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UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2010

13-Feb-2010Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Robinson R44 Clipper G-DBUG at Welshpool Airport, Powys on 09-Jul-09 Robinson R44 Raven G-EKKO at Swansea Airport on 29-Mar-09... Read more

Great North Air Ambulance retires Bo105

Great North Air Ambulance retires Bo105

11-Feb-2010Source: BBC

“The Bolkov is over 40 years old and sadly has spent more time on the ground with mechanical issues than it has in the air, as parts are very hard to source. This is not cost effective to the charity or public.”... Read more

Wiltshire Air Ambulance to mark 20th birthday in high style

Wiltshire Air Ambulance to mark 20th birthday in high style

11-Feb-2010Source: This is Wiltshire

A ball to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance is being held on March 27.... Read more

Anger as new UK SAR contract implies base move from Prestwick to Glasgow

Anger as new UK SAR contract implies base move from Prestwick to Glasgow

11-Feb-2010Source: STV

The Ministry of Defence said that the posts will be moved 30 miles after a private company was awarded the contract for the service.... Read more

Local concerns raised at operational hours of new UK SAR contract

Local concerns raised at operational hours of new UK SAR contract

10-Feb-2010Source: BBC

Bideford mayor Andy Powell said: “There’s a huge surfing population here, so what happens when [the helicopters] clock off at 6pm and somebody goes out at 6.01pm and gets into trouble? Does that mean another life is lost?”... Read more

Sloane Helicopters order first Robinson R66

Sloane Helicopters order first Robinson R66

10-Feb-2010Source: Sloane Helicopters

Following the recent announcement by Robinson Helicopter Company – see HeliHub 8th February 2010 – that they were accepting orders for the new turbine powered Robinson R66, David George, Chairman of Sloane Helicopters Ltd. has confirmed that Sloane have placed their first order for a new Robinson R66 Sloane Helicopters were one of Robinson’s very... Read more

UK Joint Helicopter Command supports Afghan deployment exercise

UK Joint Helicopter Command supports Afghan deployment exercise

10-Feb-2010Source: Rotorhub

Nearly 20 helicopters from the UK’s Joint Helicopter Command have been involved in their first major exercise of 2010.... Read more

CHC Selected as Preferred Bidder for 25-Year UK SAR Contract

CHC Selected as Preferred Bidder for 25-Year UK SAR Contract

9-Feb-2010Source: CHC

CHC Helicopters, through its membership in the Soteria* consortium, has won preferred bidder status on a 25-year contract to provide comprehensive search and rescue (SAR) services and military aircrew SAR training to the UK government, securing CHC’s place as the largest supplier of civilian SAR services in the world. “We are honoured to be chosen... Read more

Register Update – United Kingdom – 1-7 February 2010

Register Update – United Kingdom – 1-7 February 2010

9-Feb-2010Source: HeliHub.com

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

UK’s Saxonair expands further with EC135 purchase

UK’s Saxonair expands further with EC135 purchase

4-Feb-2010Source: HeliHub.com

No sooner had HeilHub.com run a story last week on Norwich Airport-based Saxonair than they have been busy again.  Last week we reported their move to helicopter operations with the acquisition of a Eurocopter EC120, having previously only flown fixed wing.  This week they have added an EC135P2+, purchased from a corporate operator in Northern... Read more

UK's Saxonair expands further with EC135 purchase

UK's Saxonair expands further with EC135 purchase

4-Feb-2010Source: HeliHub.com

No sooner had HeilHub.com run a story last week on Norwich Airport-based Saxonair than they have been busy again.  Last week we reported their move to helicopter operations with the acquisition of a Eurocopter EC120, having previously only flown fixed wing.  This week they have added an EC135P2+, purchased from a corporate operator in Northern... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance to go 24×7 from next month

