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Babcock H175s return to Airbus for retrofit work

Babcock H175s return to Airbus for retrofit work

8-Feb-2019Source: HeliHub.com

Babcock MCS Offshore have a fleet of four Airbus H175 helicopters, and we recently tracked one of these taking an unusual route.  Ship #5022 registered as G-MCSE took a two day ferry flight on 29th and 30th January from Babcock’s base at Aberdeen through to the Airbus Helicopters facility at Albacete in Spain, with an... Read more

New Helipad at Sheffield Children’s Hospital

New Helipad at Sheffield Children’s Hospital

7-Feb-2019Source: HELP Appeal

The fundraising campaign for a life-saving Helipad at Sheffield Children’s Hospital took a major step forward today thanks to a new charity partnership. The HELP Appeal’s Chief Executive Robert Bertram has presented the first installment of £562,500 out of a £2.25M pledge to David Vernon-Edwards, Director of The Children’s Hospital Charity. The HELP Appeal has... Read more

Leonardo awarded contract to support MOD fleet

Leonardo awarded contract to support MOD fleet

28-Jan-2019Source: UK Government

The MOD has awarded a five-year, multi-million-pound deal to Leonardo Helicopters (UK) for the support of the existing fleet of 50 Apache attack helicopters.Defence Minister Stuart Andrew announced the £293 million contract with Leonardo Helicopters during a visit to the company’s site in Yeovil where some of the vital work on the aircraft will take place.... Read more

New CAP 1747 Report Identifies Optimum Strategy for Flight Crew HTAWS Alerts

New CAP 1747 Report Identifies Optimum Strategy for Flight Crew HTAWS Alerts

21-Jan-2019Source: HeliOffshore

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has published its CAP 1747 report on research into the optimum means of alerting helicopter flight crews to alerts for Class A Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (HTAWS). The report’s findings will provide input for the EUROCAE WG110 working group as part of the aviation standards organisation’s efforts to... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance 30th anniversary campaign

London’s Air Ambulance 30th anniversary campaign

10-Jan-2019Source: London Air Ambulance

The Duke of Cambridge has today become Patron of the London Air Ambulance Charity 30th Anniversary Campaign. The campaign aims to highlight the charity’s vital work in delivering life-saving treatment across London, and raise support for the development of new facilities. The patronage has been announced ahead of His Royal Highness’ visit to the London... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2019

10-Jan-2019Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Special Bulletins S1/2018 – Agusta AW169 (G-VSKP), loss of control on departure, Leicester, 27 October 2018 S2/2018 – Agusta AW169 (G-VSKP), loss of control on departure, Leicester, 27 October 2018 Other Investigations MBB-BK 117 D-2 (G-RMAA), insufficient anti-torque... Read more

Wiltshire Air Ambulance grounded by Heli Charter liquidation

Wiltshire Air Ambulance grounded by Heli Charter liquidation

4-Jan-2019Source: HeliHub.com

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) have had to ground their Bell 429 helicopter after their operator Heli Charter Ltd went into voluntary liquidation. That move means that the company is no longer trading, which in turn invalidates their Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) on which WAA relies. Without a nominated AOC holder, they cannot fly. WAA issued... Read more

Castle Air adds AW139 to London Heli Shuttle

Castle Air adds AW139 to London Heli Shuttle

11-Dec-2018Source: London Biggin Hill Airport

The London Heli Shuttle, operated by Castle Air at London Biggin Hill Airport, is extending its fleet to 10 helicopters with the addition of a new AgustaWestland AW139. The London Heli Shuttle was established in 2015 to offer the airport’s customers the fastest and most convenient route to central London. The service has been in... Read more

Cayman Islands Police orders Airbus H145

Cayman Islands Police orders Airbus H145

10-Dec-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) is adding a second helicopter, expected to be in operation mid-2019. The Airbus H145 The accompanying image shows Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin with UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister of State for the Overseas Territories, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon. The pair signed a memorandum of understanding in London... Read more

New Chinook simulators ready for training

New Chinook simulators ready for training

28-Nov-2018Source: UK Government

The Chinook Mk 6 synthetic training facility was built following a £53 million contract with Lockheed Martin UK, Rotary and Mission Systems. It is housed at RAF Odiham in Hampshire – home of the Chinook Force, a key component of the Joint Helicopter Command. The state-of-the-art technology includes two Flight Deck Device simulators, a Rear... Read more

