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East Anglian Air Ambulance marks milestone 25,000th patient

East Anglian Air Ambulance marks milestone 25,000th patient

22-May-2024Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has this week marked a milestone of treating 25,000 patients since its inception in 2000. This has only been possible thanks to the kind support of others. EAAA receives no regular government funding, provides advanced critical care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to the most seriously ill and... Read more

UK Army Flying Museum takes delivery of Apache

UK Army Flying Museum takes delivery of Apache

21-May-2024Source: UK Army Flying Museum

The Army Flying Museum at Middle Wallop, Hampshire are thrilled to announce that they will soon have an Apache AH Mk.1 attack helicopter on permanent display, making it the only place in the UK that the public can see this formidable aircraft. The retirement of the Apache AH Mk.1 in March, after over two decades,... Read more

BALPA union responds to Bristow question in UK Parliament

BALPA union responds to Bristow question in UK Parliament

20-May-2024Source: BALPA

In response to the oral question to the Aviation Minister Anthony Browne in Parliament today, and his commitment to meet with Bristow (available below), BALPA General Secretary Amy Leversidge said: “We welcome the support from politicians for our striking members. “When Government meets with Bristow we expect Ministers to outline that companies and management with... Read more

King Charles III hands over role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps

King Charles III hands over role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps

13-May-2024Source: Royal Family

At the Army Aviation Centre in Middle Wallop, His Majesty The King has officially handed over the role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. In August 2023, following His Majesty’s Accession, The King was pleased to announce military appointments including that The Prince of Wales would... Read more

Bristow UK pilots and tech crew strike in pay dispute

Bristow UK pilots and tech crew strike in pay dispute

7-May-2024Source: BALPA

The British Airline Pilots’ Association says its members in Bristow Helicopters have been forced to strike by a management which continues to belligerently ignore their calls for a fair and reasonable pay offer. The pilots and tech crew (including search and rescue winch operators and winch paramedics) will be involved in strike action on Tuesday... Read more

HELP Appeal supports Midlands Air Ambulance Strensham Airbase

HELP Appeal supports Midlands Air Ambulance Strensham Airbase

7-May-2024Source: HELP Appeal

The HELP Appeal has granted £1.8 million to Midlands Air Ambulance Charity which will fund the redevelopment of its Strensham airbase on the Worcestershire / Gloucestershire border.  The redevelopment will include a new hangar replacing the existing one which is over 20 years old. Based in the Midlands, the HELP Appeal, operated by County Air... Read more

Babcock extends contract with Midlands Air Ambulance

Babcock extends contract with Midlands Air Ambulance

3-May-2024Source: Babcock

Babcock has been awarded a new contract with Midlands Air Ambulance Charity (MAAC) that will add long term resilience to the charity’s pre-hospital emergency care flight operations. We will continue as MAAC’s aviation partner for the next 10 years, operating MAAC’s fleet of helicopters as well as providing ground support, engineering and pilots. As a... Read more

Vertical Aerospace makes leadership appointments 

Vertical Aerospace makes leadership appointments 

3-May-2024Source: Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace Ltd. (“Vertical” or the “Company”) (NYSE: EVTL; EVTLW), a global aerospace and technology company that is pioneering zero emission aviation, has made several leadership appointments as the company moves towards a pivotal phase of certifying its VX4 aircraft and commercialisation. Stuart Simpson, Vertical’s CFO and seasoned FTSE100 executive with a career which spans... Read more

Air Ambulances UK partners with Auto-Cycle Union

Air Ambulances UK partners with Auto-Cycle Union

30-Apr-2024Source: Air Ambulances UK

Air Ambulances UK, the national charity supporting the life-saving work of Air Ambulance charities across the UK, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU), the governing body for motorcycle sport in the British Isles. This exciting collaboration between Air Ambulances UK and ACU will see the two organisations working together... Read more

Uni-Fly expands into oil & gas with AW169 contracts in Spain and Southern North Sea

Uni-Fly expands into oil & gas with AW169 contracts in Spain and Southern North Sea

24-Apr-2024Source: HeliHub.com

Uni-Fly has been contracted to assist the support vessel MSV Seawell with crew change flights in the Gulf of Cadiz as an oil major carries out exploration work there. The Danish-headquartered operator has been flying an AW169 from Jerez Airport for this contract.  The aircraft left its UK base at Humberside on 25th March for... Read more

