Throughout Lancashire the helicopter has been used a total of 6,453 times since January 2007.Â During that period 815 arrests have been associated with its use, which represents a success rate of around 12 per cent.
To start the new year, Bond Offshore Helicopters took over the rig support contract out of Blackpool Airport for gas firm Centrica.Â Bond have now moved in with two brand new bright red AS365N3 Dauphins, registered G-REDE and G-REDF, operating initially from temporary accommodation at this UK airport.Â They had won the contract from CHC… Read more »
Aberdeen-based Bond Offshore Helicopters has won a five-year deal with global energy company Perenco, which will see Bond provide helicopter services to Southern North Sea rigs from Norwich International airport.
It’s happy birthday to a charity which is literally one of Kent’s lifesavers.Â The Kent Air Ambulance was founded in November 1989 and exactly 20 years ago – on Wednesday, December 23, 1989 – it made its first life-saving mission.
Bournemouth Helicopters plans to launch a demand-led private charter operation in the spring of 2010 after acquiring an EC120 Colibri. The UK company, which took over a helicopter training school in 1994 and also has an R-44, says that the Colibri acquisition will also enhance TRTO opportunities.
Chief Petty Officer Aircrewman Dave Rigg, serving in 771 Naval Air Squadron based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Cornwall, has been awarded the Queenâ€™s Gallantry Medal for his part in a dramatic rescue operation far to the southwest of Landâ€™s End
Sir Peter Rigbyâ€™s Aviation Group, which trades as Patriot Aviation and Heliflight, has acquired London Helicopter Centres Ltd, the specialist helicopter charter and engineering company, headquartered in Redhill, Surrey and Enniskillen in Northern Ireland.
The board of the London Air Ambulance charity that sacked chief executive David Philpott after he raised concerns about alleged malpractice by some trustees, has reportedly commissioned an independent review into the circumstances surrounding his dismissal.
US military is doubling the number of helicopters in southern Afghanistan, flying to the rescue of British troops who have complained that shortages in air support have left them vulnerable to Taliban roadside bombs.
TWO county companies have stormed into a national league table for the UK’s fastest growing businesses. Gloucester-based online book retailer, The Book Depository has made the Fast Track 100 list for the second year running ranked 55th. And it has been joined by Staverton-based helicopter operator Bond Aviation in 80th position.
Historically, no helicopter search and rescue unit has achieved 400 call outs in a year and passing this milestone is a tangible illustration of the high tempo under which the Prestwick-based unit operates.
Reckless yobs are putting lives at risk by shining laser pens at the police helicopter.Â Essex Police revealed the lights were shone into pilotsâ€™ eyes 15 times so far this year, an increase from seven in 2008.
The RAF is to fly its first all-woman combat helicopter crew into action in southern Afghanistan.Â The four women are expected to fly a number of missions taking troops and supplies to the frontline against the Taliban in Helmand. They will also airlift casualties to the hospital at Camp Bastion.
The Merlin will perform a wide range of military tasks, making it a valuable asset for British forces.Â The helicopter was stripped down and transported by a C-17 aircraft from RAF Brize Norton and has arrived at Camp Bastion for re-assembly and extensive pre-flight checks before it takes to the Afghan skies.
AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the first AW159 multi-role military helicopter successfully completed its maiden flight at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility with Chief Test Pilot Donald Maclaine at the controls
It has been sold by former managing director Andrea Brown, who has run the company since 2002.Â The new Helicentre consortium includes Andrew Tyrer, a director of Wrexham-based ice pop manufacturer Mr Freeze.
UK operator Elite Helicopters, based at Goodwood aerodrome, is planning to bring a third managed A109S Grand into service by the end of the year. The fleet expansion coincides with CAA approval to carry out full IFR public transport operations.
Life-saving search and rescue helicopter crews from RAF Valley will halt night time rescues while new crews are trained up.Â The Ministry of Defence has announced a six week suspension to night shifts by 22 Squadron, with cover provided by neighbouring basesÂ RAF Valley will close overnight from 15 November until 31 December.
