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Helicentre Aviation Academy’s Cabri G2 Fleet Increases to Five

Helicentre Aviation Academy’s Cabri G2 Fleet Increases to Five

Midlands-based Helicentre Aviation Academy has taken delivery of another Guimbal Cabri G2 painted in the same silver-grey paint scheme and company livery as the existing Cabri G2 fleet which now stands at five, including two aircraft which are leased from UK Guimbal distributor Cotswold Helicopter Centre. The keys were ceremoniously handed over by Hélicoptères Guimbal’s… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 27-Feb-15

UK civilian SAR launched with ceremony

UK civilian SAR launched with ceremony

The launch of the civilian UK search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service was marked today (Thursday, February 26, 2015) in a ceremony held at the new SAR base at Humberside Airport. Bristow Helicopters Ltd, will operate the Search and Rescue Helicopter service for the UK on behalf of HM Coastguard. The UK limited company was… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 27-Feb-15

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Oil & Gas UK paints bleak picture for offshore industry

Oil & Gas UK paints bleak picture for offshore industry

Oil & Gas UK’s new report on offshore exploration, investment and production published today (24 February) provides striking evidence of how rising costs, taxes and inadequate regulation have taken their toll on the UK industry’s international competitiveness. The Activity Survey 2015 highlights the urgency with which measures are needed to secure new investment and address the collapse… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 26-Feb-15

UK – Work starts on new Bristow SAR Base at Glasgow Prestwick

UK – Work starts on new Bristow SAR Base at Glasgow Prestwick

A ground-breaking ceremony on February 24, 2014, marked the start of construction of a new Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter base at Glasgow Prestwick Airport. The base will house two state-of-the-art helicopters operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd, who will take over delivery of helicopter Search and Rescue services throughout the UK on behalf of the Maritime… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 26-Feb-15

London’s Air Ambulance launches Life Saving Dispatch App

London’s Air Ambulance launches Life Saving Dispatch App

A revolutionary new mobile app and EE’s 4G network are helping London’s Air Ambulance save lives by reducing the time it takes to dispatch the charity’s advanced trauma teams by up to two minutes. Developed by mobile app developer Mubaloo and EE, the UK’s most advanced digital communications company, the app increases emergency dispatch efficiency… Read more »

Source: LAA, 25-Feb-15

British Police prepare to dispose of MD Explorer fleet

British Police prepare to dispose of MD Explorer fleet

The recent announcement of the future plans for the British law enforcement fleet points to the disposal of the MD Explorers currently in use.  The announcement by the National Police Air Service (NPAS) of a target fleet of 19 helicopters has put us into research mode, but the pattern is clear. There are 22 helicopters… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Feb-15

Multiflight takes delivery of Guimbal G2 Cabri

Multiflight takes delivery of Guimbal G2 Cabri

The ninth Cabri in the UK has been delivered to Multiflight at Leeds-Bradford Airport.  Serial 1090 from the production line in France, G-CILR is leased through UK distributor Cotswold Helicopter Centre.  Multiflight will add the Cabri to their training fleet, which covers both fixed and rotary wing.  The company operates a wide range of aircraft… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Feb-15

UK – Bristow considering SAR from Lydd after Manston closure

UK – Bristow considering SAR from Lydd after Manston closure

Bristow were due to use Manston airport as a base for its south east SAR services, provided on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, from July 1 this year.  See full story

Source: Thanet Gazette, 20-Feb-15

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UK MoD Chinook support contract boost for Vector Aerospace Almondbank

UK MoD Chinook support contract boost for Vector Aerospace Almondbank

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has announced that Vector Component Services (UK) based at Almondbank, Perthshire, will share in a £420 million order that extends the support programme for the RAF’s fleet of 60 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. The contract, announced by Prime Minister… Read more »

Source: Vector, 19-Feb-15

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British Prime Minister Cameron Praises Boeing-led Chinook Support Program

British Prime Minister Cameron Praises Boeing-led Chinook Support Program

British Prime Minister David Cameron praised Boeing [NYSE: BA] for providing excellent value, and a close partnership with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MOD), which led to a five-year extension of the contract under which Boeing supports the Royal Air Force’s Chinook helicopters. “The Chinook support contract represents significant value for money for what… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 18-Feb-15

