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UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2020

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Eurocopter EC135T1 (VP-CPS), corrosion-initiated fracture of a main rotor actuator tie bar, Owen Roberts International Airport, Cayman Islands, 26 February 2019 Agusta A109E (G-ETPI), loss of co-pilot’s door window, In flight North of Seaton, Cornwall, 27… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 09-Jan-20

Changes in UK air ambulance sector

Changes in UK air ambulance sector

The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) trade membership body and national charity, Air Ambulances UK, are proud to announce a successful merger, taking effect from 1st January 2020. The new single nationwide organisation will support the UK’s air ambulance sector and will provide a national voice and platform on behalf of the air ambulance community…. Read more »

Source: Association of Air Ambulances, 07-Jan-20

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UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- EC135 P2+ (G-POLA), loss of NR control during flight test due to a faulty N2 adjuster, Morpeth, Northumberland, 5 April 2018  

Source: AAIB, 15-Dec-19

New helipad opens at Maidstone Hospital

New helipad opens at Maidstone Hospital

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

Source: HELP Appeal, 13-Dec-19

Major Trauma Centre first in UK to benefit from weather station

Major Trauma Centre first in UK to benefit from weather station

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

Source: HELP Appeal, 11-Dec-19

Babcock Offshore secures new North Sea helicopter contract

Babcock Offshore secures new North Sea helicopter contract

Babcock Offshore has confirmed a new three-year contract to provide the expanding UK-based Oil and Gas company Serica Energy with offshore helicopter crew transport services. The contract was awarded after a competitive tender and will see Babcock transport Serica Energy passengers to and from the company’s Bruce complex in the North Sea, 340 km north… Read more »

Source: Babcock Offshore, 02-Dec-19

UK CHC Helicopter engineers reject further pay offer

UK CHC Helicopter engineers reject further pay offer

Union representatives were locked in talks with CHC Helicopters until late in the evening after a second pay offer was voted down by around 80% of the workforce. Read the full story here

Source: Energy Voice, 27-Nov-19

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness.  

Source: AAIB, 15-Nov-19

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Penzance Helicopters launches Travel Club discount for Isles of Scilly residents

Penzance Helicopters launches Travel Club discount for Isles of Scilly residents

Penzance Helicopters has launched its new Residents Helicopter Travel Club offering reduced fares for Isles of Scilly residents. The new and only Isles of Scilly helicopter service will fly direct from the purpose-built heliport in Penzance, from March 2020; flying to both St Mary’s and Tresco in just 15 minutes aboard a state-of-the-art, modern AW139… Read more »

Source: Penzance Helicopters, 12-Nov-19

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance becomes fourth UK EMS operator with Air Operator Certificate

Wiltshire Air Ambulance becomes fourth UK EMS operator with Air Operator Certificate

Wiltshire Air Ambulance is delighted to announce it has received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and will return to Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) immediately. The charity is now just one of four air ambulances who hold their own Air Operator Certificate. Wiltshire Air Ambulance chief executive David Philpott says: “This has been a hard… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 11-Nov-19

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Vertical Flight Expo will have no helicopter manufacturers exhibiting

Vertical Flight Expo will have no helicopter manufacturers exhibiting

Every potential helicopter manufacturer exhibitor – Airbus, Bell, Enstrom, Guimbal, Kopter, Leonardo, MD Helicopters, Robinson and Sikorsky – has decided against taking space at the upcoming Vertical Flight Expo, previously known as Helitech. Representatives from each of these manufacturers (or their UK distributors) have confirmed their position to HeliHub, and none of them appear in the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Nov-19

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UK AOC for NHV Group granted; new AW169 operating base at Blackpool in prospect?

UK AOC for NHV Group granted; new AW169 operating base at Blackpool in prospect?

