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Blue Christmas lights cause ‘difficulties’ for police helicopters

Blue Christmas lights cause ‘difficulties’ for police helicopters

Tactical flight officer PC Paul Gridley said: “When we are approaching a scene, usually at 1000ft, we tend to use the blue lights of emergency vehicles as one way of guiding us into the scene” (see full story)

Source: BBC, 04-Jan-13

Register Update – United Kingdom – December 2012

Register Update – United Kingdom – December 2012

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-13

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H+S Aviation appoint Managing Director

H+S Aviation appoint Managing Director

BBA Aviation today announced the promotion of Mark Taylor to Managing Director of its H+S Aviation subsidiary. He will be responsible for the day to day activities of this OEM-approved engine repair and overhaul company. Taylor joined H+S Aviation in 1990 and has worked in numerous positions throughout the company.  As an engineer, Taylor started… Read more »

Source: BBA Aviation, 03-Jan-13

UK – New helipad at Addenbrooke’s Hospital

UK – New helipad at Addenbrooke’s Hospital

The NHS East of England Trauma Network is pleased to announce that a temporary helipad will be laid at Addenbrooke’s Hospital as the next step in enhancing care for the most seriously injured people across the region. This solution has been made possible by close partnership working between the hospital, ambulance service, air ambulance trusts… Read more »

Source: NHS East of England Trauma Network, 01-Jan-13

AgustaWestland Signs £260M Sea King Integrated Operational Support Contract

AgustaWestland Signs £260M Sea King Integrated Operational Support Contract

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, valued at approximately £260 million, for the provision of Sea King Integrated Operational Support (SKIOS) from 1st April 2013 to the type’s out of service date in March 2016. This contract will follow on… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Dec-12

UK corporate owner upgrades from 109 Grand to GrandNew

UK corporate owner upgrades from 109 Grand to GrandNew

Sir Peter Ogden, joint founder of the very successful computer services company Computacenter, is upgrading his AW Grand to a GrandNew.   Remaining executive chairman until 1997,  Sir Peter placed £22.5M into an educational trust  – the Ogden Trust – when Computacenter became a UK public company in 1998.  The trust fund helps very able students… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-12

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance sign up for 24×7 ops

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance sign up for 24×7 ops

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT) has signed a contract with air ambulance operator Medical Aviation Services (MAS) which heralds the introduction of a full 24/7 helicopter service in the UK’s South East from early next year. KSSAAT works in conjunction with the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) in the delivery of… Read more »

Source: Medical Aviation Services, 17-Dec-12

Cornwall Air Ambulance win Sustainability Award

Cornwall Air Ambulance win Sustainability Award

The Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust has been rewarded for its commitment to the environment by winning the New Build category at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards. Chief Executive Paula Martin, who collected the award, said, “We at the charity are both honoured and proud to have won this category, the competition was very strong indeed this… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 17-Dec-12

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Eurocopter wins award from UK Ministry of Defence

Eurocopter wins award from UK Ministry of Defence

On 27 November at an award ceremony in Ministry of Defence Main Building, Whitehall, London, Eurocopter UK was presented with a “Recognition of Achievement Award”. Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology (DEST) Philip Dunne MP handed over the award to the Team. These awards recognise and celebrate specific areas of procurement and included for… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 17-Dec-12

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CHC transfers two S92s from Denmark to UK

CHC transfers two S92s from Denmark to UK

CHC have transferred a pair of Sikorsky S92 helicopters form their operation in Denmark to the UK.  Serial 920046 OY-HKA has now been registered as G-WNSF while 920058 OY-HKB is now G-WNSG.  We assume that this is, at least in part, to cover for the requirements generated by the suspension of operations of the Eurocopter… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-12

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British retailer buys AW109S Grand

British retailer buys AW109S Grand

A British registered AgustaWestland AW109S Grand has recently been sold by one British retailer to another. Previously G-CDWY with Mike Ashley’s SportsDirect group, the helicopter is moving further north into Scotland, where it has been bought by Edinburgh Woollen Mill.  Part of the sale will be the change of registration of this aircraft – serial… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-12