Air Ambulances UK appeals to politicians ahead of 2024 general election

Air Ambulances UK appeals to politicians ahead of 2024 general election

24-Apr-2024Source: Air Ambulances UK

Air Ambulances UK (AAUK), the national charity supporting the lifesaving work of the UK’s air ambulance charities, is calling upon all UK political parties, MPs, Government bodies and Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) to pledge their support for critical policy initiatives ahead of the forthcoming General Election. With 21 independent air ambulance charities operating across the... Read more

ACS Group becomes investor of Skyports

ACS Group becomes investor of Skyports

24-Apr-2024Source: ACS Group

The ACS Group has reached an agreement to become investor of Skyports, a world leader in the ownership and operation of vertiports, sustainable infrastructures for air mobility and drone flights. The investment is made through Iridium and will contribute to the development of the British company’s different business areas. Skyports Infrastructure will boost its vertiports,... Read more

Air Ambulance Paramedic Breaks Guinness World Record at the London Marathon

Air Ambulance Paramedic Breaks Guinness World Record at the London Marathon

24-Apr-2024Source: North West Air Ambulance

An Air Ambulance Paramedic from the North West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA) has broken a Guinness World Record while taking on the London Marathon. Caroline, from Clitheroe, took on the 26.2 miles along with thousands of others on Sunday the 21st of April, however, she had to tackle the marathon in her full flight suit.... Read more

Wales Air Ambulance gets green light for base changes

Wales Air Ambulance gets green light for base changes

23-Apr-2024

The Wales Air Ambulance Charity has welcomed an NHS Wales decision to move forward with improvements to the service it provides – a development that will save even more lives across the country. An independent review of the Charity’s NHS medical partners, the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS), identified that: On average, there... Read more

Helicentre Aviation to Offer Integrated CPL(H)/IR Courses

Helicentre Aviation to Offer Integrated CPL(H)/IR Courses

23-Apr-2024Source: Helicentre Aviation

Helicentre Aviation Academy has announced today at Pilot Careers Live, London, the upcoming provision of Integrated CPL(H)/IR training courses, due to launch in 2024 at its Midlands and London Oxford Airport bases.  The Academy is an industry leader in ab-initio integrated and modular professional helicopter pilot training, with a proven track record, and successful graduates... Read more

HIOWAA celebrates 10 years since first transfusion

HIOWAA celebrates 10 years since first transfusion

22-Apr-2024Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has marked 10 years (17 April 2024) since its life-saving crew carried out the charity’s first blood transfusion. In 2014, the crew responded to a road traffic collision in the New Forest and administered blood before taking the critically unwell patient to hospital. In the last five years... Read more

British Helicopter Association to hold Safety Day in May

British Helicopter Association to hold Safety Day in May

22-Apr-2024Source: British Helicopter Association

The BHA are hosting their Annual Safety Day alongside Airbus and the CAA on Tuesday 28 May 2024 in the new DARTeC facility at Cranfield University. The focus will be on tail rotor issues, there will be a case study and the science behind presented by Airbus Helicopters, followed by the Human Factors covering ‘Surprise... Read more

UK orders six Airbus H145s

UK orders six Airbus H145s

19-Apr-2024Source: Airbus

The UK Ministry of Defence has ordered a further six Airbus H145 helicopters as the next step in renewing its rotary fleet and cutting the number of different types in service. The new aircraft will be deployed to Cyprus primarily for emergency response duties and to Brunei to support UK military training in jungle warfare and... Read more

New helipad launches at Salisbury District Hospital

New helipad launches at Salisbury District Hospital

18-Apr-2024Source: HELP Appeal

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust officially opened its new upgraded hospital landing site for air ambulances today. The helipad was funded by a £321,000 donation from the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads. Senior executives from the Trust, Wiltshire Air Ambulance, the HELP Appeal and other stakeholders attended the... Read more

Safran renews support contract for UK MOD Merlin engines

Safran renews support contract for UK MOD Merlin engines

4-Apr-2024Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a new contract with UK MOD’s Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) agency for the continued support of RTM322 engines used on the Royal Navy’s fleet of 55 Merlin helicopters.  This Single Source Qualifying Defence Contract will run for six years from 1 April 2024 with options to extend the support... Read more