Trials to launch and land Chinooks on RFA Tidesurge

Trials to launch and land Chinooks on RFA Tidesurge

15-Nov-2018Source: Royal Navy

While her sister pumps hundreds of tonnes of fuel into Britain’s new aircraft carrier, RFA Tidesurge is proving the £113m ships are more than mere tankers. The third of four large, fast tankers – built specifically to support the UK’s two Queen Elizabeth-class flagships – is carrying out trials with the largest helicopter on the... Read more

Airbus Delivers Upgraded Night Vision to UK police

Airbus Delivers Upgraded Night Vision to UK police

13-Nov-2018Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first of seven upgraded National Police Air Service (NPAS) H135 helicopters, under a £1.5 million contract signed in December 2017 to equip and standardise the UK police helicopter fleet’s Night Vision (NVIS) capability.  Under the new configuration, all seven NPAS’ H135 helicopters will be capable of NVIS operations down to ground level, enhancing... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2018

12-Nov-2018Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Cessna 152 (G-WACG) and Guimbal Cabri G2 (G-JAMM), mid-air collision, Near Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, 17 November 2017 Rotorway Executive 90 (G-BZES), loss of control while inadvertently descending downwind, Fenland Airfield, Lincolnshire, 1 July 2018... Read more

CHC adds apprentice engineers in UK

CHC adds apprentice engineers in UK

9-Nov-2018Source: HeliHub.com

CHC has made an announcement, saying that they will be adding 100 apprentice engineers to the Aberdeen main operational centre, as well as Norwich and Humberside. Their apprenticeship programme is also commencing again in 2018, reports Energy Voice.... Read more

Helitech to change name as expo adapts to changing market

Helitech to change name as expo adapts to changing market

18-Oct-2018Source: HeliHub.com

As Helitech International closes today at the RAI exhibition centre in Amsterdam, the Helitech name is now disappearing. Initially focusing on the oil industry and first run in Aberdeen in 1986, the original Helitech organisers Spearhead Exhibitions realised they had to evolve to make the event viable. Primarily this meant moving the event to Redhill... Read more

Specialist Aviation Services ranked ‘Excellent’

Specialist Aviation Services ranked ‘Excellent’

18-Oct-2018Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced during an official ceremony held at Helitech in Amsterdam, that Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) has been appointed an Excellent Service Centre for the AW169 light intermediate and AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters in UK and Ireland. An established service centre for the AW169 and AW139 types in UK providing a range of support... Read more

HeliGroup launches world-first Airbus ACH135 Helionix for charter operations

HeliGroup launches world-first Airbus ACH135 Helionix for charter operations

16-Oct-2018Source: HeliGroup

HeliGroup is today launching their newly-delivered Airbus ACH135 Helionix into the charter market from their UK base at Wycombe Air Park.  The latest generation twin engine luxury aircraft will serve the high-end charter market. HeliGroup is based close to all of the key London corporate jet airports at Luton, Stansted, Oxford, Biggin Hill and Farnborough, as... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2018

11-Oct-2018Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AS350 B3e (G-MATH), loss of control during hydraulics-off training, Wycombe Air Park, Buckinghamshire, 5 May 2017 Robinson R44 (G-CTFL) and Robinson R44 (G-HYND), loss of control to G-CFTL after reversing into G-HYND’s main rotor, Cumbernauld Airport, North Lanarkshire,... Read more

Red Arrows Support Handover of First ACH135 for charter ops

Red Arrows Support Handover of First ACH135 for charter ops

2-Oct-2018Source: Airbus Helicopters

UK operator HeliGroup has taken delivery of the first ever ACH135 Helionix for VIP charter operations from Airbus Corporate Helicopters at the Monaco Yacht Club during the annual yacht show in the Principality. The handover event was attended by representatives of global aviation and yachting industries and supported by the Royal Air Force Red Arrows,... Read more

First UK registered SD2 helicopter comes online

First UK registered SD2 helicopter comes online

26-Sep-2018Source: Airbourne Solutions

As the first aerial operator in the UK to use a SD2 for underslung lifting, we quickly saw the advantages of using this model of helicopter. So the decision was taken to purchase our own SD2 helicopter to join our ever expanding fleet of AS350B2’s and AS350B3’s. The SD2 has more power then the standard... Read more

