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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

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

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

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

Milestone announces purchase leaseback with NHV for an AW169

Milestone announces purchase leaseback with NHV for an AW169

14-Jul-2021

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”) has signed a Purchase/Leaseback (PLB) arrangement for a AW169 helicopter with Belgian-based operator, NHV Group (“NHV”), a leading provider of B2B helicopter services. The AW169 helicopter delivered earlier this month will support missions in the UK for Italian oil and gas company, ENI. It will be based in Blackpool, United... Read more

Arcline Investment Management Invests In Air Comm Corporation

Arcline Investment Management Invests In Air Comm Corporation

7-Jul-2021Source: Air Comm Corporation

Arcline Investment Management (“Arcline”), a growth-oriented private equity firm, today announced that it has acquired a controlling stake in Air Comm Corporation (“Air Comm,” “ACC” or the “Company”) in a transaction that values the Company at $250 million. Dave Harrison will remain a significant minority shareholder and serve as Chairman of Air Comm’s Board of... Read more

RAF unveils 50th Anniversary paint scheme for Puma

RAF unveils 50th Anniversary paint scheme for Puma

6-Jul-2021Source: Royal Air Force

On 29 January 1971, the first to Royal Air Force Puma helicopters were delivered into service. To commemorate 50 years of service, Puma HC Mk2 XW224 has been given a unique new paint scheme. Today it flew its maiden flight in its new colours. The aircraft scheme is similar to that which the first Puma... Read more

Eve Urban Air Mobility collaborates with Skyports on vertiports in Asia and Americas

Eve Urban Air Mobility collaborates with Skyports on vertiports in Asia and Americas

5-Jul-2021Source: Skyports

Embraer’s Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions, Inc. (Eve) and leading vertiport company Skyports have formed a partnership to develop urban air mobility (UAM) solutions, with a focus on vehicle-vertiport operations in early adopter markets in Asia and the Americas. The agreement extends the relationship between the two organizations, which began in early 2020 while Eve was... Read more

Leonardo investing heavily in AW149 for UK New Medium Helicopter program

Leonardo investing heavily in AW149 for UK New Medium Helicopter program

1-Jul-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Leonardo is investing a significant amount of time and resources into ensuring the AW149 is as well-prepared as it can be for the UK New Medium Helicopter (NMH) requirement. In March, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced the programme by press release, well ahead of any more detailed documentation being made available. It is... Read more

British Puma helicopters return from Afghanistan in Russian freighter

British Puma helicopters return from Afghanistan in Russian freighter

30-Jun-2021Source: Royal Air Force

The RAF Puma detachment serving in Afghanistan in support of the NATO Resolute Support Mission since March 2015 has now returned to RAF Benson, as part of the withdrawal of NATO forces from the country. The three Puma helicopters and around 50 personnel from 33 Squadron and 230 Squadron based at Benson Joint Helicopter Command... Read more

HeliOffshore launches Human Hazard Analysis framework

HeliOffshore launches Human Hazard Analysis framework

30-Jun-2021Source: HeliOffshore

HeliOffshore launched the Human Hazard Analysis (HHA) standardised approach to provide a framework and methodology to the design and maintenance of critical tasks and components for aircraft manufacturers. HHA invites our industry to form a positive, proactive habit of learning from everyday practice. It provides a methodology to identify and assess the risk to critical... Read more

East Anglian Air Ambulance starts 24×7 ops

East Anglian Air Ambulance starts 24×7 ops

30-Jun-2021Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance

On Wednesday 30 June, a landmark moment for East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) and the provision of emergency critical care in the region, as the charity starts flying 24/7 for the very first time. The gap between 1:30 am and 7am where there has been no helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) coverage in the region will now... Read more

Air Ambulances UK launches 5 year strategy

Air Ambulances UK launches 5 year strategy

29-Jun-2021Source: Air Ambulances UK

Air Ambulances UK, the national charity for the lifesaving work of air ambulance charities across the UK, is unveiling its new five-year strategy, Saving More Lives Together 2021-2025. The strategy marks a new era for Air Ambulances UK, which joined forces with the former professional membership organisation, the Association of Air Ambulances, last year creating... Read more

Bristow loses another North Sea contract to CHC

Bristow loses another North Sea contract to CHC

28-Jun-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Only a matter of weeks since we reported that Apache Oil had decided to move their helicopter support operations away from Bristow, we can confirm that another oil company is taking the same route.  TAQA Bratani has decided to move away from Bristow for the North Sea support flights to their Brae fields, located 135... Read more

Sloane Helicopters to add fifth base at London Elstree

Sloane Helicopters to add fifth base at London Elstree

25-Jun-2021Source: Sloane Helicopters

Sloane Helicopters Ltd, the UK’s longest-established privately-owned helicopter company, is expanding its engineering and support services by acquiring a new hangar facility at London Elstree Aerodrome. Sloane Helicopters has signed Heads of Agreement for the acquisition of a dedicated new hangar at Elstree. The Elstree hangar facility is expected to be open from early 2022... Read more