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance wins film award

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance wins film award

2-Apr-2024Source: Hampshire IOW Air Ambulance

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and Millstream Productions have thanked its “remarkable supporters” for crowning them the People’s Choice Award at the Smiley Charity Film Awards on Wednesday 20 March 2024.       The life-saving charity received enough votes from the public to ensure it took Gold ahead of Havens Hospice and Born Free, who... Read more

HeliSpeed and NHV partner for EASA/CAA AW139 maintenance training

HeliSpeed and NHV partner for EASA/CAA AW139 maintenance training

27-Mar-2024Source: HeliSpeed

HeliSpeed, a renowned provider of helicopter training solutions, and NHV Group, a leading helicopter services provider, are pleased to announce their partnership to deliver comprehensive helicopter maintenance training. Leveraging HeliSpeed and NHV’s PART-147 approval covering both EASA & UK CAA standards, this collaboration aims to enhance the accessibility and quality of helicopter maintenance education. The... Read more

UK CAA issues updated hospital landing standards document

UK CAA issues updated hospital landing standards document

13-Mar-2024Source: HeliHub.com

A new edition of CAP1264 ‘Standards for Helicopter Landing Areas at Hospitals’ has been published by the UK Civil Aviation Authority As well as setting out detailed design requirements for hospital heliports, the document also provides guidance on their operation and management, covering approach and departure paths, obstacle clearance, lighting, signage, and communication protocols. The CAP... Read more

Magpas Air Ambulance addresses CPR inequalities this International Women’s Day

Magpas Air Ambulance addresses CPR inequalities this International Women’s Day

8-Mar-2024Source: Magpas

Bystander CPR can double a person’s chances of survival if they suffer a cardiac arrest. However, in recent years studies have revealed a worrying picture: In the event of an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, women are less likely to receive bystander CPR compared to men. This discrepancy has been attributed to people not recognising the signs... Read more

Plans unveiled for first UK vertiport testbed

Plans unveiled for first UK vertiport testbed

6-Mar-2024Source: Skyports

Skyports Infrastructure (Skyports), the leader in vertiport infrastructure for the advanced air mobility (AAM) industry, has signed an agreement to develop the UK’s first vertiport testbed at Bicester Motion, Oxfordshire, the 444-acre estate dedicated to pioneering mobility technology, past, present and future. The new vertiport, which will include a compact 160 sq m passenger terminal,... Read more

Tender issued for UK/Ireland lighthouse support helicopters

Tender issued for UK/Ireland lighthouse support helicopters

4-Mar-2024Source: HeliHub.com

As the end of the current contract in late 2025 approaches, a tender has been issued by General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) for a new ten year contract. The estimated total value of the contract is stated as £30 million. The GLA represents a joint approach by the three organisations with responsibility for lighthouses around the... Read more

S92s stop flying on the North Sea

S92s stop flying on the North Sea

29-Feb-2024Source: HeliHub.com

Following the Bristow SAR S92 accident off Norway last night, we observe that practically every offshore flight involving Sikorsky S92s has been cancelled. As this story is published, one Bristow S92 G-CKXL is on long finals for Aberdeen and one Offshore Helicopter Services S92 G-VINP is outbound north-east from Aberdeen to a rig No S92s... Read more

Castle Air to add third AW139 in 2025

Castle Air to add third AW139 in 2025

29-Feb-2024Source: Leonardo

At Heli-Expo 2024 in Anaheim, CA, leading helicopter service provider CastleAir has announced the addition of a third AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter to perform in-country VIP/corporate transport missions. The delivery of the aircraft is expected to be performed in 2025. The move further expands the fleet of Leonardo helicopters in service with the operator,... Read more

Sloane Helicopters signs for nine AW09s, two AW109 Grand New and two Trekkers

Sloane Helicopters signs for nine AW09s, two AW109 Grand New and two Trekkers

28-Feb-2024Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and Sloane announced at Heli-Expo 2024 a major reinforcement of their collaboration in the UK and Ireland commercial helicopter market with the signing of Preliminary Sales Contracts for nine AW09 next-generation single engine aircraft, and new orders for two AW109 Grand New and two AW109 Trekker light twins. The Preliminary Sales Contracts for the... Read more

