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Thames Valley Air Ambulance reports 2021 as busiest year to date

Thames Valley Air Ambulance reports 2021 as busiest year to date

19-Jan-2022Source: Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Our crews were called out 2,880 times in 2021, the highest number since we became an independent healthcare provider in 2018. 1,125 call outs took place in Berkshire, with 1,018 in Buckinghamshire and 640 in Oxfordshire. Crews delivered critical care to 1,819 patients when they needed it most, attending the most serious incidents across the... Read more

AvSax Fire Safety Device Deployed on Babcock Air Ambulances

AvSax Fire Safety Device Deployed on Babcock Air Ambulances

19-Jan-2022Source: AvSax

Many air ambulance helicopters in the UK are now carrying a specialist piece of equipment to help keep the crew, patients and aircraft safe in the event of a fire or even an explosion. More than 20 helicopters are operated by specialist aerial emergency medical services (EMS) company Babcock and following a detailed look into... Read more

High Sheriff Recognises Hard Work of Wales Air Ambulance

High Sheriff Recognises Hard Work of Wales Air Ambulance

17-Jan-2022Source: Wales Air Ambulance

Wales Air Ambulance has been presented with the prestigious High Sheriff’s Award for its services to the people of the preserved county of Mid Glamorgan. The accolade was presented to the Service by the High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan, Jeff Edwards MBE, in November during his visit to Cardiff Heliport. Mr Morgan said: “Wales Air... Read more

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance records 2021 as busiest year

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance records 2021 as busiest year

14-Jan-2022Source: Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance sign off 2021 as busiest year in charity’s history. A lot has happened at LNAA this year, from moving to a new headquarters to upgrading the helicopter, the charity hasn’t stood still through what has been a monumental year of change. And the numbers reflect the pace of transformation with... Read more

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance reports on 2021

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance reports on 2021

13-Jan-2022Source: Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance responded to 1,570 potentially life-saving call-outs in 2021. The highest number of missions were cardiac arrest, 491 (31% of total), closely followed by medical emergencies, such as strokes, 268 (17%), road traffic collisions, 228 (15%) and falls from height, 226 (14%). Other incidents included rail and sporting incidents,... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2022

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2022

13-Jan-2022Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AS355F1 (G-BOSN), engine fire due to exhaust clamp failure, Hedsor House, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, 2 March 2021... Read more

Helicentre Aviation buys Entrol AW109 simulator

Helicentre Aviation buys Entrol AW109 simulator

12-Jan-2022Source: Helicentre Aviation Academy

Helicentre Aviation Academy, the UK’s leading provider of professional helicopter pilot training, has become Entrol’s first UK customer, signing a purchase order for an H19 / AW109 SP FNPT II MCC simulator. Early last year, following twenty successful years specialising in “ab-initio to professional pilot” training, Helicentre Aviation obtained CAA approval for the Multi-Engine Instrument Rating... Read more

08-Jan-22 G-DAAS Airbus H145 Dartmoor, UK

08-Jan-22 G-DAAS Airbus H145 Dartmoor, UK

8-Jan-2022

Press release: Devon Air Ambulance’s H145 Helicopter, G-DAAS has been parked on the Derriford Hospital Helipad since the afternoon of Saturday 8 January. This is as a result of damage the aircraft sustained during a HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) task on Dartmoor. The aircraft skid was damaged during the landing on the moor, probably as a... Read more

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance buy their AW169 outright

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance buy their AW169 outright

7-Jan-2022Source: HeliHub.com

British EMS operator Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance (D&SAA) have bought out the “other half” of the Leonardo AW169 operated for them by Specialist Aviation Services (SAS). Prior to the transaction date in December, their aircraft was owned by SAS (Dorset & Somerset) Ltd, a company set up in 2017 jointly owned by the charity... Read more

06-Jan-22 G-OVNR Robinson R22 Denham, UK

06-Jan-22 G-OVNR Robinson R22 Denham, UK

6-Jan-2022

Badly damaged in training accident... Read more

Hill Helicopters opens sales for certified version HC50

Hill Helicopters opens sales for certified version HC50

17-Dec-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Hill Helicopters yesterday held their first Global Meetup & Discover Event at their Development Centre in the UK. Hosted by Dr Jason Hill, the event brought together around 100 people in person – mostly existing owners/customers – and over 1000 online. Jason Hill announced that the company’s current order book for their HX50 model –... Read more

UK New Military Helicopter requirement – is S70M the cheapest option?