UK Search and Rescue crewman wins bravery award

UK Search and Rescue crewman wins bravery award

23-Jun-2021Source: Bristow

A prestigious Royal Humane Society award has been presented to HM Coastguard Search and Rescue Lydd helicopter winch paramedic Mark Scotland, following his heroic actions in the effort to save a 12-year-old girl off the coast of Kent last year. Mr Scotland was awarded with the Testimonial on Parchment for bravery, which recognises someone who... Read more

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance add second aircraft for summer months

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance add second aircraft for summer months

22-Jun-2021

British EMS charity Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance (LNAA) have today started a short term contract for a second aircraft. The Leonardo AW109 was ferried today from Sywell to the main LNAA base at Waddington, as seen in these images, and thence to Strubby in the east of Lincolnshire where it will be based until... Read more

Air Ambulance Partnership Reaches A Milestone

Air Ambulance Partnership Reaches A Milestone

21-Jun-2021Source: Midlands Air Ambulance

Longstanding grant funding from the HELP Appeal now totals a milestone £3.5million since 2014, helping to ensure Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s pre-hospital rapid response service remains at the forefront of clinical and operational excellence. Currently celebrating 30 years of advanced lifesaving care, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is entirely reliant on donations from the general public,... Read more

UK – major changes ahead for National Police Air Service

UK – major changes ahead for National Police Air Service

18-Jun-2021Source: Mayor of West Yorkshire

The statement below from the Mayor of West Yorkshire has far reaching, and hopefully some very positive steps ahead for aerial policing in the UK.  NPAS (National Police Air Service) was formed in October 2012 following a national review of air support by the Home Office and is delivered by West Yorkshire Police as the... Read more

Leonardo breaks ground on new UK helicopters logistics hub

Leonardo breaks ground on new UK helicopters logistics hub

16-Jun-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced today that building work will shortly commence on a new c.£30 million single-site logistics facility at Leonardo’s helicopter site in Yeovil. The ground-breaking facility, spanning an area of nearly 20,000m², the equivalent of 2.7 football pitches, is scheduled to be completed in Q4 2022. The project sees the consolidation of eight existing warehouses... Read more

Babcock lose UK wind farm contract

Babcock lose UK wind farm contract

14-Jun-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Babcock have lost their remaining UK wind farm contract – supporting the Walney projects off the Cumbrian coast.  Operating for Danish company Ørsted, previously known as Dong Energy, the British operator had purchased a new 135T3 and upgraded an older 135T2 for the work. The five year contract started in April 2018 and was thus... Read more

CHC merger with Babcock Offshore on hold

CHC merger with Babcock Offshore on hold

14-Jun-2021Source: CMA

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on CHC Group LLC, EEA Helicopter Operations B.V., CHC Scotia Limited, Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore Limited, Babcock Offshore Services Australasia Pty Ltd, and Babcock Denmark A/S in relation to the acquisition by CHC Group... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2021

10-Jun-2021Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Rotorway Executive 90 (G-BVTV), dynamic rollover during landing, Landmead Farm Airfield, Oxfordshire, 4 November 2020 EC175B (G-EMEB), alternator pinion bearing failure within the left accessory gearbox, Aberdeen Airport, 23 September 2020... Read more

Bell 505 autopilot certified in UK

Bell 505 autopilot certified in UK

9-Jun-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the Genesys HeliSAS autopilot in the Bell 505 has received certification from the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). “We are thrilled to offer the Genesys autopilot for the 505 to our customers in the UK,” said Duncan Van De Velde, managing director,... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance reports on 12 months of COVID operations

Yorkshire Air Ambulance reports on 12 months of COVID operations

9-Jun-2021Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Yorkshire Air Ambulance is a lifesaving rapid response emergency service 365 days a year to the five million people across Yorkshire. On average, the charity responds to five incidents across the entirety of the region every single day. Like many charities across the UK, the recent pandemic brought many new challenges to Yorkshire Air Ambulance... Read more

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Appoints New Trustees

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Appoints New Trustees

8-Jun-2021Source: Midlands Air Ambulance

During Volunteers’ Week (1st – 7th June 2021) advanced pre-hospital emergency service, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, has announced the appointment of Vivienne McVey and Neal Hooper to its Board of Trustees, who joined the organisation after an open selection process. The lifesaving service relies on important voluntary support from more than 200 people across the... Read more

East Anglian Air Ambulance wins national award

East Anglian Air Ambulance wins national award

7-Jun-2021Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has been awarded the top spot in this year’s Best Companies list for the Charity Sector for its exceptional employee engagement and support during the pandemic. The charity has also been recognised as the 6th Best Company to Work For in the East of England in the 2021 listings and 14th... Read more

