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UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2023

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2023

12-Oct-2023Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AAR 1/2023 – Leonardo AW169, loss of control on departure, King Power Stadium, Leicester, 27 October 2018. AW169 (G-UNIB), Hoist cable severed during startup procedure, Humberside Airport, North Lincolnshire, 21 February 2023... Read more

CAA International appoints new Managing Director

CAA International appoints new Managing Director

11-Oct-2023Source: CAAi

CAA International (CAAi), the technical cooperation arm of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA), has announced the appointment of Matthew Margesson as its new Managing Director, effective 16 October 2023. Matthew has been an integral part of CAAi’s leadership team since 2009, having held senior roles including Head of International Development, and latterly, Head... Read more

UK CAA appoints new Chief Executive

UK CAA appoints new Chief Executive

9-Oct-2023Source: UK CAA

The UK Civil Aviation Authority is pleased to announce the appointment of Rob Bishton as its new Chief Executive, effective 21 October 2023. Rob’s extensive career in aviation includes being a commercial pilot, and serving in a number of senior industry roles. He joined the Civil Aviation Authority in 2014, and has been a member... Read more

UK on cusp of next aviation revolution, says UK regulator

UK on cusp of next aviation revolution, says UK regulator

28-Sep-2023Source: CAA

Aviation stands on the cusp of the next revolution, the Chair of the UK Civil Aviation Authority will say in a keynote speech on 27 September. The regulator is working with the aviation and aerospace industry as well as government to support the safe development and roll-out of sustainable fuels, drones and new types of... Read more

Specialist Aviation Services appoints restructuring specialist

Specialist Aviation Services appoints restructuring specialist

18-Sep-2023Source: HeliHub.com

Specialist Aviation Services have appointed Nick Pike (pictured) as a director of both Specialist Aviation Services Ltd (“SAS”) and Specialist Aviation Services Group Ltd (“SAS Group”), effective 6th September – according to public filings for SAS and SAS Group with Companies House, the executive agency of the British Government that maintains the register of companies. In... Read more

London Heli Shuttle expands service with second AW139

London Heli Shuttle expands service with second AW139

15-Sep-2023Source: HeliHub.com

The popular London Heli Shuttle, which links London Biggin Hill Airport and the centrally located London Heliport in just six minutes is expanding. Offering the “fastest touchdown to downtown’” service from the time it opened in late 2014, the London Heli Shuttle has been operated by Castle Air on their AOC (Air Operators Certificate). Initially... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2023

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2023

14-Sep-2023Source: 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

Lockheed Martin launches Team Black Hawk for UK’s NMH requirement

Lockheed Martin launches Team Black Hawk for UK’s NMH requirement

14-Sep-2023Source: Lockheed Martin

This week at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition, Lockheed Martin announced its intention to participate in the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) New Medium Helicopter (NMH) requirement. It outlined its team of UK partners and the benefits of choosing the advanced, Sikorsky Black Hawk® helicopter to replace the UK’s aging mixed medium... Read more

Leonardo unveils Proteus uncrewed helicopter concept at DSEI

Leonardo unveils Proteus uncrewed helicopter concept at DSEI

14-Sep-2023Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) are pleased to unveil a mature concept of the technology demonstrator, known as project “Proteus” by the British Armed Forces, at DSEI London 2023 . As part of phase 3a of the RWUAS CCD Phase 3 TDP, awarded in July 2022 by the UK MOD Defence Equipment... Read more

Leonardo UK achieves £1.6 billion of export orders in 18 months

Leonardo UK achieves £1.6 billion of export orders in 18 months

12-Sep-2023Source: Leonardo

At the DSEI defence and security exhibition taking place this week in London, Leonardo has revealed new figures that demonstrate how its UK onshore helicopters business, recently granted official status as the ‘Home of British Helicopters’, continues to compete effectively in export markets. The headline figure, £1.6Bn in helicopters exports over the last 18 months, includes orders for... Read more

