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Royal Navy protecting helicopters from Mother Nature thanks to Air Covers

Royal Navy protecting helicopters from Mother Nature thanks to Air Covers

28-Feb-2023Source: UK Royal Navy

Royal Navy helicopters are ‘wearing’ hi-tech protective new covers – allowing them to scramble in minutes in the Arctic, jungle or desert. The gigantic ‘onesies’ or cover sheets are spread over the vital parts of multi-million pound Merlin helicopters so they can operate in extreme environments, protecting key parts of the aircraft from the worst... Read more

Air Courtage becomes world’s first to insure private eVTOLs

Air Courtage becomes world’s first to insure private eVTOLs

24-Feb-2023Source: Skyfly

Air Courtage Assurances (“Air Courtage”) is to provide the world’s first EVTOL insurance product, exclusively for clients of the Axe by Skyfly Working with national light aircraft bodies, Air Courtage provides insurance solutions for thousands of aircraft builders and operators. Air Courtage has designed official in-house insurance coverage for members of the UK Light Aircraft... Read more

Gama Aviation concludes £65M Wales Air Ambulance contract negotiations

Gama Aviation concludes £65M Wales Air Ambulance contract negotiations

24-Feb-2023Source: Wales Air Ambulance

The Wales Air Ambulance Charity has announced that its new aviation partner will be Gama Aviation Plc, following the conclusion of contract negotiations. (Editor note – Gama had been announced as the preferred bidder in November 2022) Gama Aviation has successfully bid for the seven-year contract to provide aviation services to the air ambulance in... Read more

CEO steps down at The Air Ambulance Service

CEO steps down at The Air Ambulance Service

23-Feb-2023Source: HeliHub.com

The Air Ambulance Service CEO Andy Williamson stepped down on 22nd November 2022. It may be unusual to report on something so late, but there are particular aspects of this story that are listed below for readers information It has transpired from our research that the charity issued a statement to an extremely limited audience... Read more

Planning application approved for helipad at Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Planning application approved for helipad at Sheffield Children’s Hospital

22-Feb-2023Source: Sheffield Children's Hospital

Sheffield Children’s has received planning permission to start the build of a vital helipad at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. The new helipad, approved at Sheffield Children’s Trust Board on 31 January, has been granted planning approval by Sheffield City Council and will make sure children and young people can access emergency care with dignity, as safely... Read more

Airbus H175 blades snapped off at the root

Airbus H175 blades snapped off at the root

20-Feb-2023Source: HeliHub.com

An Airbus H175 helicopter operated by Offshore Helicopter Services UK (OHS) has suffered significant damage. G-MCSH flew a 130 mile sector to the Elgin rig on the North Sea, due east of Aberdeen on the morning of Friday 17th February, departing just before 7.30am. Unfortunately the aircraft had a tail rotor issue prior to its... Read more

UK CAA updates Standards document for offshore helicopter landing areas

UK CAA updates Standards document for offshore helicopter landing areas

16-Feb-2023Source: CAA

Edition 9 of CAP 437 Standards for offshore helicopter landing areas has now been published. It provides the criteria applied by the CAA in assessing the standards of offshore helicopter landing areas for worldwide use by helicopters registered in the United Kingdom. This new edition includes updates and modifications to the material on helideck movement, meteorological information... Read more

Nova Systems pick Smith Myers for Bristow SAR2G contract

Nova Systems pick Smith Myers for Bristow SAR2G contract

16-Feb-2023Source: Smith Myers

Smith Myers ARTEMIS Mobile Phone Location and Communications system has been selected by Nova Systems to be integrated into the Nova Systems airborne mission system that will be fitted onto the helicopter fleet deployed on UK’s second-generation SAR (Search and Rescue) program — known as UKSAR2G. The contract builds on the existing UK Maritime Coast Guard... Read more

