Bristow Helicopters Limited is a British civil helicopter operator based at Aberdeen Airport, Scotland, now part of the U. S.-based Bristow Group which in turn has its corporate headquarters in Texas. Bristow Helicopters Limited holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence, it is permitted to carry passengers and mail on aircraft with 20 seats or more; the U. S. division of Bristow is a Federal Aviation Administration approved Part 135 air carrier. Bristow Helicopters Limited was established in June 1955 by Alan Bristow. From 17 February 1965 and onwards, it operated the Westland Wessex 60 ten-seat helicopter in support of North Sea Oil industry off-shore installations. During the late 1960s, Bristow operated a fleet of Hiller UH-12 training helicopters based at AAC Middle Wallop which were used to train flight crews for the UK Army Air Corps. In 1985, it was acquired by Commonwealth Holdings plc.. In 1996, Bristow Helicopters was purchased by Offshore Logistics, an American offshore helicopter operator which operated as Air Logistics in the U.
S. Gulf of Mexico and Alaska, was structured as a reverse takeover; the group now maintains a global fleet of over 400 aircraft. In 2006 Offshore Logistics re-branded itself as'The Bristow Group'; the Bristow Group expanded their portfolio in April 2007 with the purchase of Helicopter Adventures, a Florida-based flight school, Helicopter Adventures was subsequently renamed Bristow Academy. The deal provided the Bristow Group with the world's largest civilian fleet of Schweizer aircraft. In January 2010, Bristow announced the retirement of the Air Logistics name and Gulf of Mexico operations would operate under the name Bristow. Bristow provides helicopter services and other support services to the oil and gas industry, it operates more than 170 twin-turbine helicopters in the United States. These receive support and operational assistance from its regional headquarters and primary maintenance facility located at the Acadiana Regional Airport in New Iberia, Louisiana. Fixed Wing Bristow has controlling interests in Eastern Airways, a regional airline based in the U.
K. operating fixed wing regional jet and turboprop aircraft and Airnorth a regional airline, based in Australia operating fixed wing regional jet and turboprop aircraft. Both Eastern Airways and Airnorth operate scheduled passenger services, shuttle flights for oil and gas industry personnel, charter services. In addition to its wholly owned international operations, Bristow Group maintains service agreements and equity interests in helicopter operators in Brazil, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Mexico and Russia and the United Kingdom; this allows Bristow to extend its range of services into new and developing oil and gas markets and helps provide a lower cost structure in some operating areas. Partners include: Cougar Helicopters Helicopteros Nacionales de Colombia, Helicol S. A. Colombia Petroleum Air Services, Egypt Atyrau Bristow Airways Services, Kazakhstan Turkmenistan Helicopters Limited, Turkmenistan Heliservicio Campeche, Mexico Norsk Helikopter, Norway - now Bristow Norway Sakhalin Bristow Air Services AKA Aviashelf, Russia FBH Limited, UKAlthough not a joint venture, in 2015 Bristow and AgustaWestland agreed to develop offshore and search and rescue capabilities for the AW609 tiltrotor.
This could simplify a typical trip from Clapham Common to an oil rig by using just one aircraft. Bristow intends to order more than 10 tiltrotors; the Search and Rescue Training Unit at RAF Valley is a detachment of the Defence Helicopter Flying School at RAF Shawbury, from which its aircraft are distinguished by their flotation bags, rescue winches and cable cutters above the cockpit roof. The aircraft are maintained to EASA standards but are military registered allowing them to operate outside civilian flight restrictions. All the Defence Helicopter Flying School Helicopters and Synthetic Training Equipment are owned by FB Heliservices, a consortium of Bristow Helicopters and FR Aviation, who provide 40% of the instructional staff, all the ground school and simulator staff, carry out all maintenance and provide support services. Bristow helicopters operated Sikorsky S-61N helicopters on behalf of Her Majesty's Coastguard, the United Kingdom's Coast Guard, until July 2007 after which there was a 12-month transitional period whilst CHC Helicopter took over the contract replacing the S-61N with new helicopters.
