story

Source: Eastern Daily Press, 21-Jul-15

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Plan for new military helipad in Plymouth

Plan for new military helipad in Plymouth

The Ministry of Defence has applied for permission to build a new helicopter landing pad and Forward Operating Base in Plymouth. See full story

Source: The Herald, 21-Jul-15

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130 Bristow North Sea jobs at risk

130 Bristow North Sea jobs at risk

The Aberdeen-based company said it was continuing to be hit by a downturn in the North Sea oil and gas industry. See full story

Source: BBC News, 17-Jul-15

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Press misrepresents London Air Ambulance MD Explorer down-time

Press misrepresents London Air Ambulance MD Explorer down-time

The London Evening Standard newspaper recently ran an article saying that their MD Explorer G-EHMS has been unavailable 50 days so far this year.  As with many mainstream media, their level of accuracy is often in question when they attempt to write a story of a technical nature when the author has no experience of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jul-15

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UK Government gives Children’s Air Ambulance £2M for second helicopter

UK Government gives Children’s Air Ambulance £2M for second helicopter

The Children’s Air Ambulance, part of Warwickshire-based charity The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS), is delighted after the Chancellor announced during the budget that they will receive help to get a second helicopter off the ground. The charity is a national service that flies critically ill children from local hospitals to specialist paediatric intensive care units…. Read more »

Source: TAAS, 15-Jul-15

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Organisers provide update on Helitech International 2015

Organisers provide update on Helitech International 2015

With under three months to go until Helitech International 2015 opens its doors between 6 – 8 October at ExCeL London, the event is set to provide the global rotary wing sector with an impressive showcase of helicopter platforms, systems, components and services. At present, 21 countries will be represented by a broad mix of… Read more »

Source: Helitech, 15-Jul-15

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Heli UK Expo Continues Succesful Momentum

Heli UK Expo Continues Succesful Momentum

With the aim of building on the success of the previous inaugural 2014 event, Heli UK Expo 2015 welcomed back a growing number of leading helicopter brands, suppliers and service providers within the industry, once again at an ideal central UK location, Sywell Aerodrome. The event this year ran parallel to the leading International General… Read more »

Source: Heli UK Expo, 14-Jul-15

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Sheffield Hospital helipad appeal receives single £250K donation

Sheffield Hospital helipad appeal receives single £250K donation

A £2 million fundraising appeal to build a new helipad at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital has been given a major boost from Westfield Health. We donated £250,000 to Sheffield Hospitals Charity’s Helipad Appeal and construction work has since started on the project. The new helipad will be located close to the Major Trauma Centre at… Read more »

Source: Westfield Health, 13-Jul-15

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AgustaWestland Celebrates 100 Years of Aircraft Manufacturing in the UK

AgustaWestland Celebrates 100 Years of Aircraft Manufacturing in the UK

AgustaWestland is today celebrating the centenary of the formation of the Westland Aircraft Works in Yeovil and the many aeronautical achievements that have been made during 100 years of continuous aircraft manufacturing on the site. Established in 1915 Westland has produced many famous fixed wing aircraft designs such as the Whirlwind, Welkin, Wapiti, Lysander before… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 13-Jul-15

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UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2015

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, 09-Jul-15

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AgustaWestland brings AW609 to UK

AgustaWestland brings AW609 to UK

AgustaWestland is bringing one of the AW609 development aircraft from Italy to the UK this weekend.  The aircraft has scheduled appearances at both the Yeovilton Air Day on Saturday, and AW’s own invitation-only Families Day at the Yeovil plant on Sunday.  The type has only appeared in the UK before at the Farnborough Air Show,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jul-15

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Nominations are open for UK Air Ambulance Awards

Nominations are open for UK Air Ambulance Awards

The Association of Air Ambulances is today calling on all of the UK’s air ambulance community to nominate an individual or team for this year’s Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence. These prestigious, independent awards honour the exceptional contributions of staff and volunteers in the UK air ambulance community. The Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence have… Read more »

