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UK: Yorkshire and Humberside police could share helicopters

UK: Yorkshire and Humberside police could share helicopters

North Yorkshire Police is in discussions with Humberside, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire Police about the possibility of pooling resources to pay for the servicing and engineering of their eyes in the sky.

Source: Yorkshire Press, 01-Sep-10

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident of:- MD369E G-VICE at Poundgate, Devon on 24th May 2010

Source: AAIB, 31-Aug-10

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UK: Hampshire police helicopter share raises concerns

UK: Hampshire police helicopter share raises concerns

Hampshire Police’s move to share Surrey’s EC135 and Sussex’s MD Explorer, rather than use its own Islander plane, has caused concern among officers

Source: BBC, 31-Aug-10

Max-Viz and Police Aviation Services win US Dept of Commerce integration approval

Max-Viz and Police Aviation Services win US Dept of Commerce integration approval

Max-Viz, Inc and Police Aviation Services (PAS) of England have received a Statement of Integration (SOI) export license from the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) allowing significantly quicker and more streamlined export of Max-Viz Enhanced Vision System technology abroad to civilian users through the PAS facility in Cheltenham, UK. PDF – Max-Viz and PAS receive… Read more »

Source: Max-Viz, 30-Aug-10

British Joint Helicopter Force keeps things moving in Afghanistan

British Joint Helicopter Force keeps things moving in Afghanistan

Helicopters are crucial to the success of operations in Helmand, and, from medical evacuation and troop movement to resupply and ground attack, the men and women of the Joint Helicopter Force do it all. Report by Sharon Kean. There is no average day for Camp Bastion’s Joint Helicopter Force (JHF). It is responsible for around… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 30-Aug-10

British helicopter carrier begins second Caribbean anti-drugs deployment

British helicopter carrier begins second Caribbean anti-drugs deployment

Royal Navy warship HMS Ocean has arrived in the Caribbean where she will provide contingency support to British dependent territories during the hurricane season, as well as contribute towards ongoing anti-drug smuggling operations. Having already deployed to the Caribbean in 2007, when the amphibious assault ship made a major impact on drug smuggling by seizing… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 30-Aug-10

British Commando Helicopter Force get to grips with new gun

British Commando Helicopter Force get to grips with new gun

Crews in the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) have got their hands on a new and improved door gun ahead of 16 Air Assault Brigade’s deployment to Afghanistan in October. 846 Naval Air Squadron began training aircrew on their new FN Herstal M3M .50-inch-calibre (12.7mm) door-mounted weapon system while supporting 16 Air Assault Brigade during their… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 30-Aug-10

Yorkshire Air Ambulance targets corporates for new Business Supporters Network

Yorkshire Air Ambulance targets corporates for new Business Supporters Network

The initiative is designed to encourage more businesses to become brand partners of the YAA. In return, for an annual fee, firms will be allowed to use the network logo for promotional purposes, feature on the YAA website and reinforce their corporate social responsibility by supporting a recognised charity

Source: Yorkshire Evening Post, 18-Aug-10

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Surrey Air Ambulance seeks to go 24 hours

Surrey Air Ambulance seeks to go 24 hours

Surrey Air Ambulance spokeswoman Jill Playle said: “We are able to offer a very good service during the daytime but we’re unable to fly at night – and serious illness and injury happens 24 hours a day.

Source: BBC, 18-Aug-10

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Consultation over CHC departure from North Denes HP due by month end

Consultation over CHC departure from North Denes HP due by month end

A lengthy consultation over possible plans to relocate operations from Great Yarmouth’s heliport to Norwich should be concluded by the end of the month.

Source: Great Yarmouth Mercury, 17-Aug-10

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Lockheed Martin delivers Topscene tactical terrain visualization system to the UK

Lockheed Martin delivers Topscene tactical terrain visualization system to the UK

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently delivered the TOPSCENE® Tactical Terrain Visualization System, a mission planning and rehearsal software package, to the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) in support of operations in Afghanistan. U.K. helicopter forces based at RAF Odiham will use TOPSCENE® to perform mission rehearsal with greater realism than is possible with their… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 16-Aug-10

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Man charged after laser shone at Cheshire Police EC135

Man charged after laser shone at Cheshire Police EC135

The laser was directed at the cockpit of Cheshire Constabulary’s aircraft as it flew over Winsford on Wednesday night, police said.