Bristow operated four dedicated Search and Rescue sites on behalf of HM Coastguard. The units were located at Portland and Lee-on-Solent on the south coast of England, at Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides, at Sumburgh in the Shetland Isles. Northern North Sea services operated from Aberdeen and Stavanger. Southern North Sea services operate from Norwich and Den Helder with its support organisation based at Redhill. Bristow S61N's were responsible to carry out SAR tasks, operating from Den Helder Airport on behalf of the oil and gas industry. On 26 March 2013 Bristow was awarded a 10-year contract to operate the search and rescue operations in the United Kingdom, at the time being provided by CHC Helicopter, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. Bristow is operating AgustaWestland AW139, AgustaWestland AW189 and Sikorsky S-92 helicopters in support of this contract; the AW139 aircraft are being replaced by the AW189, specified in the contract however procurement delays lead to the AW139 being introduced instead of the AW189 resulting in AAR AIrlift Group cl
Air Greenland A/S known as Greenlandair, is the flag carrier airline of Greenland, jointly owned by the SAS Group, the Greenlandic Government and the Danish Government. It operates a fleet of 32 aircraft, including 1 airliner used for transatlantic and charter flights, 9 fixed-wing aircraft serving the domestic network, 22 helicopters feeding passengers from the smaller communities into the domestic airport network. Flights to heliports in the remote settlements are operated on contract with the government of Greenland. Besides running scheduled services and government-contracted flights to most villages in the country, the airline supports remote research stations, provides charter services for tourists and Greenland's energy and mineral-resource industries and permits medivac during emergencies. Air Greenland has seven subsidiaries, an airline, tour operators, a travel agency specialized in Greenlandic tourism and the Arctic Umiaq Line, an unprofitable but government-subsidised ferry service.
Founded in 1960 as Grønlandsfly, the airline started its first services with Catalina water planes and within the decade expanded to include DHC-3 Otters as well as Sikorsky S-61 helicopters, some of which remain in active service. The majority of operations were based on helicopters until the newly established Greenland Home Rule began investing in a network of short takeoff and landing airfields; these were expensive to construct and Greenland's airport fees are still among the highest in the world. The reliability of connections improved as the domestic airport network expanded in the 1990s: increasing use of the Dash 7s made the airline less restricted by inclement weather. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Air Greenland acquired a Boeing 757 and an Airbus A330, allowing it to open connections to Copenhagen, until operated by SAS which competed mid to late 2000s. In the 21st century, it competes with Air Iceland for international connections and small charter services domestically; the airline was established on 7 November 1960 as Grønlandsfly A/S, by the Scandinavian Airlines System and Kryolitselskabet Øresund, a Danish mining company involved with the cryolite operations at Ivittuut to provide transport and logistics for four American radar bases in Greenland.
In 1962, interests in the firm were acquired by the Provincial Council and the Royal Greenland Trade Department. The first flights serving the American bases in Greenland operated lightweight DHC-3 Otters and Sikorsky S-55 helicopters chartered from Canada. After a crash in 1961, Grønlandsfly used PBY Catalina water planes and DHC-6 Twin Otters on domestic routes. One of the Catalinas crashed in 1962. In 1965, the Douglas DC-4 became, it was followed by Sikorsky S-61 helicopters, which have remained in use: in 2010, they still served the communities of Kujalleq municipality in southern Greenland year-round and those of Disko Bay during the winter. During the 1970s, Grønlandsfly upgraded its DC-4 to the newer DC-6, but principally focused on expanding its helicopter fleet, purchasing five more S-61s. By 1972, it opened up service to east Greenland with a helicopter based in Tasiilaq, established Greenlandair Charter. Mining at Maamorilik in the Uummannaq Fjord required still more helicopters, the airline purchased Bell 206s for the route.
Grønlandsfly picked up a Danish government contract to fly reconnaissance missions regarding the sea ice around Greenland. By the end of 1979, the number of Grønlandsfly passengers served annually exceeded 60,000, more than the population of Greenland; that year, the airline's first international route was opened, running between Greenland's capital Nuuk and the town of Iqaluit in northern Canada. The route connected Greenland's Kalaallit with Canada's Inuit and was operated in conjunction with the Canadian First Air line, but the planes were run empty and the route was shuttered 13 years later; the establishment of the Greenland Home Rule Government in 1979 led to investment in a regional network of true airports, with short take-off and landing airfields constructed in Nuuk and Kulusuk. The decade saw the company train and hire its first native Kalaallit pilots. To service the enlarged network, Grønlandsfly began acquiring DHC-7s, planes suited to the severe weather conditions in Greenland.