Bristow and Volocopter to Bring UAM Services to US and UK

Bristow and Volocopter to Bring UAM Services to US and UK

8-Sep-2023Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), the leading global provider of innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions, and Volocopter, the pioneer of Urban Air Mobility (UAM), have signed an agreement to explore and develop passenger and cargo services for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in the U.S. and U.K. As part of this collaboration,... Read more

Vertical provides update on VX4 programme and incident investigation

Vertical provides update on VX4 programme and incident investigation

31-Aug-2023

Vertical Aerospace (Vertical), a global aerospace and technology company that is pioneering zero-emissions aviation, today provides an update on its overall programme. Flight Test Update Vertical concluded its remote thrustborne flight test campaign in July 2023, as the first full-scale VX4 prototype reached its target speed of 40kts (70 kmph), demonstrating exceptional overall stability and... Read more

Wales Air Ambulance asks supporters to name newest aircraft

Wales Air Ambulance asks supporters to name newest aircraft

29-Aug-2023Source: Wales Air Ambulance

The Wales Air Ambulance Charity is calling for its supporters to have their say and vote for the aircraft registration of its newest addition to the fleet. In February this year, Wales Air Ambulance announced that Gama Aviation had successfully bid for the seven-year contract to provide aviation services to the air ambulance in Wales,... Read more

Leonardo publishes the 2022 supply chain spending figures

Leonardo publishes the 2022 supply chain spending figures

25-Aug-2023Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has published the 2022 supply chain spending figures for its UK-based helicopter business. This highlights the important role the company plays in generating prosperity nationwide through the 750 companies in its supply chain. With a strong order book for its Yeovil-based business, and as UK MOD and international customers’ demands for the company’s helicopters... Read more

The Home of British Helicopters: Yeovil celebrates official status

The Home of British Helicopters: Yeovil celebrates official status

24-Aug-2023Source: Leonardo

Yeovil, home to Britain’s only onshore helicopter manufacturer Leonardo, is celebrating its official recognition by the town and local councils as the “Home of British Helicopters”. The status reflects Yeovil’s storied history of aviation firsts and the huge value helicopter design and manufacture contributes to the local, regional, and national economies. To mark the new... Read more

S92 support helicopters delivered to Falkland Islands, replacing S61s

S92 support helicopters delivered to Falkland Islands, replacing S61s

21-Aug-2023Source: Sikorsky

Two new Sikorsky S-92A helicopters have been delivered to Mount Pleasant Complex (MPC), the headquarters of British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI). These modern airframes, operated by Bristow Group Helicopters, represent a significant upgrade from the previous Sikorsky S-61N platforms, which have filled the role of support helicopter in the Falklands for the past seven... Read more

British Government stops VIP helicopter contract

British Government stops VIP helicopter contract

18-Aug-2023

The British Government has decided not to renew a contract whereby a commercial operator supplies the Ministry of Defence with a helicopter for VIP use –  including the Prime Minister, Ministers, Senior Military Officers, and Government Officials.  The contract is known as RWCSAT – Rotary Wing Command Support Air Transport. A tender was issued for... Read more

Offshore Helicopter Services UK extend Serica contract

Offshore Helicopter Services UK extend Serica contract

16-Aug-2023Source: OHS

Offshore Helicopter Services UK (OHSUK) have signed a new multi-year contract extension with Serica Energy. The five-year deal with potential for further extensions, takes the relationship between partners at least beyond eight years. Serica will use H175 and S92 aircraft to service their current North Sea operations, in particular the Bruce platform. Offshore Helicopters UK... Read more

Vertical VX4 suffers test flight accident

Vertical VX4 suffers test flight accident

9-Aug-2023Source: HeliHub.com

Vertical Aerospace have had an accident with their test flight aircraft G-EVTL today.  Images online (example) show significant damage at their test base at Cotswold Airport in the UK with the aircraft coming to rest close to (or possibly in contact with) the resident feature Boeing 747 which was retired from British Airways service in... Read more

Plans launched for Flexjet UK helicopter hangar at Fairoaks Airport

Plans launched for Flexjet UK helicopter hangar at Fairoaks Airport

9-Aug-2023Source: HeliHub.com

A planning application has been made in the UK for a new hangar at Fairoaks Airport for Flexjet Vertical Lift. The US-based jet operator is looking to expand their UK and European helicopter offering along the lines of their US operation. While the basis of the company is fixed-wing jets, they made a strategic move... Read more

