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Airline to link two North Sea helicopter hubs

Airline to link two North Sea helicopter hubs

Flybe franchise carrier Loganair has commenced ticket sales for a new weekday service, operating from Den Helder to both Norwich and Manchester in the United Kingdom. The flights to Norwich, which serves as East England’s offshore support hub, will operate on weekdays from March 4 2013. Passengers will be able to leave Den Helder at… Read more »

Source: Den Helder Airport, 18-Feb-13

Scottish Ambulance Service trains volunteers to light helipads

Scottish Ambulance Service trains volunteers to light helipads

The Scottish Ambulance Service has completed an initiative to create new lit helicopter landing sites on Shetland’s outer isles that will enhance access for medical evacuations. While the Coastguard helicopter has always had 24 hour access to these islands, the new sites will allow access at night by the Jigsaw helicopter, which requires a lit… Read more »

Source: Scottish Ambulance Service, 18-Feb-13

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UK – Helicopter Museum plans expansion

UK – Helicopter Museum plans expansion

The Helicopter Museum (THM) at Weston-super-Mare has appointed Bristol architects Alec French to act as its Stage One lead designer in support of a new Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid. The Practice has previously successfully participated in HLF funded projects at the Underfall Yard and the SS Great Britain in Bristol and the Clifton Suspension… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 18-Feb-13

Wales Air Ambulance mourns founding Chairman

Wales Air Ambulance mourns founding Chairman

The founder and Chairman of Wales Air Ambulance, Robert Palmer has died after a short illness, aged 64. Mr Palmer was a leading businessman in Swansea who founded Wales’ first ever air ambulance, in 2001. The news comes as the Charity, now operating three aircraft nationwide, marks its twelfth birthday on St David’s Day. A… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 17-Feb-13

Growth for Association of Air Ambulances

Growth for Association of Air Ambulances

Following the Association of Air Ambulances decision to change its membership structures the Association has recruited 2 new full members and a range of associate members to its ranks. Full members of the Association are ambulance services and air ambulance charities that are committed to ethical fundraising and collaboration in their unified vision of improving… Read more »

Source: AAA, 17-Feb-13

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2013

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2013

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-CHZN), in-flight separation of main rotor blades, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, 6 January 2012 Sikorsky S-76C (G-CGOU), precautionary landing following smell of smoke in flight, 19 nm east-north-east of Humberside Airport, 26 September 2012… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 14-Feb-13

Rotary Operations Conference at London Heliport set for June

Rotary Operations Conference at London Heliport set for June

A one-day conference dedicated to commercial helicopter operations will debut at and be supported by the Barclays London Heliport, Battersea on Wednesday, 12 June, 2013.   Organised by MIU Events, the Rotary Operations Conference (ROC) will bring together helicopter manufacturers, operators, suppliers and industry chiefs.   The event is also being supported by the UK’s British Helicopter Association (BHA)… Read more »

Source: MIU Events, 12-Feb-13

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance flew 615 missions in 2012

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance flew 615 missions in 2012

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance flew rescue missions 615 times last year (see full story)

Source: Western Daily Press, 12-Feb-13

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Heli-One signs 13-year contract to service RAF Puma engines

Heli-One signs 13-year contract to service RAF Puma engines

On Feb. 7  Lars Landsnes from Heli-One, joined Ian Craddock, head of helicopters for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), to sign a multi-million pound, 13-year contract to provide long-term logistic support for the Makila 1A1 engines fitted in  new Puma HC2 helicopters used by the Royal Air Force (RAF). The RAF fleet of 24… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 12-Feb-13

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Exclusive – London’s Air Ambulance new livery

Exclusive – London’s Air Ambulance new livery

Gone are the big sponsor logos – but the theme is still very much red.  The MD Explorer of LAA (London’s Air Ambulance) G-EHMS has appeared from the paint shop at Gloucestershire Airport in new red paint with a yellow and pale blue “dog tooth” pattern to the aft of the cabin area and to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Feb-13

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Museum opens new display on 1953 Dutch Flood Disaster

Museum opens new display on 1953 Dutch Flood Disaster

With all the severe weather recently it seems quite apt that a new display has opened at The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare to mark the 60th Anniversary of The Dutch Flood Disaster. On 1st February 1953 gale force winds and a high spring tide led to the breaching of coastal defences on both sides of the… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 11-Feb-13