London’s Air Ambulance to go 24×7 from next month

4-Feb-2010Source: HeliHub.com

London radio station LBC is this morning reporting that London’s Air Ambulance will soon be moving to 24 hour operation.  In the short news item, the report said that this was the result of the London Ambulance Service agreeing to fund paramedics right through the night, rather than up to 1am as previously.  We suspect... Read more

London's Air Ambulance to go 24×7 from next month

London's Air Ambulance to go 24×7 from next month

4-Feb-2010Source: HeliHub.com

London radio station LBC is this morning reporting that London’s Air Ambulance will soon be moving to 24 hour operation.  In the short news item, the report said that this was the result of the London Ambulance Service agreeing to fund paramedics right through the night, rather than up to 1am as previously.  We suspect... Read more

Lieutenant Commander from 750 NAS clocks up 7,000 hours

Lieutenant Commander from 750 NAS clocks up 7,000 hours

3-Feb-2010Source: Royal Navy

One of the Royal Navy pilots at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose has clocked up more than 7000 hours in the air.  Lieutenant Commander Nick Lee of 750 Naval Air Squadron passed that milestone recently and received a congratulatory cake from Lieutenant Commander Nick Armstrong, the Commanding Officer of the Squadron, to mark the occasion.... Read more

British Naval Helicopters Celebrate Their 2nd Anniversary in Afghanistan

British Naval Helicopters Celebrate Their 2nd Anniversary in Afghanistan

3-Feb-2010Source: Royal Navy

For 2 years the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) Sea Kings have been flying operations in Afghanistan, mainly from Kandahar Airfield, with elements also based at Camp Bastion. Most missions are over the volatile Helmand region, 80 miles to the West of Kandahar. Regional Command (South) readily call on ‘Jungly‘ aircraft because of their rapid response... Read more

Register Update – United Kingdom – 25-31 January 2010

Register Update – United Kingdom – 25-31 January 2010

2-Feb-2010Source: HeliHub.com

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

East Anglian Air Ambulance Celebrates 10th Anniversary

East Anglian Air Ambulance Celebrates 10th Anniversary

31-Jan-2010

THE East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) celebrates its tenth anniversary this year and plans a series of special events.... Read more

Polish Air Force VIP Flight Mi-8 due to arrive at UK Museum this week

Polish Air Force VIP Flight Mi-8 due to arrive at UK Museum this week

30-Jan-2010Source: The Helicopter Museum

The Helicopter Museum have put out the following advance notice:- A Russian Mil Mi-8 transport helicopter, once used by the Polish Air Force VIP Flight is due to arrive at The Helicopter Museum for permanent display next Friday (5th February) for unloading on the Saturday Morning (Starting circa 9am). Much used by military and civil... Read more

"The Economist" sees trouble ahead for AgustaWestland's UK operations

"The Economist" sees trouble ahead for AgustaWestland's UK operations

30-Jan-2010Source: The Economist

Yeovil operation too reliant on upgrades?  UK military order Chinook over Merlin; UK military spending under pressure... Read more

Still flying high after 5,000 Hours bolted to the ground

Still flying high after 5,000 Hours bolted to the ground

29-Jan-2010Source: Royal Navy

Lietenant Commander Gordon Cook Royal Navy, the Officer Commanding the Lynx Simulator based at RNAS Yeovilton, has recently clocked up 5,000 flying hours over his long and varied Naval career. Lt Cdr Gordon ‘Gordo’ Cook, who lives in Weymouth, joined the Navy as an Observer in February 1985 and after successful completion of flying training... Read more

UK's SaxonAir buys EC120 and plans to acquire another

UK's SaxonAir buys EC120 and plans to acquire another

28-Jan-2010Source: EDP24

An executive jet operator at Norwich International Airport has invested £800,000 in the first of a new fleet of helicopters to offer VIP flights.... Read more