ACH Displays New ACH135 Helionix

ACH Displays New ACH135 Helionix

24-Sep-2018Source: Airbus Corporate Helicopters

Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) Airbus’ dedicated private and business helicopter entity, will display the company’s new ACH135 Helionix for the first time on the rooftop of the Monaco Yacht Club during the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show.  Fitted with the company’s in-house ACH Line interior configuration, the updated, Helionix-equipped provides a technological leap forward for the light, twin-engine... Read more

Avalex video equipment picked for WPD EC135 fleet upgrade

Avalex video equipment picked for WPD EC135 fleet upgrade

14-Sep-2018Source: Avalex

Babcock Aviation has selected a full suite of new-generation digital video equipment, including Avalex AVM4178Q 17-inch HD widescreen displays, Avalex AVC1816 Smart Video Management System and the Avalex AVR8414 HD DVR, as part of the fleet upgrade program for a fleet of five Airbus H135 helicopters operated by Western Power Distribution (WPD). This enables WPD... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2018

13-Sep-2018Source: AAIB

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... Read more

HELP Appeal fund upgrade for helipad at Raigmore Hospital

HELP Appeal fund upgrade for helipad at Raigmore Hospital

10-Sep-2018Source: HELP Appeal

With over 500 flights each year it’s quite common to see helicopters arriving and taking off from the helipad based at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness and this much used facility is about to undergo an upgrade. The upgrade to the current landing site will allow the helipad to meet the increasing demands due to larger... Read more

CAAi launch new Risk-Based Oversight and Surveillance training course

CAAi launch new Risk-Based Oversight and Surveillance training course

6-Sep-2018Source: CAAi

The training arm of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA), CAA International (CAAi), has announced a brand new, two-day training course on risk-based oversight and surveillance. Risk-Based Oversight, or Performance-Based Regulation as it is commonly known in the UK, is an oversight system which compliments compliance-based auditing. A risk-based approach allows regulators to fully... Read more

Helitech gives up on London – 2019 venue is Farnborough

Helitech gives up on London – 2019 venue is Farnborough

6-Sep-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The organisers of Helitech have finally listened to what their customers want and moved the UK venue out of London to as location which will allow proper demo flights.  Way back on 21st September 2012, HeliHub.com announced that Helitech was to move from its Duxford location to an indoor exhibition centre in central London –... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2018

15-Aug-2018Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Sikorsky S-92A (G-CHHF), nose landing gear failed to lower on approach to Scatsta Airport, Shetland, 29 January 2018... Read more

Essex & Herts gets support from Harrods Aviation and London Luton Airport

Essex & Herts gets support from Harrods Aviation and London Luton Airport

10-Aug-2018Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) is to receive support from Harrods Aviation Ltd and London Luton Airport (LLA). Harrods Aviation Ltd, a specialist private aviation operator at LLA, has agreed to waive all landing charges and handling costs if one of EHAAT’s helicopters needs to call at the airport, while London Luton Airport has... Read more

59 year old London Heliport faces new noise challenges

59 year old London Heliport faces new noise challenges

8-Aug-2018Source: Wandsworth Council

Residents living in three riverside boroughs near the London Heliport in Battersea are being subjected to noise levels that could pose a risk to their health. That’s the conclusion of a ground-breaking study, the first of its kind in the UK that monitored noise levels near the heliport over a five month period last year.... Read more

Helicopter Museum details activities for World Helicopter Day

Helicopter Museum details activities for World Helicopter Day

8-Aug-2018Source: The Helicopter Museum

World Helicopter Day takes place on Sunday 19 August and to mark the occasion The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare is hosting a special Family Fun Day which includes opening some of its more unusual exhibits, that have rarely been open to the public before. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the... Read more

Penzance Heliport Project Recommended for Approval

Penzance Heliport Project Recommended for Approval

30-Jul-2018Source: Penzance Heliport

Plans for a replacement Penzance Heliport to serve the Isles of Scilly have been recommended for approval by Cornwall Council planning officers. The Planning Report recommends Councillors grant permission for the heliport, citing the “significant social and economic benefit to the businesses, residents and visitors of the Scillies and wider economic benefits to West Cornwall.” The report... Read more