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Castle Air sells AW Grand to Nigeria

Castle Air sells AW Grand to Nigeria

UK’s Castle Air has recently sold an AW109S Grand to Nigeria – and delivered it by air.  Coverage on the company’s Facebook page indicates that the route followed the West Africa coast via Mauretania, Ivory Coast and Ghana before arriving at Lagos in Nigeria. The purchaser is Azikel Dredging, who started in the business supplying… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Feb-13

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Bond achieves EASA NVIS Certification on EC135

Bond achieves EASA NVIS Certification on EC135

Bond Helicopters Europe (Bond) is delighted to confirm that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved one of its EC135 aircraft for night vision goggles (NVG) operations to ground level, a significant step towards the UK’s first night air ambulance operations. At present, no air ambulance service in the UK is able to operate… Read more »

Source: Bond, 07-Feb-13

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AgustaWestland expects UK civil production to take off

AgustaWestland expects UK civil production to take off

AgustaWestland, the world’s second- largest helicopter maker, will start civil rotorcraft production in Britain if the company prevails in a competition to supply search-and-rescue choppers in the country, its chairman said (see full story)

07-Feb-13

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AAA backs local UK EMS operations, not a national Children’s Air Ambulance

AAA backs local UK EMS operations, not a national Children’s Air Ambulance

Following last night’s [Monday 4th] broadcast off BBC1’s Inside Out investigation into the Children’s Air Ambulance operated by The Air Ambulance Service Ltd. The Association on behalf of its members wishes to reassure the public that their local air ambulances provide emergency and transfer services for children and babies. Members of the association can be… Read more »

Source: AAA, 06-Feb-13

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Devon Air Ambulance reassures public of continued paediatric work

Devon Air Ambulance reassures public of continued paediatric work

On Monday 4 February, during the BBC South West ‘Inside Out’ programme, there was a feature about The Air Ambulance Service’s proposed Children’s Air Ambulance service. Heléna Holt, Chief Executive of Devon Air Ambulance Trust said: “We would like to take the opportunity to reassure the people of Devon that their local Air Ambulances can… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 06-Feb-13

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Brighter hangars and lower bills at RAF Benson

Brighter hangars and lower bills at RAF Benson

Maintenance staff at a frontline RAF helicopter base are enjoying a better working environment, thanks to new lighting that not only brightens their working day but also saves energy and money. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has worked with its regional industry partner PriDE to improve lighting in hangars at RAF Benson, in Oxfordshire, as… Read more »

Source: DIO, 05-Feb-13

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UK – TAAS’s fundraising and spending criticised

UK – TAAS’s fundraising and spending criticised

The Coventry-based charity became The Air Ambulance Service after launching a national children’s service but is yet to transport any youngsters.  A leaked NHS report suggests a whole network of air ambulances would be needed to provide such a national air transfer service for children (see full story)

Source: BBC, 05-Feb-13

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London’s Air Ambulance to move base

London’s Air Ambulance to move base

London’s Air Ambulance are reportedly moving base to Northolt in the very near future, having overnighted their helicopter – currently an MD Explorer, plus the Dauphin before that – for 24 years at Denham.  There are two possible reasons for this – either their contract was with Premiair (who ceased operating from Denham late last… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Feb-13

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UK – Instructor goes to jail for falsifying documents

UK – Instructor goes to jail for falsifying documents

A British helicopter instructor has been sentenced to six months jail for falsely signing off the training records of a student pilot to get him a pilot’s licence. The Judge said that it was impossible to say whether these actions were contributory to the “newly qualified” pilot and his wife losing their lives in their… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Post, 04-Feb-13

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Bristow unveils first S92 for UK “Gap SAR”

Bristow unveils first S92 for UK “Gap SAR”

Over ten days after HeliHub.com reported the arrival of this aircraft, Bristow issued the following press release which provides more details, including equipment fit. The first of four Sikorsky S-92 helicopters that will service the U.K. GAP SAR contract starting later this year is nearly finished and on track to begin training flights in February…. Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 04-Feb-13

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Two senior level departures from Bond Offshore Helicopters