Saudi Arabia seeks to improve aviation safety with UK CAA assistance

Saudi Arabia seeks to improve aviation safety with UK CAA assistance

16-Feb-2023Source: CAAi

The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and CAA International (CAAi), part of the UK CAA, have signed a regulator-to-regulator partnership to assess and enhance Saudi Arabia’s aviation safety regulatory frameworks in line with global best-practice. The agreement was signed on Tuesday by Captain Sulaiman Almuhaimedi, Executive Vice President of... Read more

Schiebel and Thales awarded Royal Navy contract by UK MoD

Schiebel and Thales awarded Royal Navy contract by UK MoD

10-Feb-2023Source: Schiebel

Schiebel and Thales have been awarded the Uncrewed Air Systems (UAS) contract “Peregrine” by the UK Ministry of Defence. This prestigious contract award will deliver the unrivalled CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS, fitted with a powerful naval surveillance sensor suite, to provide a comprehensive maritime capability protecting Royal Navy ships on operational tasks. Schiebel, together with system... Read more

RAF Puma helicopters are currently training in Kenya

RAF Puma helicopters are currently training in Kenya

10-Feb-2023Source: Royal Air Force

Puma helicopters from RAF Benson are currently conducting environmental training in Kenya while also supporting the British Army. Located in the foothills of Mount Kenya, over 80 personnel are working in a unique and challenging environment to conduct a variety of environmental training.  Often encountering temperatures of up to 35 degrees and heavy thunderstorms, the aircrew,... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin –February 2023

UK AAIB Bulletin –February 2023

10-Feb-2023Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Enstrom 280FX (G-OJBB), hard landing following loss of tail rotor drive, Rhobell Fawr, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, 25 August 2021 AW189 (G-MCGV), heating duct failure, Lydd Airport, Kent, 7 January 2022 AS-350 (D-HKMB), underslung load struck electricity pylon.,... Read more

Dorset County Hospital receives £2M from HELP Appeal

Dorset County Hospital receives £2M from HELP Appeal

9-Feb-2023Source: HELP Appeal

Plans to build a new helipad at Dorset County Hospital (DCH) have taken a major step forward thanks to a £2million pledge from the HELP Appeal – the only charity in the country that funds NHS hospital helipads. Dorset County Hospital plans to build a brand-new Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit on the former... Read more

Swire Energy Services strengthens Aviation Division in UK and Norway

Swire Energy Services strengthens Aviation Division in UK and Norway

3-Feb-2023Source: Swire Energy Services

Swire Energy Services, a global integrated energy services provider, strengthens its Aviation division in both Norway and the UK, with new appointments and promotions. Robert Brandvik has moved into the role of General Manager for Aviation, managing the Central Aviation division across the UK and Norway. Robert joined Helifuel AS in 2018 as Finance and... Read more

UK temporarily grounds AW159 Wildcat

UK temporarily grounds AW159 Wildcat

1-Feb-2023Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com can confirm that the Army Air Corps and the Royal Navy in the UK temporarily grounded the Leonardo AW159 Wildcat in the last 7-10 days, but essential flying has restarted. The decision has been taken after a post-flight check identified a tail rotor gearbox ball race which had gone out of tolerance.  This is... Read more

eVTOL OEM estimates 40% saving on helicopter operations costs

eVTOL OEM estimates 40% saving on helicopter operations costs

1-Feb-2023Source: ARC Aerosystems

The UK startup, which has designed two UAVs for cargo transportation to date, has just unveiled its first passenger plane. The new ARC Linx P9, which debuted at the Airfinance Journal event in Dublin last week, has been billed as the “world’s most advanced nine-seater aircraft with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability.” Designed as a cost-effective, low-carbon... Read more

First Airbus H160 arrives in UK for JCB Excavators

First Airbus H160 arrives in UK for JCB Excavators

31-Jan-2023Source: HeliHub.com

The first H160 has been delivered to the UK, the fourth civil market delivery to date from the production line in Marignane, France, and the second H160 this year.  The aircraft arrived at Oxford Airport on Saturday 28th January. The helicopter is in the colours of the global brand JCB Excavators, and is one of... Read more