The Belgian NHV Group announced on Monday 28th October that it had been granted a UK Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) for its offshore operations from the UK. Six of the fleet of helicopters already based at Norwich and Aberdeen-Dyce had been re-registered from the Belgian register to NHV Helicopters Ltd on the British register by… Read more »

Source: Robert Swan, 30-Oct-19

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NHV gains a UK Air Operator Certificate

NHV gains a UK Air Operator Certificate

NHV Group, a leading provider of B2B helicopter services, today announced that it has gained an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). With this AOC, NHV again confirms its intention to strengthen its position in the UK offshore helicopter segment. The Group has currently inducted 7 aircraft under its UK… Read more »

Source: NHV, 28-Oct-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Guimbal Cabri G2 (G-PERH), loss of control in hover, Goodwood Aerodrome, Sussex, 8 June 2018 Robinson R22 Beta (G-OODX), autorotation following loss of drive to main rotor, Near Naunton Beauchamp, Worcestershire, 1 August 2018

Source: AAIB, 15-Oct-19

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UK CAA appoints new Safety and Airspace Regulation Director

UK CAA appoints new Safety and Airspace Regulation Director

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is pleased to confirm the appointment of Rob Bishton as its new Group Director of Safety and Airspace Regulation. This follows a global recruitment process, including both internal and external candidates. Rob has been at the CAA since 2014, where he is currently Head of Flight Operations and a… Read more »

Source: CAA, 07-Oct-19

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Royal Devon and Exeter hospital helipad to open by January 2020

Royal Devon and Exeter hospital helipad to open by January 2020

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

Source: HELP Appeal, 26-Sep-19

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First AW109 VIP Trekker in Europe debuts at Monaco Yacht Show

First AW109 VIP Trekker in Europe debuts at Monaco Yacht Show

The first Leonardo AW109 VIP Trekker helicopter for a European customer debuts today at the Monaco Yacht Show – Leonardo stand QA13 / Quai Antoine 1er. The Monaco Yacht Show (25 to 28 September) is one of the most important international luxury yacht showcases. After the show, the VIP Trekker will fly to the United… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-Sep-19

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

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

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

Source: HELP Appeal, 16-Sep-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Agusta Westland AW189 (G-MCGR), pilot became temporarily spatially disorientated in cloud at night, Beinn Narnain, Scotland, 17 February 2018 EC120 B (G-RCNB), helicopter rolled onto its side after lift-off, Enniskillen Airport, County Fermanagh, 25 June 2019

Source: AAIB, 15-Sep-19

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Luton Airport to provide free fuel to Children’s Air Ambulance

Luton Airport to provide free fuel to Children’s Air Ambulance

Harrods Aviation Ltd, a specialist private aviation operator at LLA, has agreed to waive all parking and handling costs for the Children’s Air Ambulance while London Luton Airport has agreed to supply fuel free of charge as well as offering to waive all landing fees The Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) charity is an aero medical… Read more »

Source: The Air Ambulance Service, 13-Sep-19

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Sloane Helicopters appoints General Manager for new base at Penzance

Sloane Helicopters appoints General Manager for new base at Penzance

Sloane Helicopters is pleased to announce the appointment of Captain Justin Wood as General Manager (Penzance). Justin will be responsible for the day to day management of the Heliport and delivery of the Service between the mainland and the Isles of Scilly. Based in Truro in Cornwall, Justin has consistently championed the return of the… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 04-Sep-19

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Aeromega closes Cambridge base – with no alternative to go to

Aeromega closes Cambridge base – with no alternative to go to

It is with great regret that Aeromega Helicopters have to announce we will cease operating from our existing Cambridge offices on 31st October 2019. Despite being a profitable, safe and professional training school for the last twenty two years at Cambridge, we have fallen victim to the greed of developers and are being forced out… Read more »

Source: Aeromega, 28-Aug-19

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London’s Air Ambulance appeal receives £2million boost

London’s Air Ambulance appeal receives £2million boost

London’s Air Ambulance Charity has announced it has received £250k from the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital and air ambulance helipads, and £1.4million from the Department of Health and Social Care towards much needed redevelopment of its helipad base. A fundraising appeal was launched at the start of… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 22-Aug-19

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Online bookings open for new Isles of Scilly AW139 service

