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Cash woe for Midlands Air Ambulance – donations 10% down

Cash woe for Midlands Air Ambulance – donations 10% down

The charity was forced to use some of its reserves last year after the amount of cash it raised fell short of its £6 million annual fundraising target.

23-Sep-10

India: Dial-a-chopper service may become reality by 2020

India: Dial-a-chopper service may become reality by 2020

The ministry is working on a policy to kick off helicopter services in a big way as major Indian cities face ground congestion, making movement difficult even in cases of health and security-related emergencies.

Source: Economic Times, 23-Sep-10

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UK: First photos of new MD Explorer for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

UK: First photos of new MD Explorer for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

HeliHub.com is pleased to bring you first photos of G-LNCT, a new MD Explorer being prepared for Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.  Purchased to replace a 10-year old example registered G-LNAA, the new aircraft was first registered with the UK’s CAA on 23rd August and has been esconced within the Specialist Aviation Services complex at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-10

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance EC135 ready for operations

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance EC135 ready for operations

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance are on the point of going live with their Eurocopter EC135 – click here for full size photo.  Photo by Keith C Wilson, the recently repainted helicopter was spotted yesterday at Bond’s base at Staverton.  We understand that Hampshire and Isle of Wight declined the idea of re-registering… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Sep-10

UK: Kudos Aviation removed from company register

UK: Kudos Aviation removed from company register

Sales broker Kudos Aviation, previously based at Southend Airport, ceased trading early in 2010 and its website shows a default page from their Internet Service Provider.  The company was best known for helicopter management and sales brokerage.  Companies House records show that one company ceased to legally exist this week and the other company is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Sep-10

Yorkshire Air Ambulance team save colleague

Yorkshire Air Ambulance team save colleague

Paramedics from the Yorkshire Air Ambulance have saved the life of one of their own team members after their dispatcher suffered a heart attack.

Source: BBC, 18-Sep-10

Prince William becomes a fully-operational SAR pilot

Prince William becomes a fully-operational SAR pilot

Prince William has today graduated from his Search and Rescue training course at Royal Air Force Valley in Anglesey, Wales. He will now join C Flight of Number 22 Squadron, remaining at RAF Valley, as a fully-qualified, fully-operational Search and Rescue pilot flying the Sea King helicopter. Prince William will begin his operational service as… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 18-Sep-10

Cornwall Air Ambulance plans new base and second helicopter

Cornwall Air Ambulance plans new base and second helicopter

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust wants to create a purpose-built development to house the helicopter on the outskirts of Newquay Airport

Source: Falmouth Packet, 18-Sep-10

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Starspeed flying four EC155s for UK papal visit

Starspeed flying four EC155s for UK papal visit

The Pope arrived in the UK today on a four day visit.  No busy schedule such as the one being undertaken by the Pope is complete without helicopters, and HeliHub.com understands that Starspeed will be operating four Eurocopter EC155 helicopters for this purpose.  This could translate into AS365s and EC155s, as this operator flies both… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-10

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Mount Rule helicopter crash remains a mystery

Mount Rule helicopter crash remains a mystery

Story refers to this accident 19-Mar-10 G-COLL Enstrom F280C East Baldwin, Isle of Man, UK (file photo)

Source: IOM Today, 16-Sep-10

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CHC reaches 2,000 SAR mission milestone in both UK and Australia

CHC reaches 2,000 SAR mission milestone in both UK and Australia

Leading search and rescue (SAR) service provider CHC Helicopter has marked a significant milestone in its SAR services with crews in the UK and Australia both undertaking their 2,000th missions. CHC has operated the service for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in the UK since 2007 from four bases at Stornoway, Sumburgh, Lee on Solent… Read more »

Source: CHC, 16-Sep-10

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HH Helicopters operating Ryder Cup shuttle flights

HH Helicopters operating Ryder Cup shuttle flights

HH Helicopters will be operating daily transfers to The Celtic Manor from Cotswold Airport, Cirencester, Gloucestershire.  This is a fast and convenient way to travel to The 2010 Ryder Cup, arriving relaxed and stress free, with a journey time of just 20 minutes. For the discerning traveller, with a quick transfer time and a convenient… Read more »

Source: HH Helicopters, 13-Sep-10

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Bristow announces further long-term contracts in UK and Malaysia

Bristow announces further long-term contracts in UK and Malaysia

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) a leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, announced today that it has secured new contracts for work in the UK North Sea, Norway and Malaysia potentially worth in excess of $1.3 billion in revenue over the next ten years. William E. Chiles, President and Chief Executive… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 09-Sep-10

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UK: New inquiry into 1994 Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash announced

UK: New inquiry into 1994 Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash announced

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has confirmed a new independent legal inquiry into the 1994 Mull of Kintyre helicopter disaster.  RAF Chinook HC2 ZD576 crashed on the Mull of Kintyre in Western Scotland 16 years ago, killing all 29 abroad.

