Thursday, October 04, 2018
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Heli Air were training on the field today using their AS355F1 G-PIPB (5261).
An interesting machine, now over 35 years old with more than 7,250 hours, it started out life with the Duke of Westminster registered as G-TALI.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Thursday, September 06, 2018
Agusta-Bell 206B G-BDBR (8441) of Westwood Engineering, Plymouth at Heliwork Services Ltd., Thruxton in December 1986.
Another Agusta-Bell 206B G-RODS (8435) can be seen in the hangar in the background.
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Bell 206B3 G-TEGS (4622) at Thruxton 30/8, looked to be doing training of some kind. Note this has a HISL fitted, so maybe doing some pipeline work?
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
R22B G-KKRN (1201) wheeled out of Edmondson's today. This is ex G-DMCD, G-OOLI, G-DMCD, G-LINS and G-WFWS.
I really like the scheme and think it could be re-used with different colour markings... yellow, red, light blue and white etc...
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
A blast from the past... September 2008 to be precise. AS350B3 G-CFHE (4536) was brought into UK for completion by Eurocopter UK and it was then exported to New Zealand as ZK-IKJ where it is still operated by Volcanic Air Safaris Ltd. in Rotorua
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
EC120B G-LTZY (1073) [ex G-IBRI, G-OTFL] rolled out from the paintshop today in it's lovely new blue scheme, making it probably one of the best looking EC120's around.
It returned by air to Redhill this afternoon.
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
H130 G-ESET arrived for minor paint today, it has been active with Heli Air on the field for a few days, this is probably linked to a recent owner change and probably type rating related.
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
Guimbal Cabri G2 G-VVBH (1136) is showing as a Potential change of registered Ownership on G-INFO, it has arrived at Thruxton this afternoon and I understand it will be maintained here moving forward for new owner and will be based in the SW.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Wednesday, November 22, 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
Gazelle HT.3 G-ONNE (1089) has been to Thruxton this afternoon, first flight noted after a 10 year rebuild at Bourne Park, paint was probably done at local vehicle specialists in Andover - B.P. Rolls.
Friday, October 06, 2017
Thursday, September 28, 2017
An interesting visitor today, Kamov KA-32A12 HB-XKE (s/n: 8709/02) from HeliSwiss, en route back to base after a heavy lift contract in Wales for a couple of days.
It routed to Wales via Shoreham just yesterday.
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
After a protracted stay at Thruxton for paint and interior refurbishment, Bell 206L-1 G-JRCR (45229) has been rolled out and should depart back to the north of England later today.
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
For some reason G-WASC was on station today, but G-HIOW was also present, maybe a handover or change, but both on pad.
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance EC135 G-HIOW has had a makeover to celebrate 10 years of the service in operation. Seen on station today.
In the paint shop R44 G-OBSM and H369E G-TRUE are both in for repaints.
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
EC155B1 G-HBJT (6807) arrived on Sunday, parked up outside Edmondsons, so I assume here for paint. The chrome "Al Mirqab" titles have been removed, but glue residue is still visible.
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.
Our visiting Midlands correspondent Graeme Lovell came down to Thruxton on Friday to have a look around before attending the Gazelle 50th event at Middle Wallop on Saturday.
He caught the HIoW Air Ambulance nicely, landing in the afternoon sun.