Source: BBC, 16-Aug-10

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British CAA changes regulation of ex-military aircraft

British CAA changes regulation of ex-military aircraft

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced changes to the regulation of permit to fly ex-military aircraft. Following a number of incidents and accidents involving ex-military aircraft over recent years, the CAA is taking steps to clarify the purposes for which ex-military aircraft can be operated. The CAA is therefore acting to remind the… Read more »

Source: CAA, 16-Aug-10

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AgustaWestland propose SAR Sea King life extension

AgustaWestland propose SAR Sea King life extension

As part of the UK Government’s drastic cost cutting, the proposed 25-year S92 contract was set aside.  AgustaWestland are proposing a life-extension to the current fleet as a cheaper option.

Source: Daily Express, 11-Aug-10

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Culdrose Merlin Squadron trains with French Navy

Culdrose Merlin Squadron trains with French Navy

Members of 829 Naval Air Squadron based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose took part in exercises and training with the French Navy in Toulon recently. Also known as the “Kingfishers”, 829 Squadron usually provides Merlin helicopters for operations from Type 23 Frigates, such as HMS Sutherland, HMS Westminster, HMS Richmond and for ships of… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 11-Aug-10

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Humberside Police MD Explorer passes 10,000 hours

Humberside Police MD Explorer passes 10,000 hours

Humberside Police Authority’s MD Explorer has just returned to service after a 10,000 hour inspection conducted by Police Aviation Services Ltd (PAS) in Gloucestershire UK. The helicopter is one of the busiest MD 902 Explorers in service and is now the second to have achieved the 10,000 hour milestone. PAS undertook a major role equipment… Read more »

Source: Police Aviation Services, 10-Aug-10

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Man arrested after laser aimed at Police Helicopter

Man arrested after laser aimed at Police Helicopter

A man has been arrested after a laser pointer was shone at West Yorkshire Police’s helicopter in the early hours of this morning. At just after midnight a laser was shone at the helicopter when it was flying over Leeds. The address was identified using specialist equipment on board the vehicle and the helicopter directed… Read more »

Source: West Yorkshire Police, 10-Aug-10

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Twitter feed for Sussex Police helicopter

Twitter feed for Sussex Police helicopter

People who see the Sussex Police helicopter can now check what the force is doing on Twitter @suspol_heli

Source: BBC, 10-Aug-10

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New heliport opens on Portland for 2012 Olympics

New heliport opens on Portland for 2012 Olympics

The heliport at Southwell Business Park is being used for the 2010 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy.  It will also open during the summer seasons of 2011 and 2012.

Source: BBC, 10-Aug-10

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Talks planned this month over Scilly Isles helicopter link

Talks planned this month over Scilly Isles helicopter link

Noise protestors at Land’s End Aerodrome raise concerns.  Operator British International says there will be more concerns over tourism if they can’t operate a service from Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly. {Photo shows the current arrangement at Penzance HP]

Source: BBC, 04-Aug-10

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Helicopter Museum to host “BAC 100” hangar dance

Helicopter Museum to host “BAC 100” hangar dance

Tickets went on sale this week for a special one night only event to celebrate 100 years of aviation heritage in the South West. As part of the BAC 100 Celebrations marking the 100th Anniversary of the birth of the aviation industry in the West of England, The Helicopter Museum is hosting a Period Hangar… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 04-Aug-10

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UK: One year sentence for person on ground endangering helicopter

UK: One year sentence for person on ground endangering helicopter

A man has been sentenced to a year in prison for endangering the safety of an aircraft when he grabbed a helicopter as it took off

Source: Daily Mail, 03-Aug-10

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Police Service of Northern Ireland adds EC145 to existing EC135