Helideck Certification Agency and Bond Helicopters sign MoU

Helideck Certification Agency and Bond Helicopters sign MoU

8-Aug-2023Source: HCA

Helideck Certification Agency and Bond Helicopters sign Memorandum of Understanding for offshore helideck inspections. Bond Helicopters, who are due to commence flying operations in the SNS from January 2024, has signed an agreement to recognise HCA as the entity responsible for certifying all UKCS offshore helidecks to which they operate. This brings Bond in line... Read more

UK Army Air Corps lose Dauphin in accident

UK Army Air Corps lose Dauphin in accident

3-Aug-2023

One of the six Airbus AS365N3 Dauphin helicopters operated by the Army Air Corps in the UK has had an accident, the manufacturer has confirmed in an document released in the public domain.  The severity of the accident has put the aircraft beyond economic repair. In the latest edition of its “List of potentially scrapped,... Read more

UK CAA working with Police/EMS landing sites to improve landing procedures

UK CAA working with Police/EMS landing sites to improve landing procedures

3-Aug-2023Source: UK CAA

Earlier this year, the UK Civil Aviation Authority and the Department for Transport announced the successful applicants for the third round of applications to the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Programme. Funding was allocated to blue light landing sites to put in place new systems to allow helicopters to operate in challenging conditions that they... Read more

RAF joins Irish Air Corps in celebrating 60 years of Helicopter Ops

RAF joins Irish Air Corps in celebrating 60 years of Helicopter Ops

3-Aug-2023Source: Royal Air Force

The RAF were delighted to be invited to join the Irish Air Corps in celebrating 60 years of Helicopter Operations at this year’s Families Day and 2023 Bray Air show, in Dublin. To mark the anniversary, Air Officer Northern Ireland, Air Marshal Sean Reynolds, was hosted by Irish Air Corps GOC, Brigadier General Rory O’Connor.... Read more

Wildcat becomes first British aircraft to land on USS Gerald R Ford

Wildcat becomes first British aircraft to land on USS Gerald R Ford

2-Aug-2023Source: Royal Navy

A Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter has become the first British aircraft to land on the world’s largest warship, the US Navy’s USS Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier. The helicopter is deployed with HMS Duncan in the Mediterranean as the Type 45 destroyer leads a NATO security task group in the region. Duncan is at the... Read more

Great Western Air Ambulance appoints new medical leadership team

Great Western Air Ambulance appoints new medical leadership team

31-Jul-2023Source: Great Western Air Ambulance

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) welcomes Dr Andy Lockyer and Dr Andrew Heavyside as Medical Director and Assistant Medical Director respectively. The Consultant Doctors have been an integral part of GWAAC’s Critical Care Team for a number of years and are highly thought of by peers and colleagues across the charity. Following a rigorous... Read more

Airbus Helicopters UK enters strategic partnership with  HVM Catapult

Airbus Helicopters UK enters strategic partnership with HVM Catapult

25-Jul-2023Source: HVM Catapult

Airbus Helicopters in the UK has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult – the UK’s leading group of research, development and innovation centres. The strategic partnership will see both organisations establish a framework under which they will jointly investigate opportunities to work together on future opportunities. Katherine Bennett,... Read more

No change in UK New Military Helicopter program requirements

No change in UK New Military Helicopter program requirements

24-Jul-2023Source: HeliHub.com

There have been recent reports that the UK Ministry of Defence has reduced the number of helicopters they will be procuring under their New Military Helicopter (NMH) program.  These news items were quoting Lenny Brown, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters UK saying at the recent Royal International Air Tattoo that the number is now “25... Read more

Devon Air Ambulance crew treats 5,000th patient since 2017 Clinical Independence

Devon Air Ambulance crew treats 5,000th patient since 2017 Clinical Independence

21-Jul-2023Source: Devon Air Ambulance

A road traffic collision (RTC) that occurred on the A380 at Kingsteignton was attended by the Devon Air Ambulance Exeter aircraft on Wednesday evening 12 July. The RTC involved an adult male motorcyclist who was in collision with a van. The dual carriageway couldn’t be closed at the point of the helicopter’s arrival as both... Read more