Online bookings open for new Isles of Scilly AW139 service

Prepare for take-off!  Penzance Helicopters today (20th August 2019) reveal that advance bookings for the new 2020 Isles of Scilly helicopter service is now available online at www.penzancehelicopters.co.uk The new operation takes off from 17th March 2020 and will be the only scheduled helicopter service for the Isles of Scilly, flying direct to both Tresco and St Mary’s… Read more »

Source: Penzance Helicopters, 20-Aug-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AS350B2 (G-PLMH), loss of control and impact with water after underslung load struck tail rotor, Loch Scadavay, North Uist, Western Isles, 13 June 2018 Sikorsky S-92A (G-CKXL), wrong-deck approach to Brae Bravo, Brae oil-field, northern North… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 15-Aug-19

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Edmiston partners with The London Heliport

Edmiston partners with The London Heliport

Edmiston, the world leading yacht company, has taken over the title sponsorship of The London Heliport. Coinciding with the heliport’s 60th Anniversary this summer, Edmiston has undertaken a major re-styling of both the interior and exterior terminal, including a complete repaint of the landing, take-off and apron areas. Effective 1st August, the Heliport will be… Read more »

Source: The London Heliport, 08-Aug-19

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The first landing on a new helipad in Hull

The first landing on a new helipad in Hull

The first helicopter to land on a new £500,000 helipad in Hull touched down on Friday. A five person crew from Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance was the first to fly in and step foot on the newly completed helipad to the rear of Hull Royal Infirmary. Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has undertaken… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 07-Aug-19

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DHSC awards £10 million to UK air ambulance charities

DHSC awards £10 million to UK air ambulance charities

Back in February, air ambulances across the UK were invited to bid for a share of up to £2 million from a £10 million funding grant supplied by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). And the DHSC has now revealed the nine charities that are to receive a portion of the grant Of… Read more »

Source: DHSC, 24-Jul-19

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Derriford Hospital helipad sees 1700 landings in four years

Derriford Hospital helipad sees 1700 landings in four years

After a £850,000 donation from the HELP Appeal, Derriford Hospital in Plymouth was able to build a brand new helipad in June 2015. Four years on, it has seen 1700 landings. On average, that’s around eight landings per week. Before the helipad was built, the hospital only had a grassy area for Devon and Cornwall’s… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 17-Jul-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness.

Source: AAIB, 15-Jul-19

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Ipswich Hospital helipad marks first anniversary

Ipswich Hospital helipad marks first anniversary

It’s been one year since Ipswich Hospital opened its new helipad for the first time after the HELP Appeal – the only charity in the country that funds hospital helipads – covered the entire £250,000 cost. Twelve months later, it has seen 72 landings from critically ill patients across the East Anglia region, who have… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 11-Jul-19

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Construction work has begun on the first helipad of its kind in central Manchester

Construction work has begun on the first helipad of its kind in central Manchester

Construction work on the new state-of-the-art, £3.9million helipad at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) has begun and is set to benefit four major hospitals in Manchester city-centre. The new helicopter landing site, being built on the roof of Grafton Street car park on Oxford Road will enable critically ill or injured babies, children and… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 01-Jul-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Bell 429 (M-YMCM), bird strike on approach to Edinburgh Airport, 25 November 2018  

Source: AAIB, 15-Jun-19

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Bristol Royal Infirmary opens fire-fighting system on rooftop helipad

Bristol Royal Infirmary opens fire-fighting system on rooftop helipad

Bristol Royal Infirmary has announced that a new Deck Integrated Fire Fighting System (DIFFS) is now fully operational on its rooftop helipad and has received a cheque worth £574,023.95 from the HELP Appeal – the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads – to cover its entire cost. The HELP Appeal pledged… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 07-Jun-19

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Airbus, Bell, Guimbal and Robinson all represented at Heli UK Expo

The upcoming Heli UK Expo event at Wycombe Air Park on 13-15 June will feature four manufacturers. Airbus Helicopters UK will be bringing an H130, Bell’s representatives HelixAv have two 505s and a 407 and HeliGroup will show a G2 Cabri from French manufacturer Guimbal. Robinson have three distributors based in the UK, and all… Read more »