Police Service of Northern Ireland adds EC145 to existing EC135

Police today put on display a new £7 million helicopter which will be used to strengthen the fight against crime in Northern Ireland and to make communities safer. The Eurocopter EC 145 is a larger, more modern version of the existing PSNI helicopter, an EC 135. The new twin-engine aircraft can carry up to 10… Read more »

Source: PSNI, 03-Aug-10

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UK: Southampton General Hospital to add rooftop helipad

UK: Southampton General Hospital to add rooftop helipad

Currently Hampshire’s air ambulance has to land on a council playing field two miles away in Lordshill, with patients then taken by ambulance to the site.  The new helipad will be built on the top of an existing car park at the Hospital

Source: Dialy Echo, 03-Aug-10

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Sikorsky thanks PremiAir for 30 years support

Sikorsky thanks PremiAir for 30 years support

PremiAir was delighted to receive a visit from Sikorsky President Jeffrey Pino to the company’s Blackbushe Airport, Surrey, helicopter maintenance base during Farnborough Airshow week. Mr. Pino, who is a retired U.S. Army Master Aviator and is type-rated on several Sikorsky aircraft including the S-76®, took time out from his busy show schedule to visit… Read more »

Source: PremiAir, 02-Aug-10

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Great Western Air Ambulance move to new offices

Great Western Air Ambulance move to new offices

Chief executive of the air ambulance Paul Weir said: “We are delighted Eastwood Park has been able to accommodate us and at very charitable rates”

Source: Gazette, 02-Aug-10

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Prince honours Lynx crews for ‘keeping the Taliban’s heads down’

Prince honours Lynx crews for ‘keeping the Taliban’s heads down’

His Royal Highness Prince Charles presented Afghan service medals this week to members of 1st Regiment Army Air Corps (1 Regt AAC) who have recently been operating Lynx helicopters over Helmand. The Prince of Wales, who is the Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps, visited 1 Regt AAC at their base in Germany. The Prince… Read more »

Source: British Army, 30-Jul-10

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RAF Merlin squadron reflects on Helmand deployment

RAF Merlin squadron reflects on Helmand deployment

After several weeks providing support to troops on the ground in Helmand province, the Merlin helicopter crews from 28 (Army Cooperation) Squadron’s B Flight, based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, are coming home. B Flight arrived at Bastion Airfield in late May 2010. Following multiple detachments in Iraq over the past five years, this was… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 30-Jul-10

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UK: Recent HeliDays event was 20th, but probably the last

UK: Recent HeliDays event was 20th, but probably the last

Having run the event for 20 years on the seafront at Weston-super-Mare, organisers are facing higher costs.  Additinally, both North Somerset Council (on which event director Elfan ap Rees is a councillor) and the local Weston Parish Council have withdrawn their sponsorship.

Source: This is Bristol, 30-Jul-10

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Prince Charles honours Army helicopter pilots

Prince Charles honours Army helicopter pilots

Army helicopter pilots, ground crew and technicians who have served in Afghanistan were presented with campaign medals by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales yesterday. 3 Regiment Army Air Corps (3 AAC), based at Wattisham Flying Station, Suffolk, was also awarded the Honorary Freedom of St Edmundsbury, at the presentation in Bury St Edmunds…. Read more »

Source: British Army, 30-Jul-10

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UK: Jet Booking Direct starts new helipad partnership with Ham Polo Club

UK: Jet Booking Direct starts new helipad partnership with Ham Polo Club

In partnership with Ham Polo Club we are very pleased to announce that we can offer Helicopter Landings at Ham Polo Club in Richmond with immediate effect.  Only 8 miles from Hyde Park Corner and with great road and river links to Westminster and The City, Ham is very well positioned for all of your… Read more »

Source: Jet Booking Direct, 29-Jul-10

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UK: Bond Aviation launch £1m helicopter design department

UK: Bond Aviation launch £1m helicopter design department

Bond Aviation Group, Britain’s fastest growing privately owned helicopter service provider, has unveiled a new £1 million Design and Completions Department at its UK headquarters

Source: Stroud Life, 29-Jul-10

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Caution for Thames Valley Police laser attack man

Caution for Thames Valley Police laser attack man

A man has been cautioned by police after admitting shining a laser beam at the Thames Valley Police EC135 helicopter.