Magpas Air Ambulance selects AW169 to replace MD Explorer

Magpas Air Ambulance selects AW169 to replace MD Explorer

19-Jul-2018Source: Leonardo

Leonardo is pleased to announce that Magpas Air Ambulance has selected the AW169 as its new generation helicopter. Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) will customise the aircraft with an advanced medical interior and will operate the helicopter on behalf of Magpas Air Ambulance, providing pilots and maintenance services. The announcement was made during the Farnborough International... Read more

Sloane Helicopters opens up Irish corporate market with AW109 GrandNew sale

Sloane Helicopters opens up Irish corporate market with AW109 GrandNew sale

19-Jul-2018Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and official distributor in UK Sloane Helicopters (Sloane) has announced that QME Mining Equipment Ltd (QME) of Ireland, a leading company in the supply of complete solutions to the Mining and Tunnelling industries worldwide, has signed a contract for an AW109 GrandNew helicopter. The aircraft will be used to perform VIP/corporate transport operations with delivery... Read more

Bristow opens new SAR base at Lydd

Bristow opens new SAR base at Lydd

18-Jul-2018Source: Bristow Group

The last purpose-built HM Coastguard helicopter base at Lydd, Kent, was opened today, marking a major milestone in the UK’s national search and rescue helicopter service. Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, officially opened the base and witnessed the duty search and rescue helicopter crew returning from a training sortie, in a... Read more

AeroTex UK leverages VABS for simulation of composite rotor blades

AeroTex UK leverages VABS for simulation of composite rotor blades

12-Jul-2018Source: AnalySwift

AnalySwift, LLC, a provider of efficient high-fidelity modeling software for composites and other advanced materials, announced today that AertoTex UK has licensed its powerful VABS software for the simulation of composite propellers, rotor blades, and other slender structures. Located in the United Kingdom, AeroTex UK has extensive experience in the area of structural dynamics, including... Read more

Special Purpose Operator status awarded to UK flight test company

Special Purpose Operator status awarded to UK flight test company

10-Jul-2018Source: Nova Systems

EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) Special Purpose Operator (Part-SPO) status has been achieved by Nova Systems UK, an arm of the Australian Nova Group.   Using its EC135 helicopter G-NSYS, the Nova team has worked hard to deliver the safety systems and organisational structures required by the Agency. Nova now adds this important operating declaration... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2018

10-Jul-2018Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Robinson R22 Beta (G-JKAT), heavy landing, Shobdon Aerodrome, Herefordshire, 20 April 2018... Read more

First flight lands at Ipswich helipad

First flight lands at Ipswich helipad

15-Jun-2018Source: HELP Appeal

A life-saving helipad which will allow medics to transfer critically-ill patients into Ipswich Hospital’s emergency department (ED) quickly and smoothly has welcomed its first air ambulance. The £250,000 facility has been constructed next to the ED and opened today (11 June). It has been paid for by the HELP Appeal, which is the only charity... Read more

Sloane Helicopters wins Irish EMS contract with AW109

Sloane Helicopters wins Irish EMS contract with AW109

14-Jun-2018Source: Sloane Helicopters

Ireland’s first community Air Ambulance will shortly be propelling its way to Ireland, after a contract signing this weekend. Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) – a charity dedicated to pre-hospital care – has signed a contract with UK based Sloane Helicopters. The helicopter will be operated by ICRR and is due in Ireland at the... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2018

10-Jun-2018Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AW109SP (G-IWFC), incorrectly latched engine cowl, Sywell Aerodrome, Northamptonshire, 27 November 2017... Read more

Glasgow helipad has 692 landings in three years

Glasgow helipad has 692 landings in three years

7-Jun-2018Source: HELP Appeal

The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital’s helipad in Glasgow has seen 692 landings over the past three years. That’s an average of 230 landings every year from the Scottish Air Ambulance and Coastguard services. The average number of landings every week has also risen from three to four in comparison to when the helipad was two years old.   Between April 2017... Read more

Bristow renews and expands Perenco AW139 contract

Bristow renews and expands Perenco AW139 contract

28-May-2018Source: Bristow

Bristow Group, Inc. (NYSE:BRS) today announced a three-year contract extension from Perenco UK Ltd. The extension covers seven-day-a-week coverage in the UK Southern North Sea through December 2021. Under the three-year extension, Bristow will provide world-class performance coupled with a tailored aviation solution to meet its client’s specific needs in support of their operations offshore Norwich. By leveraging its diverse fleet of... Read more