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Apollo Air Services to operate first AW109 Trekker in UK

Apollo Air Services to operate first AW109 Trekker in UK

British charter operator Apollo Air Services have confirmed – via an Instagram post – that they will be operating the first Leonardo AW109 Trekker in the UK. The company, base at Carlisle Lake District Airport, already operate six AW109SP GrandNew, one AW109S Grand and one Airbus AS350B2, with additional bases at Cardiff Heliport and Leeds… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-19

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Sloane extend Leonardo distributorship and sign for two more AW109s

Sloane extend Leonardo distributorship and sign for two more AW109s

As the world’s leading manufacturer in the VIP multiengine helicopter market with a 40% share and the largest producer of corporate helicopters flying in UK, Leonardo is further growing its presence in this sector with the announcement of a further renewal of the Distributorship Agreement in UK and Ireland with its key partner Sloane Helicopters… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 23-May-19

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NeoXCraft designers VRCO sign agreement with ConnectJets

NeoXCraft designers VRCO sign agreement with ConnectJets

ConnectJets is marking its 10th anniversary this summer with the launch of a new division – ConnectSkies. the business aviation charter industry’s first independent ‘sustainable’ aircraft sales, marketing and logistics platform. With sustainability at the forefront of the industry and the world, especially among millennials, ConnectSkies will explore a range of options in all categories of… Read more »

Source: ConnectJets, 22-May-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Agusta AW139 (G-MCSD), tail rotor blade fairing and bonding strip detached during flight, offshore from Aberdeen, 6 May 2018 Aerospatiale SA341G Gazelle (YU-HMC), loss of power and rolled over on landing, private landing field, Enfield, 14… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 15-May-19

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RAF Odiham choose Peli

RAF Odiham choose Peli

Peli UK foam specialists have designed a bespoke packaging solution for a Chinook Helicopter torque maintenance kit which is now in service at RAF Odiham. The kit had previously been housed in a special to type container. This had a high centre of gravity causing them to topple over when handled. They were not man… Read more »

Source: Peli UK, 06-May-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- MBB-BK 117 D-2 (G-HEMC), aircraft struck a wire whilst taxiing, Near Hollesley, Suffolk, 15 December 2018  

Source: AAIB, 15-Apr-19

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HQ Aviation gains approval as RR300 Authorized Service Center

HQ Aviation gains approval as RR300 Authorized Service Center

HQ Aviation, the very successful British helicopter training school and maintenance centre has expanded its list of approvals through its appointment as a Rolls-Royce RR300 Authorized Service Center.  Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce today at Heli-Expo 2019 officially confirmed HQ Aviation has joined the RR300 Service Center network, which offers global, approved maintenance support to RR300 powered Robinson R66… Read more »

Source: HQ Aviation, 08-Apr-19

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AW159 Wildcat helps HMS Dragon to record eighth drugs haul – value £145m in six months

AW159 Wildcat helps HMS Dragon to record eighth drugs haul – value  £145m in six months

The Leonardo AW159 helicopter — dubbed the Wildcat by the Royal Navy — has helped HMS Dragon and 815 Naval Air Squadron net eight drug busts since last September, and U.K. authorities say the stashes of heroin, hashish, and crystal methamphetamine recovered mark a record for the Royal Navy. On March 17, HMS Dragon, a… Read more »

Source: UK Royal Navy, 01-Apr-19

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UK – Petrofac extends Survitec contract for immersion suits and lifejackets

UK – Petrofac extends Survitec contract for immersion suits and lifejackets

Survitec has secured a three-year contract extension with oil and gas services provider, Petrofac, to supply aviation immersion suits and lifejackets for personnel making helicopter transits to offshore oil platforms from Norwich Airport in the UK. Jill Florence, Contract Service Delivery Manager, Survitec, said: “For the past three years, Survitec has worked with Petrofac providing… Read more »

Source: Survitec Group, 01-Apr-19

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HELP Appeal donation upgrades Royal Preston Hospital helipad

