Sunday, November 03, 2019

R44 departs after paint


R44II G-OGJC departed today after paint with Edmondsons.

A nice refresh as the old Viper blue and gold was looking a bit tired.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A109S G-MSVI


Noted today for the first time was A109S G-MSVI (22029) operating from it's new home at hangar 2B

Bell 505 G-IIBB


New visitor to the airfield in all of the 505's today was G-IIBB.

Bell 505 event


Looks like a Bell 505 event at Heliwork today.

G-DONE, G-EIMS, G-IDFE, G-IGGI, G-IIBB, G-JRXI, G-MADZ, and G-XXSF were all in attendance, as well as B407 G-JGXP.

So that is 8 of the UK registered fleet of 12 Bell 505's on the airfield today.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Cabri G2 G-OGTC departs after paint



Newly re-registered Guimbal Cabri G2 G-OGTC (ex G-VVBH) rolled out of the paintshop today in it's fantastic red and white scheme. It flew back to HQ at Denham this afternoon.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Friday was a Bell day



Bell 505 G-JRXI & Bell 407 G-JGXP at lunchtime today.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Sunny Friday


Seen on the field at lunchtime today were..

G-IDFE B505
G-SANJ G2
G-ONVG G2
G-LINE AS355
2-HELO A109
G-TUNE R22B

Friday, September 13, 2019

EC120B visitor


Lunchtime visitor today was EC120B G-SWNG in from Swansea.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

2nd oldest R22 flying in UK


On the field with Heli Air today was R22B G-BMIZ.

With construction number 0505, this is the 2nd oldest R22 flying in the UK and the oldest R22B model.

The older being R22 Alpha G-IBED c/n 0500.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

R44 visits



Visiting at lunchtime today was R44 G-ODAZ (12167)

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

The old & the new....


Nice to see the old and the new together, Bell 206B G-BKEW and Bell 505 G-EIMS at Thruxton this lunchtime.


Monday, September 02, 2019

New H145 arrived


H145 VP-CDR arrived at Thruxton this afternoon, inbound from Fairoaks, it departed Sylt airport this morning & routed via Rotterdam.

It was noted on board the yacht "Anna" on 20th August in the port of Stavanger.

The yacht is linked to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev and thus EC155 G-SCOR and Airbus A319 jet M-KATE.

Bell 505's


On the field this morning were a couple of Bell 505's, G-DONE and newly registered G-IDFE.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Bell 206 G-BNYD visits


Visitor today was B206B3 G-BNYD which brought in pilot for flight test of new Bell 505 G-IDFE.

Thursday, August 29, 2019


G-HKCC now wears "FARER" titles.

FARER appear to be a UK watch brand, not quite sure of the link between helicopter and brand yet.

Sunny day brings out a few visitors....


On the field today were Bell 407 G-COGS, R66 G-HKCC, Cabri G2 G-OCDO and R44 G-EEZR.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Bell 206B G-BXKL


On the field today was Bell 206B G-BXKL, owned by Swatton Aviation Ltd. of Andover, and operated at on the Heli Air AOC.

New Bell 505 G-IDFE arrived from Soton docks in a container yesterday for engineering completion at Heliwork, it should be flying next week.

In the paintshop are Cabri G2 G-OGTC (ex G-VVBH) which will be painted in a spectacular red & white scheme, AS355F2 G-BSTE which is now all grey and Irish based Bell 206L N720B which will also emerge in a grey scheme in due course.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

R22B G-CCVU


On the field this morning doing a compass swing was R22B G-CCVU (3600)

Monday, July 22, 2019

M-REEM departs after paint


AS355NP M-REEM (5749) ex I-ERPI departed today back to Oxford for engineering completion.

The old AS355F1 G-REEM (5175) was registered to classic sporting car dealer Duncan Hamilton & Co. Ltd. at an address near Basingstoke on 22/07, so that looks to have been disposed of quickly.

G-REEM was subsequently cancelled to Australia on 26/07.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A few notable (but sadly not photographed) arrivals

Of note recently have been some quite interesting arrivals across the airfield both by road and by air....

AS355NP M-REEM (5749) ex I-ERPI arrived in late June for repaint into the standard Kingdom green and white scheme. It should depart next week back to Oxford for engineering completion, it replaces the ageing AS355F-1 G-REEM for Heliking.

Bell 206L-1 N720B (45452) normally based in Eire has also come in for paint.

Bell 407 G-DCDB (53137) again, normally based in Eire arrived at lunchtime on Friday 12/07 by air and was rolled into the Heliwork hangar, I think for a sales survey.

R22B G-TINK (0937) flew in on 08/07 and is now at Edmondson's for paint, it should roll out next week in the standard red & white R22BII scheme for Heli-Mech Ltd.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Yellow R44II for IoM


R44II G-LVIE (11159) has been repainted all yellow with "Yellow Helicopters" titles. It should be based on the Isle of Man in due course.

R44II G-MEEP has also been transformed and now wears a very nice black & red scheme.

Friday, June 14, 2019

AS350 G-IANW becomes G-HAZZ


AS350B3 G-HAZZ departed Thruxton by road this morning, back to A2B at Shoreham I think for engineering completion.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

San Marino H145 visitor


Nice visitor in for a 2nd time this week, H145 T7-NKA (20219) in from Staverton, out to Bournemouth then onto south of France for op's on a super yacht I think.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

G-DCSI in new scheme


R44 G-DCSI after paint looking like new!

Friday, March 08, 2019

G-BKEW on the pad


B206B G-BKEW out on the pad at Heliwork today.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Bell 505 G-JRXI on field


Always nice to see new types on the field.

Bell 505 G-JRXI with Heliwork.

A return visitor Bell 407 G-JGXP


G-JGXP came in from the north around late morning and it left en route to Le Touquet & subsequently has routed to Siegerland and is bound for Prague.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A busy place

EC135 G-OPAH ground running, minus rotors.

R44 G-NELS departed by air back to Leeds after paint.

AS350 G-WHST arrived on low loader.

R22B G-CCVU departed back to home base after maintenance at Heliwork.

R44 G-CDCV did a navex into the field, I think from Gloucester.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Bell 407 back for maintenance

2018 Bell 407 G-JGXP (54727) is at Heliwork for a bit of maintenance.

Nice to see the type back on the field.

The dark clouds behind look a little ominous weather wise......

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

EC145 inbound from France


M-ONDE EC145-C2 (9052) was tracked on FR24 & other flight trackers inbound to Thruxton 24/10.

Note : photo taken from the car park.

Monday, October 22, 2018

MD600 visits


MD600 N4T (RN073) coming into land on the dispersal at Heliwork this morning.

In from Sywell for a spot of maintenance, it returned back to Northamptonshire around lunchtime.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Interesting visitor - S76C


Interesting visitor on a murky day - S76C N707DS (760471) ex D-HUGO.

It departed early on the 17th by road to Soton docks for onward shipment to US.

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.