UK New Military Helicopter requirement – is S70M the cheapest option?

14-Dec-2021Source: HeliHub.com

[updated 15-Dec-21.  Despite a reliable source in Romania confirming that Airbus bid the SMURD contract with the H175M, the OEM has contacted HeliHub.com to confirm that was not the case and they bid with the H215.  Text thus updated accordingly] Lockheed Martin have confirmed via social media – see tweet below – that they are... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2021

14-Dec-2021Source: 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

Bristow completes offshore flight using Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Bristow completes offshore flight using Sustainable Aviation Fuel

10-Dec-2021Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) announced today it completed an offshore revenue flight using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), marking one of the first SAF-powered flights to an offshore operation in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). The aircraft flew from Aberdeen to installations operated by bp. As part of its strategic relationship with Air bp, Bristow... Read more

RAF helicopters celebrate 90 years of service with joint flight

RAF helicopters celebrate 90 years of service with joint flight

3-Dec-2021Source: Royal Air Force

A formation flight of specially painted Chinook and Puma helicopter has taken place to mark over 90 years of combined service. The occasion saw the aircraft make a commemorative flight over a number of locations in the South of England displaying their bespoke anniversary tail art. The two uniquely painted airframes celebrated their individual anniversaries... Read more

Savback Helicopters appoints Head of Sales, UK & Ireland

Savback Helicopters appoints Head of Sales, UK & Ireland

2-Dec-2021Source: Savback Helicopters

Savback Helicopters is pleased to announce another addition to its sales team, engaging Stephen Mitchell as its Head of Sales for the UK and Ireland, effective immediately. Stephen joins Commercial Director Rick Andrew and both will be based at the company’s newly opened facilities at the Nottingham Heliport, UK. Stephen brings 25 years of experience... Read more

Air Ambulances UK Awards of Excellence 2021 – shortlist announced

Air Ambulances UK Awards of Excellence 2021 – shortlist announced

30-Nov-2021

The shortlisted nominees for the Air Ambulances UK Awards of Excellence 2021, sponsored by BMW Group, have been announced today. The Awards recognise the professionalism, excellence and dedication of the air ambulance community and the winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony, being held virtually this year, on Friday 3rd December 2021. The Independent... Read more

UK competition authority moves CHC-Babcock to Phase 2

UK competition authority moves CHC-Babcock to Phase 2

29-Nov-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The UK Government’s Competition and Mergers Authority (“CMA”) has referred the completed acquisition by CHC Group LLC of Offshore Helicopter Services UK Limited (“OHS”), Offshore Services Australasia Pty Ltd and Offshore Helicopter Services Denmark A/S for an in-depth investigation.  The latter three companies were previously named Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore Limited, Babcock Offshore Services... Read more

Castle Air wins Cornwall Air Ambulance contract

Castle Air wins Cornwall Air Ambulance contract

26-Nov-2021Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance is pleased to announce it has appointed Castle Air as its helicopter operations partner. The Liskeard-based company will be responsible for the ongoing maintenance and engineering of the charity’s AgustaWestland (AW) 169 helicopter, which was manufactured by Leonardo. Castle Air has over 40 years’ experience in the management of aircraft and is... Read more