Two senior level departures from Bond Offshore Helicopters

Bond Offshore Helicopters have confirmed to HeliHub.com this morning that Malcolm Paine, Director of Flight Operations, and Graham Wildgoose, Ground Operations Manager, have both “left the company to seek opportunities externally” (our inverted commas, not theirs) Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Feb-13

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Bristow moves S92 to Inverness for SAR training

Bristow moves S92 to Inverness for SAR training

Last week HeliHub.com announced that the first Sikorsky S92 had arrived in the UK for Bristow to operate in the SAR role.  Today the aircraft moves from Aberdeen to Inverness to begin training ready for going live on 1st June – this is G-MCGA, serial The first of the four Sikorsky S92s arrived at Aberdeen… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Feb-13

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UK scholarship application deadline extended

UK scholarship application deadline extended

Due to the severe weather the UK has experienced throughout January, Helicentre Aviation have granted a 30 day extension to candidates wishing to apply for their professional helicopter pilot scholarships. The weather conditions, ranging from heavy snow and freezing fog to gale force winds and torrential rain, have made it impossible to fulfill the training… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 04-Feb-13

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UK – Rotormotion adds AW109E to fleet

UK – Rotormotion adds AW109E to fleet

Following the very sad fatal accident last month, Rotormotion have acquired another helicopter – effectively replacing G-CRST which crashed to the ground in London killing experienced pilot Pete Barnes and one person on the ground after coming into contact with a crane in low visibility.  Both helicopters were owned by Cornwall-based Castle Air and leased… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Feb-13

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Big Interview: New CEO at London’s Air Ambulance

Big Interview: New CEO at London’s Air Ambulance

“his long-term mission is to have two helicopters flying simultaneously both day and night. At present the helicopter only operates during daylight hours from around 8am in the morning to around 4pm in winter and 8pm in summer.”  Read the full article

Source: East London Advertiser, 03-Feb-13

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UK CAA to accept online applications and payments

UK CAA to accept online applications and payments

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will soon offer online applications and provide payment options for certain services through secure online processes. As part of a major project to update and improve the way it handles applications, the CAA will begin accepting e-applications and payments, initially, for two services – Part 145 maintenance organisation approvals,… Read more »

Source: CAA, 29-Jan-13

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RAF appoints helicopter pilot as Chief of the Air Staff

RAF appoints helicopter pilot as Chief of the Air Staff

Air Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford was commissioned into the Royal Air Force as a pilot in 1977 and, after flying training, joined No 72 Squadron, flying Wessex helicopters, beginning an association with the Support Helicopter Force which would last 25 years. During his flying career he accumulated over 5,000 hours on both Wessex and Chinook… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 25-Jan-13

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Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance flies milestone 14,000th mission

Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance flies milestone 14,000th mission

The Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance reached another important landmark, flying its 14,000th mission to attend to a fallen horse rider out on the Lambourn Gallops. Sarah Williamson, Head of Fundraising for the Trust said: “Because of the rural location, Air Ambulance BOB received the ‘shout’ to Lambourn Gallops to assist a rider who… Read more »

Source: TVACAA, 24-Jan-13

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AAIB issue Special Bulletin on London AW109E helicopter/crane accident

AAIB issue Special Bulletin on London AW109E helicopter/crane accident

Report name: S1/2013 – Agusta A109E, G-CRST Registration: G-CRST Type: Agusta A109E Location: St George Wharf, Vauxhall, London Date of occurrence: 16 January 2013 Category: Commercial Air Transport – Rotorcraft Summary: The helicopter was flying to the east of Battersea Heliport when it struck the jib of a crane, attached to a building development at… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 23-Jan-13

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Bristow takes delivery of first S92 for UK Interim SAR

Bristow takes delivery of first S92 for UK Interim SAR

In early February 2012, HeliHub.com broke the news that the “Gap SAR” contract had been split between Bristow running the two northerly bases at Sumburgh and Stornoway, while CHC would continue with the two southerly bases at Portland and Lee-on-Solent.  Not only were we first to announce this, but it took a further five days… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jan-13

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WFW advised CHC on $202M operating lease facility

WFW advised CHC on $202M operating lease facility

Watson, Farley & Williams (“WFW”), a leading international law firm, is pleased to announce that it has advised CHC Helicopter on an operating lease facility of up to US$202m with Milestone Aviation, for up to 12 helicopters (including Sikorsky, Eurocopter and AgustaWestland helicopters), its third facility with Milestone. The team, led by partner Nicola Davies,… Read more »