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Vector Aerospace apprentices meet Prime Minister David Cameron

Vector Aerospace apprentices meet Prime Minister David Cameron

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is delighted to confirm that two of its apprentices met Prime Minister David Cameron during his visit to Portsmouth today. James Clement, aged 23, and Sean Collins, aged 21, are two recently graduated apprentices from Vector Aerospace’s Fleetlands… Read more »

Source: Vector, 18-Feb-15

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Heli UK Expo Exhibitor List Grows for 2015

Heli UK Expo Exhibitor List Grows for 2015

Heli UK Expo has now released its current exhibitor list with many more names still to be confirmed over the coming weeks! The event will offer the Helicopter Community a very unique line up of exhibiting companies, which has never been offered before, all on one platform. Exhibitors will have the exciting prospect of serving… Read more »

Source: Heli UK Expo, 16-Feb-15

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Culdrose team start the very last Sea King “Zonal Survey”

Culdrose team start the very last Sea King “Zonal Survey”

Two Royal Navy Air Branch Reservists from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose have started the very last ever “Flying-MOT” of a Sea King Mk 5 before the aircraft is retired from service next year. The veteran Air Engineers, Chief Petty Officers Bruce Rowarth and Andy Harding who have served most of their naval careers with… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 16-Feb-15

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Bristow Academy announces Scholarship in honour of CEO Emeritus Bill Chiles

Bristow Academy announces Scholarship in honour of CEO Emeritus Bill Chiles

Bristow Academy Inc., a division of Bristow Group, today announced it will award an annual scholarship in honor of Chief Executive Officer Emeritus William (“Bill”) E. Chiles for his contribution to creating a safer global helicopter transport community. The scholarship award covers full tuition at Bristow Academy for a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) CFI helicopter… Read more »

Source: Bristow Academy, 16-Feb-15

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Ultra awarded UK Merlin Sonobuoy Capability contract

Ultra awarded UK Merlin Sonobuoy Capability contract

Ultra Electronics announces that its Sonar Systems business, based in Greenford, Middlesex, has been awarded a £18m contract to supply sonobuoys for the Royal Navy’s Merlin maritime patrol helicopter. The contract will be executed over the next two years with options for a further two years. The contract, between Ultra and the MoD, for sonobuoy… Read more »

Source: Ultra Electronics, 13-Feb-15

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UK – Regional Growth Fund award to boost Vector Aerospace expansion

UK – Regional Growth Fund award to boost Vector Aerospace expansion

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is to receive a Regional Growth Fund award from the UK Government. The award was announced by the Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Minister of State… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 13-Feb-15

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Management buy PDG Helicopters for £20M+

Management buy PDG Helicopters for £20M+

The management team at PDG Helicopters, the industry leading aerial service provider to the construction and utility sectors, has completed a £20million+ MBO backed by LDC, as it looks to capitalise on growing demand for its services. The deal sees LDC take a majority equity stake in the business with management investing alongside and holding… Read more »

Source: LDC, 12-Feb-15

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UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2015

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Sikorsky S-76C (G-WIWI), unintentional descent towards trees, Peasmarsh, East Sussex, 3 May 2012  (update of the report AAIB issued in December 2014)  

Source: AAIB, 12-Feb-15

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Statoil plans unmanned offshore rigs with no helipads

Statoil plans unmanned offshore rigs with no helipads

The investment decision is expected next winter. Three various concept studies have been made for an unmanned wellhead platform. This platform has no living quarters, helicopter deck or lifeboats. “The alternative was to place the wells on the seabed, but the costs of subsea wells have been tripled during the last decade. We have therefore… Read more »

Source: Statoil, 11-Feb-15

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Bond Offshore Helicopters CEO quits for airline job

Bond Offshore Helicopters CEO quits for airline job

Just over two years since he was appointed as CEO of Bond Offshore Helicopters, Luke Farajallah has been announced as the new CEO of British airline Flybe effective from 1st April.  This sees a return to his roots, given Bond’s announcement in early November 2012 said he had experience with Spanish startup low-cost airline Volotea… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Feb-15

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Sea King moves from National Maritime Museum Cornwall to Yeovilton

Sea King moves from National Maritime Museum Cornwall to Yeovilton

Saying goodbye to an old friend is never easy and for the hundreds of thousands who have climbed aboard, relived and re-enacted being crew on a Sea King helicopter at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, all good things have to come to an end. See Full Story