Bristow UK launches 2023 cadet programme and IR scholarship

Bristow UK launches 2023 cadet programme and IR scholarship

27-Jan-2023Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) is looking for the pilots of the future to join their prestigious 2023 UK cadet programme. Run in partnership with Helicentre Aviation the Bristow UK cadet programme offers a unique pathway to becoming a helicopter pilot. There are four places available on this year’s course which will take cadets from... Read more

Devon Air Ambulance release Mission Stats for 2022

Devon Air Ambulance release Mission Stats for 2022

26-Jan-2023Source: Devon Air Ambulance

Mission statistics for 2022 reveal just how vital the response of the Devon Air Ambulance medical emergency service is to the people of Devon, as they experience another incredibly busy year.  Throughout another challenging year for many public services and charities, the crew at Devon Air Ambulance has been tasked to attend over 1828 incidents across Devon... Read more

Macfarlanes advises CHC on sale of Offshore Helicopter Services UK

Macfarlanes advises CHC on sale of Offshore Helicopter Services UK

25-Jan-2023Source: Macfarlanes

Macfarlanes is advising CHC Helicopter Group, the global helicopter company specialising in transportation and search and rescue operations, in addition to maintenance and overhaul services, on its sale of Offshore Helicopter Services UK (OHS UK) to Ultimate Aviation Group, a South African headquartered international aviation business. CHC will retain its existing UK offshore oil and... Read more

Meet the BHA at RotorTech

Meet the BHA at RotorTech

25-Jan-2023Source: RotorTech

RotorTech, in association with BHA, will incorporate a ‘Meet the BHA’ initiative for its 2023 Event with a BHA meeting area and a seminar event hosted by Tim Fauchon, CEO of the association. The seminar will include a swift round-up of EASA, Department for Transport, and CAA issues and plans which may affect the private... Read more

Schweizer appoints Senior Sales Rep for Europe and UK

Schweizer appoints Senior Sales Rep for Europe and UK

24-Jan-2023Source: Schweizer

Schweizer is pleased to announce Peter Behr has joined the helicopter manufacturer as Senior Sales Representative for Europe and the U.K. Based in Germany, Behr is responsible for providing current and new Schweizer customers long-term, personalized Schweizer support by overseeing aircraft sales, parts sales and service, and tailor-made solutions. Behr has an impressive track record... Read more

Schiebel Camcopter demonstrates ASW capability at NATO exercise

Schiebel Camcopter demonstrates ASW capability at NATO exercise

24-Jan-2023Source: Schiebel

Schiebel, together with Thales and sponsored by the U.K. Royal Navy participated in REPMUS (Robotic Experi- mentation and Prototyping using Maritime Uncrewed Systems) and Dynamic Messenger 2022 in Portugal. Togeth- er, the companies successfully demonstrated the Camcopter S-100 and its anti-submarine warfare (ASW), intelli- gence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and cargo delivery capabilities, which all... Read more

Wiltshire Air Ambulance reports on 2022 missions

Wiltshire Air Ambulance reports on 2022 missions

24-Jan-2023Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance

The charity’s helicopter was used for 670 (63%) of the missions, with the remaining 391 incidents attended by critical care cars.  A total of 263 patients were transferred to local hospitals (up from 237 in 2021), the majority of which to Royal United Hospital, Bath (84), Southmead Hospital, Bristol (63) and Great Western Hospital, Swindon... Read more

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance report on 2022 missions

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance report on 2022 missions

23-Jan-2023

Life-saving charity Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance responded to 1,814 missions throughout the last 12 months – making it the busiest year for the charity since before the Covid-19 pandemic. The doctors, paramedics, pilots and dispatch assistants that make up the charity’s critical care teams responded to 244 more incidents than in 2021.... Read more

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance reports 2022 as busiest year

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance reports 2022 as busiest year

20-Jan-2023Source: Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

2022 was the busiest year in our 33-year history. Between 1st January 2022 and 31st December 2022, our crews of pilots, doctors and paramedics responded to 3,224 incidents, 64% by helicopter and 36% by Rapid Response Vehicle. 1,353 of the call outs were to incidents in Kent, 757 to Surrey and 947 to Sussex. Road Traffic... Read more