Brewery entices visitors with new helipad

Brewery entices visitors with new helipad

28-May-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Arran Brewery recently opened their newly built helipad. Visitors are able to go on a brewery tour after arriving by helicopter. The brewery also has been granted planning permission for a terminal by the helipad, providing more space for visitors, reports Beer Today.... Read more

HELP to fund new DIFFS at Manchester University Hospitals

HELP to fund new DIFFS at Manchester University Hospitals

25-Apr-2018Source: HELP Appeal

The HELP Appeal, the only charity in the UK to fund vital infrastructure for hospital helipads, is funding the installation of a Deck Integrated Fire Fighting System (DIFFS) at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust’s new helipad, which is due for completion by end of 2018. The £615,000 donation made today covers both the third £250,000... Read more

Air Alderney prepares for EC155 scheduled services

Air Alderney prepares for EC155 scheduled services

24-Apr-2018Source: HeliHub.com

A new operator based in the Channel Island of Alderney is planning to start scheduled services with both fixed and rotary wing.  Expected destinations include Jersey – one of the main pair of Channel Islands, the French town of Cherbourg and south coast UK airports at Lee-on-the-Solent and Shoreham. The longer routes, certainly the two... Read more

FLYT launches industry first digital helicopter booking platform

FLYT launches industry first digital helicopter booking platform

17-Apr-2018Source: FLYT

FLYT, a brand new digital helicopter booking service allowing customers to instantly view quotes from an extensive range of UK helicopter operators and book online via desktop, tablet or smartphone, is now live with the aim of lowering the cost of rotary travel and making it more accessible to a wider customer base.   FLYT... Read more

Royal Sussex to build state of the art fire-fighting system

Royal Sussex to build state of the art fire-fighting system

10-Apr-2018Source: HELP Appeal

The Royal Sussex County Hospital (RSCH) has today received a £650,000 donation from the HELP Appeal – the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads. The money will be used to incorporate a state of the art fire suppression system for the hospital’s new helipad. Typically used for off shore oil rigs,... Read more

Airbus Helicopters Strengthens Position as UK Market Leader

Airbus Helicopters Strengthens Position as UK Market Leader

27-Mar-2018Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters UK has defied market conditions with a new high of 14 civil aircraft booked in 2017, demonstrating a year-on-year average growth in the civil market of  36% since 2013.  As a result, the company has reinforced its position as UK market leader with 46% of the civil and parapublic market. This follows the... Read more

Sloane Helicopters announced as new Penzance Heliport operator

Sloane Helicopters announced as new Penzance Heliport operator

14-Mar-2018Source: Penzance Heliport

Sloane Helicopters is one of the most respected operators in the UK and the family-owned business already enjoys strong Cornish connections Penzance Heliport Ltd will team with one of the UK’s leading helicopter companies to operate the new helicopter link between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly. Flights between Penzance and the islands of Tresco... Read more

Sloane Helicopters signs for AW109 Trekker and another GrandNew

Sloane Helicopters signs for AW109 Trekker and another GrandNew

28-Feb-2018Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced during an official ceremony held at Heli-Expo (Las Vegas) today the signing of a contract with Sloane Helicopters of the UK for the purchase of one GrandNew and one AW109 Trekker light twin engine. The aircraft are expected to be delivered over the period 2018/2019 under the framework of the Distributorship Agreement, further... Read more

HELP Appeal praises Wiltshire Air Ambulance new airbase

HELP Appeal praises Wiltshire Air Ambulance new airbase

27-Feb-2018Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance’s state-of-the-art new airbase has been praised by the HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal, which has generously funded the helipad with a £250,000 donation. Yesterday (22 February) Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP Appeal, visited the new airbase at Outmarsh Farm, Semington, near Melksham, for the first time since construction began.... Read more

Pilot Recruitment: The HeliSpeed ‘Gig Economy’

Pilot Recruitment: The HeliSpeed ‘Gig Economy’

22-Feb-2018Source: Allan Blake

I missed Geoff Packer’s session at HeliInvestor 2018, but was eager to interview him to understand better the new model of pilot recruitment he has developed. In these continuing tough times for offshore operators, different thinking and more efficient business models are a necessary route back to profitability according to other HeliInvestor presenters such as... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance appoints new director