Sloane Helicopters secures six Robinson delivery positions for 2025

Sloane Helicopters secures six Robinson delivery positions for 2025

28-Feb-2024Source: Sloane Helicopters

Sloane Helicopters, the prominent UK and Ireland dealer for the Robinson Helicopter Company, is excited to announce the acquisition of six delivery positions for new Robinson helicopters, with the first expected in February 2025. This order encompasses four R44 helicopters and two R66 helicopters, further reinforcing Sloane’s unwavering confidence in the Robinson range of helicopters.... Read more

Future UK military helicopter reaches next competition stage

Future UK military helicopter reaches next competition stage

27-Feb-2024Source: UK MoD

The next stage of the New Medium Helicopter (NMH) Programme has been announced by the Minister for Defence Procurement, James Cartlidge, today. The NMH Programme is an initiative to acquire a modern medium-lift support helicopter, which will deliver up to five rotary wing requirements using a single aircraft-type. This means that the platform will be... Read more

UK union criticises Airbus suggestion of H225 and Super Puma offshore return

UK union criticises Airbus suggestion of H225 and Super Puma offshore return

22-Feb-2024Source: RMT

Offshore workers union, RMT has criticised the possible re-introduction of the Super Puma helicopter by Airbus to offshore oil and gas operations. Last year was the tenth anniversary of the last fatal Super Puma incident in the UK sector, which claimed the lives of four offshore workers, including RMT member Sarah Darnley. 33 offshore workers... Read more

Vertical Aerospace awarded new UK Government grant

Vertical Aerospace awarded new UK Government grant

21-Feb-2024Source: Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace (Vertical) [NYSE: EVTL], a global aerospace and technology company that is pioneering zero emissions aviation, today announces it has been awarded £8 million ($10 million) in grant funding by the UK Government, through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) Programme, to develop its next-generation propellers for use on its VX4 aircraft. The project is... Read more

BALPA union names strike dates for Bristow pilots

BALPA union names strike dates for Bristow pilots

21-Feb-2024Source: BALPA

The British Airline Pilots’ Association has given notice to Bristow Helicopters that it will call on its members to strike in March. BALPA has been in negotiation with the company for months, but Bristow has failed to put forward any offer that its pilots and tech crew could support. Following a strong ballot result of... Read more

Bristow UK pilots vote to strike

Bristow UK pilots vote to strike

12-Feb-2024Source: BALPA

Helicopter crews at Bristow Helicopters have overwhelmingly voted in favour of industrial action in a dispute over pay. The ballot conducted among members of the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) closed on Wednesday 7th February 2024 and returned a 96.31% YES vote on a 92.74% turnout BALPA General Secretary, Amy Leversidge said: “This ballot is... Read more

UK to lease five Airbus H135s to Australia

UK to lease five Airbus H135s to Australia

8-Feb-2024Source: HeliHub.com

The British military acquired five new Airbus H135 helicopters in 2022 under a program known as “Project Matcha”, with the intention that they would operate in Northern Ireland to replace Gazelle helicopters operating in the province. At some point after agreeing to purchase these aircraft, a different decision was made and the requirement evaporated.  Consequently,... Read more

Uni-Fly operating short-term AW169 windfarm contract from Dundee

Uni-Fly operating short-term AW169 windfarm contract from Dundee

6-Feb-2024Source: HeliHub.com

Uni-Fly has been operating one AW169 helicopter out of Dundee Airport weekly to conduct mid week crew change operations to the Fred Olsen Windcarrier vessel Blue Tern since 28th December Uni-Fly was contracted by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) in support of their construction of the EDF and EBS owned Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind... Read more

Devon Air Ambulance Celebrates Launch of 200th Landing Site

Devon Air Ambulance Celebrates Launch of 200th Landing Site

6-Feb-2024Source: Devon Air Ambulance

Devon Air Ambulance’s (DAA) Community Landing Site Network has achieved a major milestone launching its 200th Community Landing Site at Tews Lane Playing Field, Fremington. DAA’s extensive network of 200 surveyed landing sites have allowed their aircraft to land in many towns and villages across Devon during the ‘hours of darkness’ enabling their specialist medical crew to... Read more

Dial Partners advises Gama Aviation on SAS acquisition

Dial Partners advises Gama Aviation on SAS acquisition

5-Feb-2024Source: Dial Partners

Dial Partners, Clairfield International’s partner office in London, has advised Gama Aviation Plc on the acquisition of Specialist Aviation Services. The transaction significantly increases the scale of Gama Aviation Plc’s Special Mission strategic business unit. Specialist Aviation Services is one of the leading helicopter special mission operators in the UK, operating and maintaining six Leonardo... Read more