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Former Cornwall Air Ambulance Chairman dies in road crash

Former Cornwall Air Ambulance Chairman dies in road crash

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust is very sad to confirm the news of the tragic death of our former Chairman, Mr Harold Chapman. Harold and his wife Pamela, who was also a trustee, had recently emigrated to Australia, to take up their retirement ambition and become reunited with close family members. In the past few days,… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 13-Dec-12

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance granted its own AOC

Yorkshire Air Ambulance granted its own AOC

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) is breaking new ground in the Air Ambulance industry having just become the first Air Ambulance in the UK to apply for and obtain their own Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from scratch. The Yorkshire based charity, which owns and operates two MD 902 Explorers, learned last week that after nearly… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 12-Dec-12

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Place of birth:- 1000ft over Lunna Holm in an S92

Place of birth:- 1000ft over Lunna Holm in an S92

At 4.30am, a doctor on Unst called Shetland Coastguard to ascertain the times of the ferries to the main Island. This was because he was dealing with a woman in labour. After the doctor had spoken with the Scottish ambulance service, ARCC Kinloss tasked the Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter Rescue 102. The helicopter was… Read more »

Source: MCA, 12-Dec-12

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UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2012

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2012

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.

Source: AAIB, 11-Dec-12

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Sloane Helicopters commits to Northern Ireland with Robinson overhauls

Sloane Helicopters commits to Northern Ireland with Robinson overhauls

Britain’s Sloane Helicopters opened its base in Northern Ireland at Enniskillen Airport back in 2007 before the recession hit – and it’s no secret that helicopter operations in Northern Ireland have been hit nearly as badly as those in the country of Ireland to the south.  Undaunted by this, Sloane are showing a continued commitment… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Dec-12

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Rotodyne models enter Britain’s Helicopter Museum

Rotodyne models enter Britain’s Helicopter Museum

The Museum has put three models of the unique Fairey Rotodyne compound helicopter on display complementing the only surviving sections of the actual aircraft that are also part of the collection. The new models have been transfered to THM from the Imperial War Museum store at Duxford, Cambridge and are on display for the first… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Museum, 11-Dec-12

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UK CAA conducts flight inspection of new helideck lighting

UK CAA conducts flight inspection of new helideck lighting

An innovative new lighting system for use on off-shore helidecks has undergone a successful flight inspection by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The new system, developed under a CAA research project and manufactured by Orga BV in the Netherlands, is designed to radically improve visibility for approaching pilots. The first production version of the… Read more »

Source: CAA, 11-Dec-12

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10-Dec-12 G-PERA AgustaWestland AW139 Southern North Sea, UK

12 December: Bond Offshore Helicopters can confirm that one of its aircraft developed a technical problem whilst on an offshore platform. Engineers were dispatched and examined the aircraft. Once the relevant part has been delivered and fitted, the aircraft will be returned to normal service.  update 14th December – G-PERA returned to Norwich Airport yesterday… Read more »

10-Dec-12

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National Grid to be first UK Bell 429 customer

National Grid to be first UK Bell 429 customer

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that National Grid  Electricity Transmission Plc has purchased the first Bell 429 to be operated in Great Britain. The aircraft will be used for inspection and maintenance of power lines. “We required a versatile and reliable aircraft to support our mission, which is providing power… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Dec-12

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Oil & Gas UK Board meet with Eurocopter representatives

Oil & Gas UK Board meet with Eurocopter representatives

Members of Oil & Gas UK’s Board today (Wednesday 5 December) met with senior representatives from Eurocopter in Aberdeen. Eurocopter had been invited to update the group on their investigation into the main bevel gear shaft failures, which led to two ditching incidents earlier in the year. Eurocopter has been carrying out extensive testing of… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 05-Dec-12

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Two more S92s arrive in UK for Bristow

Two more S92s arrive in UK for Bristow

Two new Sikorsky S92 helicopters were registered in the UK yesterday to Bristow Helicopters – G-CHKI (serial 920175) and G-CHMJ (920176).  The pair arrived in the UK by airfreight to Prestwick Airport on Sunday in an Antonov An124 freighter, with G-CHMJ making the 180 mile flight to Aberdeen yesterday and G-CHKI expected to follow today. … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-12