UK aviation refuelling company rebrands as OEG Offshore

UK aviation refuelling company rebrands as OEG Offshore

20-Jul-2023Source: OEG Offshore UK

OEG Offshore UK (OEG), a leading global provider of specialist offshore equipment, is proud to announce the complete integration and rebrand of Harran Ltd, a renowned aviation refuelling expert. The move follows the acquisition of Harran Ltd in 2019 and marks OEG’s ongoing growth plans to solidify their market presence and cater to the increasing... Read more

Sloane Helicopters appoints Head of Aircraft and Project Services

Sloane Helicopters appoints Head of Aircraft and Project Services

19-Jul-2023Source: Sloane Helicopters

Sloane Helicopters have appointed Andrew Kitchen as the new Head of Aircraft and Project Services With over 21 years of aviation experience, Andy joins us with a wealth of aerospace engineering knowledge drawn from his previous roles in military, civil and test environments. His journey in the aviation industry began in 2002 when he joined... Read more

Heli-One partners with Airbus for H175M gearbox work for UK MoD tender

Heli-One partners with Airbus for H175M gearbox work for UK MoD tender

13-Jul-2023Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter in-service support services, is pleased to announce a partnership with Airbus to provide gearbox maintenance for its H175M helicopter in the event that Airbus wins the New Medium Helicopter competition. Heli-One and Airbus solidified this collaboration by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during an event held in... Read more

JCB cancels order for two Airbus H160s

JCB cancels order for two Airbus H160s

11-Jul-2023Source: HeliHub.com

In a LinkedIn post made on 9th July by Lenny Brown, MD of Airbus Helicopters UK, the company implied that excavator manufacturer JCB has not yet accepted or taken delivery of their first H160. We reported this helicopter’s arrival into the UK over five months ago on 28th January. Brown was reporting the arrival of... Read more

Midlands Air Ambulance marks milestone 70,000th mission ᐧ

Midlands Air Ambulance marks milestone 70,000th mission ᐧ

7-Jul-2023Source: Midlands Air Ambulance

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has now attended more than 70,000 missions across Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, the West Midlands, and Worcestershire, and continues to be the busiest air ambulance in England. The lifesaving pre-hospital emergency service started out with one temporary helicopter in 1991, and now operates a fleet of three air ambulance helicopters and... Read more

Starspeed battles “Terrible” TripAdvisor rating on Isles of Scilly route

Starspeed battles “Terrible” TripAdvisor rating on Isles of Scilly route

5-Jul-2023Source: HeliHub.com

British operator Starspeed continues to experience an uphill battle in its running of the UK scheduled service between Penzance Heliport and the Isles of Scilly. This service takes passengers to Tresco and St Mary’s six days a week throughout the year, offering a 15-minute flight to the islands from a purpose-built heliport on the outskirts... Read more

Ferrovial partners with Milligan to identify locations for first UK vertiports

Ferrovial partners with Milligan to identify locations for first UK vertiports

30-Jun-2023Source: Ferrovial

Ferrovial, through its Airports division, has partnered with Milligan to identify and develop sites to launch urban air mobility operations in the United Kingdom. The collaboration will advance the company’s plan to design, build and operate vertiports in this strategic market. Through this collaboration, the partners will identify demand-rich locations, select potential sites, and carry out assessment criteria to determine the... Read more

UK CAA and Brazil’s ANAC sign LoI on eVTOL certification

UK CAA and Brazil’s ANAC sign LoI on eVTOL certification

21-Jun-2023Source: UK CAA

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) have signed a Letter of Intent to collaborate on an approach to eVTOL certification. The Letter of Intent highlights both authorities’ intentions to work together to enhance cooperation and increase efficiency in matters relating to the certification of eVTOL. The letter was... Read more

