Thursday, October 04, 2018

R44 G-EWAD training


R44II G-EWAD (12296) was being used at Heli Air yesterday for training.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Heli Air training


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

New Bell 407 on field


Nice new Bell 407 G-JGXP (54727) arrived on the field this morning.

Probably linked to Heli Air where one of the instructors is 407 rated.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Another memory....


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

A blast from the past.... September 1986


Agusta-Bell 206B G-BIJC (8226) seen at Thruxton in September 1986.

Enstrom F-28A G-BALE and Bell 206B G-BBOR can be seen in the background.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Bell 206B3 G-TEGS on the field with Heli Air


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

Another R22B for HQ transformed.....


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

Hughes 500 G-MDDE arrives


Hughes 369E G-MDDE (0563E) arrived this morning and avoided the weather front that came in around lunchtime.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The next National Grid R44II for Helicentre


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

New maintenance visitor


New Guimbal Cabri G2 G-XFYF (1225) normally resident in Devon made the short trip up to Heliwork for a maintenance visit this week.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Bell 206 G-COIN departs after paint


Bell 206 G-COIN (897) departs back to Redhill after another stunning transformation at Edmondson Aviation.

Monday, June 04, 2018

R44II G-OONA



R44II G-OONA rolled out in new livery today, as did new R66 G-SDWV, sadly the latter wasn't wearing any markings, it departed by road back to Denham.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

10 years ago....


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

Yet another EC120 & another is set to follow


Freshly repainted EC120B G-TOOZ (1428) was rolled out today at Edmondsons.

It returned to base at Fairoaks by air this afternoon.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

EC120 G-LTZY rolls out


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

A blast from the past.... 1990's?


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

Old Bell Jet Ranger in for repaint



Bell 206B G-COIN (897) arrived late on Friday afternoon for long overdue repaint with Edmondsons.

Friday, April 06, 2018

A109A N64EA moved on field


Agusta A109A N64EA has now been moved to the open hangars on the field having spent a long time at Heliwork being restored to an airworthy state.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

G-OOTT still here


AS350B3 G-OOTT has arrived and is awaiting minor paint repairs.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

San Marino registered Bell 429WS visit



Bell 429WS T7-LLS (57215) of Skymedia AG at Heliwork today

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

H130 G-ESET in for minor paint


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

US registered Irish based Enstrom in for maintenance


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

G-OODX departs after re-reg & paint


Robinson R22B G-OODX (0720) ex G-BXXN departs back to Denham for engineering and interior completion after paint at Thruxton.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

109 departs in the sunshine


2012 A109SP G-CHFD (22262) departs Thruxton after a bit of TLC on the paint, it will be back in the winter for a repaint apparently.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Completed H500 G-HWKW


A recent departure after paint at Edmondsons was H500 G-HWKW, now looking amazing after engineering completion at Skytech at Sywell.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

One in, one out.....


G-MDDE on trailer about to be unloaded and G-HWKW just about to be loaded and return to Skytech for engineering completion after paint.

Monday, December 18, 2017

New H130 departs


H130 G-CJYT (8298) departing Thruxton today after a fantastic paint job at Edmondsons.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

New maintenance machine


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

H500 refresh


Hughes 500 G-HWKW (0537E) has arrived at Thruxton by road for a paint refresh at Edmondsons.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

New H125


New H125 G-IDLE (8377) departed today.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Boom repaint for Police EC135


As previously posted EC135 G-CPAS arrived today for a boom repaint.

Police swap


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

G-ONNE Gazelle re-appears after rebuild


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

Bell 429 visitor for Heliwork

Bell 429 N429JC (57021) has made the short hop from Helitech at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London down to Thruxton for the day, looking very nice in the autumn sunshine.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Interesting overseas visitor


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

A run of bigger aircraft


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

LongRanger G-JRCR departs


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

G-WCKD departs


EC130 G-WCKD (4746) departed Thruxton today after a tail boom repaint at Edmondsons.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Bright colours on R44II G-REGJ

Robinson R44II G-REGJ (10235) outside HQ Aviation at Denham on 14/07 after it's transformation from G-OPTF at Edmondsons a few weeks before.

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

Hughes 500 completed


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

Bell 206L-1 G-JRCR on way to paintshop


Bell 206L-1 G-JRCR on the way to paintshop after a long spell of engineering work at Heliwork.

G-WASC on station


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

G-HIOW re-painted


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

R22 G-PSJS departs


R22B G-PSJS (4053) departed today after a repaint in it's new smart looking red\white\blue scheme.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

One in, one out?

R22B G-PSJS (4053) ex G-PBRL arrived at Thruxton today for paint with Edmondson, taped reg.

It looks like it is crew ferry for the departure of B206L-3 G-VVBO.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Another LongRanger - G-JRCR

Bell 206L-1 G-JRCR (45229) arrived today for paint with Edmondson and new interior with Farnborough Aircraft Interiors.

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

Nice arrival on Sunday


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

Another NationalGrid R44


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.

Air Ambulance in the sun


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.