Source: WFW, 20-Jan-13

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EC225s to fly short crew-only flights over land

EC225s to fly short crew-only flights over land

Helicopter operators are maintaining readiness for the return to service of EC225s. An element of this are short maintenance flights over land. The 20-minute flights will take place without passengers and are intended to keep the aircraft within their maintenance certification, meaning they won’t have to be placed for long periods in storage. As these… Read more »

Source: Step Change in Safety, 20-Jan-13

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Bond Air Services EC135 reaches 10,000 hours milestone

Bond Air Services EC135 reaches 10,000 hours milestone

Bond Air Services (Bond) is proud to announce that one of the two helicopter air ambulances it operates on behalf of the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) has reached 10,000 flying hours. The aircraft, a Eurocopter EC135T2i (registration G-SASA), reached this milestone transferring a maternity patient with abdominal pains from Cambeltown hospital to Crosshouse hospital in… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 17-Jan-13

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Helicopter crash – central London UK

Helicopter crash – central London UK

An AgustaWestland AW109E helicopter crashed this morning in central London’s rush hour – around 8am.  The helicopter was en route from Redhill to Elstree, but diverting into Battersea Heliport due to poor visibility, when it hit a crane on a block of flats, and crashed to ground in flames.  Two cars were reported hit and… Read more »

Source: Helihub.com, 16-Jan-13

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Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance closer to target with £100,000 donation

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance closer to target with £100,000 donation

Over the next five years, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) will receive an annual donation of £20,000 – helping it move closer to its ambitious £1.5 million target (see full story)

Source: The Courier, 16-Jan-13

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British S300 crash lawsuit plays out in the US

British S300 crash lawsuit plays out in the US

Negligence claims over a helicopter crash that claimed the lives of two Britons should remain in the US, a judge has ruled. (see full story) We also found this document online relating to this case File photo

15-Jan-13

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London’s Air Ambulance appoints CEO and looks to 2nd helicopter

London’s Air Ambulance appoints CEO and looks to 2nd helicopter

London’s Air Ambulance, the Charity that delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, is delighted to announce the appointment of Graham Hodgkin to the role of Chief Executive Officer. He joins at an exciting time of rapid transition for the Charity and will lead the service through its next stages of… Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 14-Jan-13

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UK SAR – CHC were planning new base to avoid using Valley

UK SAR – CHC were planning new base to avoid using Valley

Last week it emerged that the UK Government has reduced the number of bidding groups for the UK Search And Rescue contract from three to two – and the loser was CHC.  The Canadian based company, who have an established operation on the UK North Sea, are the current contractor operating four Sikorsky S92 and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jan-13

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Engineering success at RAF Odiham

Engineering success at RAF Odiham

Warrants Officer Dave Woodhead, 7 Squadron Warrant Officer Engineering, was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours. Warrant Officer Woodhead has shown over 35 years of exceptional dedication, leadership and devotion to duty. During this time he has deployed to numerous operations and has been previously recognised with various Commendations. Due to his innovative… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 13-Jan-13

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SaxonAir appoints new CEO

SaxonAir appoints new CEO

As part of their continued expansion, Norwich based air charter operator and flight support services company SaxonAir announces the appointment of a new CEO, Alex Durand, who takes up his new position within the company in early January 2013. Mr Durand, 43, brings to the role over 20 years of experience in the Business Aviation… Read more »

Source: SaxonAir, 13-Jan-13

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British instructor found guilty in fatal Gazelle crash case

British instructor found guilty in fatal Gazelle crash case

The jury found the instructor guilty of making a false representation with intent to deceive the Civil Aviation Authority. He will be sentenced next month.  (see full story). File photo

Source: BBC, 10-Jan-13

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance to benefit from five-year corporate donation commitment

Yorkshire Air Ambulance to benefit from five-year corporate donation commitment

After 5 years sponsoring Yorkshire Air Ambulance SICL has committed to a further 5 years and increased the donation. SICL has provided the YAA Charity with corporate sponsorship including free-of-charge IT support, services and infrastructure for the last five years but it has now re-committed until 2018 and increased the level of sponsorship. The YAA has long been SICL’s… Read more »