Source: BBC, 29-Jul-10

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UK: Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire police in helicopter share

UK: Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire police in helicopter share

The proposed South East Air Support Unit would bring together an MD Explorer from Shoreham and an EC135 from Odiham.  Note, neither operate the AS355 featured in the BBC story!

29-Jul-10

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ARINC announces new division to lead EMEA and APAC operations

ARINC announces new division to lead EMEA and APAC operations

John M. Belcher, Chairman and CEO of ARINC Incorporated, today announced the creation of a new International Division to lead the company’s operations in Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The International Division will be based in the United Kingdom, and will also include ARINC’s Airport Technology Center. In addition to managing most of… Read more »

Source: ARINC, 29-Jul-10

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British Navy pilots train for Helmand in Californian desert

British Navy pilots train for Helmand in Californian desert

Royal Navy Sea King helicopter pilots and their crews from the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) have been training for their deployment to Afghanistan in the Californian desert. The pilots and aircrew from 845 and 846 Naval Air Squadrons have been undergoing environmental qualification training at the Naval Air Facility El Centro, just north of the… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 28-Jul-10

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Tiger Helicopters to lease two JetRangers from Castle Air

Tiger Helicopters to lease two JetRangers from Castle Air

British operator Tiger Helicopters are to lease two AB206 JetRangers from Castle Air.  The lease commences 1st October 2010 for an initial period of two years, with each JetRanger expected to fly 1,000 hours during that time on an intensive training contract.  Tiger are providing ab initio training for Algerian military pilots who will then… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jul-10

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British helicopter carrier hosts USMC

British helicopter carrier hosts USMC

HMS Ocean is currently participating in Exercise Kearsarge – a US led exercise being conducted off the coast of North Carolina, in support of the deployment training package for the United States Navy’s Amphibious Ready Group.  As a result, the Royal Navy’s largest helicopter carrier has been operating with some of the US Marine Corp’s… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 26-Jul-10

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Alan Mann Helicopters – Operating Licence withdrawn

Alan Mann Helicopters – Operating Licence withdrawn

One of the most well-known and long-running onshore operators in the UK, Alan Mann Helicopters, has had its operating licence withdrawn by the CAA. In a published announcement in their “Official Record Series 2” document, issue 1961 dated 20th July 2010, it confirms in a terse and formal statement “Alan Mann Helicopters Limited – This… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jul-10

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HeliDays launches today with inflight refuelling demo

HeliDays launches today with inflight refuelling demo

International HeliDays 2010 will launch this year at midday on Friday 23rd July with a demonstration of helicopter in flight refuelling by the US Air Force over the bay at Weston-super-Mare.  Following the demonstration the USAF Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter will land on the Beach Lawns where it will be on static display… Read more »

Source: HeliDays, 23-Jul-10

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Bristow appoint new Director of European Operations

Bristow appoint new Director of European Operations

Bristow Helicopters has named its new director who will drive forward the company’s European growth plans. Mike Imlach, who was previously Director of Bristow’s Nigerian Business Unit, has been appointed as the Director of European Operations. He will oversee all commercial and operational aspects of the company’s activities in the UK, Norway and Holland. Mike,… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 23-Jul-10

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Sloane Helicopters signs for another ten AW helicopters

Sloane Helicopters signs for another ten AW helicopters

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, is pleased to announce that Sloane Helicopters Ltd has signed a contract for ten additional helicopters comprising AW109 Power and GrandNew light twin engine models. This latest order extends to 2012 the multi-year multi-aircraft contract and distribution agreement signed in February 2006. This purchase marks the entrance of the GrandNew light… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 22-Jul-10

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Upgrades for RAF Chinooks include iPad-Like slate