05-Feb-15

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Biggin Hill Airport expands appeal to US clientele with dedicated London Heli Shuttle

Biggin Hill Airport expands appeal to US clientele with dedicated London Heli Shuttle

London Biggin Hill Airport (BHAL), the only dedicated international business aviation airport in Greater London, returns to Schedulers and Dispatchers in San Jose, California this week (3rd to 6th February) Booth No 1717 to promote its London Heli Shuttle offering – a brand new dedicated on demand service to The London Heliport in Battersea.  A fleet of AgustaWestland AW109 helicopters,… Read more »

Source: Biggin Hill Airport, 04-Feb-15

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Heli Charter appoint new Group Chief Pilot, responsibility includes Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Heli Charter appoint new Group Chief Pilot, responsibility includes Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Pilot Steven Judd, who will oversee the operation of Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s pioneering new helicopter, says he is joining at an exciting time in the charity’s history. The charity’s new helicopter is the first Bell 429 to operate as an air ambulance in the UK. It leases the helicopter from Heli Charter and Steven has… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 04-Feb-15

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London’s Air Ambulance launches £4.4M campaign for second MD902

London’s Air Ambulance launches £4.4M campaign for second MD902

We are calling on the people and organizations of London to join together in owning the solution to London’s vital need for a second emergency medical helicopter.  In our largest ever fundraising drive, the ‘Your London, Your Helicopter’ campaign is hoping to raise the remaining £4.4 million needed to acquire and sustain a second helicopter… Read more »

Source: LAA, 04-Feb-15

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust launches smartphone app

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust launches smartphone app

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) is delighted to announce the launch of its new App for iPhone and Android smart phones. The EHAAT App has a unique function enabling users in the event of an emergency to give an exact six-figure grid reference to accurately pinpoint their location to the emergency services allowing… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts AA, 03-Feb-15

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Air BP renews contract with British helicopter-friendly airfield

Air BP renews contract with British helicopter-friendly airfield

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier,has announced that Gloucestershire Airport (GLO/EGBJ) has signed a three year renewal contract for the exclusive supply of Jet A1 and Avgas 100LL. This extends Air BP’s long-standing arrangement of 15yearswith GLO/EGBJ which enables a continued seamless service and excellent value to customers. The airport is… Read more »

Source: Air BP, 03-Feb-15

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Welsh EMS helipads get night upgrades

Welsh EMS helipads get night upgrades

A number of hospitals in Wales have existing helicopter landing sites but only three currently support 24-hour-a-day landings – Ysbyty Gwynedd, in Bangor; Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, in Rhyl and Morriston Hospital, in Swansea. The £180,000 investment announced today means helicopter landing sites, which have already been cleared for day landings, will become available for night… Read more »

Source: Welsh, 02-Feb-15

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Work starts on London’s third rooftop hospital helipad

Work starts on London’s third rooftop hospital helipad

The facility at King’s will be London’s third helipad, and serve a trauma population of 5.5 million people across south east London and Kent. The multi-million pound helipad will speed up the time it takes helicopters to transfer critically ill patients to King’s. The helipad will be built on top of an existing tower-block on… Read more »

Source: King’s College Hospital, 02-Feb-15

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London £4.4m fundraising campaign begins for air ambulance

London £4.4m fundraising campaign begins for air ambulance

The Your London Your Helicopter scheme wants to buy a second helicopter by the end of the summer to provide rapid trauma care for the capital. See Full Story

Source: BBC News, 02-Feb-15

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CAA reports on progress to improve safety of offshore helicopter operations

CAA reports on progress to improve safety of offshore helicopter operations

Substantial progress has been made on measures to improve offshore helicopter safety but there is still more to do, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said today as it published a progress report on the recommendations and actions from its comprehensive review of offshore helicopter operations from February 2014. Safety improvements introduced since the CAA… Read more »

Source: CAA, 29-Jan-15

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UK – HQ Aviation add second R66

UK – HQ Aviation add second R66

We note from their Facebook page that HQ Aviation at Denham, UK, have added a second Robinson R66 to their fleet.  The actual aircraft is N44829, a really early example with serial number 0034.  This was originally acquired by German distributor Heli-Flight at Reichelsheim from new in 2011, and it has remained on the FAA… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Jan-15