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New EC135P2e arrives in UK for Devon Air Ambulance

New EC135P2e arrives in UK for Devon Air Ambulance

A new arrival on the British aircraft register yesterday was a new Eurocopter EC135P2e for Devon Air Ambulance.  Serial 1080 has recently been completed at the Donauworth factory and is now registered as G-DAAN.  This normally signifies arrival in the UK, and the aircraft is currently registered to Eurocopter UK at Oxford,. who are doing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-12

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South Wales Helimed reaches 8,000th Mission

South Wales Helimed reaches 8,000th Mission

Wales Air Ambulance’s Swansea based air ambulance attended its 8,000th mission on the 28th November  2012. The service has now been in operation for 11 years from Fairwood Airport, Swansea, starting as a 5 day service which was launched on St David’s Day 2001. Wales Air Ambulance has since expanded to having three helicopters across Wales which… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 04-Dec-12

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Bond Air Services staff raise over £5,000 for charity

Bond Air Services staff raise over £5,000 for charity

Bond Air Services (Bond) is proud to have presented cheques totaling over £5,000 to three charities at the company’s base at Gloucestershire Airport earlier today. Staff at Bond have raised a total of £5,254.83 through a variety of fundraising efforts over the course of the year, exceeding the target of £3,000 the company set itself… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 28-Nov-12

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Starspeed signs contract for an AW169, plus an option for another

Starspeed signs contract for an AW169, plus an option for another

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Starspeed Ltd. of the UK has signed a preliminary sale contract for one AW169 light intermediate helicopter plus an option for an additional aircraft. The helicopter will be used to perform VIP transport missions in the United Kingdom. The order marks the entrance of the all… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 28-Nov-12

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust donate life-saving equipment to Hungarian HEMS

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust donate life-saving equipment to Hungarian HEMS

Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) having recently upgraded to state of the art ZOLL® X Series™ Patient Monitors is delighted to donate two older generation Schiller patient monitors to Dr Peter Temesvari, Medical Director of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in Hungary. Before being appointed Medical Director of Hungarian HEMS, Peter Temesvari was a HEMS Doctor… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 28-Nov-12

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EDA completes successful 3rd Helicopter Tactics Symposium

EDA completes successful 3rd Helicopter Tactics Symposium

The third Helicopter Tactics Symposium was held from 19 – 21 November in Luxembourg. 43 participants from 16 Member States (AT, BE, BG, CZ, DE, ES, EE,  FI, FR, HU, IT, LU, NL, PT, SE, UK) and additional guests from New Zeeland and the Joint Air Power Competence Centre exchanged views on the status of… Read more »

Source: European Defence Agency, 28-Nov-12

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UK – New Air Ambulance charity launched in Scotland

UK – New Air Ambulance charity launched in Scotland

Scotland has previously been covered from the air by two Eurocopter EC135s, operated by Bond Air Services on contract to Gama Aviation who hold a contract with Scottish Ambulance Service.  This is the only EMS operation in the UK funded by central government, and it is planned to upgrade from EC135 to EC145T2 in due… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Nov-12

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UK – Proposal for military to back up Police

UK – Proposal for military to back up Police

On Thursday 15th November, UK held its first ever Police chief elections and 41 new “Police and Crime Commissioners” have been elected across England and Wales in an attempt to give the public a say in cutting crime in their area. In the far southwest of England lies the counties of Devon and Cornwall, which… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Nov-12

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AZDRY gets new funding to widen rescue suit exports

AZDRY gets new funding to widen rescue suit exports

A dry suit created in Barnsley is helping to protect thousands of emergency workers facing dangerous waters across the UK. Fire crews and coastguards are among those kitted out with the suit made by Hoyland-based AZDRY. Now the company is receiving backing from business support organisation Enterprising Barnsley to take the product to markets overseas…. Read more »

Source: Enterprising Barnsley, 27-Nov-12

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Guernsey Post hires in helicopter during airport closure