Devon Air Ambulance Trust officially opens Steve Ford Airbase

Devon Air Ambulance Trust officially opens Steve Ford Airbase

26-Jan-2010Source: Devon Air Ambulance

The new Devon Air Ambulance Trust ‘Steve Ford’ Airbase at Eaglescott Airfield, Umberleigh opens its hangar doors for the first time on Thursday 21st January, when it will be officially opened by BBC Radio Devon presenter Judi Spiers.  Judi will be joined by the family of pilot Steve Ford, who the base is named after. ... Read more

Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance take delivery of new AW109E Power

Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance take delivery of new AW109E Power

25-Jan-2010Source: ITV

The air ambulance service which covers Northamptonshire unveiled its brand new helicopter on Friday at Althorp House. As well as the latest medical and radio equipment, the AgustaWestland 109 is also the fastest civilian helicopter in the UK.... Read more

PremiAir scoops 'Best Executive Aviation Company' at Business Travel 2010 Awards

PremiAir scoops 'Best Executive Aviation Company' at Business Travel 2010 Awards

21-Jan-2010Source: PremiAir

PremiAir, the leading executive helicopter charter operator, was voted ‘Best Executive Aviation Company’ at the 2010 Business Travel Awards, which took place on Monday evening at a glamorous awards ceremony, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.  Group Managing Director David McRobert accepted the award from John O’Hagan, Senior Vice President, Diners Club International.... Read more

London's Air Ambulance receives 'advice and guidance' after commission probe

London's Air Ambulance receives 'advice and guidance' after commission probe

21-Jan-2010Source: Third Sector

London’s Air Ambulance has received unspecified ‘advice and guidance’ from the Charity Commission after concerns were raised about the charity’s governance and financial controls.... Read more

First upgraded UK Lynx Mk.9 helicopters are back in service

First upgraded UK Lynx Mk.9 helicopters are back in service

20-Jan-2010Source: UK MoD

The first four upgraded Lynx Mk9 helicopters, which are to be sent to Afghanistan, have re-entered service, with three of the aircraft now being used for training, prior to deployment, at 9 Regiment Army Air Corps in Dishforth, North Yorkshire. The upgrades on initially twelve Mk9s were ordered by the MOD a year ago, with... Read more

Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance flies higher after noise complaints

Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance flies higher after noise complaints

20-Jan-2010Source: Derby Telegraph

THE air ambulance will fly higher over the area surrounding Royal Derby Hospital in a bid to appease residents who have complained about the noise it makes.  The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance has been transporting patients to the hospital since its helipad opened in June.... Read more

New generation safety device for North Sea workers

New generation safety device for North Sea workers

18-Jan-2010Source: Aberdeen Press & Journal

Industry body Oil and Gas UK has met the UK Civil Aviation Authority to pave the way for the return of PLBs.  Its helicopter task group has overseen a redesign of the beacons and that PLBs would be issued to all workers on all flights for the first time.... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2010

18-Jan-2010Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released.  This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Agusta A109A II, G-ELTE – at Redhill Aerodrome, Surry on 02-May-08 Eurocopter EC135 T1, G-CCAU – at Hindlip Hall, Hindlip, Worcestershire on 04-Dec-08... Read more

UK introduces new law to tackle aircraft laser crime

UK introduces new law to tackle aircraft laser crime

18-Jan-2010Source: CAA

A new law that makes shining a light or laser at an aircraft a specific criminal offence has been introduced. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which initiated the new law, said it was in response to the growing number of incidents involving laser devices being shone at airliners and helicopters near British airports... Read more

Northern Ireland helicopter noise complaints rise by 46%

Northern Ireland helicopter noise complaints rise by 46%

14-Jan-2010Source: Belfast Telegraph

Complaints about helicopter overflights in Northern Ireland increased by 46% during the last financial year.... Read more

2009 was a busy year for UK SAR bases

2009 was a busy year for UK SAR bases

13-Jan-2010Source: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Highest ever recorded number of missions undertaken by Stornoway team The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) helicopter search and rescue bases at Stornoway, Sumburgh, Lee On Solent and Portland completed 747 missions throughout 2009, according to figures released today. With 183 missions undertaken across 12 months, the Stornoway team had their busiest year since search... Read more