NHV Aberdeen Helicopter Base supports The Giving Tree Christmas Campaign

NHV Aberdeen Helicopter Base supports The Giving Tree Christmas Campaign

23-Nov-2021Source: NHV Group

The NHV Helicopter Base in Aberdeen is supporting ‘The Giving Tree’ Christmas Campaign run by Instant Neighbour for the second year running. Instant Neighbour believes that no child should be without a gift at Christmas and ‘The Giving Tree’ appeal continues to be supported by many local businesses as well as the public to distribute... Read more

Safran supports Leonardo’s first flight on SAF with its Aneto-1K engines

Safran supports Leonardo’s first flight on SAF with its Aneto-1K engines

22-Nov-2021Source: Safran

Leonardo’s AW149 Common Platform Demonstrator, which is currently fitted with Safran Aneto-1K engines flew on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for the first time on 12 November 2021 between Bristol and Yeovil, UK. During this flight, the aircraft ran with biofuel, manufactured from residues and waste from the circular economy, specifically used cooking oil. The use... Read more

Leonardo flies AW149 on Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Leonardo flies AW149 on Sustainable Aviation Fuel

19-Nov-2021Source: Leonardo

As the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, drew to a close in Glasgow, Leonardo’s latest generation military helicopter, the AW149, took to the sky to demonstrate the steps the company is taking to help reduce the carbon footprint of its helicopter fleet. Using a blend of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), the AW149 – the aircraft... Read more

UK Competition Authority raises concerns at CHC-Babcock deal

UK Competition Authority raises concerns at CHC-Babcock deal

18-Nov-2021

CHC and Babcock’s oil and gas offshore helicopter business (the Babcock Business) both provide offshore transportation in the oil and gas sector, taking workers to and from rigs in the North Sea. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) identified competition concerns relating to the deal that, unless addressed, will mean that the merger will be... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2021

15-Nov-2021

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Bell 407 (N120HH), engine failure and autorotation, Long Marston, Warwickshire, 24 June 2020 Robinson R44 II (G-OPDG), loss of rotor rpm when landing, Maghera, County Londonderry, 22 July 2021 Rotorway Executive 162F (G-OHOV), power loss followed... Read more

Savback Helicopters makes Nottingham Heliport its UK home

Savback Helicopters makes Nottingham Heliport its UK home

3-Nov-2021

Savback Helicopters AB announced today it is opening a UK home at Nottingham Heliport in East Midlands, UK, as it furthers its expansion in Europe. The premier dedicated helicopter facility, owned and operated by Central Helicopters, is set in 11 acres of private grounds, offering VIP facilities for crew and passengers and a substantial 520... Read more

Bristow’s latest sponsored cadets join the ranks

Bristow’s latest sponsored cadets join the ranks

3-Nov-2021Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) announced that it has welcomed the latest cohort of trainees to its fully sponsored UK cadet programme, in partnership with Helicentre Aviation, underpinning its commitment to bringing new pilots into the industry. The programme is the only UK scheme of its kind enabling cadets to graduate and transition from training... Read more

Airport operator Ferrovial to build 25 UK vertiports

Airport operator Ferrovial to build 25 UK vertiports

1-Nov-2021Source: Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace (“Vertical”), a global aerospace and technology company that is pioneering zero-emissions aviation, today announced an agreement with Ferrovial, a leading global infrastructure operator, to cooperate on creating a network of 25 vertiports across the UK. Vertiports are dedicated sites that enable the take-off, landing and recharging of electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”)... Read more

Vertical Aerospace announces $205M in additional funding

Vertical Aerospace announces $205M in additional funding

1-Nov-2021Source: Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace (“Vertical”), a global aerospace and technology company that is pioneering zero-emissions aviation, announces over $200 million in additional financing to support its path to scale production and certification of the VA-X4 electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Vertical is targeting the highest global certification for its VA-X4, which is expected to achieve... Read more