The first was delivered on 29 September 1979, followed by more over the next decade. These planes remain in active service, serving every airport except Nerlerit Inaat near Ittoqqortoormiit, whose operation is handled by Air Iceland under contract with Greenland Home Rule. In 1981, Grønlandsfly opened its first route to Iceland, linking Reykjavík Airport to its main hub at Kangerlussuaq via Kulusuk. In 1986, a route to Keflavík allowed the company to break SAS's monopoly on flights between Greenland and Denmark via a Keflavík-Copenhagen leg operated by Icelandair. By 1989, the airline employed more than 400 Greenlanders and carried more than 100,000 passengers annually; the company saw its activity curtailed as the mines at Ivittuut and Maamorilik closed operation, leading to a recession in the Greenlandic economy. As the situation improved, the network of regional STOL airports was extended with Sisimiut Airport, Maniitsoq Airport and Aasiaat Airport built in mid-western Greenland and Qaarsut Airport and Upernavik Airport built in northwestern Greenland.
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CHC Helicopter is a large helicopter services company, specializing in the following services: Transportation to offshore oil and gas platforms Civilian search and rescue and air medical evacuation services Helicopter maintenance repair and overhaulCHC Helicopter is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia and operates more than 250 aircraft in 30 countries around the world. CHC's major international operating units are based in Australia, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom; the company is one of several global providers of helicopter transportation services to the offshore oil and gas industry. CHC has capabilities in precision flying technical support. CHC has long-term working relationships with most of gas companies. CHC operates the marine search and rescue service for the Irish Coast Guard at Shannon, Waterford and Dublin airports. CHC provides helicopter services in Australia for the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia, Victoria Police and the Ambulance Service of New South Wales.
Commercial helicopter flying began in British Columbia in the summer of 1947. Three ex-RCAF officers, pilots Carl Agar and Barney Bent, engineer Alf Stringer, were operating a fixed-wing charter company, Okanagan Air Services Ltd. from Penticton. In July 1947 they raised enough money to purchase a Bell 47-B3 and pay for their flying and maintenance training. Okanagan Air Services moved to Vancouver in 1949, renamed Okanagan Helicopters Ltd. By 1954, it had become the largest commercial helicopter operator in the world. In 1987, Newfoundland businessman Craig Dobbin headed a group of investors organized under the name Canadian Holding Company and using the initialism CHC. CHC purchased Okanagan Helicopters, Viking Helicopters, Toronto Helicopters and merged their assets with Dobbin's own company, Sealand Helicopters, to form a company named Canadian Helicopters; the parent company was renamed CHC Helicopter Corporation. CHC acquired British International Helicopters in 1994. In 2004, CHC purchased Schreiner Aviation Group who provided offshore helicopter services in the Dutch sector of the North Sea and to the Nigerian offshore industry.
In 2000, CHC entered into an agreement with Fonds de Solidarité FTQ and the management of its two Canadian divisions, Canadian Helicopters Eastern and Canadian Helicopters Western, for the sale of an interest in CHC's Canadian assets in a management buyout to form Canadian Helicopters. As a result, senior management and FSTQ acquired 10% and 45% equity interests in Canadian Helicopters while CHC retained a 45% equity interest. CHC restructuring in 2004 saw the creation of a new corporate headquarters in Richmond, British Columbia and the creation of three main operating segments: CHC Global Operations, based in Richmond, B. C. CHC European Operations, based in Aberdeen and Heli-One, CHC's leasing and repair and overhaul support group, now based in Delta, B. C. In February 2008 all of CHC's shares were purchased by First Reserve, a US private equity company, for CAD$3.7 billion. At the time, the word "Corporation" was dropped from the company's name, now CHC Helicopter. On January 16, 2014 CHC announced an Initial Public Offering of 31,000,000 shares.
On 15th Jan 2016, CHC offered 31,000,000 shares at US$5.17. On 5 May 2016, CHC Helicopters filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. CHC shares dropped from US$176.10 to US 0.45cents 17 June 2016. A Texas court allowed CHC in July 2016 to shed 65 helicopters from its financial obligations, most of the Super Pumas. CHC reorganized in March 2017. CHC manages its global operations through the following divisions: EEA Helicopter Operations B. V. a Dutch company majority owned by EHO Holdings S.a.r.l. and minority owned by CHC Helicopter S.a.r.l. Provides helicopter services in the North Sea. EEA uses CHC logo under licence, it provides services from 17 bases in the UK, Denmark and the Netherlands. Brazilian Helicopter Services CHC Helicopters Global Operations/Corporate Office CHC Helicopters CHC Helicopters CHC Composites CHC Helicopter serves as the sole provider of Search and Rescue helicopter services to the Irish Coast Guard, where it had operated a fleet of six Sikorsky S-61N helicopters based in Dublin, Shannon and Sligo.