HM Coastguard Winch Paramedic receives trophy for Ben Nevis rescue

HM Coastguard Winch Paramedic receives trophy for Ben Nevis rescue

15-Jun-2023Source: Bristow Helicopters

The Billy Deacon SAR Memorial Trophy and an inscribed Breitling watch was presented by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence at the Air League’s Annual Reception Ceremony at the House of Commons London on the 14 June 2023. The Award is sponsored by Bristow Helicopters and Breitling (UK). The 2023 award for rescues carried out in... Read more

UK CAA launches active carbon monoxide detector survey

UK CAA launches active carbon monoxide detector survey

14-Jun-2023Source: UK CAA

The UK Civil Aviation Authority is launching a survey on the use of active carbon monoxide (CO) detectors for members of the General Aviation (GA) community in the UK. Feedback gathered through this survey will help to shape the future use of these devices and how they could be used in piston engine aircraft. Evidence... Read more

Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance collaborates with Everdrone

Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance collaborates with Everdrone

8-Jun-2023Source: Everdrone

Everdrone, a leading provider of autonomous drone solutions and Air Ambulance Charity Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS) are proud to announce an innovative collaboration to initiate implementation of Everdrone First on Scene Grid™ technology in the UK to help save lives in sudden medical emergencies. The aim of the collaboration is to enable KSS to expand... Read more

UK CAA launches active carbon monoxide detector survey

UK CAA launches active carbon monoxide detector survey

8-Jun-2023Source: UK CAA

The UK Civil Aviation Authority is launching a survey on the use of active carbon monoxide (CO) detectors for members of the General Aviation (GA) community in the UK. Feedback gathered through this survey will help to shape the future use of these devices and how they could be used in piston engine aircraft. Evidence... Read more

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance creates a Centre for Excellence

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance creates a Centre for Excellence

30-May-2023Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

The pieces are coming together in helping to deliver a step change for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) in enhancing the level of care it delivers, with the announcement of the creation of a Centre for Excellence. Headed up by Project Lead, Dr Gareth Grier, the Centre for Excellence is seen as a pivotal move... Read more

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance taking steps to a greener future

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance taking steps to a greener future

26-May-2023Source: Essex and Herts Air Ambulance

Coinciding with Earth Day on Saturday the 22nd April, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has released some of the data around the work it is doing on sustainability. Important for the life-saving charity is its commitment, to make the very best choices for the environment, its people and the community. And for the last five... Read more

Leonardo’s secures new orders of VIP/corporate helicopters at EBACE 2023

Leonardo’s secures new orders of VIP/corporate helicopters at EBACE 2023

25-May-2023Source: Leonardo

Leonardo’s continued success in the UK and Ireland VIP/corporate helicopter market expands as its regional distributor, Sloane, announced orders for one AW109 GrandNew and one AW109 Trekker light twin during an official ceremony held at EBACE 2023 (Geneva, 23-25 May). The contract clearly demonstrates the strong continued market demand in the UK for the popular... Read more

East Anglian Air Ambulance named one of the “best places to work”

East Anglian Air Ambulance named one of the “best places to work”

25-May-2023Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) is celebrating national recognition after being named as one of the best places to work in the prestigious Sunday Times awards.   The Sunday Times and WorkL, who are experts in employee experience, have joined forces to recognise the very best organisations with consistently high levels of positive employee experience... Read more

London Oxford Airport ready to be centre for ‘green tech’ sectors

London Oxford Airport ready to be centre for ‘green tech’ sectors

25-May-2023Source: London Oxford Airport

London Oxford Airport, the UK’s fifth-ranked busiest business aviation airport, is pivoting to offer a prospective new centre for innovation and green tech with a proposed new R&D science park at the entrance to the Airport.  While focused on the burgeoning life sciences sector, it states the new facility would also appeal to new Advanced... Read more

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance marks 10th anniversary

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance marks 10th anniversary

24-May-2023Source: Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) marked its 10th anniversary, reflecting on a decade of life-saving service to communities in every corner of Scotland. Since May 22, 2013, the charity has responded to nearly 5,000 call outs, raised over £50 million and flown nearly half a million miles, saving thousands of lives and impacting on thousands... Read more