Royal Navy AW159 tests new Marlet lightweight missile

Royal Navy AW159 tests new Marlet lightweight missile

27-Oct-2021Source: Royal Navy

The Royal Navy has successfully tested a new missile system designed to protect the UK’s new aircraft carriers from attacks by swarms of small boats. During operations in the Pacific Ocean with the UK Carrier Strike Group, HMS Defender’s Wildcat helicopter of 815 Naval Air Squadron fired the Martlet lightweight missile at an inflatable target... Read more

Savback Helicopters evolves business model to better serve customers

Savback Helicopters evolves business model to better serve customers

25-Oct-2021Source: Savback

Savback Helicopters AB, a leading specialist helicopter vendor with a global client base, is pleased to present its new, ‘independently focused’ business model –showcased in a brand-new website.  Savback.com. Bolstered with a wider geographical reach, following the opening of offices in the UK, Italy and Slovakia, Savback, headquartered in Sweden, will carefully consider clients’ requirements and travel... Read more

HELP Appeal donates £300K to Magpas Air Ambulance

HELP Appeal donates £300K to Magpas Air Ambulance

21-Oct-2021Source: HELP Appeal

Magpas Air Ambulance welcomed Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP Appeal to its airbase in Cambridgeshire after receiving a £300,000 donation to its ‘Future 50’ appeal to fund a new airbase. During the visit he met with Magpas Air Ambulance CEO, Daryl Brown MBE, to find out more about the new base, which is... Read more

Vertical Aerospace lobbies UK Gov’t to enable electric intercity flight by 2025

Vertical Aerospace lobbies UK Gov’t to enable electric intercity flight by 2025

20-Oct-2021Source: Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace (“Vertical”), the global aerospace and technology company that is pioneering electric aviation, along with its partners Virgin Atlantic, Avolon, Heathrow Airport, Skyports, and NATS today released a white paper highlighting the benefits of Advanced Aerial Mobility (AAM). AAM is a future transport enabled by electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft flying from... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2021

15-Oct-2021

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

Fugro adds UK CAA accreditation as approved helideck monitoring systems provider

Fugro adds UK CAA accreditation as approved helideck monitoring systems provider

15-Oct-2021Source: Furgo

Fugro has become one of the first companies to secure accreditation from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Helideck Certification Agency (HCA) as an approved supplier of helideck monitoring systems (HMS) conforming to the new 2021 UK CAA standards. The new standards were issued in November 2020 and apply to all offshore floating assets... Read more

15-Oct-21 G-WIZZ Agusta-Bell 206B Humberston, UK

15-Oct-21 G-WIZZ Agusta-Bell 206B Humberston, UK

15-Oct-2021

Main rotor blades sliced tail boom during emergency landing on beach. Helicopter was moved quickly due to incoming tide Helicopters don’t bounce! @BBCNews @looknorthBBC pic.twitter.com/rDo8MSjsWS — Ruairidh Greig (@Argee48) October 15, 2021... Read more

Airbus Helicopters pulls out of UK SAR2G contest

Airbus Helicopters pulls out of UK SAR2G contest

11-Oct-2021

As a submission deadline passed on Friday 8th October, Airbus Helicopters issued the following statement to HeliHub.com regarding their interest in the UK SAR 2G contest Airbus Helicopters is very disappointed to conclude that it was not in the best interests of the company to submit an offer in respect of the Maritime & Coastguard... Read more

UK CAA announces eVTOL safety consortium 

UK CAA announces eVTOL safety consortium 

6-Oct-2021Source: UK CAA

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has established an international consortium of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) industry leaders and aviation experts. The group, which was announced at the HeliTech Expo today (5 October 2021) in London, will consider the safety challenges that need to be solved to allow eVTOL aircraft and drone taxis to... Read more

Story related to Children’s Air Ambulance and Specialist Aviation Services

Story related to Children’s Air Ambulance and Specialist Aviation Services

5-Oct-2021Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com has suspended a story ran four hours ago regarding The Children’s Air Ambulance and Specialist Aviation Services. We are checking the accuracy of the text provided, which was largely based on a statement provided to the HeliHub.com news team. The story was suspended 7 minutes after the HeliHub office was contacted by a party... Read more