This fleet has now been replaced by 5 Sikorsky S-92 Helibus. The S-61N exited service in December 2013 with a flight from Dublin Airport to Weston Aerodrome, West Dublin; the flight was operated by the oldest S-61N in commercial operation at the time. On March 14, 2017. CHC Sikorsky S92, operating as Rescue 116, crashed into the sea off West of Ireland. 2 fatalities, 2 missing. CHC, as part of the Soteria SAR consortium was selected as the "Preferred Bidder" for a 25-year contract to provide a civilian Search and Rescue service throughout the United Kingdom. However, days before the contract was due to be signed in February 2011, the British Government halted the process after CHC disclosed that it had unauthorised access to commercially sensitive information.. The Soteria SAR was cancelled and the contract was awarded to back to Bristow Helicopters who had operated the coastguard helicopters from Stornoway Airport, Sumburgh Airport, RNAS Lee-on-Solent and RNAS Portland during the time of the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force operating there Westland Sea King, prior to the Soteria SAR being setup.
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2013 Glasgow helicopter crash
On 29 November 2013, a police helicopter operated by Bond Air Services for Police Scotland crashed into the Clutha, a pub in central Glasgow, killing all three crew on board and seven patrons of the pub. Thirty-one more people in the pub were injured; the subsequent investigation concluded that the cause of the crash was fuel starvation due to incorrect operation of the fuel system. The helicopter took off from its base at Glasgow City Heliport at 20:45 on 29 November 2013; the pilot was 51-year-old David Traill. He had worked for the police for four years, had 646 hours of flight experience on the EC135; the helicopter carried PCs Kirsty Nelis and Tony Collins. On takeoff it carried 400 kilograms of fuel; the flight, callsign SP99, was involved in the search for a suspected trespasser on railway lines around Eglinton Toll. It was tasked to Dalkeith in Midlothian, around 44 miles east of its base, before returning to the Glasgow area. A few minutes before the crash, the pilot had received air traffic control clearance to return to Glasgow City Heliport.
At 22:22 2 miles east of its home base, the helicopter came down on the flat roof of the Clutha bar in Stockwell Street. No distress call was made. A ska band, was playing in the pub at the time of the crash and there were reported to be around 120 people in the building, some of whom were trapped by the collapsing roof; the three helicopter occupants and six people on the ground were killed. Thirty-two others were injured, twelve one of whom died some days later. One witness, Gordon Smart, editor of the Scottish Sun, stated that he did not see a fireball or hear an explosion, that the engine seemed to be misfiring; the accident aircraft was a twin-engined Eurocopter EC135 T2+, serial 0546, registered G-SPAO and manufactured in 2007. At the time of the accident it had made 9,385 landings; the building is a former tenement which used to have multiple storeys, but after a fire in the 1960s the upper storeys were removed. The walls were therefore much thicker than would be expected for a building of this height, the complex construction of the roof complicated the search and rescue operation.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service deployed 125 firefighters to the scene rescuing people trapped in the building for hours after the incident. The Scottish Ambulance Service sent upwards of 25 ambulances to the scene along with 2 Special Operations Response Teams that specialise in major and inaccessible incidents, they worked throughout the next two days retrieving people from within the Clutha. Urban search and rescue firefighters were in attendance to shore up unstable parts of the building and to excavate collapsed areas. People rescued from the scene were taken by the emergency services to a nearby Holiday Inn hotel. Labour Party MP Jim Murphy was interviewed as he was passing soon after the crash.32 people were taken for treatment to local hospitals including Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Glasgow Victoria Infirmary, a dozen with injuries classed as serious. An emergency phone number was set up for anyone concerned about family and relatives who may have been in and around the pub, Glasgow City Council established a family reception centre to "provide advice and counselling to relatives of people who have been injured or people whose relatives are unaccounted for".