Cabair to host UK helicopter pilot training open day

Cabair to host UK helicopter pilot training open day

12-Jan-2010Source: Flight Training News

Cabair College of Air Training is holding a seminar open day at Elstree Aerodrome in North London, dedicated to helicopter pilot training. The event will take place on Saturday 30 January 2010.... Read more

UK Government details future military helicopter fleet plans

UK Government details future military helicopter fleet plans

8-Jan-2010

It was confirmed that the Royal Air Force’s fleet of Merlin HC3 medium-lift helicopters is to be transferred to the Royal Navy, replacing the current fleet of Sea Kings.... Read more

Lancashire Police fly 6,453 missions in three years

Lancashire Police fly 6,453 missions in three years

7-Jan-2010Source: Lancashire Telegraph

Throughout Lancashire the helicopter has been used a total of 6,453 times since January 2007.  During that period 815 arrests have been associated with its use, which represents a success rate of around 12 per cent.... Read more

Wiltshire Police spend £850K upgrading MD Explorer

Wiltshire Police spend £850K upgrading MD Explorer

7-Jan-2010Source: Wiltshire Times

Criminals will have nowhere to hide in Wiltshire thanks to an £850,000 refit of the force’s helicopter and air ambulance which means its cameras can seek out people up to two miles away.... Read more

Bond returns to Blackpool to support Centrica's gas rigs

Bond returns to Blackpool to support Centrica's gas rigs

6-Jan-2010Source: HeliHub.com editorial team

To start the new year, Bond Offshore Helicopters took over the rig support contract out of Blackpool Airport for gas firm Centrica.  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.  They had won the contract from CHC... Read more

Bond wins 5+ year Perenco contract in Southern North Sea

Bond wins 5+ year Perenco contract in Southern North Sea

29-Dec-2009Source: EDP24

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.... Read more

Highland B&B owner’s plea for mercy helipad in garden

Highland B&B owner’s plea for mercy helipad in garden

29-Dec-2009Source: Press & Journal

A bed-and-breakfast operator wants to build a helipad for the north’s lifeline air ambulances in her front garden.... Read more

West Yorkshire Police celebrate 20 years in the air

West Yorkshire Police celebrate 20 years in the air

24-Dec-2009Source: Yorkshire Evening Post

West Yorkshire Police is celebrating 20 years of using one of its most effective weapons in the war on crime.... Read more

Happy 20th Birthday to the Kent Air Ambulance

Happy 20th Birthday to the Kent Air Ambulance

24-Dec-2009Source: Kent Online

It’s happy birthday to a charity which is literally one of Kent’s lifesavers.  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.... Read more

Multiflight celebrates first CPL(H) success

Multiflight celebrates first CPL(H) success

24-Dec-2009Source: Yorkshire Evening Post

Yorkshire flight training centre Multiflight is toasting high flying student Natasha Tottman, 26, who has successfully completed her helicopter commercial pilot’s licence.... Read more

Bournemouth Helicopters prepares for a spring 2010 private charter launch

Bournemouth Helicopters prepares for a spring 2010 private charter launch

23-Dec-2009Source: EBAN

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.... Read more

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance flies its 2,000th mission

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance flies its 2,000th mission

23-Dec-2009Source: Salisbury Journal

THE Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has flown its 2000th mission, even though it has only been running for two and a half years.... Read more

Gallantry Award for Culdrose Aircrewman from 771 NAS

Gallantry Award for Culdrose Aircrewman from 771 NAS

22-Dec-2009Source: Royal Navy

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 Queen’s Gallantry Medal for his part in a dramatic rescue operation far to the southwest of Land’s End... Read more