Upgrades for RAF Chinooks include iPad-Like slate

The military equivalent of an iPad for pilots’ mission planning will be among the features included in the avionics upgrade of 46 Royal Air Force Chinooks to the Mk.4 standard, said Peter Hitchcock, Avionics VP at Thales UK

Source: Defense News, 22-Jul-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2010

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, 20-Jul-10

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Eurocopter hands over new EC135P2+ to West Midlands Police

Eurocopter hands over new EC135P2+ to West Midlands Police

On July 19, a brand new EC135 P2i was handed over to Assistant Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, Sharon Rowe, on the EADS/Eurocopter booth No. G12 in Hall 4 at the Farnborough International Air Show. The order for this aircraft had been placed in September 2009. Markus Steinke, Managing Director of Eurocopter UK Ltd.,… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 19-Jul-10

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Much updated London Heliport now open for business

Much updated London Heliport now open for business

The ultra modern new passenger terminal at The London Heliport in Battersea is now officially open for business – ahead of the Farnborough Air Show next week (July 19th to 25th), when many of the senior executives from the world’s leading aerospace companies will be using the heliport en route to and from the show…. Read more »

Source: PremiAir, 17-Jul-10

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Eurocopter to highlight its UK market leadership at Farnborough 2010

Eurocopter to highlight its UK market leadership at Farnborough 2010

Eurocopter and its Eurocopter UK Ltd. subsidiary are represented on the Farnborough exhibit stand of parent company EADS (Booth G12, Hall 4), where an EC135 for the West Midlands Police is to be officially handed over to the customer on July 19. Today, Eurocopter products are vital for the functioning of the United Kingdom, with… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 17-Jul-10

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UK: New Ullapool community helipad put to test

UK: New Ullapool community helipad put to test

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has carried out tests of the pad using a Stornoway-based Sikorsky S92

Source: BBC, 07-Jul-10

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PremiAir to move some helicopters to Biggin Hill after buying Gold Group International

PremiAir to move some helicopters to Biggin Hill after buying Gold Group International

PremiAir, the award-winning UK based aviation services company, announces today (6th July) a significant step in its continued growth in business aviation. PremiAir has taken over the management of a fleet of LearJet private jets and in addition has acquired a new private jet operating and maintenance base at London’s Biggin Hill airport.  This move… Read more »

Source: PremiAir, 06-Jul-10

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British man convicted of shining light at police helicopter

British man convicted of shining light at police helicopter

A man who shone a high-powered lamp at a police helicopter could face prison.  Michael Kevin Renney was accused of twice shining the light into the skies, hitting the cockpit of the Cleveland Police aircraft.

Source: Gazette Live, 06-Jul-10

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Interpol issues appeal over paedophile helicopter pilot

Interpol issues appeal over paedophile helicopter pilot

Commercial pilot Daren Elarmo, 40, who also uses the surname Jones, is accused of kidnapping two teenage boys for sex.  Police say the pilot may now be living in Spain

Source: BBC, 06-Jul-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2010

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, 06-Jul-10

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CHC bring second S92 to their British North Sea fleet

CHC bring second S92 to their British North Sea fleet

Yesterday, CHC added a second Sikorsky S92 to their Aberdeen-based North Sea fleet.  Registered G-CHCS, and the 125th S92 off the production line, it joins sister ship G-CHCK which has been active supporting British offshore oil installations since spring 2006.  CHC has other S92s in the North Sea operating from Stavangar in support of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-10

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance appoints new chairman

Wiltshire Air Ambulance appoints new chairman

An air ambulance expert has been named the new chairman of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Appeal.  David Philpott, 52, the founding chairman of the Association of Air Ambulances, takes up his post today, 1st July.