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Court finds UK military airfields must meet CAA standards for civilian flights

Court finds UK military airfields must meet CAA standards for civilian flights

In a landmark ruling, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Secretary of State have been told that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the statutory regulator required to determine safety standards for civilian aircraft using government owned military aerodromes. Previously, as part of a policy of attracting 12,000 more business jets a year to… Read more »

Source: LBHA, 26-Jan-15

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Uni-Fly wins UK windfarm contract with Dong Energy

Uni-Fly wins UK windfarm contract with Dong Energy

Danish operator Uni-Fly has recently started a new wind farm support contract using a Danish registered Airbus EC135.  This is the second wind farm support helicopter based in the UK, and sees a hoist-fitted aircraft based at Humberside Airport.  The customer is Danish company Dong Energy, and this is the first time they have contracted… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Jan-15

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UK – New Commanding Officer at RNAS Culdrose

UK – New Commanding Officer at RNAS Culdrose

Captain Adrian Orchard OBE has joined Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose as its new Commanding Officer. Bringing a wealth of operational expertise, Captain Orchard takes the reins at a very important time for the Cornish Air Station and will lead a team driving a variety of frontline deployments, supporting the Royal Navy whenever and wherever… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 22-Jan-15

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Heli Charter provides JetRanger for new DHL courier service in London

Heli Charter provides JetRanger for new DHL courier service in London

DHL Express today launches London’s first ever scheduled helicopter delivery service [Editor note – see below, it is NOT the first in London] Beating congestion, DHL’s new helicopter service will significantly enhance the connection between key financial centers in the USA and the UK, in particular. It will guarantee next day delivery of urgent documents… Read more »

Source: DHL, 22-Jan-15

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UK – Duxford event to launch Government GA Strategy

UK – Duxford event to launch Government GA Strategy

The next stage of the Government’s plans for General Aviation (GA) will be unveiled on Saturday 28th March 2015 when the Government’s strategy for GA is made public at a joint Government / Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) event at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire. The Duxford event and unveiling of the Government’s strategy is… Read more »

Source: CAA, 22-Jan-15

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Great North Air Ambulance gets grant to carry blood

Great North Air Ambulance gets grant to carry blood

Thanks to the magnificent fundraising efforts of the Henry Surtees Foundation and its supporters, the charity is now able to support the work of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) and the local Blood Bike groups As of this week, the Air Ambulance service now has the capacity to deliver fresh blood supplies to… Read more »

Source: GNAAS, 19-Jan-15

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Avincis rebrands as Babcock

Avincis rebrands as Babcock

Following the acquisition of Avincis Group (Avincis) by Babcock International Group PLC (the Group) in May 2014, the process to integrate the business into the Group has progressed well and it is therefore appropriate to reflect this by taking the Babcock name. Avincis will therefore now become Babcock Mission Critical Services (Babcock). The local companies… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 15-Jan-15

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UK – Wattisham issues closure date for Sea King SAR

UK – Wattisham issues closure date for Sea King SAR

Once a fully operational RAF Station, Wattisham is now only home to a search and rescue helicopter unit, ‘B’ Flight of No 22 Squadron, equipped with 2 Sea king HAR3A helicopters. The final bell is now being prepared for this operation, as it has been announced the Sea Kings will cease operations on 1st July…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jan-15

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UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 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-MOGY), contacted ground during circuit practice and rolled over, near West Chevington, 30 October 2014 Robinson R22 Beta (G-OKEY), struck ground following inappropriate cyclic input by student pilot, at Elstree Aerodrome, 21 September… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 14-Jan-15

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance gets approval to fly Bell 429

Wiltshire Air Ambulance gets approval to fly Bell 429

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) is pleased to announce that its new helicopter will begin operating on January 9th 2015. The charity was given the go-ahead for the helicopter, a Bell 429, to undertake Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) missions following a visit by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today (January 8). The Bell 429 is… Read more »

Source: WAA, 08-Jan-15

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TVACAA hits prime time TV!

TVACAA hits prime time TV!

Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance (TVACAA) will be coming to your living room this month, in a newly commissioned primetime television series.  Sky 1’s Air Ambulance ER is a six-part documentary featuring the day-to-day work of TVACAA , where 365 days a year the highly skilled crew bring hospital-standard emergency care and equipment to… Read more »

Source: TVACAA, 08-Jan-15

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TV series to showcase work of Great North Air Ambulance

TV series to showcase work of Great North Air Ambulance

A PRIMETIME television series will go behind the scenes at the region’s air ambulance charity. Sky television will broadcast the six part documentary series Air Ambulance ER featuring the work of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) from Tuesday, January 6. Glasgow-based production firm Tern TV spent four months over last summer filming with… Read more »

Source: GNAAS, 08-Jan-15

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Helicopters at the Movies

Helicopters at the Movies

A new Exhibition opens at The Helicopter Museum this Saturday. ‘The Helicopter Museum At The Movies’ tells of the part Rotorcraft have played in Hollywood films from the latest modern blockbusters all the way back to the black and white flicks of the 1950’s. On display will be a section of The Beatles Helicopter featured… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Museum, 05-Jan-15

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Heli Charter not ready for 1st January start with Wiltshire Bell 429

Heli Charter not ready for 1st January start with Wiltshire Bell 429

Wiltshire Air Ambulance should start operating their new Bell 429 on 1st January, and their recent press release which stated “a delay of a week or so while we enhance our safety training on the Bell 429 and satisfy the Civil Aviation Authority of our mission readiness” was indeed very carefully worded.  For some non-aviation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Dec-14

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Great North Air Ambulance to carry blood from January

Great North Air Ambulance to carry blood from January

Roadside blood transfusions will be available in the region for the first time after the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) revealed plans to carry blood from January. GNAAS will become one of only a few air ambulances in the world to perform the life-saving procedure after forging links with another charity and one of… Read more »

Source: GNAAS, 22-Dec-14

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UK Corporate to start operating Bell 429

UK Corporate to start operating Bell 429

Following Bell’s announcement that they have delivered the 50th Bell 429 into “their definition of” Europe, HeliHub.com can reveal that the purchaser is Homeserve – a company that provides 24×7 “man in a van” repair for plumbing, drainage and heating problems to households that pay an annual fee for membership.  The company also carries out… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Dec-14

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Magpas HeliMedix not affected by Wyton closure

Magpas HeliMedix not affected by Wyton closure

While there is no longer any operational flying on the Station, RAF Wyton is home to a number of flying training units. These include: University of London Air Squadron (ULAS), Cambridge University Air Squadron (CUAS) and No 5 Air Experience Flight (No 5 AEF). They are part of No 3 Elementary Flying Training School who… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-14

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CHC may close North Denes HP after contract moves to Norwich

CHC may close North Denes HP after contract moves to Norwich

The future of Great Yarmouth’s heliport has been put in jeopardy with the news that a major contract is ending next year. See Full Story

Source: BBC, 15-Dec-14

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Starspeed contracts startup agency for digital media and PR

Starspeed contracts startup agency for digital media and PR

British operator Starspeed has contracted with Breeze-Studio to manage its digital media and PR – and it’s the very first account for the start-up agency.  The Breeze-Studio is responsible for brand awareness for the VVIP helicopter management and charter company, and has previously relied on word-of-mouth for new business. Starspeed manages fifteen helicopters, six of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Dec-14

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General Dynamics UK to provide AW101 mission system equipment

General Dynamics UK to provide AW101 mission system equipment

General Dynamics UK has been awarded a contract by AgustaWestland to provide mission system equipment for UK AW101 Merlin Mk4/4a helicopters. This contract is part of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP), which was awarded to AgustaWestland by the UK Ministry of Defence in January 2014 to convert 25 AW101 Merlin helicopters for maritime operations…. Read more »

Source: General Dynamics UK, 10-Dec-14

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Ceremony Marks Construction Work On New SAR Base at St Athan

Ceremony Marks Construction Work On New SAR Base at St Athan

A ceremony was held yesterday (December 2, 2014) to mark construction of a new Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter base at St Athan Aerospace Business Park within the Enterprise Zone. The base will house two state-of-the-art SAR helicopters, operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd, their crews and support team. It is due to become fully operational… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 09-Dec-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Sikorsky S-76C (G-WIWI), unintentional descent towards trees, Peasmarsh, East Sussex, 3 May 2012  

Source: AAIB, 09-Dec-14

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London Biggin Hill Airport introduces the London Heli Shuttle service