Boeing awarded $68M task order for work on UK Chinooks

Boeing awarded $68M task order for work on UK Chinooks

30-Sep-2021Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (H9224121F0075), was awarded a $68,155,223 cost-plus-fixed-fee task order under contract H92241-18-D-0002 for design and manufacturer development and support efforts (Phase 2) for the United Kingdom FMS H-47 Extended Range (ER) rotary wing aircraft required to satisfy the United Kingdom’s requirement for heavy assault, rotary wing aircraft in accordance with... Read more

Skyports plans north London eVTOL vertiport

Skyports plans north London eVTOL vertiport

29-Sep-2021Source: Skyports

Skyports, the world-leading owner and operator of vertiport infrastructure for the advanced air mobility (AAM) industry, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Brent Cross South Limited Partnership, a joint venture between Argent Related and Barnet Council, to develop a passenger air taxi vertiport at Brent Cross Town. Brent Cross Town, a 180-acre development... Read more

28-Sep-21 G-PASH Airbus AS355F1 Stapleford, UK

28-Sep-21 G-PASH Airbus AS355F1 Stapleford, UK

28-Sep-2021

Aircraft was blown round “into wind” in a heavy storm when parked on grass at night.  Given that the storm was sufficient to blow another AS355 on its side, it is likely this helicopter would need to be assessed for damage too.... Read more

28-Sep-21 G-IDEB Airbus AS355F1 Stapleford, UK

28-Sep-21 G-IDEB Airbus AS355F1 Stapleford, UK

28-Sep-2021

Aircraft was blown over onto its starboard side in a heavy storm when parked on grass at night.  At least two of the three main blades broken, tail bent, starboard stabilizer broken... Read more

28-Sep-21 YU-HHH Airbus SA341 Stapleford, UK

28-Sep-21 YU-HHH Airbus SA341 Stapleford, UK

28-Sep-2021

Aircraft was damaged in a heavy storm when parked on helipad at night.  Main blades forced to high coning angle (from CCTV video) and likely damaged, plus consequential damage to rotorhead... Read more

Competition watchdog to dig deeper into CHC acquisition of Babcock

Competition watchdog to dig deeper into CHC acquisition of Babcock

27-Sep-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK has given notice late last week that it will dig further into the merger of the offshore operations of Babcock and CHC. Although CHC has acquired Babcock’s offshore operations in UK, Denmark and Australia, clearly the UK authority only has jurisdiction over the UK aspect of... Read more

Evolito launches low-weight electric motors to aviation market

Evolito launches low-weight electric motors to aviation market

27-Sep-2021Source: Evolito

Evolito, a new company developing and manufacturing electric motors and power electronics for aerospace applications, launched publicly today as a privately-owned business. Evolito was spun out earlier this year by YASA (the world-leading pioneer of automotive axial-flux electric motors acquired by Mercedes-Benz in July 2021) to exclusively commercialise YASA’s next-generation electric motor technology and IP... Read more

Marubeni Corporation explores eVTOL in Japan with 200 aircraft option

Marubeni Corporation explores eVTOL in Japan with 200 aircraft option

27-Sep-2021Source: Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace (“Vertical”), a leading British eVTOL manufacturer which is pioneering the transition to carbon free aviation, announced that Vertical and Marubeni Corporation (“Marubeni”), a leading Japanese integrated trading and investment business conglomerate have reached an agreement to explore sustainable, emissions free Advanced Aerial Mobility (AAM) travel solutions, focused on the application of Vertical’s flagship... Read more

Urban-Air Ports partners with Hyundai to create 65 eVTOL hubs

Urban-Air Ports partners with Hyundai to create 65 eVTOL hubs

22-Sep-2021Source: Urban-Air Ports

UK start-up Urban-Air Port has announced a partnership with the Urban Air Mobility Division of Hyundai Motor Group to develop the blueprint and foundations for Urban Air Mobility infrastructure to meet the growing demand for autonomous airborne drones and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) passenger vehicles. The goal is to meet the growing demand... Read more

