Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Friday, August 10, 2018
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
The next R44II for the National Grid survey contract has been rolled out after being repainted. G-GOES (10942) should depart back to Leicester tomorrow after it's transformation at Edmondson's.
That leaves Hughes 500E N369SY, EC120B G-EIZO, R22B G-KKRN and R44II G-ROMT still here part way through being repainted.
Monday, July 02, 2018
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Monday, June 04, 2018
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Monday, April 30, 2018
Bell 222B (47136) marked as 5N-AQQ but registered as N3205T at the time seen on the ramp between Heliwork and the flight school at Thruxton sometime in the mid 1990's? It was for sale with what was then RCR Aviation.
I think the aircraft was eventually used for spares in the US as it was cancelled in 2013.
Monday, April 16, 2018
Friday, April 06, 2018
Thursday, April 05, 2018
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Monday, February 19, 2018
Eire based Enstrom 480B N589DE (5220) arrived with Heliwork for maintenance, it hasn't done a lot of hours, but is due a 100 hr check.
Photo by kind permssion of Mike Burdett via Flickr
Friday, February 16, 2018
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Friday, January 26, 2018
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Monday, December 18, 2017
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017
EC145 G-MPSB has been rolled out of the hangar after having Metropolitan Police titles removed, this will fly back to Oxford today. The other 2 ex Met Police EC145's should follow suit in due course. There is rumour that the NPAS operation of the type will cease.
The aircrew flew down in EC135 G-CPAS which needs a boom repaint, the Police aircraft spend quite a lot of time at low speed or in the hover, so the super heated exhaust gases wash down over the boom with the downdraft of the main rotors and damage paint, so a boom repaint is quite normal.
AS365N3 EI-GJL continues in the paintshop and is nearing completion ready for it's anticipated departure back to Multiflight at Leeds-Bradford Airport next week.
Monday, October 09, 2017
Friday, October 06, 2017
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
The first of a selection of larger helicopters going through the paintshop at the moment saw this EC155B1 G-LCPX (6748) out of the hangar today, recently registered as such, it was previously operated as G-WINV and G-WJCJ with Starspeed Ltd. for Walid Juffali.
It is now owned by Charterstyle Ltd. who have SA365N2 G-LCPL already and a history of helicopter ownership starting in 2001 with AS355N G-CLIP which soon became G-OLCP which they operated for more than a decade.
Other aircraft coming through at the moment are SA365N3 EI-GJL, as well as an EC135 and EC145.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
The striking colour scheme on the interior was done by Farnborough Aircraft Interiors.
Photo by kind permission and copyright of Brian G. Nicholls.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
After paint completion at Thruxton a few weeks ago, Hughes 500 N369E (0474E) slipped away on the back of a low loader to Shoreham for engineering completion.
Luckily Gary Styles caught up with it at Barton when it was being delivered to new base on a Scottish Isle.
Photo by kind permission and copyright of Gary Styles.
Friday, June 30, 2017
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Thursday, May 04, 2017
Monday, May 01, 2017
Seen here at Ascot in 2014 by Graeme Lovell, it is not new to this neck of the woods as it was registered to Heliwork Services Ltd. as G-STVI in 1990 when being re-vamped and re-registered for new owner as G-EYRE. It took up new markings of G-JRCR with new owner in 2013.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Friday, April 07, 2017
Quite a successful day for our Midlands correspondent, he also captured freshly painted R44 G-RBRI in it's new NationalGrid livery before it departed to East Midlands Helicopter Maintenance for final engineering completion and the vinyl logo's to be applied.
There should be a 3rd machine in this scheme for the contract, probably G-LINZ, but whether or not that comes to Thruxton for paint, we will have to wait and see.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
A new regular type at Thruxton from now on I think..... The Guimbal Cabri G2 G-CHWJ is one of a small fleet being operated by Vantage Aviation Ltd. out of Old Sarum, these are now maintained at Heliwork.
Others of the type seen recently include G-OCDO, G-ONVG as well as other members of the Vantage fleet B206 G-BXKL and leased in G-CILJ, although the latter is still maintained at Skytech I think.
Although not connected to Vantage Cabri G2 G-SDTL is also here as well as Gazelle G-EZEL, both coming in from Bourne Park.
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance EC135T3 (1190) G-HIOW has a few minor changes to it's scheme reflecting a new brand livery.
The marketing staff of the charity would have you believe "The change in the brand reflects the changes that have occurred in the service over the last 10 years......" whilst I agree that the service has evolved and changed a lot over the last 10 years, I'm not really quite sure how a change in livery says anything like that....
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
The 50th anniversary of the first flight of the Gazelle is just around the corner, and to mark the occasion a fly-in has been organised at the home of the British military Gazelle - Middle Wallop on Saturday 8th April 2017. Follow the link below for more details including a list of booked visitors.
The first prototype SA.340 flew for the first time on 7th April 1967, it initially flew with a conventional tail rotor taken from the Alouette II. The tail was replaced in early 1968 with the distinctive fenestron tail on the second prototype. The first production Gazelle conducted its first flight on 6th August 1971.
Still in use today by the AAC, and with a good number of them now in civilian hands based at Bourne Park, it's distinctive fenestron whine can still be heard over the skies of Hampshire on a regular basis.