London Biggin Hill Airport introduces the London Heli Shuttle service

London Biggin Hill Airport (BHAL), the only dedicated international business aviation airport in Greater London, today announced the launch of the quickest and most effective transfer service to The London Heliport in Battersea for business, corporate and private aviation customers, the London Heli Shuttle. The London Heli Shuttle service team are focused on ensuring customers… Read more »

Source: Biggin Hill, 08-Dec-14

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Helicopter world speed record holder Trevor Egginton dies

Helicopter world speed record holder Trevor Egginton dies

The man who broke the world speed record for flying a helicopter has died aged 81. See Full Story

Source: Western Gazette, 08-Dec-14

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CHC announces Multimillion-Pound Building Project in Aberdeen

CHC announces Multimillion-Pound Building Project in Aberdeen

A major investment by CHC Helicopter in its longtime base in Dyce, Aberdeen, will benefit offshore workers, the oil-and-gas companies for which they work, and CHC’s own people. The multimillion-pound investment will transform CHC’s facilities and further raise its capabilities in Dyce by significantly expanding hangar capacity, creating a larger and more streamlined passenger terminal,… Read more »

Source: CHC, 05-Dec-14

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Potentially 800 more lives a year saved by Chancellor’s Statement

Potentially 800 more lives a year saved by Chancellor’s Statement

The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA), which represents the majority of Air Ambulance operations in the UK has welcomed today’s announcement from UK Chancellor, George Osbornewhich sees the relief of VAT to all charities who work as part of the Emergency Response Service and a further allocation of £7.5 million extra support for air ambulance… Read more »

Source: AAA, 05-Dec-14

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UK – Cardiff Heliport closed, but discussions are ongoing

UK – Cardiff Heliport closed, but discussions are ongoing

Cardiff Heliport is one of the UK’s best dedicated heliports, built two miles out of the centre of the city of Cardiff on a 13.5 acre purpose built facility that includes Passenger Handling, Customs, Engineering, Fuel and a 400m FATO Runway.   However, it closed on 30th November 2014. The Heliport has been run for many… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-14

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Is MD Explorer to be retired from UK Police service?

Is MD Explorer to be retired from UK Police service?

In the latest issue of Police Aviation News, editor Bryn Elliott floats the idea that the MD Explorer may have a limited time span in service with the UK’s National Police Air Service. In an article focusing on NPAS’ plan to acquire 3 to 6 fixed wing aircraft, Elliott notes that NPAS have six active… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Dec-14

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UK CAA publishes GA policy framework

UK CAA publishes GA policy framework

Following a wide consultation the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today published its finalised Policy Framework for General Aviation (GA) regulation. The framework balances the CAA’s public commitment to regulate the UK GA sector in a more proportionate and evidence-based way with its duties to protect third parties, including the general public. The new… Read more »

Source: CAA, 30-Nov-14

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First MD Explorer ready for Cornwall Air Ambulance

First MD Explorer ready for Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance are on the point of taking delivery of two MD Explorers as part of the next stage of the organisation’s evolution.  The delivery brings a whole raft of changes with a new operator, new helicopter type, dual aircraft working, and (later) a night flying capability.  The Explorers – operated by Specialist Aviation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Nov-14

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UK Military Flying Training System – 3 bids received

UK Military Flying Training System – 3 bids received

In April Ascent successfully achieved Review Note approval for the Rotary Wing business case and proceeded to the assessment phase.  Ascent released the Request For Proposal to Industry and is currently engaged with 3 bidders and working towards a preferred solution next year.  Ascent received three responses from industry regarding the RFP issued for the… Read more »

Source: Ascent, 26-Nov-14

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Helideck Analytics acquires Helideck Certification Agency

Helideck Analytics acquires Helideck Certification Agency

Helideck Analytics Ltd. is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Helideck Certification Agency (HCA), the world’s recognised leading provider of inspection and certification services for offshore helidecks. HCA is based in Aberdeen, Scotland and has satellite offices in Norwich, England and Bergen, Norway. HCA is responsible for the inspection and certification of all helidecks… Read more »

Source: Helideck Analytics, 26-Nov-14

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50th 429 delivered in Bell’s definition of Europe