Gama Aviation acquires Specialist Aviation Services

Gama Aviation acquires Specialist Aviation Services

1-Feb-2024Source: Gama Aviation

Gama Aviation Plc (the “Company”) today announces that it has agreed to purchase (the “Purchase”) the business of Specialist Aviation Services Limited (“Specialist”), a helicopter special mission business, as part of a pre-pack acquisition from its appointed administrators. Deal highlights Adds further scale and strength to Gama’s Special Mission strategic business unit (“SBU”) with some... Read more

Children’s Air Ambulance announces busiest year

Children’s Air Ambulance announces busiest year

31-Jan-2024Source: Children’s Air Ambulance

The national Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) has announced 2023 as its busiest year since the vital service started over a decade ago. The Children’s Air Ambulance is a pioneering service, changing the face of paediatric and neonatal care through the high-speed transfer of critically ill babies and children – flying them from one hospital to... Read more

Eola and Luxaviation announce helicopter alliance

Eola and Luxaviation announce helicopter alliance

31-Jan-2024Source: Luxaviation

EOLA, already present in helicopter services in Monaco and France through its subsidiaries Monacair and Héli Sécurité, acquires a minority stake in Luxaviation Group’s helicopter company Starspeed, a British company specializing in helicopter management for owners. EOLA provides helicopter passenger transport, helicopter management and maintenance services for owners. Starspeed, a subsidiary of the Luxaviation Group,... Read more

2023 was second busiest year ever for The Air Ambulance Service

2023 was second busiest year ever for The Air Ambulance Service

31-Jan-2024Source: The Air Ambulance Service

Your local air ambulance has announced its second busiest year in 20 years as it responded to 3,803 potentially lifesaving missions throughout 2023. The Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) along with the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA), have worked tirelessly around the clock over the past year, and despite the continued impact... Read more

RAF picks Axnes wireless comms for Puma Mk.2

RAF picks Axnes wireless comms for Puma Mk.2

31-Jan-2024Source: Axnes AS

Axnes AS, a leading provider of innovative wireless intercom communication systems, is pleased to announce that it has been selected to deliver its cutting-edge PNG Wireless Intercom System (WICS) technology to the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) for their Puma HC Mk2 Air System. The PNG WICS will be utilized to enhance the aircrafts’ communication... Read more

Skyfly and AeroVolt plan first UK airfield-to-airfield eVTOL flight with recharging

Skyfly and AeroVolt plan first UK airfield-to-airfield eVTOL flight with recharging

24-Jan-2024Source: Skyfly

Skyfly will work with electric aircraft charging company AeroVolt to conduct the UK’s first airfield-to-airfield eVTOL flight in 2024, exclusively using AeroVolt’s operational public charging network. The Axe eVTOL boasts an impressive range of 100 miles in a fully electric configuration or 300 miles in a hybrid configuration – far more than most other private... Read more

£35M investment for Tiger Group – including UK’s first aerial saw capability

£35M investment for Tiger Group – including UK’s first aerial saw capability

30-Nov-2023Source: OCI

OCI, supply trade specialists and the UK’s No.1 fastest-growing company in 2022, announces the provision of a £35 million support package to Herefordshire-based Tiger Technology (“Tiger”). Tiger, led by internationally esteemed aviation specialist Capt Alan Ramsden, has introduced an environmentally friendly arboriculture management solution to better maintain railway trees and foliage, combining aerial saws with... Read more

Saxonair wins Air Charter Excellence Award

Saxonair wins Air Charter Excellence Award

30-Nov-2023Source: ACA

The Air Charter Excellence Awards took place on 23 November 2023 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Brighton Metropole, hosted and organised by The Air Charter Association (The ACA). With close to 500 guests in attendance, the Air Charter Excellence Awards event was the largest to date and a fantastic occasion to celebrate the achievements of The... Read more

Uni-Fly to add third AW169 via Milestone

Uni-Fly to add third AW169 via Milestone

28-Nov-2023Source: Milestone

The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, today announced that it has signed lease agreements with Danish and UK helicopter operator, UNI-FLY, for three Leonardo AW169 helicopters. The transaction was announced during the EUROPEAN ROTORS 2023 event in Madrid. The agreements include the extension of two AW169 helicopters and the... Read more