Source: Salisbury Journal, 01-Jul-10

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Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance adds two hours a day for the summer

Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance adds two hours a day for the summer

The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance (TVACAA) will be able to save more lives from July after the announcement that its current daily operational flight time will rise from 10 to 12 hours a day. Cost, flight regulations and the inability to fly in the hours of darkness are all factors influencing the deployment… Read more »

Source: TVAC, 30-Jun-10

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Northern Ireland drug addict dazzled police pilot with laser

Northern Ireland drug addict dazzled police pilot with laser

A man who admitted shining a laser pen into the eyes of a police helicopter pilot 2,000 ft over Derry forcing him to take evasive action has been put on probabtion for 18 months

Source: Belfast Telegraph, 30-Jun-10

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Bell 429 arrives in UK on demo tour

Bell 429 arrives in UK on demo tour

After some demo flights last week in the Swiss towns of Samedan and Sion, Bell’s 429 demonstrator flew via Baden-Baden in Germany en route to the UK.  Registered C-FTNB, the helicopter is now based at Blackbushe for a few weeks at Premiair Aviation’s hangar.  Today it visits Oxford, although we are not yet aware of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jun-10

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UK teenager cautioned for shining laser pen at police helicopter

UK teenager cautioned for shining laser pen at police helicopter

The 16-year-old, from Cheltenham, was arrested in Crabtree Place at 2.45am on Tuesday on suspicion of shining a light at an aircraft so as to dazzle or distract a pilot. He was given a formal reprimand after admitting the offence.

Source: Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 29-Jun-10

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Scottish Police fury as laser pen offender escapes prison sentence

Scottish Police fury as laser pen offender escapes prison sentence

Police leaders reacted with fury yesterday after a teenager who aimed a laser pen at a police helicopter escaped with a £500 fine.  Call centre worker Anthony Boyle, 19, had been warned he faced jail for the potentially lethal stunt.

Source: Daily Record, 28-Jun-10

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Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance celebrates 10 years

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance celebrates 10 years

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance operates an EC135 from Henstridge Airfield in UK.  This superseded an earlier Bo105

Source: Bournemouth Echo, 22-Jun-10

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CHC £7 billion 25-year UK SAR project put on hold

CHC £7 billion 25-year UK SAR project put on hold

Britain’s new government puts the 25-year SAR privatisation proposal on hold as part of massive spending cut program to get budget deficit under control.

Source: BBC, 18-Jun-10

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New Coventry Airport owners sign ATC contract and introduce helicopter training school

New Coventry Airport owners sign ATC contract and introduce helicopter training school

Less than five weeks after acquiring Coventry Airport, Sir Peter Rigby’s aviation group, Patriot Aerospace, has signed a £4million contract with Serco for air traffic services. The objective is to get Coventry Airport fully operational as quickly as possible and provide the highest levels of air traffic services with full radar and instrumental approaches. Sir… Read more »

Source: Patriot Aerospace, 17-Jun-10

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RAF Chinook pilot honoured for courage in Afghanistan

RAF Chinook pilot honoured for courage in Afghanistan

A Chinook pilot from RAF Odiham was presented with a Distinguished Flying Cross for his ‘superior flying skills’ in Afghanistan at a prestigious ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Friday 4 June 2010. Flight Lieutenant Marc Heal, aged 29, was amongst personnel from various stations across the UK to be honoured in the Armed Forces Operational… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 09-Jun-10

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South Wales & Gwent Police tweet every helicopter task

South Wales & Gwent Police tweet every helicopter task

The South Wales and Gwent Police EC135 helicopter crew now has a twitter feed that reports on what it’s been covering.

Source: Wales Online, 09-Jun-10

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Great North Air Ambulance to add third Dauphin

Great North Air Ambulance to add third Dauphin

HeliHub.com notes that an N2 Dauphin in the UK has been registered G-NHAB, the consecutive out-of-sequence registration to Dauphin G-NHAA operated by Great North Air Ambulance.  This is in line with a story we ran in late March, where the UK EMS operator stated that they G-NHAA was the first of two to be supplied… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jun-10

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RAF Chinook pilot tells how his helmet saved his life

RAF Chinook pilot tells how his helmet saved his life

Now that the Ministry of Defence has lifted its embargo, the helmet has been returned to him and he has given the BBC his first broadcast interview.