50th 429 delivered in Bell’s definition of Europe

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of the 50th Bell 429 in Europe to an operator in the United Kingdom. The aircraft will be used to accomplish corporate/VIP transport across the region. [Ed:- see our analysis below by country] “The Bell 429 offers customers exceptional performance and a smooth, comfortable ride, and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 26-Nov-14

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UK – Midlands Air Ambulance Launches New Volunteering Drive

UK – Midlands Air Ambulance Launches New Volunteering Drive

THE team at Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has launched a new marketing campaign to encourage further volunteers to join the charity by demonstrating just how important volunteers are to supporting the great work of the vitally important emergency service. See Full Story

Source: Stroud, 26-Nov-14

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Essex & Herts Top Doctor Wins National Air Ambulance Award

Essex & Herts Top Doctor Wins National Air Ambulance Award

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) is delighted to announce that their Pre-hospital Care Doctor Rik Thomas, won Air Ambulance Doctor of the Year at the national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2014 on Monday night. Rik’s award is in recognition of his actions following an incident that required quick thinking and careful consideration… Read more »

Source: EHAAT, 24-Nov-14

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UK – The Association of Air Ambulances announces award winners

UK – The Association of Air Ambulances announces award winners

Almost 250 guests celebrated the best and brightest from the air ambulance world last night at the national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2014. Awards host, BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin handed over 10 Awards to some outstanding individuals and teams, whose stories were inspirational, astonishing and humbling. The awards, which are independently judged, went… Read more »

Source: AAA, 21-Nov-14

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UK – 40 pilot whales herded by police helicopter

UK – 40 pilot whales herded by police helicopter

A police helicopter was used to herd a pod of 40 whales away from shallow waters off the Essex coast. See Full Story

Source: BBC, 21-Nov-14

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Are Cardinal Helicopter Services operating Trump’s UK S76?

Are Cardinal Helicopter Services operating Trump’s UK S76?

HeliHub.com is hearing that Cardinal Helicopter Services, based at City Heliport Manchester with their own S76C++, are the front runners to provide pilots and full management of the aircraft to the Trump organisation for their UK-based Sikorsky S76B. As we noted earlier this week, Trump has struck a deal with Prestwick Airport and the helicopter… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Nov-14

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AW189 delays mean Bristow will fly AW139 on UK Coastguard contract

AW189 delays mean Bristow will fly AW139 on UK Coastguard contract

The development of the AgustaWestland AW189 has been somewhat slower than expected, which means that operators will not receive their aircraft on the expected timescale.  In some cases the aircraft will be at least a year behind schedule, and when a fleet of AW189s are involved, alternatives need to be sought. And so it is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Nov-14

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Vector UK to support French Navy Lynxes

Vector UK to support French Navy Lynxes

Vector Aerospace UK, a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has announced the agreement of a long term contract to provide structural maintenance and technical support for the French Navy’s Lynx Mk.4 helicopter fleet. The company’s Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hampshire, has the only main build/repair jig for this aircraft type in the… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 19-Nov-14

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Bond takes delivery of first EC145T2 in UK

Bond takes delivery of first EC145T2 in UK

Late last week, Bond Air Services took delivery of the first EC145T2 in the UK – serial 20012 – arriving by air on a German test registration D-HADM.  This helicopter has since been registered with the UK CAA as G-HEMC and would be ordinarily expected to go through various certification and paperwork exercises before commencing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Nov-14

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Bond chooses Britannia 2000 CAMC for NPAS EC135s

Bond chooses Britannia 2000 CAMC for NPAS EC135s

We are pleased to announce that B2K has been selected and contracted by Bond Helicopters Europe for the supply of the Compact Airborne Mission Computer (CAMC) for the National Police Air Service (NPAS) mission system upgrade programme. The CAMC is designed for civil and military applications on rotary and fixed-wing platforms, providing a variety of… Read more »

Source: Britannia 2000, 17-Nov-14

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Hong Kong – HeliServices commit to third MD Explorer

Hong Kong – HeliServices commit to third MD Explorer

Hong Kong operator HeliServices have reportedly committed to buying their third MD Explorer via Specialist Aviation Services in the UK.  The aircraft will be delivered in the spring of 2015, and is currently on contract to the Wiltshire Police until the end of December.  At that point Wiltshire Police become part of NPAS – the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Nov-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2014

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, 17-Nov-14

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