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.

Friday, March 24, 2017

LongRanger transformation

Bell 206L-1 G-OHWK (45193) departed Thruxton this lunchtime after new paint and is now en route to Droitwich for fresh annual.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Guimbal Cabri invasion


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

New livery for the HIoW Air Ambulance


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....

Heli Air visitor


On the field outside the Heli Air hangar today was AS355F1 (5261) G-PIPB, looks to have been here overnight as it was tied down.

Not an unusual visitor as it is owned by Heli Air, but not seen frequently here.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Unique scheme on R66 G-PODD


An early visit to Thruxton this morning saw the departure of newly painted R66 G-PODD. Looking quite striking in it's new scheme. Reminiscent of an AAC Gazelle in the 1990's.....

It is now back at Heli Air at Booker.

50th anniversary of the Gazelle event at Middle Wallop


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.

http://www.threshold.aero/g50

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.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Visiting JetRanger


Bell 206B G-CILJ (1153) owned by Apple International of Norwich, but leased in by Vantage Aviation for their training contract based out of Old Sarum visited Thruxton today.

It's visit is probably linked with the first maintenance visit of Carbi G2 G-OCDO (1133) to Heliwork.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Airfield visitors


The weather seems to be a bit nicer of late and today saw a few visitors AS350B3 G-IANW (3447) came along with R66 G-LARD (0559) in tandem.

Elsewhere Guimbal Cabri G2 G-OCDO (1133) has come in for maintenance with Heliwork.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

National Grid R44 in service


A recent visitor to Thruxton for paint was R44II G-NESH (11609) seen in it's new livery at Leicester, a great new scheme that will be repeated on sister ships G-RBRI and G-LINZ in due course.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Two arrivals for paint


R66 G-PODD (0727) and R44II G-SHRT (10473) arrive late in the afternoon at Thruxton for paint from HeliAir at Booker.

In the hangar being prepped is Bell 206L-1 G-OHWK (45193).

Monday, January 23, 2017

G-KAYS arrives for paint


H369E (0157E) G-KAYS (ex G-CIMJ, G-RISK) arrives at Thruxton for paint from Skytech at Sywell.

EC130 ZK-IGM has been in for a refresh of new paint, same all silver scheme with black registration marks.

R44II G-NESH (11609) has been through the paintshop over the Christmas period for a respray in blue & white for it's new National Grid contract with sister ship G-RBRI due in soon afterwards for the same treatment.