The ACA appoints new board member to support rotary sector

The ACA appoints new board member to support rotary sector

23-May-2023Source: ACA

The Air Charter Association (The ACA) is today pleased to announce that Alana Burns, Operations Director for Atlas Helicopters, has been elected by the board. With more than twenty years’ experience in the aviation industry, Alana has led Atlas Helicopters in its growth to becoming one of the leading helicopter charter companies in the UK.... Read more

Junior doctors swap hospitals for AW169 in Air Ambulance Taster Day

Junior doctors swap hospitals for AW169 in Air Ambulance Taster Day

22-May-2023Source: Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

On 18 May, Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA) hosted another successful taster day where doctors and paramedics showcased the multifaceted aspects of pre-hospital emergency medicine (PHEM) to trainee doctors. PHEM is a rapidly expanding and evolving medical sub-speciality, and yet it is rarely included in medical school or foundation curricula, making it hard for... Read more

Edmiston partners with Goodwood to provide London Heliport link

Edmiston partners with Goodwood to provide London Heliport link

22-May-2023Source: Edmiston

Edmiston is delighted to announce its sponsorship of this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard, which runs from 13-16 July, and the Goodwood Revival from 8-10 September – two great British events that between them celebrate innovation and the future of mobility, and the glamour and craftmanship of yesteryear. This season, guests at either event can be... Read more

UK – New rooftop helipad planned for Dorset County Hospital

UK – New rooftop helipad planned for Dorset County Hospital

22-May-2023Source: NHS

The helicopter landing site at Dorset County Hospital will temporarily move to allow enabling works and construction of the new Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit to take place. Dorset County Hospital has plans to build a brand-new Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit, including a rooftop helipad, on the former Damers School site. To allow... Read more

Children’s Air Ambulance celebrates 10 years

Children’s Air Ambulance celebrates 10 years

12-May-2023Source: Children’s Air Ambulance

On 10 May 2013, the national Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) took to the skies as the only helicopter dedicated to transferring critically ill babies and children across the UK, undertaking its first vital patient transfer using an AgustaWestland 109 helicopter. Baby Theo was born at Scarborough Hospital in May 2013, to his parents Denisa Mikova... Read more

Eshott Airfield applies to restart military and emergency service helicopter refuelling

Eshott Airfield applies to restart military and emergency service helicopter refuelling

1-May-2023Source: Pilot

Eshott Airfield has submitted an application to Northumberland County Council in the hope that military and emergency service helicopters will be allowed to operate from the airfield once more. “Northumberland County Council have decided there should be a democratic process to see whether the public want military or emergency service helicopters to be allowed back... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance Charity launches new Mission Data

London’s Air Ambulance Charity launches new Mission Data

26-Apr-2023

London’s only helicopter emergency service attended to 1,977 patients* last year. The advanced trauma doctors and paramedics treat patients across every part of the capital, with statistics released by the charity today revealing that Westminster (113), Lambeth (111) and Tower Hamlets (103)* were the busiest London boroughs in 2022. Of those patients, 34% needed pre-hospital care... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance Charity appoints new Director of Finance, IT and Facilities

London’s Air Ambulance Charity appoints new Director of Finance, IT and Facilities

24-Apr-2023Source: London's Air Ambulance Charity

London’s Air Ambulance Charity has announced the appointment Anna Bennett as the charity’s new Director of Finance, IT and Facilities. A Chartered Accountant (FCA) with over 20 years of experience, Anna holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting. She has extensive sector experience, having worked for several national charities, including as Finance Director for Hospice UK... Read more

Children’s Air Ambulance launches new base at Gamston Airport

Children’s Air Ambulance launches new base at Gamston Airport

24-Apr-2023Source: Children’s Air Ambulance

There was a special arrival at Gamston Airport when the national Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) charity landed at its new designated airbase from where it will launch vital missions to help save young lives. The Children’s Air Ambulance, which provides the only intensive care helicopters in the country dedicated to transferring critically ill babies and children, at a... Read more