DEVON Air Ambulance will soon have a purpose-built second airbase at Eaglescott Airfield in North Devon.Â Having worked from a portable building for the past four years, the crew are looking forward to spending the remainder of the winter in their new warm and dry base, due for completion around Christmas.
A MECHANIC who shone a laser pen at a police helicopter at night has been jailed for four months.Â Allan Ponsonby told Leeds Crown Court yesterday he felt the West Yorkshire Police helicopter had been harassing him and following him for months and had pointed the laser to show a customer at his garage where… Read more »
Sikorsky has provided helicopters to support the Royal Family since the early 1950’s, including the R4, S-51, S-55, S-58, S-58T, S-76B and the S-76C+ helicopters. The new S76C++ helicopter entered service in September.
Plans for a helicopter landing pad at Tauntonâ€™s Musgrove Park Hospital are set for approval. Â Hospital bosses want the emergency helipad in front of the Accident and Emergency department, in the Queenâ€™s Building
PLANS for a helicopter landing pad at Tauntonâ€™s Musgrove Park Hospital are set for approval.Â Hospital bosses want the emergency helipad in front of the Accident and Emergency department, in the Queenâ€™s Building.
THE COUNTY air ambulance completed its 8,000th life-saving mission earlier this week.Â Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance was called to a crash on the B4102 near Astley, Nuneaton, on Wednesday.
The Declaration of Intent was signed by the Czech Republic, Albania, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey and the UK. This will provide the necessary political mandate to start mitigating critical utility helicopter shortfalls, particularly in the conduct of ISAF operations in Afghanistan.
Royal Navy and Royal Marine Lynx helicopter crews from 847 Naval Air Squadron were recently honoured for maintaining the highest level of operational efficiency in Afghanistan.Â During a parade at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, friends and family of personnel from 847 Naval Air Squadron watched as they received their standard Afghanistan operational medals.
Manufacturing firm GKN Aerospace is to lose 135 jobs at its Yeovil site, due to the slump in aerospace orders.Â The losses represent more than a third of the GKN jobs on the site they share with helicopter maker Agusta Westland.
The museum preserves its reserve collection at Cobham Hall â€“ which is situated across the road from the museum at RNAS Yeovilton.Â The reserve collection includes over thirty historic aircraft, including one of the largest collections of Westland Helicopters, the first swept wing aircraft to land on a carrier, the Gazelle helicopter on which HRH… Read more »
CLAIMS by residents that flights to and from Royal Derby Hospital’s helipad are in breach of planning permission have been dismissed.Â Littleover residents claimed at a meeting this week that permission for the helipad had been granted on the basis that flights would go over a “green wedge of land” and not houses.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that the police aircraft, code-named India 99, was passing over Wessington Way in Sunderland on May 10, and had been summoned to provide light for the emergency services rescuing two stranded climbers, when it was targeted.
Just before 10.30pm several men gained entry to the military base where the Force helicopter is stored and damaged the aircraft.Â A high speed police chase ensued from Southport to Liverpool city centre as a silver Audi A4 with blacked out windows was seen travelling at high speed along Formby Bypass with a number of… Read more »
2 Apache helicopters from 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, based at Wattisham, have been conducting maritime aviation training in the North Sea.Â The aircrew, recently returned from operations in Afghanistan, were onboard HMS Ocean learning to operate their aircraft from the busy flight deck of the Royal Navy’s largest warship.
The new search and rescue helicopters at the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) base in Stornoway in the Western Isles have completed nearly 350 missions and rescued over 260 people since they were introduced to service two years ago.
Eurocopter UK Ltd. and the British Ministry of Defence signed a contract on September 18 for the Life Extension Programme for 28 of the Royal Air Forceâ€™s fleet of Puma Mk1 helicopters. The upgraded Pumas, which will be designated Puma HC.2, will consequently offer significantly enhanced performance and operational capabilities, thus being capable of remaining… Read more »
This upgrade will include a Â£128m contract which will give the whole Chinook fleet a significant boost by fitting a more powerful engine, enabling the Chinooks to operate more effectively in the hot summers and high altitudes of Afghanistan.