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance to inspire next generation of Air Ambulance doctors

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance to inspire next generation of Air Ambulance doctors

19-Jan-2023Source: Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

On 13th January, Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA) clinicians invited foundation doctors wishing to specialise in pre-hospital emergency medicine (PHEM) to a taster day showcasing this diverse, exciting and unique medical career. PHEM is a rapidly expanding and evolving medical sub-speciality which is growing in awareness through the numerous TV programmes following the work... Read more

CHC to sell Babcock business to South African operator

CHC to sell Babcock business to South African operator

17-Jan-2023Source: HeliHub.com

CHC have sold Offshore Helicopter Services (the old Babcock MCS Offshore business) to Ultimate Aviation.    The financial aspects are expected to be completed in the first quarter of this year. This only involves the UK aspects of Offshore Helicopter Services, while CHC will retain the Danish and Australian businesses. Ultimate Aviation Group operates a... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2023

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2023

17-Jan-2023Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Bell 206B (G-TOYZ), helicopter downwash detached a sign which injured a waiting passenger, West Usk Lighthouse, Newport, Gwent, 5 September 2022... Read more

UK MOD receives final AW101 Mk4/4a Merlin

UK MOD receives final AW101 Mk4/4a Merlin

12-Jan-2023Source: Leonardo

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD), on behalf of the Royal Navy, has received its final AW101 Mk4/4a Merlin helicopter. This aircraft was part of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme, which entailed the upgrade of 25 AW101 Merlin Mk3/3a aircraft. The aircraft modifications include new cockpit avionics, ship optimization including a folding main rotor head and folding tail to enable the... Read more

Leonardo awarded €690M contract for the AW101/CH149 Upgrade

Leonardo awarded €690M contract for the AW101/CH149 Upgrade

3-Jan-2023Source: Leonardo

The Canadian Department of National Defence has awarded Leonardo (through Leonardo U.K. Ltd of Yeovil) a $1 billion CAN (€690 million) contract for the AW101/CH-149 “Cormorant” Mid-Life Upgrade (CMLU) Project for 16 aircraft in total, comprising 13 existing Cormorant Search and Rescue Helicopter (CSH) currently in-service and the augmentation of a further three aircraft. This... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2022

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2022

16-Dec-2022Source: 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 Certification “Special Arrangement” to End in January

UK Certification “Special Arrangement” to End in January

16-Dec-2022Source: ARSA

On Dec. 8, the FAA and UK CAA issued a joint statement confirming the January 2023 termination of the Special Arrangement for Continuity in Aircraft Certification Projects. “The two-year transition period and this associated Special Arrangement will end on 01 January 2023,” the agencies said. “From that date, the provisions of the Special Arrangement will... Read more

UK military spends £129M on drones

UK military spends £129M on drones

16-Dec-2022Source: UK Military

Replacing existing Mini Uncrewed Aerial Systems (MUAS) such as Desert Hawk 3, the 159 rotary-wing Indago 4 devices and 105 fixed-wing Stalker VXE30 drones, which are both capable of locating and identifying targets far from the operator, are due to be operational by the end of 2024. Weighing a little over 20 kilograms and with... Read more

10 UK Air Ambulance operators begin blood transfusion trial

10 UK Air Ambulance operators begin blood transfusion trial

16-Dec-2022Source: NHS

A clinical trial began on 15 December with Air Ambulance crews carrying ‘whole blood’ instead of separate red blood cells and plasma for the treatment of severely injured patients at risk of bleeding to death. The SWIFT (1) trial is led by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and will involve 10 air ambulance charities across the country... Read more

Bristow to purchase 6 AW139s for UKSAR2G SAR programme

Bristow to purchase 6 AW139s for UKSAR2G SAR programme

7-Dec-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced that Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) has signed a contract to procure six AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters to support the Second-Generation Search and Rescue Aviation (“UKSAR2G”) programme by the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Aircraft’s deliveries are expected to start in 2023 and to be completed in 2024, joining an existing... Read more