Aero Asset appoints UK-based Senior Sales Director

Aero Asset appoints UK-based Senior Sales Director

27-Nov-2023Source: Aero Asset

Aero Asset has appointed Ed Sale as Senior Sales Director. Sale began his aviation career in aircraft operations in 2001. He then joined Leonardo UK distributor Sloane Helicopters, followed by Airbus Helicopters UK as sales manager for private and business markets. Prior to joining Aero Asset, he was director of HeliGroup, specialized in helicopter procurement... Read more

Ørsted claims world first using autonomous drones to transport cargo to wind turbines

Ørsted claims world first using autonomous drones to transport cargo to wind turbines

27-Nov-2023Source: Ørsted

Building on its previous expertise using smaller drones in other countries, Ørsted is now trialling the 58kg drones, with a wingspan of 2.6 metres to transport cargo of up to 68kg, in the UK. The drone size is the equivalent weight of a large baby giraffe, with the wingspan of an albatross. The use of... Read more

Savback appointed distributor for Konner across 7 countries

Savback appointed distributor for Konner across 7 countries

27-Nov-2023Source: Savback

Savback Helicopters, the independent helicopter and fixed-wing sales specialist, announced today the signing of a Distributorship Agreement with Italian-based manufacturer Konner Helicopters. Savback is now the Exclusive Sales Representative to sell the turbine-engined K1-S19 and K2 helicopters across the Nordic region (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland) as well as the United Kingdom and Republic... Read more

Midlands Air Ambulance moves into new Airbase/HQ

Midlands Air Ambulance moves into new Airbase/HQ

23-Nov-2023Source: MAA

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s clinicians and charity staff recently moved into its new combined airbase and headquarters facility establishing a centre of clinical excellence to future-proof its lifesaving service for years to come. The new facility, constructed by Morris Property Group, will help future-proof the advanced pre-hospital emergency service operated by Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.... Read more

CHC workers across UK set for strike action in pay dispute

CHC workers across UK set for strike action in pay dispute

22-Nov-2023Source: Unite

Unite the union can confirm that workers employed by helicopter services firm CHC Scotia are taking part in strike action today (Wednesday 22 November) as part of an escalating pay dispute. Unite represents over 60 workers at the Aberdeen airport based company which also has operations at Humberside and Norwich airports. Unite members across the... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance raisings funds for second AW169

Cornwall Air Ambulance raisings funds for second AW169

20-Nov-2023Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance is delighted to announce the launch of the Heli 2 Appeal, aiming to purchase a second AW169 helicopter. The charity supports over 1,000 patients who are seriously ill or injured each year, but there is scope to reach even more people by air with the purchase of a second aircraft. The appeal,... Read more

UK – Magpas Air Ambulance shortlisted for seven national awards

UK – Magpas Air Ambulance shortlisted for seven national awards

20-Nov-2023Source: Magpas Air Ambulance

Magpas Air Ambulance is thrilled to announce that a record number of the charity’s team members and supporters have been shortlisted for the Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence. The national awards are held once a year by Air Ambulances UK (AAUK), the national body that represents the UK’s 21 air ambulance charities, and the awards... Read more

OXCCU awarded £2.8M UK Government Grant to scale SAF production

OXCCU awarded £2.8M UK Government Grant to scale SAF production

20-Nov-2023Source: OXCCU

OXCCU, a leading carbon-to-value company converting carbon dioxide and hydrogen into industrial and consumer products, has won a £2.8 million grant along with the University of Sheffield Translational Energy Research Centre (TERC) and Coryton. The capital will be used to demonstrate the world’s first direct carbon dioxide (CO2) hydrogenation process, turning CO2  directly into aviation fuel... Read more

UK military to sell five surplus Airbus H135s

UK military to sell five surplus Airbus H135s

17-Nov-2023Source: HeliHub.com

The British military acquired five new Airbus H135 helicopters in 2022 under a program known as “Project Matcha”, with the intention that they would operate in Northern Ireland to replace Gazelle helicopters operating in the province. At some point after agreeing to purchase these aircraft, a different decision was made and the requirement evaporated.  Consequently,... Read more

