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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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UK CAA plans to certify offshore helidecks

UK CAA plans to certify offshore helidecks

Proposals for how the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) could take on the safety certification and approval of offshore helidecks, raising safety levels through a CAA-directed scheme that would have powers to stop flights to helidecks that fail to meet the minimum standards, were announced today as part of a consultation on the area. The… Read more »

Source: CAA, 12-May-15

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Billy Deacon SAR Memorial Trophy awarded for 2015

Billy Deacon SAR Memorial Trophy awarded for 2015

The Billy Deacon SAR Memorial Trophy will be presented at the Air League’s Annual Awards Ceremony at St James Palace, on Tuesday 05th May 2015 by HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh. Sponsored by Bristow Helicopters Ltd and Breitling UK, the Trophy has been established to further the memory of Mr Billy Deacon who was… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 08-May-15

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Two more Guimbal Maintenance Centres approved in UK

Two more Guimbal Maintenance Centres approved in UK

Cotswold Helicopter Centre announced this week that two more EASA Part 145 maintenance facilities have gained approval to support the Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter in UK. This increases the total of approved maintenance facilities in the UK to six. The two latest organisations to gain approval are Bourne Park Aviation in Hampshire and HeliMech in… Read more »

Source: Cotswold, 06-May-15

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Fugro partners with CAA and Chevron on offshore helicopter safety

Fugro partners with CAA and Chevron on offshore helicopter safety

Fugro is working with the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Chevron North Sea Limited to improve helicopter safety regulations for the offshore industry. The CAA has identified a number of development areas to help improve the safety of helicopter operations with moving helidecks and has formulated a new technical specification for helideck monitoring systems… Read more »

Source: Furgo, 06-May-15

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North Sea – Falck upgrades its fire training rig at Aberdeen

North Sea – Falck upgrades its fire training rig at Aberdeen

​Falck Safety Services has recently enhanced its fire training asset, installing a new three-storey fire rig, working in partnership with The Fire Training Group (FTG) located at Aberdeen Airport. The recent investment will enable Falck to continue to provide offshore workers with relevant, bespoke and OPITO-approved fire training courses using state-of-the-art facilities. Falck’s investment will allow… Read more »

Source: Falck, 01-May-15

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UK – Derriford Hospital helipad at Plymouth targets June completion

UK – Derriford Hospital helipad at Plymouth targets June completion

After nearly seven months, Derriford Hospital is close to finishing the new helipad, which will be in operation by June, allowing a wider range of aircraft to land on site and being accessible 24 hours a day. Currently the hospital does not have a recognised helipad and instead has a small grassed-over area adjacent to… Read more »

Source: Plymouth Hospitals NHST, 30-Apr-15

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UK CAA announces new heli safety proposals for unattended offshore installations

UK CAA announces new heli safety proposals for unattended offshore installations

he UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today announced at the Offshore Helicopter Safety Action Group (OHSAG) a new set of proposals aimed at improving the safety of helicopter operations to the 116 normally unattended offshore installations in the North Sea. The proposals build upon an independent report compiled by Cranfield University, commissioned by the CAA,… Read more »

Source: CAA, 30-Apr-15

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Nova Systems buys Airbus H135 to enhance its Flight Test capability

Nova Systems buys Airbus H135 to enhance its Flight Test capability

Aerospace and professional services provider Nova Systems is expanding its European business (Nova Systems UK) with the purchase of an Airbus Helicopter H135 – providing the option of low cost and reliable flight trials for governments and manufacturers alike. The aircraft will be fully instrumented and will be used to test the latest sensors, avionics and… Read more »

Source: Nova Systems, 30-Apr-15

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Vector Aerospace UK apprentice achieves national recognition

Vector Aerospace UK apprentice achieves national recognition

Vector Aerospace UK  a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, can announce that one of its apprentices has been presented with a prestigious Silver Star at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards.  James Clement, aged 23, who lives in Havant, was among just three other contestants to achieve this recognition. James secured… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 30-Apr-15