Devon Air Ambulance journeys towards sustainability

Devon Air Ambulance journeys towards sustainability

3-Jun-2021Source: Devon Air Ambulance

Devon Air Ambulance recognises that our world is facing a serious and urgent threat to climate change. The journey towards environmental sustainability is ongoing, but sadly it is not something which can be resolved instantly. Instead it is about making a meaningful commitment to addressing the reality of climate breakdown, by acting to radically reduce carbon emissions. The Declaration has been prepared by... Read more

UK aircraft carrier sets sail for 7 months with 14 helicopters and 18 jets

UK aircraft carrier sets sail for 7 months with 14 helicopters and 18 jets

3-Jun-2021Source: UK Government

Nine ships, 32 aircraft, and 3,700 personnel will set sail today on the UK Carrier Strike Group’s maiden operational deployment. The seven-month global deployment will extend through the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean and on to the Indo-Pacific, interacting with more than one fifth of the world’s nations. Britain’s new flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth,... Read more

EASA and UK CAA agree on Technical Implementation Procedures

EASA and UK CAA agree on Technical Implementation Procedures

18-May-2021Source: EASA

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have agreed on the Technical Implementation Procedures (the TIP) as a basis for their future working. The TIP, which was signed on May 17, 2021, gives the two parties oversight of the Air Safety Agreement that was signed between the UK and European... Read more

London Oxford Airport expansion includes 7 helipads

London Oxford Airport expansion includes 7 helipads

18-May-2021Source: London Oxford Airport

As part of a new strategic plan, London Oxford Airport has commenced construction work on a new development phase, which will, when complete this autumn, be its most significant step forward to date.  Central to the work is a 63,000 sq.ft. (6,000m2) 140m long hangar with two bays including rear offices, stores and workshops, capable... Read more

Airbus sells more ACH130 Aston Martin Edition aircraft

Airbus sells more ACH130 Aston Martin Edition aircraft

17-May-2021

Airbus Corporate Helicopters held a pre-EBACE press conference today, to provide updates and answer questions on their products – the exclusive ACH aspect of their product lines. As part of this, ACH confirmed to HeliHub.com that they have now secured seven orders for the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition, although did not provide any further information... Read more

New rooftop helipad for central Manchester UK hospitals

New rooftop helipad for central Manchester UK hospitals

14-May-2021Source: Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

The new, lifesaving helipad at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) – the first elevated helipad of its kind in the North West – has opened to patients today (Monday 10th May, 2021). The state-of-the-art helicopter landing pad, which is situated on the roof of Grafton Street car park onOxford Road Campus (ORC), will enable... Read more

Bell 407 Receives Type Acceptance Certificate in Guernsey

Bell 407 Receives Type Acceptance Certificate in Guernsey

14-May-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the Bell 407 has received its Type Acceptance Certificate (TAC) in Bailiwick of Guernsey. This milestone will allow more European customers to add the aircraft to their operations. “As the most cost-effective IFR-certified platform, the Bell 407 has more than 6 million global flight hours,”... Read more

Babcock extends East Anglian Air Ambulance contract

Babcock extends East Anglian Air Ambulance contract

13-May-2021Source: Babcock

Babcock and the life-saving charity East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) have announced a significant new seven-year contract to keep the helicopter emergency medical service flying high and saving lives into the next decade. The contract will see Babcock providing exclusive aviation support including advanced helicopters, ground support, engineering and pilots and includes the imminent introduction... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance orders two five-blade H145s

Yorkshire Air Ambulance orders two five-blade H145s

13-May-2021Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance

The two current YAA helicopters, G-YAAC and G-YOAA, which came into service in 2016, will be replaced by a more advanced and state-of-the-art version of their current model, the Airbus H145.  The decision to replace the helicopters is to ensure the people of Yorkshire receive the best operational and medical service from the life-saving Charity.... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2021

13-May-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

UK – Halo Aviation sold to Directional Aviation

UK – Halo Aviation sold to Directional Aviation

6-May-2021

As the spate of mergers, take-overs, IPOs and SPACs continues around the industry, this one has raised a few eyebrows.  British operator Halo Aviation has been sold to Directional Aviation, a “private investment firm whose singular focus is private business aviation”.  As Halo becomes the 15th member of the ever-increasing Directional family of companies, there’s... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance Charity releases 2020 stats

London’s Air Ambulance Charity releases 2020 stats

6-May-2021Source: London’s Air Ambulance Charity

Health Minister praises work of London’s Air Ambulance Charity as 2020 mission data is announced London’s Air Ambulance has today revealed the number of critically injured patients it treated in 2020. The data has been released to thank people for keeping the service operational day and night throughout the pandemic and to ask Londoners to... Read more

03-May-21 G-WNSG Sikorsky S92 North Sea, UK

03-May-21 G-WNSG Sikorsky S92 North Sea, UK

3-May-2021

Aircraft went AOG on North Sea Platform Valaris 122.  Aircraft still present on rig 05-May-21 (image – Facebook)... Read more

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