Royal Air Force plans for six Airbus H145s raise Value For Money questions

Royal Air Force plans for six Airbus H145s raise Value For Money questions

16-Nov-2023Source: HeliHub.com

The Royal Air Force (RAF) in the UK announced that they plan to order for six H145 helicopters from Airbus under a sole supplier agreement.  Assuming the announcement progresses to an actual order, the aircraft will be operated in Brunei and Cyprus, replacing Bell 212 and 412 (Griffin) aircraft respectively.  At present there are RAF... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance orders third Airbus H145

Yorkshire Air Ambulance orders third Airbus H145

15-Nov-2023Source: HeliHub.com

Yorkshire Air Ambulance has placed an order for a third Airbus H145, with delivery expected in Autumn 2024.  This will provide greater coverage during maintenance downtime periods on the two primary aircraft – one of which is seen in the image below. The existing pair were delivered in April and June 2023. In the recently... Read more

NHV Helicopters UK pilots being balloted on industrial action

NHV Helicopters UK pilots being balloted on industrial action

13-Nov-2023Source: Prospect

Prospect is currently balloting its pilot members on industrial action over pay at NHV Helicopters UK Ltd. Operating out of bases in Aberdeen, Blackpool, and Norwich, NHV UK supports the transport of crews and loads to and from Oil and Gas platforms across the North and Irish Sea. The ballot opened for Pilots at all... Read more

UK CAA Proposes changes to Pilot Medical Declaration system

UK CAA Proposes changes to Pilot Medical Declaration system

10-Nov-2023Source: UK CAA

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has proposed changes to improve and strengthen the Pilot Medical Declaration (PMD) system for general aviation (GA) pilots. The Pilot Medical Declaration scheme was introduced in August 2016 to offer pilots a simplified way to self-declare to the UK Civil Aviation Authority that they are medically fit to fly. The... Read more

Helicopter Museum Volunteer wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Helicopter Museum Volunteer wins Lifetime Achievement Award

7-Nov-2023Source: The Helicopter Museum

A long standing volunteer at The Helicopter Museum (THM) in Weston-super-Mare has won a Lifetime Achievement Award from Aviation Heritage UK, the umbrella body for all the aviation museums in the country. Alan Norris has been a member of The Helicopter Museum for almost 50 years.  Alan began his association with the collection in 1974,... Read more

AI set to revolutionise Royal Navy engineering capabilities

AI set to revolutionise Royal Navy engineering capabilities

2-Nov-2023Source: Royal Navy

A new AI tool could produce solutions to military engineering problems in seconds, helping keep more vehicles at readiness for deployment. At Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, a collaborative project between 1710 Naval Air Squadron (based in HMNB Portsmouth), DE&S Digital AI Team and Royal Navy Engineers is showcasing pioneering new capabilities to innovative defence... Read more

British Army’s new Apache AH-64E declared ready for duty

British Army’s new Apache AH-64E declared ready for duty

24-Oct-2023Source: British Army

The first regiment flying the British Army’s new Apache AH-64E attack helicopter has been declared ready for frontline duty. 3 Regiment Army Air Corps (3 Regt AAC) has been put through its paces on Exercise Iron Titan, testing every aspect of the unit from its logistics and command and control procedures to the maintenance and operation of... Read more

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity appoints new Operations Officer

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity appoints new Operations Officer

20-Oct-2023Source: Great Western Air Ambulance

On 2 October 2023, Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) appointed Tim Ross-Smith to a brand-new role that was created in collaboration with South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASfT). As GWAAC’s Operations Officer, Tim is line-managing the Advanced Practitioners and Specialist Paramedics in Critical Care. He will be leading on the operational, rather... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance Charity appoints new Chief Pilot

London’s Air Ambulance Charity appoints new Chief Pilot

13-Oct-2023Source: LAA

London’s Air Ambulance Charity is pleased to announce the appointment of Captain Sam Tompkins as Chief Pilot. Captain Tompkins, who has been flying with the service since 2022, will assume his new role in December 2023. In an aviation career spanning 20 years, Captain Sam Tompkins began flying in helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in... Read more

OHS signs agreement with DHSS Clarksons Port Services

OHS signs agreement with DHSS Clarksons Port Services

12-Oct-2023Source: DHSS

DHSS Clarksons Port Services signs new helicopter service agreement with Offshore Helicopter Services UK Ltd at Aberdeen.  By the new cooperation with Offshore Helicopter Services UK Ltd we are able to strengthen our activities for the offshore energy business in UK waters. Clarksons Port Services is offering helicopter services in UK, next to exceptional port agency and... Read more

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

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