Royal Navy medics test air ambulance concept at sea for first time

Royal Navy medics test air ambulance concept at sea for first time

6-Dec-2022Source: Royal Navy

Medics on Britain’s flagship tested a ‘military air ambulance’ at sea for the first time to speed up life-saving the next time a Royal Navy carrier group goes into action. HMS Queen Elizabeth used her autumn deployment to the North Sea and Scandinavia – the northern ‘arm’ of the Royal Navy’s Operation Achillean, which has... Read more

Merlin upgrade extends life of Royal Navy helicopter to 2030

Merlin upgrade extends life of Royal Navy helicopter to 2030

6-Dec-2022Source: UK Ministry of Defense

In total,19 Mk3 aircraft and 6 Mk3a have been upgraded to the Mk4/4a standard to ensure the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) have the capability to provide air support to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines and other UK forces. CHF, the wings of the UK Commando Force, also support the Carrier Strike Group, carry out Search... Read more

UK – Volare commits to ten Lilium Pioneer Edition VTOL Jets

UK – Volare commits to ten Lilium Pioneer Edition VTOL Jets

5-Dec-2022

Lilium N.V. (NASDAQ: LILM), developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) jet, announced a contract with eVolare, a subsidiary of Volare Aviation, one of the United Kingdom’s largest helicopter and private jet operators. This partnership includes a firm commitment for ten Lilium Pioneer Edition Jets, with an option to reserve an additional... Read more

EEAST and Magpas Air Ambulance crews win Who Cares Wins awards

EEAST and Magpas Air Ambulance crews win Who Cares Wins awards

5-Dec-2022Source: East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Crews from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) and Magpas Air Ambulance received a national award for their efforts in bringing a 13-year-old in cardiac arrest back to life. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak presented the team with the 999 Hero award at the Sun’s Who Cares Win awards at a star-studded ceremony... Read more

UK announces £12M in grants for 24 drone delivery projects

UK announces £12M in grants for 24 drone delivery projects

5-Dec-2022Source: UK Government

Science Minister George Freeman has today (30 November) awarded up to £12 million to UK regulators to help drive forward innovation, remove red tape and establish the UK as world leader in technologies of the future – from AI to help treat rare diseases, to drones monitoring safety on construction sites. The Regulators’ Pioneer Fund is funding... Read more

UK – Management Buyout at Ice Helicopters

UK – Management Buyout at Ice Helicopters

2-Dec-2022

ICE Helicopters announces a management buyout by Head of Training, Capt. Neil Day. Established by Martin Varley in the autumn of 2019 with just a single R44, ICE Helicopters has become the fastest growing flight school in Europe. An extraordinary achievement as a relative newcomer within the industry, and with a global pandemic to ‘navigate’.... Read more

Leonardo hosts Destination Net Zero workshop

Leonardo hosts Destination Net Zero workshop

2-Dec-2022Source: Leonardo

Small- and medium-sized enterprises from across the UK and Leonardo’s supply chain gathered to share knowledge and best practice, and have open discussions about the real hurdles we all face when trying to find innovative solutions to tackle one of the key challenges on the UK Government’s agenda: How to reach Net Zero by 2050.... Read more

Schiebel demonstrates ASW capability at NATO exercise

Schiebel demonstrates ASW capability at NATO exercise

1-Dec-2022Source: Schiebel

Schiebel, together with Thales and sponsored by the UK Royal Navy participated in REPMUS (Robotic Experimentation and Prototyping using Maritime Uncrewed Systems) and Dynamic Messenger 2022 in Portugal. Together, we successfully demonstrated the CAMCOPTER® S-100 and its Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and cargo delivery capabilities, which all received wide acclaim. The... Read more

UK Government estimates 70 Russian helicopters lost in Ukraine

UK Government estimates 70 Russian helicopters lost in Ukraine

30-Nov-2022Source: HeliHub.com

Under Freedom of Information rules in the UK, the following question was raised by John Healey – the Shadow Secretary of State for Defence. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November to Question 63111 on Ukraine: Armed Conflict, what recent estimate he has made of the number... Read more