Source: SICL, 10-Jan-13

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UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2013

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2013

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Agusta Bell 206B Jet Ranger II, (G-SUEZ), engine failure and a forced landing, Perthshire, 20 February 2012

Source: AAIB, 10-Jan-13

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CALSTAR sells two night-capable MD Explorers to UK

CALSTAR sells two night-capable MD Explorers to UK

Specialist Aviation Services have imported a pair of MD Explorers from California, which have been purchased from EMS operator CALSTAR.  The two have been registered as G-HMDX and G-KSSA and are serials 900-00121 (previously N902RN) and 900-00123 (previously N902CS) respectively. G-HMDX is for Magpas Helimedix, a more recent addition to the UK EMS scene.  Magpas… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jan-13

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Ex-Formula 1 driver upgrades from AS355NP to AW Grand

Ex-Formula 1 driver upgrades from AS355NP to AW Grand

British Formula 1 driver Dr Jonathan Palmer has recently upgraded from a Eurocopter AS355NP Twin Squirrel to an AgustaWestland AW109S Grand – buying a 2006 aircraft previously owned by Sir Peter Ogden – joint owner with Palmer of MotorSport Vision “MSV”.  (Mr Ogden has replaced the Grand with a new GrandNew – see article) Palmer… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jan-13

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UK – West Midlands Police EC135 helped arrest 537 people in 2012

UK – West Midlands Police EC135 helped arrest 537 people in 2012

MORE than 500 people were arrested in 2012 – who would otherwise have got away had it not been for the West Midlands Police helicopter. The helicopter, known to officers on the street by its call sign ‘Alpha Oscar 1’, has taken off 1,362 times this year and has been involved in 3,698 incidents. Using a… Read more »

Source: West Midlands Police, 07-Jan-13

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UK – Helicopter Museum Huey becomes Vietnam film star

UK – Helicopter Museum Huey becomes Vietnam film star

The Helicopter Museum came alive with the sounds of “Action!” and “Cut!” last week as a small film crew recorded a number of scenes for their début feature using one of the more iconic aircraft in the museum’s vast collection. With the use of  some clever lighting angles and a large Green Screen backdrop, the… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 07-Jan-13

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Bank staff raise over £50,000 for London’s Air Ambulance

Bank staff raise over £50,000 for London’s Air Ambulance

Coutts has exceeded its annual target of raising £50,000 for this year’s chosen charity, London’s Air Ambulance. Coutts’ Products, Services & Marketing team dug deep to raise more than double last year’s charity donation, culminating in a grand total of £51,705.60. Numerous fundraising activities were organised throughout the last twelve months, including comedy nights, a… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 06-Jan-13

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Blue Christmas lights cause ‘difficulties’ for police helicopters

Blue Christmas lights cause ‘difficulties’ for police helicopters

Tactical flight officer PC Paul Gridley said: “When we are approaching a scene, usually at 1000ft, we tend to use the blue lights of emergency vehicles as one way of guiding us into the scene” (see full story)

Source: BBC, 04-Jan-13

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Register Update – United Kingdom – December 2012

Register Update – United Kingdom – December 2012

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-13

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H+S Aviation appoint Managing Director

H+S Aviation appoint Managing Director

BBA Aviation today announced the promotion of Mark Taylor to Managing Director of its H+S Aviation subsidiary. He will be responsible for the day to day activities of this OEM-approved engine repair and overhaul company. Taylor joined H+S Aviation in 1990 and has worked in numerous positions throughout the company.  As an engineer, Taylor started… Read more »

Source: BBA Aviation, 03-Jan-13

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UK – New helipad at Addenbrooke’s Hospital

UK – New helipad at Addenbrooke’s Hospital

The NHS East of England Trauma Network is pleased to announce that a temporary helipad will be laid at Addenbrooke’s Hospital as the next step in enhancing care for the most seriously injured people across the region. This solution has been made possible by close partnership working between the hospital, ambulance service, air ambulance trusts… Read more »

Source: NHS East of England Trauma Network, 01-Jan-13

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AgustaWestland Signs £260M Sea King Integrated Operational Support Contract