London’s Air Ambulance appoints new director

19-Feb-2018Source: London's Air Ambulance

The charity is very excited to welcome Louise Robertshaw as our new Director of Marketing and Communications. Louise joins us from Guide Dogs, where she spent nine years as Head of Communications and Campaigns, developing the marcomms function and leading its brand strategy, as well as instigating a charity wide digital first strategy. We have... Read more

Penzance HP team point out flaws in Steamship AW169 plans

Penzance HP team point out flaws in Steamship AW169 plans

16-Feb-2018Source: Tresco Estate

Following yesterday’s announcement of a new helicopter service between the UK mainland and the Scilly Isles, the team behind the operation from a new heliport at Penzance have put out a press release – detailed below in italics.  While it was clearly aimed as a spoiler, the Penzance team have pointed to what they believe... Read more

New Isles of Scilly helicopter link to use AW169

New Isles of Scilly helicopter link to use AW169

15-Feb-2018Source: Island Helicopters

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group has announced the start of a new helicopter service from Land’s End Airport to the Isles of Scilly from May this year. Called Island Helicopters it will operate year-round up to six days a week from Land’s End Airport, with up to eight return flights a day. Fares start... Read more

Wills and Legal Services raises £540,000 for hospital helipads

Wills and Legal Services raises £540,000 for hospital helipads

13-Feb-2018Source: HELP Appeal

Wills and Legal Services (WLS), based in Malvern, has announced that, since 2014, it has raised £540,000 for the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads. WLS’ specialist paralegals, who operate throughout England and Wales, support the HELP Appeal with their Wills Campaign where they write Wills for the general... Read more

Heli Operations cleared to use Portland Heliport for training

Heli Operations cleared to use Portland Heliport for training

29-Jan-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Heli Operations has been issued a certificate of lawfulness by the Weymouth and Portland Borough Council. This means that there will be no need for planning permission and approval to use the Portland helicopter base as their training and search and rescue facility. They had issues late last year regarding their plans, as the council... Read more

Wiking commences UK windfarm operations with H145

Wiking commences UK windfarm operations with H145

12-Jan-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Turkish-owned German-based operator Wiking Helikopter Service has started its wind farm support contract in the UK.  Airbus H145 D-HOAE has been ferried from Emden in Germany across the North Sea to Norwich on 7th January.  Later the same day it positioned to its new base at Great Oakley Airfield, near Harwich. Wiking Helikopter Service will... Read more

NPAS officer receives MBE in New Year’s Honours

NPAS officer receives MBE in New Year’s Honours

8-Jan-2018Source: NPAS

A police officer, working at the National Police Air Service is to be awarded a MBE for his services to policing. Sergeant Scott Gallagher has worked in Police Air Support for over ten years and for the National Police Air Service since its formation in 2012. Joining North Wales Police in 1994, Scott managed the... Read more

Airbus extends UK Puma Mk.2 support

Airbus extends UK Puma Mk.2 support

3-Jan-2018Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) have signed a Follow-on Support Arrangement contract to provide support to the Royal Air Force Puma 2 fleet over the planned service life of the aircraft.  The contract, worth an initial £100 million, is the first of two pricing periods which will see Airbus Helicopters provide... Read more

What happened at the recent UK Helicopter Leaders Round Table?

What happened at the recent UK Helicopter Leaders Round Table?

19-Dec-2017Source: Buyer Europe Magazine

On 29th November, Leaders from across the UK Helicopter Industry gathered in Henley for a Round Table meeting the aim of which was to bring together front-runners representing the whole gamut of onshore business for an afternoon and evening of informal discussions on areas of mutual interest.  BHA member, Mike O’Donoghue chaired the Round Table... Read more

CHC receives second H175 via LCI lease

CHC receives second H175 via LCI lease

18-Dec-2017Source: LCI

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has taken delivery of its first Airbus Helicopters H175 aircraft and placed it on lease with CHC. The aircraft will be based out of Aberdeen, Scotland, supporting oil and gas production activities in the North Sea. Crispin Maunder, Executive Chairman of LCI, says: “This... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2017

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2017

15-Dec-2017Source: AAIB

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... Read more

UK CAA appoints new Chief Executive

UK CAA appoints new Chief Executive

5-Dec-2017Source: CAA

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Moriarty as its new Chief Executive. Richard will succeed Andrew Haines, whose term of office is due to expire in the Summer of 2018, and was appointed following a rigorous selection process including a significant number of excellent candidates. Richard re-joined... Read more