HELP Appeal donation upgrades Royal Preston Hospital helipad

HELP Appeal, which is the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads, presented a cheque to Royal Preston Hospital worth over £111,000. The donation has covered improvements to the safety of the hospital helipad and further assisted its night flying capabilities. The works included additional safety signage, warning lights and automated barriers… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 22-Mar-19

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Building Work Begins on new Penzance Heliport

Building Work Begins on new Penzance Heliport

Work has officially begun on the new Penzance Heliport that will become the helicopter gateway to the Isles of Scilly. The first turf was cut on the site at Jelbert Way in a ceremony this week (Monday 18th March 2019). The new heliport is adjacent to the previous heliport site and will reinstate direct helicopter flights… Read more »

Source: Penzance Heliport, 21-Mar-19

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HELP Appeal donation funds new helipad for Maidstone Hospital

HELP Appeal donation funds new helipad for Maidstone Hospital

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is set to open a new 24 hour helipad at Maidstone Hospital thanks to the generous support of the HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal. Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP Appeal, presented a cheque to the Trust on Wednesday 13 March. The charity is the only one… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 19-Mar-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AW109SP (G-FRRN), engine started with rotor brake on, London Heliport (Battersea), 19 November 2018 Bell 206B3 (G-OPEN), inadvertent climb into cloud and subsequent loss of control, near Aldborough, North Yorkshire, 30 May 2018 Robinson R22 Beta (G-MACA), helicopter… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 14-Mar-19

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Sloane Helicopters celebrates its 500th new Robinson Helicopter

Sloane Helicopters celebrates its 500th new Robinson Helicopter

As Europe’s longest-established dealer for the Robinson Helicopter Company, Sloane Helicopters will soon be taking delivery of its 500th new Robinson helicopter – R44 Raven II S/N 14297. This significant milestone highlights the successful partnership between Sloane and Robinson, reflecting Sloane’s dedication and expertise in supporting the full range of Robinson helicopters. Kurt Robinson commented,… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 05-Mar-19

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New LED lighting at Dorset County Hospital

New LED lighting at Dorset County Hospital

New helipad lighting is making a vital difference at Dorset County Hospital. The new lighting was recently installed following a generous donation from the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads. In an emergency, when time is of the essence, being able to land an air ambulance seconds away… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 04-Mar-19

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Babcock swaps aircraft between UK and Australia

Babcock swaps aircraft between UK and Australia

Babcock has in the last week completed a fleet move that saw two helicopters moving from UK to Australia, and two coming back on the return flight. The move was completed by freight specialists Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA), using an Antonov An-124 aircraft.  After shipping two Leonardo AW139 helicopters from Prestwick UK to Melbourne in Australia, VDA… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Mar-19

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Isles of Scilly spoiler operation runs out of steam

Isles of Scilly spoiler operation runs out of steam

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company (“Steamship”) is reported saying that it will not be restarting its helicopter operation after its self-enforced winter break, leaving the route wide open for the new operator.  Led by the tenant of the island of Tresco, the new operation will fly a Leonardo AW139 helicopter between the new Penzance Heliport and the Scilly… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Feb-19

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Upgrades to Inverness hospital life-Saving Helipad

Upgrades to Inverness hospital life-Saving Helipad

A programme of work to upgrade the helipad at Raigmore Hospital has now been successfully completed with the helipad now fully operational and equipped to meet increasing demands. With over 500 flights each year it’s a common sight to see helicopters arriving and taking off from the helipad based at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. The… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 22-Feb-19

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UK EMS charities invited to bid for share of £10m funding

UK EMS charities invited to bid for share of £10m funding

Health Minister Stephen Hammond has invited air ambulance charities in England to apply for a new £10 million fund for upgraded equipment and facilities. The £10 million in capital funding will help air ambulance charities to invest in new equipment and upgrade facilities to support them in providing vital services to patients across England. Air… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 19-Feb-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness.