UK donates Sea King helicopters and artillery rounds to Ukraine

UK donates Sea King helicopters and artillery rounds to Ukraine

24-Nov-2022Source: UK Government

An additional 10,000 artillery rounds will be provided by the UK to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia’s illegal invasion, the Defence Secretary has announced on a visit to Norway. The rounds will enhance Ukraine’s defensive capability and come as the first delivery of Sea King helicopters arrives in Ukraine to provide key search and... Read more

Uni-Fly to launch UK AW169 maintenance org

Uni-Fly to launch UK AW169 maintenance org

23-Nov-2022Source: HeliHub.com

Danish operator Uni-Fly has this week launched recruitment advertising for a UK Part 145 Maintenance Manager. The candidate will be based at their Humberside Airport operations centre, from there they fly two UK-registered Leonardo AW169 helicopters in support of the renewable energy sector. Uni-Fly also has a locally-registered AW169 based in Denmark alongside a pair... Read more

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance win 2 awards at Air Ambulance Awards

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance win 2 awards at Air Ambulance Awards

22-Nov-2022Source: Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

The team at Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance were recognised nationally at this year’s Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence, coming out winners in two categories and highly commended in one. Organised by Air Ambulances UK and sponsored by Airbus, these annual awards took place on Monday 14th November to celebrate and recognise the specialist life-saving skills and commitments... Read more

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance wins ‘Innovation of the Year’ award

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance wins ‘Innovation of the Year’ award

22-Nov-2022Source: Essex and Herts Air Ambulance

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has been announced as the winner of the ‘Innovation of the Year Award’ in Air Ambulance UK’s Awards of Excellence 2022. For the first time since the pandemic, representatives from air ambulance communities all around the UK gathered together at a gala dinner where the winners were announced. The... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance Pleas for night time landing sites

Cornwall Air Ambulance Pleas for night time landing sites

22-Nov-2022Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance is appealing to sports clubs across Cornwall who could provide night time landing sites for its helicopter on emergency missions. The charity aims to find at least 30 new night landing sites that will save crucial minutes of time – and is looking for sports pitches. There are already 30 ‘pre-surveyed’ locations... Read more

Devon Air Ambulance awarded 4 industry Awards

Devon Air Ambulance awarded 4 industry Awards

21-Nov-2022

Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) is proud to have received 4 accolades at the recent Awards of Excellence hosted by Air Ambulances UK Sponsored by Airbus, the annual awards celebrates and recognises the specialist lifesaving skills and commitment of those working tirelessly within and in support of the air ambulance community. The event held in Birmingham on... Read more

Starspeed commences Isles of Scilly scheduled service

Starspeed commences Isles of Scilly scheduled service

15-Nov-2022Source: HeliHub.com

As one of the longest run scheduled services in the world, the route from Penzance Heliport on the the south-west tip of England across open water to the Isles of Scilly has always attracted interest within the industry.  The 36 mile route has been flown by helicopters – with a couple of notable breaks –... Read more

Leonardo welcomes Yeovil College to Team AW149 UK

Leonardo welcomes Yeovil College to Team AW149 UK

15-Nov-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has expanded Team AW149 UK, the national alliance of onshore supply chain members supporting the company’s bid to provide its latest-generation military AW149 helicopter to the UK Armed Forces. Going beyond the core supply chain for the AW149, Leonardo is widening the team to include members from across its communities who will also benefit... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2022

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2022

10-Nov-2022Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Agusta AW169 (G-KSST), helicopter downwash caused flying debris injury to one person, Epsom, Surrey, 2 July 2022 AW189 (G-MCGT), unexpected pitch oscillations following selection of Transition Down AFCS SAR mode, near Heads of Ayr, South Ayrshire,... Read more