Guernsey Post hires in helicopter during airport closure

Guernsey Post has finalised the details of its contingency plans developed in response to Guernsey’s airport closures on 27th & 28th November and 4th & 5th December 2012. Dave Bynam, Head of Network and Planning at Guernsey Post said: “Our contingency plans for the airport closures in November and December are largely based on the… Read more »

Source: Guernsey Post, 25-Nov-12

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Alerts on two Bond AS332L2s

Alerts on two Bond AS332L2s

Two Super Puma helicopters were at the centre of fresh safety fears.  The Bond aircraft, which were travelling independently to different offshore installations, were both forced to return to the heliport in Aberdeen following concerns. (see full story)

25-Nov-12

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UK 500E owner wins another helipad planning appeal

UK 500E owner wins another helipad planning appeal

MD500E owner Jeremy Paxton said: “The council says that landing on the turntable might damage the a tree, but I could land on that spot if the turntable was not there. Would I really want to land too close to a tree in a helicopter?” (see full story)

Source: Daily Mail, 25-Nov-12

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Sloane increases fleet to meet demand

Sloane increases fleet to meet demand

Sloane Helicopters have today taken delivery of another A109E Power to provide additional back-up support to their operational fleet following introduction of their third AW109 on air ambulance duties. The aircraft will also be used to cover the increased demand for flying training to IR level. The aircraft concerned is G-CHVA, serial 11100 and previously… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Nov-12

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World class cardiac care for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

World class cardiac care for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Thanks to an appeal over the summer which raised over £14,000, the people of Essex and Hertfordshire are now benefiting from some of the highest standard pre-hospital cardiac care the World has to offer with new state of the art equipment on board the Essex & Herts Air Ambulances. Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 23-Nov-12

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Helihub.com apologises

Helihub.com apologises

HeliHub.com has withdrawn an article we ran yesterday regarding the way in which Bristow Helicopters chose to word an invitation for applications to a scholarship program they are running, which has an application deadline of 31 January 2013. We understood that the UK’s Equalities Act in 2010, which aims to remove discrimination on a wide… Read more »

23-Nov-12

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Bristow Helicopters article

Bristow Helicopters article

Article withdrawn.  Please see replacement article here –

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Nov-12

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UK – Southampton General Hospital helipad sees 300+ landings in first year

UK – Southampton General Hospital helipad sees 300+ landings in first year

HeliHub.com Editor note – We just HAD to change the title of this press release.  A case of PR agency not engaging brain, in fact.  They sent this press release out with the title “Southampton General Hospital helipad celebrates well over 300 successful landings in its first year of service” – Of course they were… Read more »

Source: County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal, 22-Nov-12

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UK – Helicopter Museum promotes educational offerings

UK – Helicopter Museum promotes educational offerings

The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare is holding a special Free Educational Open Day on Friday 14th December between 10am and 7pm. “We would like to invite all those who work in the educational sector and who plan group outings and educational activities to visit their local museum  and experience first hand the resources available literally… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 22-Nov-12

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UK – PremiAir S76s repossessed and taken away

UK – PremiAir S76s repossessed and taken away

PremiAir Aviation has gone through a change of ownership in recent days, and a formal press release is expected very soon. However, part of the changes have involved the repossession of at least four aircraft, including three Sikorsky S76s and a Twin Squirrel which departed from their base at Blackbushe last week by road.  Industry… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Nov-12

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UK – Bond to add new base with offshore contract win

UK – Bond to add new base with offshore contract win

Bond Offshore Helicopters Ltd, one of the UK’s leading providers of energy support services, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a new contract with Perenco Oil and Gas. This new contract, worth in the region of £37 million, is for the provision of crew change flights to Perenco’s newly-acquired assets in the… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 19-Nov-12

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Bristow S92s at Aberdeen – one out, one in

Bristow S92s at Aberdeen – one out, one in

Bristow Helicopters have had a fleet move, with one Sikorsky S92 coming in and another going out. Arriving, after being airfreighted in to Prestwick Airport during last week, G-XCII has arrived in the UK for operations on the North Sea.  The odd looking registration reflects the fact that 92 in Roman numerals is XCII. Going… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Nov-12

