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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Turbomeca strengthens worldwide support network

Turbomeca strengthens worldwide support network

Turbomeca (Safran) is developing a new strategy to further improve the proximity service it offers to its customers. Taking advantage of the planned introduction of new light helicopters, Turbomeca will enlarge its support network to offer a best-in-class service tailored to small fleet operators. To offer the most comprehensive and reliable support network, Turbomeca is… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 03-Mar-15

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Specialist Aviation Services to be Appointed AW169 Authorized Service Centre in UK

Specialist Aviation Services to be Appointed AW169 Authorized Service Centre in UK

AgustaWestland announced today that Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) of the UK will be appointed as an Authorized Service Centre for the new generation AW169 light intermediate helicopter in UK. The company will ensure a range of support and maintenance services are supplied for the new model, following the selection of SAS by prime HEMS customers… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 03-Mar-15

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Spectro | Jet-Care continue to be the laboratory of choice for OEMs

Spectro | Jet-Care continue to be the laboratory of choice for OEMs

Spectro®|Jet-Care®, at the forefront of equipment condition monitoring services since 1976, has recently received continued approval from Turbomeca for the provision of debris analysis services using Scanning Electron Microscope, for their UK and Swiss laboratories. All three Spectro | Jet-Care laboratories, located in the UK, Switzerland and USA, also provide oil analysis services approved by… Read more »

Source: Spectro | Jet-Care, 01-Mar-15

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New board members at Oil & Gas UK includes helicopter CEO

New board members at Oil & Gas UK includes helicopter CEO

Oil & Gas UK, the representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, today (26 February 2015) confirms the appointment of three member company representatives to its Board. Craig May, managing director of Chevron Upstream Europe Limited, is appointed to the Board as a representative of the operator community bringing experience gained in… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 01-Mar-15

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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