Leonardo introduces Weapons Loading System Trainer RNAS in Yeovilton

Leonardo introduces Weapons Loading System Trainer RNAS in Yeovilton

8-Nov-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has enhanced the delivery of weapons loading training for the British Armed Forces through the introduction of a Weapons Loading SystemTrainer (WLST) based at the Wildcat Training Centre at the Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) in Yeovilton, Somerset. This bespoke trainer, manufactured by Pennant International, is a key capability for the UK Ministry of... Read more

iAero Centre announces manufacturing collaboration

iAero Centre announces manufacturing collaboration

7-Nov-2022Source: Yeovil

Offering a unique environment in which talent, creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation within SMEs can flourish, the iAero Centre in Yeovil has proven to be the perfect setting for a new five-way collaboration between industry, education and local government. The announcement of a 5 year joint funded agreement sees the team behind the £10m iAero project,... Read more

Gama Aviation selected as preferred bidder by Wales Air Ambulance

Gama Aviation selected as preferred bidder by Wales Air Ambulance

2-Nov-2022Source: Gama Aviation

Gama Aviation Plc, the global aviation services provider, is pleased to announce it has been selected as the preferred bidder for the Wales Air Ambulance Charity contract (“Charity”) for the operation and maintenance of four Medium Size Helicopters. The selection was made by the Charity’s Trustees after an extensive 16-month procurement process. The Group is... Read more

Bond Helicopters provides update on North Sea return

Bond Helicopters provides update on North Sea return

31-Oct-2022Source: Bond Helicopters

Bond Helicopters Limited is delighted to be returning to the helicopter market having signed a prestigious 5-year contract with Perenco, for five AW139 helicopters (including two 7.0 tonne variants) to operate in support of their southern North Sea operations from Norwich Airport. Operations are due to start in January 2024 for one of the largest... Read more

UK – National Grid and WPD fleets merge into one

UK – National Grid and WPD fleets merge into one

31-Oct-2022

As part of the acquisition by National Grid of Western Power Distribution (WPD), two helicopter fleets are being merged into one.  National Grid have three helicopters – two Bell 429s and an older Airbus AS355NP – in blue/white colour schemes.  The WPD fleet comprised of five Airbus EC135s, four 1999-build EC135P1 aircraft acquired from German... Read more

UK Royal Air Force Benson Award For Engineering Excellence

UK Royal Air Force Benson Award For Engineering Excellence

28-Oct-2022Source: Heli-One

  Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is happy to announce the presentation of the Award for Engineering Excellence, donated by Heli-One, from the UK Royal Air Force to Sergeant Burns during the annual Station Awards Reception at RAF Benson. The award was won by Sgt Burns for his... Read more

Babcock extends Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance contract

Babcock extends Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance contract

20-Oct-2022

Babcock and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) have announced a three-year contract extension to keep the helicopter emergency medical service up in the sky saving lives. The new contract starts this month and will allow Babcock, a leading UK provider of specialist air ambulance operations, to continue to provide a high standard... Read more

Bond Helicopters name to return to Southern North Sea with 5 year contract

Bond Helicopters name to return to Southern North Sea with 5 year contract

20-Oct-2022Source: Gama Aviation

Gama Aviation Plc, the global aviation services provider, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a joint venture with Peter Bond to pursue rotary opportunities as part of the Group’s Special Mission SBU (the “Joint Venture” or “Bond Helicopters Limited”). The Joint Venture has won its first contract to support the offshore operations... Read more

Honwywell awarded T55 Engine contract for UK CH-47s

Honwywell awarded T55 Engine contract for UK CH-47s

17-Oct-2022Source: Honeywell

  Honeywell (NASDAQ: HON) announced that it signed a contract to supply 34 T55-GA-714A engines to the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) for its new H-47 Extended Range Chinook helicopter fleet. The order and supply of the T55 engines is managed through the office of U.S. Army Foreign Military Sales. Honeywell’s T55 engine is the... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2022

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2022

14-Oct-2022Source: 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

London’s Air Ambulance launches biggest appeal yet – for two H135s

London’s Air Ambulance launches biggest appeal yet – for two H135s

10-Oct-2022Source: London's Air Ambulance

  Our medics perform life-saving treatment at the scene for patients who are critically injured. It’s thanks to our supporters that we can run this service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. But now we are facing a new challenge. Our helicopters are becoming increasingly difficult to maintain and by 2024 it will... Read more