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Essex Air Ambulance happy as fraudulent charity shop closed

Essex Air Ambulance happy as fraudulent charity shop closed

After four years of investigations into a Charity Shop in Walton-on-the-Naze; Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) is delighted to confirm the closure of the Charity Shop and that the proprietor Nigel Philpott-Jones has pleaded guilty of fraud by false misrepresentation. His official sentencing has taken place today at Chelmsford Crown Court and Mr… Read more »

Source: Essex Air Ambulance, 13-Nov-12

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Royal Navy’s 815 Sqn nurtures French links

Royal Navy’s 815 Sqn nurtures French links

THE first Royal Navy Lynx helicopter to join a French frigate on a full counter-piracy deployment has arrived on board the ship in Toulon. As part of the initiative for the UK and French armed forces to work more closely together, the Lynx Mark 8 aircraft from Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton will deploy with… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 13-Nov-12

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Bond Air Services congratulates Midlands Air Ambulance on award win

Bond Air Services congratulates Midlands Air Ambulance on award win

Bond Air Services is delighted to congratulate the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity (MAAC) on winning an Air Ambulance Team Award from the Ambulance Service Institute. The award, presented at a ceremony in London earlier today, recognised MAAC’s exemplary response to an incident in Lucton, Herefordshire in February this year, when all three Midlands Air Ambulance… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 13-Nov-12

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UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2012

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2012

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Special Bulletin S4/2012: Sikorsky S-76C++, G-WIWI, East Sussex, 3 May 2012 Bell 206L-3 Longranger III (G-LVDC), forced landing near Silverstone, Northants, 8 July 2012

Source: AAIB, 08-Nov-12

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Eurocopter issues EC225 “Key Messages”

Eurocopter issues EC225 “Key Messages”

On October 22, 2012, during a flight to an offshore platform, a controlled ditching was performed with an EC225 helicopter. No one on board was injured and everyone was brought back to land safely. The helicopter remained afloat thanks to its emergency floatation gear and was recovered by a ship. An emergency lubrication warning light… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 07-Nov-12

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UK – Oryx Jet adds helicopter capability

UK – Oryx Jet adds helicopter capability

London Biggin Hill based aircraft management and first class air charter company Oryx Jet is delighted to be able to offer helicopter charter as an additional method of transportation and onward carriage to complement its existing fleet of executive jets. Offering more choice to private business and leisure charter services both locally and internationally, our… Read more »

Source: Oryx Jet, 07-Nov-12

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UK – Third EMS AW109 enters service

UK – Third EMS AW109 enters service

The Children’s Air Ambulance issued a press release last week, and after we scanned through it, we rejected it as it did not appear much of an aviation story.  On the face of it, the central theme was the appointment of a brand ambassador – a 54 year old music star whose success started to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Nov-12

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Bond Offshore Helicopters names new Managing Director

Bond Offshore Helicopters names new Managing Director

Luke Farajallah joins Bond Offshore Helicopters as new Managing Director 5th November 2012. Bond Offshore Helicopters Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Luke Farajallah as Managing Director. Luke brings with him 25 years of aviation experience leading different functions in a number of airlines both in the UK and Internationally. Most recently Luke… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 05-Nov-12

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UK – PremiAir problems mount with key resignation(s)

UK – PremiAir problems mount with key resignation(s)

Following our story earlier today regarding the situation PremiAir find themselves in at Denham, HeliHub.com can confirm that Finance Director Mike Harding has resigned. Mr Harding joined PremiAir in September 2004, and had responsibility for the finance and IT functions at PremiAir in the eight years since.  His role involved a wide range of tasks,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Nov-12

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UK – PremiAir stops trading at Denham – what’s next?

UK – PremiAir stops trading at Denham – what’s next?