Era Helicopters writes off $117M from EC225 fleet

Era Helicopters writes off $117M from EC225 fleet

20-Nov-2017Source: HeliHub.com

In the recent Q3 earnings call with financial analysts, Era Helicopters President and CEO Chris Bradshaw provided the following commentary as part of his introduction:- “The next topic is an update on the status of H225 and AS332 L2 model helicopters following the fatal accidents off the coast of Norway in April 2016, and resultant... Read more

UK – Leeds General Infirmary adds fire equipment to allow 24×7 ops

UK – Leeds General Infirmary adds fire equipment to allow 24×7 ops

20-Nov-2017Source: HELP Appeal

Seriously ill or injured patients from across Yorkshire are benefitting from extended air ambulance flying hours thanks to a generous donation to the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Over £123,000 was donated by the HELP Appeal, a national charity set up to help provide Major Trauma Centres like Leeds with the necessary new or upgraded... Read more

Construction begins on joint EMS-Police base at Almondsbury UK

Construction begins on joint EMS-Police base at Almondsbury UK

9-Nov-2017Source: NPAS

Work has begun on the new National Police Air Service (NPAS) base in Almondsbury, South Gloucester which is due to be operational in autumn 2018. NPAS and Great Western Air Ambulance (GWAAC) will be housed at the new base funded by BAE Systems. BAE Systems purchased the land in Almondsbury for use by GWAAC and... Read more

Luton and Dunstable Hospital to add helipad

Luton and Dunstable Hospital to add helipad

8-Nov-2017Source: HELP Appeal

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital’s fundraising drive to build an onsite helipad linked to its Emergency and Critical Care services has got off to a flying start, thanks to a donation of £2m from the HELP appeal – the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads. The £2m donation means the Luton... Read more

HeliSpeed wins contract with Irish company Six West

HeliSpeed wins contract with Irish company Six West

31-Oct-2017Source: HeliSpeed

HeliSpeed, the UK-based pilot services company, concluded a successful Helitech 2017 with an exciting new agreement with Six West, Ireland. Through this agreement, HeliSpeed will provide Six West with helicopter pilot solutions to support their global customer base’s needs, from repositioning of aircraft and ferry flights, to acceptance tests. Geoff Packer, CEO of HeliSpeed, said... Read more

CAE extends British military contract

CAE extends British military contract

30-Oct-2017Source: CAE

CAE announced that it has agreed to a contract amendment with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (UK MOD) on the aircrew training services provided at CAE’s Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF). The agreement and contract amendment continues the 20-year partnership that CAE and the UK MOD have established under a private finance... Read more

UK invests £90M in Helicopter training centre

UK invests £90M in Helicopter training centre

27-Oct-2017Source: The Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence has announced an over £90 million investment in a world-leading helicopter simulation centre to help train the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy helicopter pilots of the future. The simulators put pilots through their paces, replicating extreme real-life scenarios, from flying in blizzards or under enemy fire to dealing with power failures... Read more

Further speakers announced for UK EMS conference

Further speakers announced for UK EMS conference

23-Oct-2017Source: AAA

Dr Ami Jones MBE, Interim National Director, EMRTS Cymru will update delegates on the advances the EMRTS Cymru. Originally from Shropshire, Dr Jones is a Consultant in Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Pre-Hospital Medicine within the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. She is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves with 203 Field Hospital and... Read more

Worcestershire Royal Hospital helipad plans approval

Worcestershire Royal Hospital helipad plans approval

20-Oct-2017Source: HELP Appeal

Work is set to get underway on a brand new state-of-the-art £1.24m helipad at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, following the go-ahead from planners this week.  The new raised helipad, which will be situated next to Worcestershire Oncology Centre, will be closer to the Accident and Emergency department, enabling paramedics to transfer critically ill patients into the... Read more

Lockheed Delivering Next-Generation Apache Sensor Systems

Lockheed Delivering Next-Generation Apache Sensor Systems

16-Oct-2017Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received $337 million in orders to supply Apache Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M‑TADS/PNVS) systems and services to the United States, United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The awards are part of an initial task order under a new indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract signed with the U.S. Army.... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2017

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2017

10-Oct-2017Source: AAIB

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... Read more

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