One of the injured victims died from his injuries on 12 December. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond tweeted confirmation, he subsequently described the crash as "a black day for Glasgow and for Scotland". Glasgow MSP and Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, British Prime Minister David Cameron, opposition leader Ed Miliband, the Queen, Pope Francis all publicly expressed their condolences. On the day following the crash, planned St. Andrew's Day celebrations in Glasgow's George Square were cancelled, flags were flown at half-mast on Scottish Government buildings. Scottish football clubs held a pre-match minute's silence. Special services were held at Glasgow Cathedral; the Prince of Wales met emergency service personnel. Police investigated racist or sectarian comments made about the crash on social media. A weekend of fundraising events for the families of the victims and the emergency services was held on 3–5 January 2014; the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, responsible for investigating aircraft crashes in the United Kingdom, launched an investigation into the cause of the accident.
Assistance in the investigation was provided by the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation and the French Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation Civile aviation incident investigation bodies. The American National Transportation Safety Board provided assistance; the wreckage of the helicopter arrived at the AAIB's headquarters at Farnborough, Hampshire on 3 December. The aircraft was not fitted with flight data recorders but the electronics fitted to the aircraft could contain data helpful in determining the cause of the accident; the AAIB issued a preliminary report of its findings on 9 December. It confirmed that the rotor blades were attached, but neither they nor the fenestron tail rotor were
HNZ is a New Zealand-based helicopter operator serving the Oil & Gas, EMS & Government markets. Operating a mix of light and medium turbine-engined helicopters, it performs helicopter transport and air work for a number of private and government clients across Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia & Antarctica. Founded in 1955 in Timaru, New Zealand, Helicopters New Zealand commenced operations with a Bell 47, conducting agricultural operations on the New Zealand South Island; the company grew and started providing helicopter airwork services for the NZ Government and Oil and Gas clients in the 1960s. In 1992, Helicopters New Zealand bought West Coast Helicopters renaming it Helicopters Pty Ltd and obtained a foothold in the Australian Helicopter market. In 2011, HNZ was purchased by Canadian Helicopters. In 2012, Canadian Helicopters Group Inc. the parent company for Canadian Helicopters and HNZ, changed its name to HNZ Group Inc. HNZ operates on behalf of the following organisations: Shell-Todd Oil Rio Tinto FESA WA Origin Energy Esso As of April 2012, the HNZ fleet consisted of over 45 aircraft: 15 x Eurocopter AS350 Series 2 x Eurocopter EC135 Series 1 x Eurocopter EC130 Series 3 x Eurocopter EC145 Series 3 x AgustaWestland AW139 Series 4 x Bell 412 Series 3 x AW109SP NHZ Global Website
Heli Air Monaco
Heli Air Monaco is the flag carrier of Monaco. Heli Air Monaco was founded in 1976 with the support of Prince Rainier III, began operations from the Monaco Heliport, located in the Fontvieille quarter of Monaco, from where it now operates regular shuttle services between Monaco Heliport and Nice Airport, offers on request flights from Monaco and Nice to other European destinations including the Alps, the French Riviera and Switzerland. Initial services were operated with a single Enstrom F-28 helicopter, in the first year of operations the airline flew 747 passengers. In order to meet demand a Bell 206 JetRanger was acquired in 1976, by 1980 15,237 passengers had been carried. A free shuttle service in Monaco was introduced in 1983, a year in which 39,673 passengers were carried. A Eurocopter Dauphin was added to the fleet in 1991, joining a fleet made up of six Eurocopter AS350s and a Bell 206 JetRanger; the number of passengers carried in 1991 increased to some 94,300. 2000 saw the airline passing the 1,500,000 passengers carried mark.
In September 2003, the airline ordered a number of six-seat Eurocopter EC130B4 to replace the Eurocopter Squirrels in the fleet. On 8 June 2004, a Heli Air Monaco Ecureuil on a scheduled flight from Monaco to Nice crashed into the sea 2.16 kilometres off Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, killing the pilot and four passengers. Due to a drop in the numbers of passengers being carried, in February 2009 Heli Air Monaco laid off ten employees and announced that an additional thirty employees may be laid off if the situation does not improve. Jacques Crovetto, the CEO of the company, noted that the Monegasque government takes taxes from the company, but gives no support to the company in return; the airline accounts for 90-95% of traffic at the Monaco Heliport, its services are not subsidised. Crovetto showed disdain for a decision by the Monegasque authorities to bar the company's minivans from operating in the bus lanes in Monaco, but in September 2009, he expressed hope that the decision would be overturned.