Leonardo and Northrop Grumman join forces on rotorcraft UAS opportunities

Leonardo and Northrop Grumman join forces on rotorcraft UAS opportunities

16-Sep-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and Northrop Grumman announce their intention to jointly pursue opportunities in the Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) domain. Drawing on Leonardo’s expertise in rotorcraft and Northrop Grumman’s capabilities in advanced aeronautics and next generation autonomous uncrewed aerial systems, the companies will focus on jointly addressing global opportunities in the VTOL... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2021

15-Sep-2021

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Reissued report: Guimbal Cabri G2 (G-PERH), loss of control in hover, Goodwood Aerodrome, Sussex, 8 June 2018... Read more

Leonardo reveals the first members of Team AW149 UK

Leonardo reveals the first members of Team AW149 UK

15-Sep-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has announced the launch of Team AW149 UK, its onshore supply chain for the AW149 helicopter. Featuring more than 70 companies from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Leonardo’s AW149 supply chain represents a cross-section of the best in British engineering and manufacturing. At the DSEI 2021 exhibition in London taking place this week,... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance welcomes new CEO

Cornwall Air Ambulance welcomes new CEO

14-Sep-2021Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance has welcomed a new Chief Executive Officer, Tim Bunting. Tim brings a wealth of experience with him, having previously worked for BBC Children in Need and held senior fundraising roles in the South West. In his first week in the job, Tim sat down to answer some questions about the role, his... Read more

Samad Aerospace completes first CTOL flight of 50% scale e-Starling

Samad Aerospace completes first CTOL flight of 50% scale e-Starling

14-Sep-2021Source: Samad Aerospace

Cranfield based UK technology startup, Samad Aerospace, has reached a major milestone with the successful conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) flight test of the company’s 50% scale fully electric aircraft, the Starling, moving towards vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). Samad’s Starling project aims to commercialise the world’s first e-VTOL hybrid aircraft. Samad’s CEO, Dr Seyed... Read more

Helitech Expo faces setback with just 50% of booths taken

Helitech Expo faces setback with just 50% of booths taken

13-Sep-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Helitech Expo – running in London 5-6 October – is looking like a very small shadow of its former self. Having been bought by Prysm Group from Reed in March 2020, the new owners renamed the event back to Helitech from its previous incarnation of Vertical Flight Expo. It retains the split between helicopters and... Read more

Sloane Helicopters celebrate 50 years in business

Sloane Helicopters celebrate 50 years in business

10-Sep-2021Source: HeliHub.com

There are very few companies in our industry who can proudly point to 50 years in business. Sloane Helicopters in the UK is one of these, and today they are holding a party to celebrate the landmark. Just five years after the company was founded by David George, he had the foresight to become the... Read more

Babcock sold offshore operation to CHC for just £10M ($14M)

Babcock sold offshore operation to CHC for just £10M ($14M)

2-Sep-2021

Stock exchange returns by parent company Babcock International Group plc reveal that the company realised just £10 Million (US$13.79 at today’s rate) from the disposal of its offshore helicopter operations to CHC.  The release below refers to “about 30 aircraft” – and our sister organisation Parapex Media says it is exactly 30, made up as... Read more

Helitech Expo – What can you expect to see at the show this year?

Helitech Expo – What can you expect to see at the show this year?