Five UK EMS bases to benefit from GNSS program funded by CAA and DfT

Five UK EMS bases to benefit from GNSS program funded by CAA and DfT

18-Apr-2023Source: UK CAA

Emergency services in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Somerset, Sussex and London are to benefit from a share of more than £200,000 of funding to allow air ambulances to land more safely in poor weather conditions. Almondsbury Helicopter Airbase, Strensham Airbase, Henstridge Airfield, Royal Sussex County Hospital and King’s College Hospital were all selected as successful applications of... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance appoints new Director of Finance, IT and Facilities

London’s Air Ambulance appoints new Director of Finance, IT and Facilities

17-Apr-2023Source: London's Air Ambulance

London’s Air Ambulance Charity has announced the appointment Anna Bennett as the charity’s new Director of Finance, IT and Facilities. A Chartered Accountant (FCA) with over 20 years of experience, Anna holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting. She has extensive sector experience, having worked for several national charities, including as Finance Director for Hospice UK and... Read more

Milestone Signs Lease Agreements with Offshore Helicopter Services

Milestone Signs Lease Agreements with Offshore Helicopter Services

13-Apr-2023Source: Milestone Aviation

The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced that it has signed lease agreements with Offshore Helicopter Services UK Limited (“OHS”) for five Sikorsky S-92 helicopters. The agreements include the extension of three Sikorsky S-92 helicopters and the placement of two additional S-92s which are scheduled to deliver in 2023.... Read more

UK approves Bell 407GXi autopilot

UK approves Bell 407GXi autopilot

5-Apr-2023Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that the Bell 407GXi 3-axis autopilot has received certification from the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). “We are thrilled to offer the Bell 3-axis autopilot for the Bell 407GXi to our customers in the UK,” said Patrick Moulay, senior vice president, International Sales. “The... Read more

Leonardo and Morson Projects to secure engineering skills in England & Ireland

Leonardo and Morson Projects to secure engineering skills in England & Ireland

3-Apr-2023Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and Morson Projects have signed a long-term Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA), which will enable the UK’s only onshore helicopter manufacturer to offload engineering work to augment the company’s existing highly skilled engineering capacity. Further to the contract signing on 3 March, Morson Projects will be managing engineering work at Leonardo’s UK helicopter facility in... Read more

Ultimate Aviation completes purchase of Offshore Helicopter Services

Ultimate Aviation completes purchase of Offshore Helicopter Services

3-Apr-2023Source: Ultimate Aviation

Offshore Helicopter Services, a leading North Sea helicopter services provider, has been acquired by Ultimate Aviation, a prominent aviation industry player headquartered in South Africa, in a deal that is expected to bring significant benefits to the company and its employees. OHS UK was previously acquired by CHC from FTSE 250 company Babcock International Group... Read more

Vertical Aerospace achieves Design Organisation Approval

Vertical Aerospace achieves Design Organisation Approval

3-Apr-2023Source: Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace (Vertical) [NYSE: EVTL], a global aerospace and technology company that is pioneering zero-emissions aviation announces further progress on its path to certification for the VX4, including securing the first ever Design Organisation Approval (DOA) issued to an eVTOL manufacturer by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Design Organisation Approval UK and European aerospace companies... Read more

Flexjet unveils UK helicopter division

Flexjet unveils UK helicopter division

24-Mar-2023Source: Flexjet

Flexjet, a global leader in private aviation, has welcomed its first super-midsize Sikorsky S-76 helicopter to its European fleet, as it becomes the first private jet operator in Europe to launch an in-house, integrated helicopter division. The new service, initially focused on the UK, aims to redefine luxury point-to-point private travel, in a first of... Read more

ADS calls for action to make eVTOL market a reality in the UK

ADS calls for action to make eVTOL market a reality in the UK

23-Mar-2023Source: ADS

This morning, ADS, the trade association for aerospace, defence, security and space, released Developing the eVTOL industry in the UK, setting out the five key areas that the UK aerospace industry believes should be the focus of Government and regulator efforts in the coming months. These recommendations, expanded upon in the report, will be an important part... Read more