Source: AAA, 09-Jul-15

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New Wales Air Ambulance HQ under construction in Llanelli

New Wales Air Ambulance HQ under construction in Llanelli

WORK has begun on an exciting £1.6 million project bringing the Air Ambulance home to Llanelli. See full story 

Source: Llanelli Star, 08-Jul-15

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Pilots union challenges Sumburgh crash black box ruling

Pilots union challenges Sumburgh crash black box ruling

A ruling that investigators should hand over the black box from a North Sea helicopter crash to Scotland’s top law officer is being challenged. See full story

Source: BBC News, 08-Jul-15

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Devon Air Ambulance Trust wins business award

Devon Air Ambulance Trust wins business award

Trustees, staff, volunteers and supporters across Devon are celebrating after Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) was named as the PWC West of England Business of the Year with a turnover of less than £30 million at a gala dinner at Brunel’s Old Station in Bristol last night. DAAT was the first charity ever to be… Read more »

Source: DAAT, 08-Jul-15

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Helicopter Museum hosts Flight Simulator Convention

Helicopter Museum hosts Flight Simulator Convention

If you have ever wanted to take to the controls of a jumbo jet or test out your top gun fighter pilot skills then you will be able to do just that when the annual Flight Simulator Convention returns to The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare on the 18th and 19th July. Flight simulators will be set… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Museum, 06-Jul-15

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Helicopter Film Services rely on Aerigon for new Avengers film

Helicopter Film Services rely on Aerigon for new Avengers film

The AERIGON™, an aerial remote camera head (ARCH™) from Intuitive Aerial, was operated by Helicopter Film Services to shoot aerial footage used throughout Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. The remarkable stability of the AERIGON platform meant that footage captured could be fed directly into ILM’s VFX pipeline. For the first time, filmmakers have access to… Read more »

Source: Aerigon, 06-Jul-15

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Life saving Thames Valley Air Ambulance win Pride of Bucks award

Life saving Thames Valley Air Ambulance win Pride of Bucks award

Thames Valley Air Ambulance’s (TVAA’s) life-saving emergency medical doctors, paramedics and pilots, have been awarded for their commitment to delivering the highest level of emergency medical care to those that need it across Milton Keynes.  See Full Story

Source: MKWEB, 02-Jul-15

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Retired UK helicopter pilot took £20K from Old Boys’ club

Retired UK helicopter pilot took £20K from Old Boys’ club

The treasurer of a school’s Old Boys’ society who plundered the funds to stave off debts has avoided an immediate jail term. See Full Story

Source: Express & Star, 02-Jul-15

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Bristow starts UK SAR operations from Caernarfon and Lydd

Bristow starts UK SAR operations from Caernarfon and Lydd

Bristow Helicopters has moved to the next phase of the UK SAR contract, with operations starting today from Caernarfon and Lydd. Caernarfon sees two Sikorsky S92s – G-MCGJ and G-MCGK – and a new hangar built by Balfour Beatty added to the privatised SAR service today.  The base is in the north of Wales, and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jul-15

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Up and Away Aviation cleans up with Avialogistics purchase

Up and Away Aviation cleans up with Avialogistics purchase

Oxford, UK-based aviation-detailing company Up and Away Aviation has announced the acquisition of Farnborough, UK-based aircraft valet company Avialogistics from Gama Aviation. Stefan Murphy, Managing Director of Up and Away Aviation, and Kevin Godley, CFO Gama Aviation, ratified the deal on 1st June 2015.  Under the terms of the agreement all Avialogistics assets will be… Read more »

Source: Up and Away, 30-Jun-15

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RMCI to open UK office as Alabama company targets global growth