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Third Air Ambulance for Tour de Yorkshire

Third Air Ambulance for Tour de Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is to operate an extra helicopter during the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire cycle race. See Full Story

Source: BBC News, 30-Apr-15

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VVB Aviation takes delivery of 13th UK Cabri

VVB Aviation takes delivery of 13th UK Cabri

The UK’s 13th Cabri was collected from the Hélicoptères Guimbal factory in Aix-en-Provence earlier today. The new aircraft was collected by Ian Lunt of VVB Aviation who will be operating it for flight training from their base at Elstree Aerodrome. Oliver Heynes of Cotswold Helicopter Centre, the sole UK agents for Hélicoptères Guimbal is accompanying… Read more »

Source: Cotswold, 29-Apr-15

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RAF Valley Sea King flies 10,000th mission

RAF Valley Sea King flies 10,000th mission

The rescue happened at night in the Ogwen Valley of Snowdonia, when a young London woman with an ankle injury was winched aboard and flown to hospital at Bangor.  See Full Story

Source: North Wales Chronicle, 21-Apr-15

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UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 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-Apr-15

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Three year old to open new Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust head office

Three year old to open new Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust head office

A three-year-old girl who was airlifted to hospital after a serious crash will officially open the new head office of the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust. See Full Story

Source: Clacton Gazette, 13-Apr-15

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Offshore workers could end up stranded under new helicopter rules

Offshore workers could end up stranded under new helicopter rules

OFFSHORE workers who fail to comply with new helicopter regulations could end up stranded, according to an offshore medical provider. See Full Story

Source: Evening Express, 01-Apr-15

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Twelve and Counting – Latest British Cabri arrives from France

Twelve and Counting – Latest British Cabri arrives from France

The number of Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopters operating in the UK increased to twelve last week with the arrival of serial number 1092 registered G-CILU. Andy Moorhouse of UK Guimbal importers Cotswold Helicopter Centre flew the aircraft back from the Hélicoptères Guimbal factory in Aix-en-Provence in southern France accompanied by a graduate of their flight… Read more »

Source: Cotswold, 29-Mar-15

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UK military extends AW101 suppert contact with AgustaWestland by five years

UK military extends AW101 suppert contact with AgustaWestland by five years

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) covering the third five year period of the 25-year Integrated Merlin Operational Support (IMOS) contract. The contract provides a comprehensive availability based support package for the UK MoD’s fleet of AW101 Merlin helicopters for the period 1st… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 27-Mar-15

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Heli UK Challenge Cup Returns

Heli UK Challenge Cup Returns

The organizers of Heli UK Expo, in partnership with the Helicopter Club of Great Britain, are proud to announce the return of the Heli UK Challenge Cup. This special event will be taking place during all 3 days of Heli UK Expo, at Sywell Aerodrome, 29th – 31st May 2015 . The Heli UK Challenge… Read more »

Source: HCGB, 27-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters to exhibit at The Elite London

Airbus Helicopters to exhibit at The Elite London

Organisers of The Elite London are pleased to welcome Airbus Helicopters UK Ltd as new exhibitors to this year’s event at Rizon Jet, London Biggin Hill Airport, during the8th – 9th May.  Airbus Helicopters, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer employs more than 23,000 people worldwide. A fleet of approximately 12,000 helicopters, flying more than three… Read more »

Source: The Elite London, 24-Mar-15

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Anger at RAF Sea King event cancellation in Moray

Anger at RAF Sea King event cancellation in Moray

The cancellation of a party marking the retirement of Sea King helicopters has been met with anger. See Full Story

Source: BBC, 24-Mar-15

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance – Saving Lives For 25 Years