Multiflight sells N2 Dauphin to Great North Air Ambulance

Multiflight sells N2 Dauphin to Great North Air Ambulance

22-Dec-2009Source: Multiflight

Multiflight has sold one of its charter helicopters, a Eurocopter AS 365N2 Dauphin helicopter, to GNAAS... Read more

Sir Peter Rigby's Aviation Group has acquired London Helicopter Centres

Sir Peter Rigby's Aviation Group has acquired London Helicopter Centres

21-Dec-2009Source: Patriot Aviation

Sir Peter Rigby’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.... Read more

Boeing Delivers first Mk3 Chinook to UK Royal Air Force

Boeing Delivers first Mk3 Chinook to UK Royal Air Force

21-Dec-2009Source: Boeing

Boeing have confirmed the Nov. 30 delivery of the first converted Chinook Mk3 helicopter to the Royal Air Force... Read more

UK Government assures future of RNAS Culdrose

UK Government assures future of RNAS Culdrose

18-Dec-2009Source: Falmouth Packet

The announcement by the Secretary of State for Defence concerning the future plans for UK military helicopters will have a positive effect on operations at RNAS Culdrose.... Read more

UK Minister in climbdown over call for civilian rescue helicopter at Fort William

UK Minister in climbdown over call for civilian rescue helicopter at Fort William

17-Dec-2009Source: Herald

Ministers have finally agreed to listen to demands from mountain rescue teams that a civilian helicopter be based in Fort William to help stricken climbers... Read more

Fight to keep RAF Chivenor SAR base open 24×7 steps up a gear

Fight to keep RAF Chivenor SAR base open 24×7 steps up a gear

15-Dec-2009Source: Western Telegraph

The fight to keep 24-hour search and rescue cover at RAF Chivenor has been taken to the Senedd by Pembrokeshire AMs.... Read more

Great North Air Ambulance temporarily moves EMS AS365 base in response to flood demand

Great North Air Ambulance temporarily moves EMS AS365 base in response to flood demand

14-Dec-2009Source: News and Star

An air ambulance is currently based in Flimby to deal with emergencies on the south side of the River Derwent.... Read more

Royal Navy Sea King crews honored for Afghanistan deployment

Royal Navy Sea King crews honored for Afghanistan deployment

14-Dec-2009Source: UK MoD

The Sea King crews from 854 Naval Air Squadron were recently presented with their Afghanistan Operational Service Medals by Head of the Royal Navy, First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope.... Read more

Prince William beats Prince Harry in helicopter pilot race

Prince William beats Prince Harry in helicopter pilot race

14-Dec-2009Source: Telegraph

The future King graduated with “flying colours” according to the Ministry of Defence after an intensive training course at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire.... Read more

UK Coastguard base at Portland clocks up 3,000th mission

UK Coastguard base at Portland clocks up 3,000th mission

14-Dec-2009Source: MCA

A Coastguard SAR  helicopter base has been in existence at Portland since 1995 – the helicopter that is currently being operated at this base is an AW139 provided by CHC Scotia.... Read more

London's Air Ambulance board allows sacked CEO to appeal

London's Air Ambulance board allows sacked CEO to appeal

10-Dec-2009Source: Civil Society

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.... Read more

Helicentre Liverpool under new ownership

Helicentre Liverpool under new ownership

10-Dec-2009Source: Jetbox.aero

Andrea Brown  bought Helicentre Liverpool in 2002 and successfully grew the School . In November she sold Helicentre Liverpool to Andrew Tyrer, Jonathen Rayner [CFI]  and JetRanger owner Joel Tobias.... Read more

US helicopter surge to aid British troops in Afghanistan

US helicopter surge to aid British troops in Afghanistan

9-Dec-2009Source: The Times

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.... Read more

UK EMS operator issues warning about Children’s Air Ambulance Trust relaunch

UK EMS operator issues warning about Children’s Air Ambulance Trust relaunch

9-Dec-2009Source: Express & Echo

Helena Holt, the chief executive of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust has hit out at the  Children’s Air Ambulance  Trust, disputing many of its  claims and its financial capabilities.... Read more