Premair Aviation Group has ceased trading at Denham, after the airfield owners changed the locks on the offices and hangars.  We understand that Denham’s owners, Bickerton’s Aerodromes Ltd, had a meeting with PremiAir owner Andrew Davis in recent weeks concerning balances owed.  As nothing was forthcoming after that meeting, Bickerton’s took action.  A notice on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Nov-12

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UK – Airbourne Solutions acquires third AS355

UK – Airbourne Solutions acquires third AS355

Aerial application specialists Airbourne Solutions have acquired a second Twin Squirrel from PremiAir Aviation at Blackbushe, taking their fleet to three.  The three helicopters involved are N30LG AS355F2 (5065) acquired July 2008 and not flown since (photo above) G-VONG AS355F1 (5323) acquired recently – airworthiness documents expired Feb-12 G-VONK AS355F1 (5325) acquired late 2011 –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Nov-12

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Wales Air Ambulance adds third EC135

Wales Air Ambulance adds third EC135

Lifesaving charity Wales Air Ambulance (WAA) has successfully launched a ‘new generation’ helicopter at its Mid Wales base, completing its fleet of three advanced air ambulances for Wales. The new aircraft, which will operate from Welshpool Airport from 2nd November, supersedes the charity’s 20 year-old model to become one of the most cutting-edge operations in… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 04-Nov-12

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Helitech debacle revives Silverstone show for 2014

Helitech debacle revives Silverstone show for 2014

The controversial move of the Helitech show by Reed Exhibitions from a wide-open airfield to a city-bound exhibition centre has led to the proposed revival of “The Helicopter Show” – originally planned in September this year for Farnborough and later moved to the well-known Formula 1 race circuit at Silverstone. In a brief update on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Nov-12

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World’s longest running scheduled helicopter service closes

World’s longest running scheduled helicopter service closes

It is with sadness we record the closure yesterday of the helicopter link between the UK mainland and the Scilly Isles, following the sale of Penzance Heliport to a retail supermarket as the site of a future store. Scheduled services began on 1st May 1964 and have continued for forty eight and a half years,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Nov-12

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The Helicopter Museum: Newsletter Vol. 3

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 01-Nov-12

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EASA and FAA approve H+S Aviation to repair/overhaul GE CT7-8 engines

EASA and FAA approve H+S Aviation to repair/overhaul GE CT7-8 engines

H+S Aviation, a BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) company, has added the new generation General Electric CT7-8 series turboshaft engine to its EASA 145 and FAA approvals list. The CT7-8 is currently in production for Sikorsky S-92 and AgustaWestland AW101 multi-engine helicopters. H+S Aviation now offers full scale support for engine repair, overhaul… Read more »

Source: H+S Aviation, 31-Oct-12

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Independent survey supported Helitech move to London, not Steering Committee

Independent survey supported Helitech move to London, not Steering Committee

In an interview with HeliHub.com, the exhibition Director of Helitech International confirmed to us that an independent survey had been carried out before making a decision to move the event from Duxford to a conference centre in London. John Hyde told us that Reed Exhbitions enlisted the services of AMR International, which on its website… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Oct-12

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Helitech 2013 organisers confirm no day visitors by air

Helitech 2013 organisers confirm no day visitors by air

In an interview with HeliHub.com, the exhibition Director of Helitech International 2013 confirmed to us that there is no space at the ExCeL conference centre in London for daily visitors to the event in September 2013.  John Hyde confirmed that three or four sites are under consideration, and they would soon decide on one and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Oct-12

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UK – Weston Aviation opens FBO next door to National Football Centre

UK – Weston Aviation opens FBO next door to National Football Centre

Weston Aviation and the operators of Tatenhill Airfield have launched a new venture to provide FBO and executive handling services at the airfield to provide quick and easy helicopter and aircraft access to the FA’s new £120 million National Football Centre at St. George’s Park, near Burton on Trent, UK. The new centre was officially… Read more »

Source: Weston Aviation, 23-Oct-12

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Three years later…. Bond starts to support offshore wind farm

Three years later…. Bond starts to support offshore wind farm

HeliHub.com editor note – The EC135 was first shown at Helitech 2009 fully kitted out.  At Helitech 2011 we reported that the helicopter had not yet started offshore wind farm operations as expected two years prior, and a further year has now passed.  We are pleased to see this finally working on the contract it… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 22-Oct-12

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UK – 4,000th callout for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