Wiltshire Air Ambulance – Saving Lives For 25 Years

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) hosted a special get together of patients it has airlifted since it started operating on March 15 1990. The service has saved countless lives during its 25 years and has carried out almost 15,000 missions. To mark the service’s Silver Jubilee the charity invited past patients to visit the helicopter’s base… Read more »

Source: WAA, 20-Mar-15

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UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 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

Source: AAIB, 19-Mar-15

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Elstree Helicopters takes delivery of 11th British Cabri

Elstree Helicopters takes delivery of 11th British Cabri

Yesterday marked a milestone for the Guimbal Cabri G2 as the 11th aircraft was delivered to the UK. Paul White, owner of Elstree Helicopters landed G-FPEH, G2 Serial Number 1093 at Elstree Aerodrome yesterday morning after an uneventful flight back from Hélicoptères Guimbal in Aix-en-Provence – in just a day and a half, given unexpectedly… Read more »

Source: Cotswold Helicopter Centre, 18-Mar-15

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Inverness SAR Helicopter Service Launched

Inverness SAR Helicopter Service Launched

The launch of the Inverness civilian UK search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service was marked today (Tuesday 17 March) in a ceremony held at the new SAR base at Inverness Airport. Bristow Helicopters Ltd, a UK limited company, was awarded the ten year UK SAR contract by the Department for Transport in March 2013 and… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 18-Mar-15

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UK’s third EC145T2 lands with Bond Air Services

UK’s third EC145T2 lands with Bond Air Services

The third H145 (formerly EC145T2) to arrive in the UK was delivered to Bond Air Services last week, joining the only other two aircraft of this type in the country, which are both already at the company’s Staverton headquarters. [Editor note – the aircraft was delivered on a German test registration D-HCBW on Wednesday 11th… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 17-Mar-15

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Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance flies 500th mission

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance flies 500th mission

Just 22 months from their first flight in May 2013, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance has recorded its 500th mission, according to a telephone interview HeliHub.com held with PR Manager Maureen Young.  Their Bo105 helicopter was scrambled to Cray, near Glenshee, on Saturday 7th March to an elderly male with chronic chest pain.  He was flown… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Mar-15

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Helicentre Aviation Confirms Cabri G2 Order at Heli-Expo

Helicentre Aviation Confirms Cabri G2 Order at Heli-Expo

Helicentre Aviation’s Chairman Christopher Line met with Bruno Guimbal, President and CEO of Hélicoptères Guimbal at Heli Expo in Orlando, Florida last week where they shook hands as Helicentre Aviation’s sixth Cabri G2 order was confirmed. The new aircraft will add to the existing fleet of five operated by Helicentre Aviation as well as three… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 11-Mar-15

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Oil & Gas UK Appoints New Chief Executive

Oil & Gas UK Appoints New Chief Executive

The Board of Oil & Gas UK, the leading trade association for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of Deirdre Michie as the organisation’s new Chief Executive, following a comprehensive search led by The Curzon Partnership. Deirdre Michie will take up her position from 1 May 2015, replacing… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 08-Mar-15

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Rockwell Collins brings innovative avionics to Bristow Helicopters for U.K. search and rescue program

Rockwell Collins brings innovative avionics to Bristow Helicopters for U.K. search and rescue program

Rockwell Collins’ newest technologies for helicopters will be playing a key role in advancing search and rescue services being provided by Bristow Helicopters Ltd on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for the UK’s search and rescue (SAR) program, commencing in April. Rockwell Collins’ flight decks are featured on the new fleet of specially… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 05-Mar-15

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Sikorsky and Bristow Embark on New Era of SAR

Sikorsky and Bristow Embark on New Era of SAR

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today recognized Bristow Helicopters Ltd.’s upcoming launch of the U.K. search and rescue (SAR) contract and the company’s dedication to SAR over the past 40 years. The recognition ceremony was held at the 2015 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show in Florida. Bristow Helicopters Ltd. is an affiliate of Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS). Sikorsky… Read more »

Source: SIkorsky, 04-Mar-15

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