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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

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

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

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

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

Lebanese Armed Forces pay visit to UK Puma force at RAF Benson

Lebanese Armed Forces pay visit to UK Puma force at RAF Benson

13-Feb-2023Source: Royal Air Force

Our Defence Engagement programme got off to a flying start recently with a visit from the Lebanese Armed Forces to the Puma Force at RAF Benson. Aircrew and engineers from the Lebanon Armed Forces, who also fly Puma helicopters, were hosted by their counterparts on 33 Squadron to share experiences of operating and engineering practices. ... 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

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