Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore

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Gloucestershire Airport, Staverton, Gloucestershire
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
Rich Youngs, Managing Director
David Plester, CEO
ParentBabcock International

Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore, formerly Bond Air Services, is an operator of Air Ambulance aircraft in the UK. They also provide services to police, offshore windfarms and the oil and gas industry. Babcock operates a mixed fleet of light twin helicopters custom designed to perform specific and specialised tasks, it operates from 22 bases around the UK and in Ireland. It has maintenance facilities in Staverton and Glasgow.

Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore is headquartered at Gloucestershire Airport, Staverton, Gloucestershire; this is also home to their EC135 flight simulator.

Babcock also provides bespoke Design & Completion services from this location. In 2014, they were contracted by the National Police Air Service (NPAS) to upgrade seven EC135T2 helicopters with new camera and mission systems technologies.

In 2015, Babcock took delivery of the UK's first H145 aircraft, ordered the previous year for use with the East Anglian Air Ambulance, they have since taken delivery of another two H145's for the Scottish Ambulance Service. A fourth was scheduled to enter service on behalf of the East Anglian Air Ambulance charity in 2016. In 2018, they began operating the Airbus Helicopters H135 T3+.


Babcock operates 23 helicopters, including 18 air ambulance helicopters from 22 bases around the UK and in Ireland, they provide helicopter services for 10 air ambulance charities and the Scottish Ambulance Service. They operate a police support helicopter for Police Scotland and also provide helicopter support for the renewables industry.


Babcock works in partnership with customers and aircraft manufacturers.

Babcock's Design and Completions service creates bespoke aircraft and accessories designed for specialised and mission-critical roles – from transporting infants to operating on live high-voltage wires.

Their training facility includes an EC135 training simulator (Level III FTD).

Babcock was the first operator to provide night Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) with East Anglian Air Ambulance charity in 2013.

Prince William[edit]

In 2014, it was announced that Prince William, Duke of Cambridge would take on a full-time role as a pilot with Bond Air Services based at Cambridge Airport. Although a qualified military pilot able to operate as a Sea King captain, William needed a civil pilot's licence and further training before starting operations for the East Anglian Air Ambulance; the Duke started operational flights on 13 July 2015. His salary was donated to charity.[1]


On 29 November 2013, G-SPAO, an EC-135T-2 operated on behalf of Police Scotland, crashed through the roof of the Clutha Vaults pub in Glasgow, killing all three people on board and seven in the building.[2][3]


  1. ^ Britain's Prince William to return to work as air ambulance pilot, ABC News Online, 8 August 2014
  2. ^ "Helicopter crash in central Glasgow". STV. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Police Helicopter Crashes Into Glasgow Pub Roof". Sky News. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.

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