Source: Guardian, 09-Sep-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Enstrom 280C Shark, G-COLL near Douglas, Isle of Man on 19 March 2010 Robinson R22 Beta, G-OTOY atWellesbourne on 28 April 2008 Robinson R44 Astro, G-PIDG at Skipton, North Yorkshire on 26 June 2010 Robinson R44… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 09-Sep-10

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Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance celebrates 9,000th mission milestone

Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance celebrates 9,000th mission milestone

On 2nd September 2010 local Air Ambulance Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) attended their 9,000th mission since the service began in 2003. Dominic Tolley, Director of Air Operations commented, “9,000 missions is quite a milestone and illustrates what a vital, well used service WNAA provides. I feel proud that I am part of a… Read more »

Source: WNAA, 08-Sep-10

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14-year old British boy loses ‘laser pen’ appeal

14-year old British boy loses ‘laser pen’ appeal

A 14-year-old youth accused of shining a laser pen at a police helicopter in Leicester has failed to convince the High Court he should not be prosecuted

Source: BBC, 08-Sep-10

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Frank Robinson to give free lecture to UK’s Royal Aeronautical Society

Frank Robinson to give free lecture to UK’s Royal Aeronautical Society

Recently retired from being President & Chief Executive at Robinson Helicopter Company, is giving the Cierva Lecture at London’s Royal Aeronautical Society on Tuesday 5th October. The Cierva Lecture is named after Juan de la Cierva, FRAeS, an aeronautical engineer who pioneered rotary flight. In 1926 with the backing of the Weir brothers he formed… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Sep-10

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Army chief’s new mission with Surrey Air Ambulance

Army chief’s new mission with Surrey Air Ambulance

Adrian Bell joins the charity in September following a career in the Royal Navy. He leaves his position as Commander British Forces Gibraltar to take up his new role with the air ambulance.

Source: Surrey Herald, 08-Sep-10

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance features in new TV series

Yorkshire Air Ambulance features in new TV series

Running on BBC1 throughout September, Helicopter Heroes chronicles the exploits of the two MD Explorers of Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Source: Yorkshire Evening Post, 08-Sep-10

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2010 International Sea King Maintenance Symposium achieves event sponsorship goal

2010 International Sea King Maintenance Symposium achieves event sponsorship goal

Vector Aerospace Corporation (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), one of the world’s leading independent providers of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services is pleased to announce the 2010 International Sea King Maintenance Symposium being hosted in Portsmouth, United Kingdom (Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-UK ) from September 28th-30th has filled all event sponsorship positions and delegate registrations… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 08-Sep-10

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UK charter demand increasing, says Atlas Helicopters

UK charter demand increasing, says Atlas Helicopters

Atlas Helicopters has announced that despite the credit crunch woes affecting the majority of the transport industry, helicopter charter is making a slow but steady revival, with private and business helicopter hire experiencing an increased demand. Mike Burns, Chief Executive and pilot at Atlas Helicopters, who have been experiencing business growth despite the economic conditions,… Read more »

07-Sep-10

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Surrey Air Ambulance night flight plans “could take four years”

Surrey Air Ambulance night flight plans “could take four years”

Air ambulance spokesman Jill Playle said despite next month’s decision, the change was unlikely to happen for another three to four years, saying “This is a long process and the planning application is the very first step to doing this”.

Source: ThisIsLocalLondon, 07-Sep-10

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Royal Navy deploys Merlin on anti-piracy ops off Eastern Africa

Royal Navy deploys Merlin on anti-piracy ops off Eastern Africa

A Royal Navy Helicopter Squadron is deploying to the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden to carry out specialist anti-piracy operations over the coming months.  Personnel from 820 Naval Air Squadron including Aircrew and Engineers and their Merlin helicopter, will be embarked on a Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship (RFA Fort Victoria) and will… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 07-Sep-10

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Heritage award for The Helicopter Museum

Heritage award for The Helicopter Museum

The Helicopter Museum site on the airfield at Weston-super-Mare has been recognised by The Transport Trust as a Transport Heritage site, in recognition of its connection with the manufacturing of helicopters in the town between 1955 and 2002. The occasion will be marked with the unveiling of a special Red Wheel Plaque at The Helicopter… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 06-Sep-10

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Two arrests after laser pointed at Cambridgeshire Police helicopter

Two arrests after laser pointed at Cambridgeshire Police helicopter

The pair allegedly aimed the shaft of light at the cockpit of the Cambridgeshire force’s aircraft while it was on a call

Source: Cambridge News, 04-Sep-10

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UK MoD helicopter jobs to move from Yeovilton to Bristol

UK MoD helicopter jobs to move from Yeovilton to Bristol

The Chinook Project Team (IPT) and two other helicopter project teams will move to the MoD procurement site.

Source: BBC, 02-Sep-10

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Robinson R66 performance figures and pricing released

Robinson R66 performance figures and pricing released

Sloane Helicopters Ltd., the UK and Ireland distributors for the Robinson Helicopter Company, is pleased to be able to announce some preliminary performance information for the new Robinson R66 Turbine helicopter. The Robinson R66 is in the final stages of FAA certification and, as part of the certification programme, some pilots from Robinson operators around… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 01-Sep-10

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Eurocopter may relocate part of its activities from Romania to UK

Eurocopter may relocate part of its activities from Romania to UK

The source says Eurocopter believes that moving a 300 million pound contract back to the UK would may be accomplished without an impact on price.

01-Sep-10

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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