RMCI to open UK office as Alabama company targets global growth

RMCI, Inc., a Huntsville-based company specializing in helicopter health monitoring technology and analysis, announced plans at the Paris Air Show to open an office in the United Kingdom to meet growing demand for its products and services. RMCI Chief Executive Ken Speaks said the office in Derbyshire, England, will make it easier for the Alabama… Read more »

Source: RMCI, 30-Jun-15

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Bond Offshore Helicopters opens new Norwich passenger terminal

Bond Offshore Helicopters opens new Norwich passenger terminal

The new facilities, which can accommodate more than  25,000 passengers a year, include new departure gates, new security areas and a new passenger lounge, all specifically designed with safety, security and comfort in mind. Catering is provided by a local supplier and the building is equipped with wifi, large LCD screens and all the other… Read more »

Source: Bond, 30-Jun-15

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Wales Air Ambulance launches £500K hangar fundraising push

Wales Air Ambulance launches £500K hangar fundraising push

CALLS have been made for the public to get behind a £500,000 fundraising campaign for the new Wales Air Ambulance headquarters and a helicopter base in Llanelli. See Full Story

Source: Llanelli Star, 29-Jun-15

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UK – Construction starts on helipad at Northern General Hospital

UK – Construction starts on helipad at Northern General Hospital

Lord Mayor of Sheffield Talib Hussain was on hand to officially mark the start of building work on the Northern General Hospital’s brand new helipad, which hospital bosses say will save lives. See Full Story

29-Jun-15

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Helitech International launches online planning tool

Helitech International launches online planning tool

Visitors and exhibitors participating in Helitech International, Europe’s largest helicopter exhibition, will be able to optimise their time thanks to ‘My Event’, an online planning tool provided by the event organisers, Reed Exhibitions. Available free of charge to exhibitor personnel and registered visitors to Helitech International, My Event provides both a comprehensive directory of everyone… Read more »

Source: Helitech International, 23-Jun-15

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Trump puts S76 on UK civil register

Trump puts S76 on UK civil register

Donald Trump has had one of his helicopters – a Sikorsky S76B – based in the UK since late June 2014 when it arrived by ship at Liverpool’s Seaforth Docks.  Continued operations on an FAA “N” registration were intended, but with the helicopter targeted for use bringing customers in to Trump’s golf club investments around… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-15

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UK – Heli Air adds first twin to charter fleet

UK – Heli Air adds first twin to charter fleet

British operator Heli Air has added an Airbus AS355F1 Twin Squirrel to their charter fleet, a 1983 aircraft carrying registration G-PIPB.  This is the first twin engined helicopter the company has flown on their Air Operations Certificate in a fleet now 40 strong across eight bases in England and Scotland.  The charter fleet also includes… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-15

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Defence secretary emphasises deep UK commitment during Baltic NATO visit

Defence secretary emphasises deep UK commitment during Baltic NATO visit

During a visit to HMS OCEAN on Exercise Baltops in Poland and to the RAF Typhoon detachment conducting Baltic Air Policing in Estonia, Michael Fallon said an increase in the number of troops co-operating across the region sent a clear message about the Alliance’s resolve OCEAN, the Royal Navy’s flagship, is taking part in the… Read more »

Source: Ministry Of Defence, 18-Jun-15

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Sikorsky confirm HeliHub.com report on Bristow SAR S92 deliveries

Sikorsky confirm HeliHub.com report on Bristow SAR S92 deliveries

Today, 16th June, Sikorsky have put out the press release below.  It is worth noting that HeliHub.com reported these details on 20th May, almost four weeks ago – see here   Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has fulfilled its contract to deliver seven S-92® helicopters to Bristow Helicopters Ltd. for UK Search and Rescue. There are now… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 16-Jun-15

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North Sea helicopter crash survivors seek £5m payout

North Sea helicopter crash survivors seek £5m payout

SURVIVORS of a North Sea helicopter crash in which four people were killed are seeking compensation of over £5 million. See Full Story

Source: The Scotsman, 16-Jun-15

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Royal Navy helicopter pilots pocket up to £100,000 bonus