Source: AAIB, 14-Feb-19

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Orsted places contract for Barrow windfarm heliport

Orsted places contract for Barrow windfarm heliport

Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK won the £1.8 million contract from Orsted for the design and construction of a heliport. The heliport will be in Barrow-in-Furness, which will help helicopters travel to and from the Walney Extension off-shore wind farm. The heliport will include an aviation fueling system which will hold up to 15,000 litres… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Feb-19

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Babcock exits southern North Sea operations

Babcock exits southern North Sea operations

Following the loss of the contract with Perenco, Babcock MCS Offshore have closed their base at Norwich and the four Leonardo AW139s which they operated from there have been dispersed. In the early days of January, two of the four AW139s based there (G-PERD and G-VINC) were ferried to Babcock’s facility in Aberdeen. The third aircraft,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Feb-19

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Babcock H175s return to Airbus for retrofit work

Babcock H175s return to Airbus for retrofit work

Babcock MCS Offshore have a fleet of four Airbus H175 helicopters, and we recently tracked one of these taking an unusual route.  Ship #5022 registered as G-MCSE took a two day ferry flight on 29th and 30th January from Babcock’s base at Aberdeen through to the Airbus Helicopters facility at Albacete in Spain, with an… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Feb-19

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New Helipad at Sheffield Children’s Hospital

New Helipad at Sheffield Children’s Hospital

The fundraising campaign for a life-saving Helipad at Sheffield Children’s Hospital took a major step forward today thanks to a new charity partnership. The HELP Appeal’s Chief Executive Robert Bertram has presented the first installment of £562,500 out of a £2.25M pledge to David Vernon-Edwards, Director of The Children’s Hospital Charity. The HELP Appeal has… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 07-Feb-19

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Leonardo awarded contract to support MOD fleet

Leonardo awarded contract to support MOD fleet

The MOD has awarded a five-year, multi-million-pound deal to Leonardo Helicopters (UK) for the support of the existing fleet of 50 Apache attack helicopters.Defence Minister Stuart Andrew announced the £293 million contract with Leonardo Helicopters during a visit to the company’s site in Yeovil where some of the vital work on the aircraft will take place…. Read more »

Source: UK Government, 28-Jan-19

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New CAP 1747 Report Identifies Optimum Strategy for Flight Crew HTAWS Alerts

New CAP 1747 Report Identifies Optimum Strategy for Flight Crew HTAWS Alerts

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has published its CAP 1747 report on research into the optimum means of alerting helicopter flight crews to alerts for Class A Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (HTAWS). The report’s findings will provide input for the EUROCAE WG110 working group as part of the aviation standards organisation’s efforts to… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 21-Jan-19

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London’s Air Ambulance 30th anniversary campaign

London’s Air Ambulance 30th anniversary campaign

The Duke of Cambridge has today become Patron of the London Air Ambulance Charity 30th Anniversary Campaign. The campaign aims to highlight the charity’s vital work in delivering life-saving treatment across London, and raise support for the development of new facilities. The patronage has been announced ahead of His Royal Highness’ visit to the London… Read more »

Source: London Air Ambulance, 10-Jan-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Special Bulletins S1/2018 – Agusta AW169 (G-VSKP), loss of control on departure, Leicester, 27 October 2018 S2/2018 – Agusta AW169 (G-VSKP), loss of control on departure, Leicester, 27 October 2018 Other Investigations MBB-BK 117 D-2 (G-RMAA), insufficient anti-torque… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 10-Jan-19

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance grounded by Heli Charter liquidation

Wiltshire Air Ambulance grounded by Heli Charter liquidation

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) have had to ground their Bell 429 helicopter after their operator Heli Charter Ltd went into voluntary liquidation. That move means that the company is no longer trading, which in turn invalidates their Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) on which WAA relies. Without a nominated AOC holder, they cannot fly. WAA issued… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-19

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Castle Air adds AW139 to London Heli Shuttle

Castle Air adds AW139 to London Heli Shuttle

The London Heli Shuttle, operated by Castle Air at London Biggin Hill Airport, is extending its fleet to 10 helicopters with the addition of a new AgustaWestland AW139. The London Heli Shuttle was established in 2015 to offer the airport’s customers the fastest and most convenient route to central London. The service has been in… Read more »