Vertical Aerospace makes first flight of VX4 eVTOL

Vertical Aerospace makes first flight of VX4 eVTOL

27-Sep-2022

Vertical Aerospace (Vertical) [NYSE: EVTL], a global aerospace and technology company that is pioneering zero-emissions aviation, saw its VX4 eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) aircraft take off from the ground for the very first time over the weekend. It becomes the first British company to start flight tests with a new aircraft in over... Read more

Eastern Atlantic Helicopters enters Administration

Eastern Atlantic Helicopters enters Administration

26-Sep-2022

The notice below in italics was published (here) in The Gazette, an official UK website.  In the UK, “Administration” is a phase in a company enters a legal process with the aim of achieving one of the statutory objectives of an administration. This may be to rescue a viable business that is insolvent due to... Read more

Babcock extends Great Western Air Ambulance contract

Babcock extends Great Western Air Ambulance contract

22-Sep-2022Source: Babcock

Babcock and Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) have announced a five-year contract extension to keep the helicopter emergency medical service up in the sky saving lives. The contract will see Babcock, a leading UK provider of specialist air ambulance operations, continue to provide exclusive aviation support to the charity, including helicopters fitted with the... Read more

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

19-Sep-2022Source: HeliHub.com

Today is the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In honour of her dedication to duty over an amazing 70 years and the public holiday here in the UK where HeliHub.com is based, we are not posting any news today. Long live the King... Read more

Sloane Helicopters wins Air Ambulance NI contract

Sloane Helicopters wins Air Ambulance NI contract

13-Sep-2022Source: AANI

Following a competitive tender exercise which commenced in October 2021, Air Ambulance NI is delighted to announce a 10-year partnership agreement with Sloane Helicopters Limited to provide two HEMS AW109 helicopters, pilots and aircraft maintenance for Northern Ireland’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS). The new agreement will commence on the 17th of September 2022. The... Read more

East Anglian Air Ambulance Celebrates support from Norwich Airport

East Anglian Air Ambulance Celebrates support from Norwich Airport

12-Sep-2022Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance

  East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has recognised Norwich Airport for its long-standing support with a special plaque celebrating their partnership over the years.   The Airport has been named on the charity’s ‘thank you wall’ at EAAA’s state-of-the-art base at Helimed House, Hangar 14 as a token of appreciation for the services it provides.... Read more

Magpas Air Ambulance breaks ground on airbase

Magpas Air Ambulance breaks ground on airbase

12-Sep-2022Source: Magpas Air Ambulance

  Monday, 18th July, Magpas Air Ambulance and developers Lindum marked the start of construction of the long-awaited new home for the Cambridgeshire-based emergency medical charity, after the site of its current operations base at RAF Wyton was sold for development. The new building will be equipped to better support the charity’s growing 24/7 operations... Read more

PAL-V International opens at London Oxford Airport

PAL-V International opens at London Oxford Airport

8-Sep-2022Source: PAL-V International

PAL-V International B.V. of the Netherlands, creator of the PAL-V Liberty car which flies as a gyrocopter with rotors which unfold from its roof, has taken up tenancy at London Oxford Airport.  Headed by Sales Director Andy Wall, the Oxford office is also home to the UK’s first ‘fly drive’ simulator, bookable via appointment.  Here,... Read more

Sloane Helicopters sues over award of Irish EMS contract

Sloane Helicopters sues over award of Irish EMS contract

8-Sep-2022Source: Irish Times

The action has been brought by UK-based Sloane Helicopters Limited against the Irish Health Service Executive decision to award a 24 month EMS helicopter contract to Malta-based Gulf Med Aviation Ltd.  According to the Irish Times, Sloane claims the decision is inter alia flawed and unlawful, and in breach of EU directives and regulations. see full... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2022

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2022

8-Sep-2022Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness.... Read more

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