Royal Navy helicopter pilots pocket up to £100,000 bonus

ROYAL Navy helicopter pilots pocketed bonus payments of up to £100,000 if they agreed to remain ‘operationally flying’ for an extra five years – despite record cuts across the fleet. See Full Story

Source: Mirror, 16-Jun-15

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance launches paramedic training course

Yorkshire Air Ambulance launches paramedic training course

The rapid response emergency charity has worked closely with Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust to develop the intensive, three-week technical crew members course. The intake, all experienced paramedics with Yorkshire Ambulance Service, was chosen for the two-year secondment following a rigorous selection process. New recruit Paul Holmes said: “The first day’s training was underwater escape… Read more »

Source: YAA, 12-Jun-15

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UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2015

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:-   Robinson R22 Beta (G-ECMC), rolled over during simulated tail rotor failure exercise at Goodwood Aerodrome, on 12 February 2015 Robinson R22 Beta (G-THLA), heavy landing following autorotation exercise, Romney Marsh, Kent, 13 February 2015

Source: AAIB, 11-Jun-15

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Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance to get backpack comms hubs

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance to get backpack comms hubs

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSA) has signed an agreement with wireless supplier Tactical Wireless (TWL) to jointly research and develop a backpack-mounted version of TWL’s existing Omni-Hub multi-mode communications unit. See full story.

Source: ComputerWeekly, 10-Jun-15

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AgustaWestland deliver first production AW169

AgustaWestland deliver first production AW169

AgustaWestland have delivered the first production AW169 prior to the type being given certification approval.  Serial 69006 was delivered from Italy very early on Saturday 6th June to the UK, still carrying an Italian test registration I-RAIF and flown throughout by an AgustaWestland pilot.  The helicopter was delivered to the Dubai Air Wing.  The Dubai… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-15

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UK – Derriford Hospital helipad officially opened

UK – Derriford Hospital helipad officially opened

Derriford Hospital celebrated the official opening of our life-saving helipad, which took place today (Friday 5 June) with its first ever landing of a Search and Rescue helicopter. Special guests attended the event, along with key members of the hospital, ambulance and building staff to celebrate the great impact that the helipad will have on… Read more »

Source: NHS, 08-Jun-15

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Plans for £1million helipad at Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Plans for £1million helipad at Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Plans for a £1million helipad at Stoke Mandeville Hospital have been submitted to the district council. See Full Story

Source: The Bucks Herald, 05-Jun-15

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Smart Currency Business serves growing rotary wing client base

Smart Currency Business serves growing rotary wing client base

Hard on the heels of their successful official launch into the fixed wing segment of the Business Aviation market, international payment specialist Smart Currency Business is now attracting considerable interest from the rotary market for its dedicated aviation foreign exchange services. With this in mind, the company will be attending the HeliOps Conference at The… Read more »

Source: Smart Currency Business, 04-Jun-15

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Bristow UK picks Danzer modular buildings for Lydd SAR base

Bristow UK picks Danzer modular buildings for Lydd SAR base

UK SAR provider Bristow Helicopters have entered into a substantial agreement with AV Group for a series of steel modular buildings that will provide exclusive accommodation and welfare facilities for its new helicopter search and rescue (SAR) team, operating out of Lydd Airport in Kent. The SAR operation due to launch in July 2015 from… Read more »

Source: AV Group, 03-Jun-15

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UK – Management Buy-Out at Aeromega

UK – Management Buy-Out at Aeromega

Aeromega have announced that Captain Duncan Bickley (photo) has joined the board as Managing Director of Aeromega Helicopters. Duncan has been Head of Training at Cambridge for some 11 years and, together with help from Philip Sheldon and Robert Mackenzie, has effected a management buyout of the company from Airtask Group Ltd. Airtask have had… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jun-15

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Heli UK Expo promotes Helicopter Seminar Series