Source: London Biggin Hill Airport, 11-Dec-18

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Cayman Islands Police orders Airbus H145

Cayman Islands Police orders Airbus H145

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) is adding a second helicopter, expected to be in operation mid-2019. The Airbus H145 The accompanying image shows Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin with UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister of State for the Overseas Territories, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon. The pair signed a memorandum of understanding in London… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Dec-18

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New Chinook simulators ready for training

New Chinook simulators ready for training

The Chinook Mk 6 synthetic training facility was built following a £53 million contract with Lockheed Martin UK, Rotary and Mission Systems. It is housed at RAF Odiham in Hampshire – home of the Chinook Force, a key component of the Joint Helicopter Command. The state-of-the-art technology includes two Flight Deck Device simulators, a Rear… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 28-Nov-18

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Trials to launch and land Chinooks on RFA Tidesurge

Trials to launch and land Chinooks on RFA Tidesurge

While her sister pumps hundreds of tonnes of fuel into Britain’s new aircraft carrier, RFA Tidesurge is proving the £113m ships are more than mere tankers. The third of four large, fast tankers – built specifically to support the UK’s two Queen Elizabeth-class flagships – is carrying out trials with the largest helicopter on the… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 15-Nov-18

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Airbus Delivers Upgraded Night Vision to UK police

Airbus Delivers Upgraded Night Vision to UK police

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first of seven upgraded National Police Air Service (NPAS) H135 helicopters, under a £1.5 million contract signed in December 2017 to equip and standardise the UK police helicopter fleet’s Night Vision (NVIS) capability.  Under the new configuration, all seven NPAS’ H135 helicopters will be capable of NVIS operations down to ground level, enhancing… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Nov-18

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UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2018

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Cessna 152 (G-WACG) and Guimbal Cabri G2 (G-JAMM), mid-air collision, Near Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, 17 November 2017 Rotorway Executive 90 (G-BZES), loss of control while inadvertently descending downwind, Fenland Airfield, Lincolnshire, 1 July 2018

Source: AAIB, 12-Nov-18

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CHC adds apprentice engineers in UK

CHC adds apprentice engineers in UK

CHC has made an announcement, saying that they will be adding 100 apprentice engineers to the Aberdeen main operational centre, as well as Norwich and Humberside. Their apprenticeship programme is also commencing again in 2018, reports Energy Voice.

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Nov-18

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Helitech to change name as expo adapts to changing market

Helitech to change name as expo adapts to changing market

As Helitech International closes today at the RAI exhibition centre in Amsterdam, the Helitech name is now disappearing. Initially focusing on the oil industry and first run in Aberdeen in 1986, the original Helitech organisers Spearhead Exhibitions realised they had to evolve to make the event viable. Primarily this meant moving the event to Redhill… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Oct-18

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Specialist Aviation Services ranked ‘Excellent’

Specialist Aviation Services ranked ‘Excellent’

Leonardo announced during an official ceremony held at Helitech in Amsterdam, that Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) has been appointed an Excellent Service Centre for the AW169 light intermediate and AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters in UK and Ireland. An established service centre for the AW169 and AW139 types in UK providing a range of support… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 18-Oct-18

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HeliGroup launches world-first Airbus ACH135 Helionix for charter operations

HeliGroup launches world-first Airbus ACH135 Helionix for charter operations

HeliGroup is today launching their newly-delivered Airbus ACH135 Helionix into the charter market from their UK base at Wycombe Air Park.  The latest generation twin engine luxury aircraft will serve the high-end charter market. HeliGroup is based close to all of the key London corporate jet airports at Luton, Stansted, Oxford, Biggin Hill and Farnborough, as… Read more »

Source: HeliGroup, 16-Oct-18

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UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2018

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AS350 B3e (G-MATH), loss of control during hydraulics-off training, Wycombe Air Park, Buckinghamshire, 5 May 2017 Robinson R44 (G-CTFL) and Robinson R44 (G-HYND), loss of control to G-CFTL after reversing into G-HYND’s main rotor, Cumbernauld Airport, North Lanarkshire,… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 11-Oct-18

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