Source: BBC, 09-Jun-10

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PremiAir employee wins apprentice award

PremiAir employee wins apprentice award

Andy Fishwick, an apprentice helicopter maintenance engineer with PremiAir, the UK’s largest helicopter charter and management company, has been named South East Advanced Apprentice of the Year winner 2010 by the Learning Skills Council. The awards celebrate excellence in vocational education across the south-east region and acknowledge the outstanding achievements of individuals at every stage… Read more »

Source: PremiAir, 08-Jun-10

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Airport landing fees cut for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Airport landing fees cut for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

A vital emergency helicopter is flying that little bit higher after airport bosses slashed its landing fees. (HeliHub.com Editor note – we believe they are still the only UK air ambulance to pay landing fees!)

Source: Yorkshire Evening Post, 07-Jun-10

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UK shootings: Helicopter delay over safety fears may have cost lives

UK shootings: Helicopter delay over safety fears may have cost lives

Great North Air Ambulance, which sent two AS365s, confirmed that police at Whitehaven requested them to wait on the ground.  When aircraft were permitted to fly to three of the shooting scenes, the injured victims had already been driven to hospital by, it is believed, members of the public.

Source: Guardian, 04-Jun-10

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Bond starts new Perenco contract in Southern North Sea

Bond starts new Perenco contract in Southern North Sea

[The following press release from Bond supplements HeliHub’s own story regarding the delivery of these two 365s] The latest additions to Bond Offshore Helicopters’ fleet of aircraft have entered service on behalf of new client, Perenco (UK) Ltd, in the UK sector of the southern North Sea. Crew change flights with two AS365N3 Dauphin aircraft… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 03-Jun-10

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Small Ship’s Flight comes to British carrier HMS Ark Royal

Small Ship’s Flight comes to British carrier HMS Ark Royal

212 Flight from 815 Naval Air Squadron, based at RNAS Yeovilton, is normally associated with the Ice Patrol Ship HMS Endurance, but for the last two months the crew and two Mark 3 Lynx Maritime Attack helicopters have been embarked in HMS Ark Royal, conducting the Helicopter Delivery Service (HDS) in addition to planned attack… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 03-Jun-10

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MAS delivers MD902 to Essex Air Ambulance

MAS delivers MD902 to Essex Air Ambulance

Medical Aviation Services Ltd, a Specialist Aviation Services Group Company, is pleased announce the delivery of its latest MD 902 Explorer to Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust. As helicopter provider and licensed operator, MAS will also supply the pilots who will help the Trust’s clinical staff provide their vital skills throughout the county. The… Read more »

Source: Medical Aviation Services, 02-Jun-10

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Cheshire Police addresses noise issue over new EC135

Cheshire Police addresses noise issue over new EC135

The Hawarden-based helicopter, which operated at the same altitude as the plane of about 1,000-1,500ft, resulted in a noise level of about 84 decibels compared with 85-90 decibels for a lawnmower, 80 decibels for a refuse truck and 100 decibels for a train

Source: Ellesmere Port Pioneer, 02-Jun-10

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UK CAA approves new segregated airspace for unmanned aircraft

UK CAA approves new segregated airspace for unmanned aircraft

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has approved a request from the Ministry of Defence to establish additional segregated airspace for the use of Unmanned Aircraft operating from the Wiltshire aerodromes of Upavon and Boscombe Down. The new segregated airspace, designated as Danger Areas by the CAA, will be connected to the existing Salisbury Plain… Read more »

Source: CAA, 02-Jun-10

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PremiAir teams with Avinode for global charter bookings

PremiAir teams with Avinode for global charter bookings

PremiAir, the UK’s largest helicopter charter and management company, has become a member of Avinode, the leading b2b platform to buy and sell charter flights.  The relationship follows Avinode’s recent decision to extend its web technology to helicopters and enable charter broker users to search availability between chosen helipads, or any location where helicopters are… Read more »

Source: PremiAir, 02-Jun-10

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