AgustaWestland Signs £260M Sea King Integrated Operational Support Contract

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, valued at approximately £260 million, for the provision of Sea King Integrated Operational Support (SKIOS) from 1st April 2013 to the type’s out of service date in March 2016. This contract will follow on… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Dec-12

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UK corporate owner upgrades from 109 Grand to GrandNew

UK corporate owner upgrades from 109 Grand to GrandNew

Sir Peter Ogden, joint founder of the very successful computer services company Computacenter, is upgrading his AW Grand to a GrandNew.   Remaining executive chairman until 1997,  Sir Peter placed £22.5M into an educational trust  – the Ogden Trust – when Computacenter became a UK public company in 1998.  The trust fund helps very able students… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-12

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Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance sign up for 24×7 ops

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance sign up for 24×7 ops

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT) has signed a contract with air ambulance operator Medical Aviation Services (MAS) which heralds the introduction of a full 24/7 helicopter service in the UK’s South East from early next year. KSSAAT works in conjunction with the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) in the delivery of… Read more »

Source: Medical Aviation Services, 17-Dec-12

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Cornwall Air Ambulance win Sustainability Award

Cornwall Air Ambulance win Sustainability Award

The Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust has been rewarded for its commitment to the environment by winning the New Build category at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards. Chief Executive Paula Martin, who collected the award, said, “We at the charity are both honoured and proud to have won this category, the competition was very strong indeed this… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 17-Dec-12

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Eurocopter wins award from UK Ministry of Defence

Eurocopter wins award from UK Ministry of Defence

On 27 November at an award ceremony in Ministry of Defence Main Building, Whitehall, London, Eurocopter UK was presented with a “Recognition of Achievement Award”. Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology (DEST) Philip Dunne MP handed over the award to the Team. These awards recognise and celebrate specific areas of procurement and included for… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 17-Dec-12

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CHC transfers two S92s from Denmark to UK

CHC transfers two S92s from Denmark to UK

CHC have transferred a pair of Sikorsky S92 helicopters form their operation in Denmark to the UK.  Serial 920046 OY-HKA has now been registered as G-WNSF while 920058 OY-HKB is now G-WNSG.  We assume that this is, at least in part, to cover for the requirements generated by the suspension of operations of the Eurocopter… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-12

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British retailer buys AW109S Grand

British retailer buys AW109S Grand

A British registered AgustaWestland AW109S Grand has recently been sold by one British retailer to another. Previously G-CDWY with Mike Ashley’s SportsDirect group, the helicopter is moving further north into Scotland, where it has been bought by Edinburgh Woollen Mill.  Part of the sale will be the change of registration of this aircraft – serial… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-12

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Former Cornwall Air Ambulance Chairman dies in road crash

Former Cornwall Air Ambulance Chairman dies in road crash

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust is very sad to confirm the news of the tragic death of our former Chairman, Mr Harold Chapman. Harold and his wife Pamela, who was also a trustee, had recently emigrated to Australia, to take up their retirement ambition and become reunited with close family members. In the past few days,… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 13-Dec-12

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance granted its own AOC

Yorkshire Air Ambulance granted its own AOC

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) is breaking new ground in the Air Ambulance industry having just become the first Air Ambulance in the UK to apply for and obtain their own Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from scratch. The Yorkshire based charity, which owns and operates two MD 902 Explorers, learned last week that after nearly… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 12-Dec-12

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Place of birth:- 1000ft over Lunna Holm in an S92

Place of birth:- 1000ft over Lunna Holm in an S92

At 4.30am, a doctor on Unst called Shetland Coastguard to ascertain the times of the ferries to the main Island. This was because he was dealing with a woman in labour. After the doctor had spoken with the Scottish ambulance service, ARCC Kinloss tasked the Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter Rescue 102. The helicopter was… Read more »

Source: MCA, 12-Dec-12

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UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2012

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2012

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, 11-Dec-12

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Sloane Helicopters commits to Northern Ireland with Robinson overhauls

Sloane Helicopters commits to Northern Ireland with Robinson overhauls

Britain’s Sloane Helicopters opened its base in Northern Ireland at Enniskillen Airport back in 2007 before the recession hit – and it’s no secret that helicopter operations in Northern Ireland have been hit nearly as badly as those in the country of Ireland to the south.  Undaunted by this, Sloane are showing a continued commitment… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Dec-12