2-Sep-2021Source: Prysm Group

If you haven’t already seen, the Helitech Expo – the UK’s largest event for the aviation industry – is back this year under the new management of the Prysm Group, and promises to deliver some incredible features, from industry-leading keynote speakers, to helicopter safety workshops! With industry leading exhibitors, 100 seminars and an incredible schedule... Read more

CHC completes acquisition of Babcock Offshore operations

CHC completes acquisition of Babcock Offshore operations

1-Sep-2021Source: CHC

HeliHub.com editor note.  Ahead of reading this press release, please bear in mind that the UK Competition and Markets Authority still has an open investigation into this transaction – and hence one paragraph has been emboldened by us. The CMA has confirmed to HeliHub.com that their Initial Enforcement Order prevents the two organisations being integrated  ... Read more

Hill Helicopters unveils skid landing gear option for new HX50/HC50

Hill Helicopters unveils skid landing gear option for new HX50/HC50

24-Aug-2021Source: Hill Helicopters

With this new option, the Hill HX50/HC50 becomes the only single turbine helicopter outside the ultralight cageory to offer purchasers the option of wheels or skids.  The only other models currently offered with these options are the twin-turbine Leonardo AW109 and the Bell 429.  Ed. Rugeley, U.K. – August 24, 2021: Hill Helicopters today unveiled... Read more

Helitech Expo revived under new management

Helitech Expo revived under new management

20-Aug-2021Source: Prysm Group

Helitech Expo, the UK’s leading event for the rotorcraft industry, returns under new management by the multi award-winning PRYSM Media Group. Partnered with the industry’s leading bodies, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), ADS Group and British Helicopter Association (BHA), Helitech Expo 2021 promises to be the can’t miss event of the year! Refreshed and ready... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2021

15-Aug-2021

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-LAWX), near controlled flight into terrain, private landing site near Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, 14 October 2019 AW109SP (G-TAAS), bird strike through left windshield, Carsington Water, Derbyshire, 22 April 2021... Read more

G-LYNX: 35 years of an unrivalled speed record

G-LYNX: 35 years of an unrivalled speed record

12-Aug-2021Source: Leonardo

On 11th August, Leonardo celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Lynx helicopter’s absolute world speed record over the Somerset skyline in England. In the evening of 11th August 1986, a Westland Lynx flew a 15 km course across the Somerset Levels. The aircraft achieved an average speed of 400.87 km/h (249.10 mph), which made it... Read more

Children’s Air Ambulance reaches 200 missions with Yorkshire Service

Children’s Air Ambulance reaches 200 missions with Yorkshire Service

11-Aug-2021Source: The Children’s Air Ambulance

The Children’s Air Ambulance has flown the Embrace Yorkshire & Humber Infant & Children’s Transport Service (Embrace) no fewer than 200 times. The Children’s Air Ambulance is a national service, which supports paediatric and neonatal care through the high-speed, potentially lifesaving transfer of critically ill babies and children, flying them from one hospital to another... Read more

Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance Trustee Chairman steps down

Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance Trustee Chairman steps down

11-Aug-2021Source: Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance

Sir John joined the HIOWAA Board of Trustees in July 2016 and was appointed Chairman of Trustees in February 2017, staying on after his four-year term ended to oversee the appointments of six new Trustees and the new Chief Executive Officer. Sir John was in place and played a crucial role in advising and overseeing... Read more

GPMS Appoints European Sales Agent

GPMS Appoints European Sales Agent

9-Aug-2021Source: GPMS

Helicopter health monitoring leader GPMS announced that it has appointed Sergio Traldi as a Sales Agent for the European region. The company is expanding overseas distribution for Foresight MX, its predictive health and usage monitoring system for rotorcraft. Foresight MX provides Engine and Component Vibration Monitoring with Remaining Useful Life estimates on all monitored components,... Read more

Hill Helicopters now accepting deposits in Bitcoin

Hill Helicopters now accepting deposits in Bitcoin

9-Aug-2021Source: Hill Helicopters

Bitcoin is taking to the skies with an exciting partnership between CoinCorner and Hill Helicopters, which sees the private helicopter company accepting Bitcoin for its luxury aircraft. Bitcoin is rapidly growing as a payment method, made possible by Bitcoin payment gateway services like CoinCorner Checkout and forward-thinking companies keen to gain a competitive edge. Offering... Read more