He noted that due to re-registration of passengers in Nice being required, it is as quick to take a taxi between Monaco and Nice. According to Heli Air Monaco, the Monaco-Nice route has a natural ceiling of 130,000 passengers per year, but in January 2009 the company only carried 3,450 passengers. List of helicopter airlines Heli Air Monaco website
British International Helicopters
British International Helicopter Services Limited, owned by Rigby Group PLC, is the largest British-owned helicopter operator and the only domestically-held company in the UK's offshore helicopter / EMS sector. It operates a fleet of 25 helicopters covering offshore and defence, engineering and flying training activities from its bases at Newquay, Coventry and RAF Mount Pleasant – Falkland Islands, it operates from Newquay using two Eurocopter AS 365N2 Dauphin helicopters on behalf of the Royal Navy Flag Officer Sea Training based at HMS Drake in HMNB Devonport. A Sikorsky S-61 helicopter is used on occasions for FOST duties. BIH operates two Sikorsky S-61 helicopters from RAF Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands, where they are used for everyday military transport and land logistic support around the islands, where there are few roads and a 12-mile strip of sea separating the two main islands. Coventry Airport operator BIH Ltd functions as BIH’s utilities division, servicing an operational workload that includes Police and Air Ambulance capability, commercial helicopter support including surveying, pipeline patrols, TV mast calibration, load lifting and national park services and film work.
BIH Ltd maintains BIH’s VIP and commercial charter business, flight training for both commercial and private pilots and helicopter engineering across a wide range of helicopter and aeroplane types. The company was British Airways Helicopters until its privatisation in September 1986, when it was sold to publisher Robert Maxwell and subsequently renamed to British International Helicopters. In 1993 CHC Helicopter acquired 40% of BIH's voting shares, raised their shareholding to 90% within a year. BIH became the UK subsidiary of CHC, as Brintel Helicopters Limited. In October 1996 Brintel acquired the Cardiff-based Veritair Limited; the current incarnation of the company was formed in 2000 with the backing of 3i Group PLC and the Bank of Scotland, through a management buy in of the non-oil related operations of Scotia Helicopters and CHC Helicopter, with the Bank of Scotland providing funding of £22million. In 2006, BIH finalised a secondary management buy-out financed by a syndicate of investors led by Matrix Private Equity Partners, with the backing of Finance Cornwall and Chrysalis Venture Capital Trust.
As a result of the loss of a South Wales Police helicopter air support contract, the business of British International at Cardiff was sold in May 2008 to the management team led by Captain Julian Verity. The new company Heli Charter Wales Limited is trading as Veritair Aviation. Veritair Limited changed its name to British International Helicopter Services Limited in October 2008. In June 2013, the company was acquired by The Rigby Group PLC subsidiary Patriot Aerospace to supplement its existing aviation activities. On 1 August 2012 it was announced that the service between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly would be withdrawn from 1 November 2012. A Judicial Review triggered by the Tesco supermarket group over the sale of Penzance Heliport to Sainsburys created a period of delay which affected the finance to replace the fleet of helicopters. BIH flew seasonal and year-round domestic scheduled services from its main base at Penzance Heliport, with services to St. Mary's Airport, Tresco Heliport, Isles of Scilly.
It used two Sikorsky S-61 helicopters from a pool of nine of the type. The flights ceased on 31 October 2012. British International Helicopter Services Ltd:G-ATBJ Sikorsky S-61N 1965 G-ATFM Sikorsky S-61N 1965 G-BFRI Sikorsky S-61N 1978 G-FSAR Agusta AW189 2015 G-SAAR Agusta AW189 2015 BIH Ltd:G-CHKW - Robinson R44 G-NWPS – Eurocopter EC135 T.1 1998 G-SCHZ – Eurocopter AS355 Ecureuil 2 1999 Although British International Helicopter Services Ltd. has suffered no accidents since its inception in May 2000, the following events were experienced by its predecessors: 16 July 1983A British Airways Helicopters Sikorsky S-61N G-BEON crashed into the southern Celtic Sea en route from Penzance to St. Mary's Airport in low visibility; the crash killed 20 of the 26 passengers and crew, making it the worst UK Helicopter accident until the 1986 British International Helicopters Chinook crash. 6 November 1986A British International Helicopters Boeing 234LR Chinook crashed on approach to Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, killing 45.
13 July 1988A Sikorsky S-61N ditched into no injuries. 21 April 2000A Veritair Eurocopter AS355 operating for South Wales Police crashed into a house in Cardiff when the tail rotor drive failed. Main Company Information