Ascona launches new partnership with the Wales Air Ambulance

Ascona launches new partnership with the Wales Air Ambulance

23-Mar-2023Source: Ascona

Ascona Group (‘Ascona’), one of the UK’s fastest-growing forecourt operators, is delighted to announce the Wales Air Ambulance as its charity partner for the 2023/24 financial year. To celebrate this new partnership, Ascona has made an initial donation of £10,000. Over the next 12 months, 25p donations will be available to be paid via card... Read more

SkyAngels Air Ambulance adds PAL-V

SkyAngels Air Ambulance adds PAL-V

20-Mar-2023Source: SkyAngels Air Ambulance

SkyAngels Air Ambulance, a UK-based provider of emergency medical transport services, has announced its partnership with PAL-V, the world’s first flying car, to support their emergency response needs. The charity recognizes the need for fast and reliable transport solutions to quickly get doctors to hospitals nationwide. With the PAL-V Liberty, SkyAngels can ensure that their... Read more

Vertical Aerospace opens Vertical Energy Centre

Vertical Aerospace opens Vertical Energy Centre

16-Mar-2023Source: Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace (Vertical) [NYSE: EVTL], a global aerospace and technology company that is pioneering zero-emissions aviation, announces another significant UK investment and innovation milestone with the opening of the Vertical Energy Centre (VEC), believed to be the UK’s most advanced aerospace battery facility, based in Bristol. The multi-million-pound state-of-the-art, 15,000ft2 facility, is one of the... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2023

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2023

13-Mar-2023

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

Vulkaan Helicopters – new JV to sell AW139/AW189 in UK/Ireland

Vulkaan Helicopters – new JV to sell AW139/AW189 in UK/Ireland

7-Mar-2023Source: Vulcan Aviation Limited

Vulcan Aviation Limited is pleased to announce that it has entered into a new equity joint venture arrangement for rotary wing sales with Kaan Air, of Istanbul, Turkey. The new ventured to be called Vulkaan Helicopters has a remit to specifically promote the sale of large cabin helicopters such as the AW139 and AW189 in... Read more

Bell Secures Wave of Bell 407GXi Sales in the UK and Ireland

Bell Secures Wave of Bell 407GXi Sales in the UK and Ireland

7-Mar-2023Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the signed purchase agreements for three Bell 407GXi – two in the UK to corporate customers and one in Ireland to Zeus Essential Holding Limited (Zeus), an Irish-owned global packaging solutions company. The signings were announced at HAI Heli-Expo.  Zeus is an innovative packing provider... Read more

Boeing joins Airbus H175M team for UK New Medium Helicopter competition

Boeing joins Airbus H175M team for UK New Medium Helicopter competition

6-Mar-2023Source: Airbus Helicopters

Boeing has become the latest and final defence and aerospace company to join the H175M Task Force addressing the UK New Medium Helicopter requirement. As training services partner, Boeing Defence UK will provide aircrew, groundcrew and maintenance training, if the super-medium class Airbus H175M, to be built at Broughton in Wales, is selected to replace... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance receives first five-blade Airbus H145

Yorkshire Air Ambulance receives first five-blade Airbus H145

1-Mar-2023Source: HeliHub.com

Yorkshire Air Ambulance has today taken delivery of their first five-blade Airbus H145, registered G-YAAA, after a flight from Airbus Helicopter’s UK base at Oxford where it has been fitted out over the last six months. The second one of the two ordered by the charity arrived in the UK by road on 12th February... Read more

Cork University Hospital to have helipad by March 2024

Cork University Hospital to have helipad by March 2024

1-Mar-2023Source: Irish Examiner

A long-awaited helipad could be operational at Cork University Hospital (CUH) within a year. The Irish Examiner has learned that health chiefs hope construction on the delayed piece of critical infrastructure will start this summer and take up to nine months to complete. It means CUH, one of the country’s largest hospitals and a level... Read more

Helicompany moves southern UK base into London

Helicompany moves southern UK base into London

1-Mar-2023Source: HeliHub.com

Commercial operator Helicompany, which also operates as Atlas Helicopters, is moving its southern UK base from Lasham to Elstree today, 1st March. The company’s northern UK base will remain at Harrogate. The move to Elstree puts the company’s Leonardo AW109SP and one of their two Airbus AS355Ns just eight minutes flying time from The London... Read more

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