Bond Aviation Group join UK's fastest growing businesses

Bond Aviation Group join UK's fastest growing businesses

8-Dec-2009Source: South West Business

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.... Read more

HMS Gannet Smashes through 400 SAR Sorties during 2009

HMS Gannet Smashes through 400 SAR Sorties during 2009

8-Dec-2009Source: Royal Navy

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.... Read more

Cuts in UK Police Air Support mooted

Cuts in UK Police Air Support mooted

7-Dec-2009

Plans to cut the number of Police helicopters around the UK have been revealed by the Home Office.... Read more

RAF Merlins operating in Afghanistan one month ahead of schedule

RAF Merlins operating in Afghanistan one month ahead of schedule

3-Dec-2009Source: RAF

Having arrived in Afghanistan two weeks ago, the initial RAF Merlin Force has now passed the extensive pre-flight checks enabling them to take to the Afghan skies one month ahead of schedule.... Read more

Hertfordshire Air Ambulance celebrates first birthday

Hertfordshire Air Ambulance celebrates first birthday

2-Dec-2009Source: Watford Observer

The Hertfordshire Air Ambulance, which provides vital pre-hospital care to patients across the county, is celebrating its first birthday.... Read more

UK Government considers ordering 30 Chinooks to deploy in Afghanistan

UK Government considers ordering 30 Chinooks to deploy in Afghanistan

1-Dec-2009Source: Telegraph

t is hoped to build up the Chinook fleet from the current 38 to about 70 allowing the possibility of almost doubling the numbers of aircraft currently in Afghanistan to 20.... Read more

10th Anniversary appeal for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

10th Anniversary appeal for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

1-Dec-2009Source: Dorset Echo

The Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance charity is trying to track down as many of the 7,000 people it has helped since its launch in March 2000.... Read more

London's Air Ambulance chief sacked after raising financial concerns

London's Air Ambulance chief sacked after raising financial concerns

30-Nov-2009Source: Telegraph

Mr Philpott was dismissed as chief executive only 12 weeks after he took up the job, just days after he raised concerns about the charity’s financial controls and accountability with its board.... Read more

More laser attacks on Essex police helicopter pilots

More laser attacks on Essex police helicopter pilots

29-Nov-2009Source: Daily Gazette

Reckless yobs are putting lives at risk by shining laser pens at the police helicopter.  Essex Police revealed the lights were shone into pilots’ eyes 15 times so far this year, an increase from seven in 2008.... Read more

North West Air Ambulance Board director honoured

North West Air Ambulance Board director honoured

28-Nov-2009Source: North West Air Ambulance

KNOWSLEY Council awarded one of its highest honours to North West Air Ambulance board director Jim Keight OBE.... Read more

Bond Offshore Helicopters EC225 North Sea ditching report delayed

Bond Offshore Helicopters EC225 North Sea ditching report delayed

26-Nov-2009Source: STV

An official report to determine why a helicopter with 18 people on board ditched into the North Sea has been delayed, the Government announced on Tuesday.... Read more

First British all-female helicopter crew takes on Taliban

First British all-female helicopter crew takes on Taliban

23-Nov-2009Source: Times

The RAF is to fly its first all-woman combat helicopter crew into action in southern Afghanistan.  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.... Read more

Honour for Former Commanding Officer of Commando Helicopter Force

Honour for Former Commanding Officer of Commando Helicopter Force

20-Nov-2009Source: Royal Navy

Colonel John McCardle Royal Marines was appointed an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen at an investiture at Buckingham Palace last week.... Read more

First RAF Merlin arrives in Afghanistan

First RAF Merlin arrives in Afghanistan

17-Nov-2009Source: UK MoD

The Merlin will perform a wide range of military tasks, making it a valuable asset for British forces.  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.... Read more

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