Heli UK Expo promotes Helicopter Seminar Series

Heli UK Expo is much more than an exhibition and trade show. It includes a seminar programme featuring speakers from across the helicopter industry. Experienced speakers will present a range of interesting and highly relevant topics covering everything from practical advice to insights into the latest industry development. The seminars are free and open to all… Read more »

Source: Heli UK Expo, 27-May-15

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Bond pilots sue Airbus over 2012 EC225 ditching

Bond pilots sue Airbus over 2012 EC225 ditching

Timothy Cousins and David Pountain were at the controls of the Super Puma when it was forced down in May 2012. See Full Story

Source: stv, 26-May-15

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More AW189 questions as Bristow UK considers extra Coast Guard S92s

More AW189 questions as Bristow UK considers extra Coast Guard S92s

Yesterday saw the Bristow UK SAR fleet of Sikorsky S92s reach the expected compliment of 11 – filling the plans for two allocated to each of five bases, and a further aircraft as a maintenance spare.  The eleventh aircraft G-MCGK was ferried Tuesday afternoon and evening from Southampton Docks via fuel stops at Southampton and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-May-15

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RAF SAR Sea King crews celebrate with mountain-top meal

RAF SAR Sea King crews celebrate with mountain-top meal

Members of a Snowdonia mountain rescue team shared a formal dinner with RAF colleagues – on top of a 3,000ft peak. See Full Story

Source: grough, 19-May-15

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Airbox wins PANDA UK SAR contract

Airbox wins PANDA UK SAR contract

Airbox, the specialist navigation and mission system developer, has today confirmed that Bristow Helicopters Limited is to use Airbox PANDA to support its UK SAR operations and Gap SAR bases in Sumburgh and Stornoway. The company will provide its mission visualisation platform to all of Bristow Helicopter’s SAR aircraft and bases enabling efficient and safe… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 18-May-15

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BALPA calls for tougher drone laws in UK

BALPA calls for tougher drone laws in UK

A majority of British people think there should be stricter rules on the qualifications needed to fly a drone in urban areas, and half think there should be prison sentences for those flying drones in a way that endangers an aircraft, according to a new survey that will be presented at a Drone Safety Summit… Read more »

Source: BALPA, 15-May-15

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UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2015

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:-   Robinson R44 (G-CEDG), rolled over during a precautionary landing, near Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, on 25 February 2015 Robinson R44 II (G-HECK), collision with vehicle, Leeds Heliport, 5 December 2014    

Source: AAIB, 14-May-15

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CAAi Validation of Helideck Inspection Reports for Aluminium Offshore

CAAi Validation of Helideck Inspection Reports for Aluminium Offshore

CAA International (CAAi) is supporting Aluminium Offshore Pte Ltd with the review and validation of their Helideck Inspection reports, in accordance with UK CAA CAP 437. Working in conjunction with the UK CAA, CAAi undertook a full review of the quality and safety system in place by Aluminium Offshore to ensure their helideck inspections meet… Read more »

Source: CAA, 14-May-15

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Thames Valley Air Ambulance opens upgraded base and training facility

Thames Valley Air Ambulance opens upgraded base and training facility

Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) welcomed HRH The Countess of Wessex to RAF Benson, Oxfordshire to officially open the upgraded operational base and Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) training facility on Monday 11th May. Meeting current crews, trainee air ambulance paramedics and emergency medical doctors undertaking pre-hospital training, The Countess of Wessex had the opportunity… Read more »

Source: TVAA, 13-May-15

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Great North Air Ambulance opens first Cumbrian fundraising office

Great North Air Ambulance opens first Cumbrian fundraising office

A LIFE-SAVING charity has opened its first fundraising office in Cumbria today (May 11). The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has operated the Pride of Cumbria air ambulance from its base at Langwathby since 2004, but this is the first time it has had a staffed office in the county. The charity officially opened… Read more »

Source: GNAAS, 13-May-15

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