Helicentre Aviation to Fund £250K in Scholarships

Helicentre Aviation to Fund £250K in Scholarships

3-Aug-2021Source: Helicentre Aviation Academy

Helicentre Aviation Academy has announced its 2022 scholarship initiative – the largest since the programme began in 2012. The quarter-of-a-million pound (GBP) scholarship fund will assist prospective integrated and modular trainee helicopter pilots to fast-track their careers and will continue to provide exceptional, qualified professional helicopter pilots to the UK crew supply chain. The scholarships,... Read more

London Heli Shuttle nominated in 2021 World Luxury Travel Awards

London Heli Shuttle nominated in 2021 World Luxury Travel Awards

2-Aug-2021Source: London Biggin Hill Airport

London Biggin Hill Airport (LBHA) has announced that the London Heli Shuttle has been nominated in the 2021 World Luxury Travel Awards.  Created  for business, corporate and private aviation customers, it transfers passengers from to and from central London in just six minutes. Operated on behalf of LBHA by Castle Air with its fleet of... Read more

Devon Air Ambulance reports busy first half of 2021

Devon Air Ambulance reports busy first half of 2021

28-Jul-2021Source: Devon Air Ambulance

The charity assists 577 patients in the first six months of the year with Critical Care Cars deployed to around a quarter of missions. Between the 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021, Devon Air Ambulance experienced an incredibly busy period with crews deployed to 930 incidents, serving 577 patients. Of these missions, 45.4% were... Read more

Devon Air Ambulance encourages use of What3Words app

Devon Air Ambulance encourages use of What3Words app

27-Jul-2021Source: Devon Air Ambulance

Devon Air Ambulance is encouraging the public to download the free app, to help crews attend the precise location of patients in an emergency. From Monday 26th July to Sunday 1st August, Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) will be taking part in the #KnowExactlyWhere summer safety campaign to raise awareness of the free what3words app and... Read more

Blood is now available on every EAAA air ambulance

Blood is now available on every EAAA air ambulance

27-Jul-2021Source: EAAA

Blood is now available on every EAAA air ambulance mission – how charities and hospitals in East Anglia are working together to save lives   East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) is now permanently able to deliver blood transfusions as a core part of its life-saving service. Following an urgent fundraising appeal made by EAAA in... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2021

23-Jul-2021Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Robinson R44 (G-CLIO), hard landing in field, private landing site, Holmfirth, North Yorkshire, 17 December 2020  ... Read more

HM Coastguard SAR operations to go live with Schiebel UAS

HM Coastguard SAR operations to go live with Schiebel UAS

22-Jul-2021Source: HM Coastguard

HM Coastguard’s first operational drone flight will join manned helicopters, planes, boats and cliff rescue teams on lifesaving missions at sea and over land in North Wales for the first time, this summer. The drone, initially trialled a year ago during the first easing of pandemic restrictions, will fly from the HM Coastguard helicopter base... Read more

16-Jul-21 G-WHGA Robinson R44 Halfpenny Green, UK

16-Jul-21 G-WHGA Robinson R44 Halfpenny Green, UK

16-Jul-2021

Student solo flight.  Helicopter ended up on its port side in a wide open flat grass area... Read more

Serco withdraw from UK SAR 2G contest

Serco withdraw from UK SAR 2G contest

15-Jul-2021

Following a tip-off from an industry contact, HeliHub.com can confirm that Serco have withdrawn from the UK Search and Rescue contract process known as SAR 2G.  A representative from Serco has this morning validated the situation. This leaves the following bidders, to whom tender documents will be delivered by the end of August 2021.  We... Read more

15-Jul-21 G-HBEK Agusta 109C Holton Heath, UK

15-Jul-21 G-HBEK Agusta 109C Holton Heath, UK

15-Jul-2021

Helicopter ended up on its side on a flat grass area.  Local press report that the pilot was not injured.... Read more

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