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Rotodyne models enter Britain’s Helicopter Museum

Rotodyne models enter Britain’s Helicopter Museum

The Museum has put three models of the unique Fairey Rotodyne compound helicopter on display complementing the only surviving sections of the actual aircraft that are also part of the collection. The new models have been transfered to THM from the Imperial War Museum store at Duxford, Cambridge and are on display for the first… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Museum, 11-Dec-12

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UK CAA conducts flight inspection of new helideck lighting

UK CAA conducts flight inspection of new helideck lighting

An innovative new lighting system for use on off-shore helidecks has undergone a successful flight inspection by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The new system, developed under a CAA research project and manufactured by Orga BV in the Netherlands, is designed to radically improve visibility for approaching pilots. The first production version of the… Read more »

Source: CAA, 11-Dec-12

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National Grid to be first UK Bell 429 customer

National Grid to be first UK Bell 429 customer

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that National Grid  Electricity Transmission Plc has purchased the first Bell 429 to be operated in Great Britain. The aircraft will be used for inspection and maintenance of power lines. “We required a versatile and reliable aircraft to support our mission, which is providing power… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Dec-12

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Oil & Gas UK Board meet with Eurocopter representatives

Oil & Gas UK Board meet with Eurocopter representatives

Members of Oil & Gas UK’s Board today (Wednesday 5 December) met with senior representatives from Eurocopter in Aberdeen. Eurocopter had been invited to update the group on their investigation into the main bevel gear shaft failures, which led to two ditching incidents earlier in the year. Eurocopter has been carrying out extensive testing of… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 05-Dec-12

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Two more S92s arrive in UK for Bristow

Two more S92s arrive in UK for Bristow

Two new Sikorsky S92 helicopters were registered in the UK yesterday to Bristow Helicopters – G-CHKI (serial 920175) and G-CHMJ (920176).  The pair arrived in the UK by airfreight to Prestwick Airport on Sunday in an Antonov An124 freighter, with G-CHMJ making the 180 mile flight to Aberdeen yesterday and G-CHKI expected to follow today. … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-12

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New EC135P2e arrives in UK for Devon Air Ambulance

New EC135P2e arrives in UK for Devon Air Ambulance

A new arrival on the British aircraft register yesterday was a new Eurocopter EC135P2e for Devon Air Ambulance.  Serial 1080 has recently been completed at the Donauworth factory and is now registered as G-DAAN.  This normally signifies arrival in the UK, and the aircraft is currently registered to Eurocopter UK at Oxford,. who are doing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-12

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South Wales Helimed reaches 8,000th Mission

South Wales Helimed reaches 8,000th Mission

Wales Air Ambulance’s Swansea based air ambulance attended its 8,000th mission on the 28th November  2012. The service has now been in operation for 11 years from Fairwood Airport, Swansea, starting as a 5 day service which was launched on St David’s Day 2001. Wales Air Ambulance has since expanded to having three helicopters across Wales which… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 04-Dec-12

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Bond Air Services staff raise over £5,000 for charity

Bond Air Services staff raise over £5,000 for charity

Bond Air Services (Bond) is proud to have presented cheques totaling over £5,000 to three charities at the company’s base at Gloucestershire Airport earlier today. Staff at Bond have raised a total of £5,254.83 through a variety of fundraising efforts over the course of the year, exceeding the target of £3,000 the company set itself… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 28-Nov-12

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Starspeed signs contract for an AW169, plus an option for another

Starspeed signs contract for an AW169, plus an option for another

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Starspeed Ltd. of the UK has signed a preliminary sale contract for one AW169 light intermediate helicopter plus an option for an additional aircraft. The helicopter will be used to perform VIP transport missions in the United Kingdom. The order marks the entrance of the all… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 28-Nov-12

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust donate life-saving equipment to Hungarian HEMS

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust donate life-saving equipment to Hungarian HEMS

Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) having recently upgraded to state of the art ZOLL® X Series™ Patient Monitors is delighted to donate two older generation Schiller patient monitors to Dr Peter Temesvari, Medical Director of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in Hungary. Before being appointed Medical Director of Hungarian HEMS, Peter Temesvari was a HEMS Doctor… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 28-Nov-12

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