UK – 4,000th callout for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has been called out on 4,000 emergencies since it was established five years ago. (see full story)

Source: IOW County Press, 22-Oct-12

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Royal Navy helicopter deploys on French warship

Royal Navy helicopter deploys on French warship

The helicopter from 217 Flight (a flight from 815 Naval Air Squadron), headed up by Flight Commander Lieutenant Mike Curd, will join FLF Surcouf at her base in Toulon on Monday for a four-week training period. In November they will then deploy on Op Atalanta for four months as part of an initiative for the… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 22-Oct-12

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UK – Central Helicopters to build new off-airfield base

UK – Central Helicopters to build new off-airfield base

Central Helicopters, a leading UK-based provider of helicopter services for business purposes, aerial photography, weddings and other occasions, have received planning permission to relocate to new premises. Central Helicopters has been based at Tollerton Airfield – also known as Nottingham City Airport – for the past five years, but now they have been granted permission… Read more »

Source: Central Helicopters, 22-Oct-12

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22-Oct-12 G-CHCN Eurocopter EC225 Shetland, UK

CHC EC225 has ditched  32 miles south of Shetland, off Fair Isle.  All 19 POB reported safe and  being taken to Kirkwall on Orkney

22-Oct-12

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UK Government gives AgustaWestland £46M for civil helicopter projects

UK Government gives AgustaWestland £46M for civil helicopter projects

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it has been selected to go forward to the contracting phase for their bid of up to £46 million from Round 3 of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF). The combined RGF and AgustaWestland investment of more than £100 million will create a brand new industry… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 19-Oct-12

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Bond/INAER parent company renames as Avincis; based in UK

Bond/INAER parent company renames as Avincis; based in UK

Avincis Mission Critical Services (Avincis Group) has established itself in the UK today as the world’s leading provider of mission critical aviation services. The Group’s mission is to save lives, protect the environment and provide safe transport for mission critical people and assets for public services and blue chip corporations.  Avincis’ operating companies deliver across… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 16-Oct-12

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance gain planning approval for new base

Yorkshire Air Ambulance gain planning approval for new base

A vacant site within the Nostell Priory estate, near Wakefield, has been granted planning permission by Wakefield Council. It will have a hangar and aircrew accommodation for one helicopter. (see full story)

16-Oct-12

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16-Oct-12 G-BXGA Eurocopter AS350B2 Kettlewell, UK

Chain sling contacted tail rotor drive cover, horizontal stabiliser and both tail rotor blades during lifting operations

16-Oct-12

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TAAS wants all UK air ambulance operations to merge into one

TAAS wants all UK air ambulance operations to merge into one

At a Conservative Party Conference ‘Fringe Meeting’ held in the Hyatt Regency, Birmingham on 9th October the meeting organisers “The Air Ambulance Service” [TAAS] put forward what some viewed as some disturbing proposals. Andy Williamson (the Chief Executive of TAAS) was advocating that all the separate Air Ambulance Charities in the United Kingdom merge together… Read more »

Source: Police Aviation News, 12-Oct-12

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UK’s Joint Helicopter Command renews BAE contract

UK’s Joint Helicopter Command renews BAE contract

We have been awarded a further 12 months contract by the UK’s Land Forces HQ Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) to continue an advisory web based Aviation De-confliction Planning Service. The service, available to the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, is based on the BAE Systems Centralised Aviation Data Service (CADS) which uses a… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 12-Oct-12

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UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2012

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2012

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Aerospatiale SA.341G Gazelle (HA-LFB), collision with terrain, Honister Slate Mine, Keswick, Cumbria, 9 March 2011

Source: AAIB, 11-Oct-12

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UK – Construction starts on Exeter operations unit for police and air ambulance

UK – Construction starts on Exeter operations unit for police and air ambulance

The Barnstaple office of Morgan Sindall has secured a £1.5 million contract to deliver new offices, welfare facilities and an aircraft hangar at Exeter Airport for Devon and Cornwall Police. The new two-storey office building will house the Air Operations Unit for Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon Air Ambulance Trust, both of which currently… Read more »

Source: Morgan Sindall, 10-Oct-12

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