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.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

G-OSAR emerges

Outside for the first time is newly imported Bell 206L-1 G-OSAR (45704).

After ground runs and a flight test this should depart for it's new base at Old Sarum with Vantage Aviation later today.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Two departures....

Two departures today after being here with Edmondson for paint for a few weeks.

AS350B G-JBBZ looking refreshed with a new coat of metallic blue.

And northern based Gazelle HA-LFH in it's fantastic new black\silver camo scheme.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Garda EC135


Garda 272 EC135 arrived today for some minor paint work.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

New import Bell 206L-1



Arriving earlier at Thruxton today was Bell 206L-1 OY-HPJ c/n (45704) ex N2153H, N600JS, N410PC, N600JS, N600WH.

It will go G- in due course and should be based at Old Sarum.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Nice visitor


Nice visitor today, new R66 G-TRON (0731) was here with Heli Air. Recently registered to PFR Aviation Ltd., the aircraft is on leaseback to Heli Air at Denham.

Only a few R66's have ventured to Thruxton, so it's nice to see the type here again.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

New arrival


Just arrived by road this morning is Bell 206B (925) G-SDCI all the way from it's Glasgow base, here for restoration to flying condition after a few years of storage.

Previously G-GHCL & G-SHVV this airframe has been at Heliwork for similar work many, many years ago.....

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

After the holidays....

A regular over-the-top sighting going from it's south west base to London is Bell 206B (2270) G-RNBW, this flew into the field last week and is now at Heliwork for some maintenance work.

Another JetRanger coming in for maintenance and restoration to airworthiness is Bell 206B (925) G-SDCI which has been in storage for a couple of years. It should be arriving by road this week.

Agusta A109E (11769) N53BK is in for paint for Arena Aviation Ltd., one of a pair of machines recently acquired by them, these will go onto the G- register for AOC work after they are painted. N53BK should transfer to G-TXTV and emerge in a dark blue\silver scheme. The sister ship is A109E (11732) which is currently registered N365TV, this should come in for a new black\silver paint scheme in the next couple of months and then become G-RXTV.

R22B (3217) G-OCOV arrived at Heli Air last week and should be wheeled around to the paintshop this week for repaint.

R22B (2048) G-BUBW has just been rebuilt by HQ Aviation Ltd. at Denham and has been sold to a new owner - Julian Darker who had R22B (0534) G-JATD in the early 2000's. This newly rebuilt machine is in the process of re-registered with new marks and is coming to Thruxton for a new paint scheme over the next couple of weeks.

EC120B (1695) G-WADD arrives by road from Denham on 06/09 and is here for paint.

Finally R66 (0727) G-PODD is scheduled to arrive in September as well..... back to being a busy place again!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

H369 flight test


Hughes 369-HS G-LIBS (43-0469S) flight testing with Heliwork at Thruxton today.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Another Squirrel transformation completed


AS355F2 G-UKTV (5169) rolled out of the paintshop today & returned to Redhill for engineering completion after it's transformation from G-JESE to the new marks for Arena Aviation.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Hughes 500 departs


Hughes 500 N13175 (1111D) has departed back to Shoreham for engineering completion after it's stunning and very unusual new paint scheme has been applied.

I understand this is to be registered in the UK soon.

Elsewhere on the airfield Enstrom 480B N480EA (5076) has been registered as G-LLLY for a new owner via EAH at Shoreham.

Bell 206B G-NEWZ (4475) is being used by Heli Air for their pipeline contract sorties.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Another new H.125


New Airbus H.125 (or AS350B3e as was) G-CIZH departs in the heavy rain today, not quite sure if it is going back to Oxford with Airbus or Denham with AS Aerospace Design. This will be re-registered G-HKCN in due course as a sister ship to G-HKCC.

Painted very dark blue, it looks almost black in dark light conditions.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thunderstorms

Not a great deal going on today as the clouds were dark and heavy, but G-BVGA did do an airtest.

R44 G-DSPZ is in for paint after bladder tank mod with Heli Air, it should depart next Monday.

AS350B3 G-CIWO should depart by road next Wednesday, back to Denham for engineering completion and possibly a registration change....

Friday, June 10, 2016

Static visitor


An unusual static visitor today, Lynx AH7 being used as an exhibit for Army recruitment at Thruxton this weekend for the truck racing event.

The covers had XZ648 markings, but I cannot confirm airframe details.

G-CIWO, G-ZAPY & N13175 continue to reside in paint shop.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Retro scheme R44 departs


Not the best photo ever taken (not one of mine I hasten to add!) but nonetheless it does record the departure of R44 G-KUBE (c/n 10091 ex G-VEIT) back to Booker today after a total repaint in dark green & gold - which in my view are quite retro colours harking back to the 1990's.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Summer begins.....

The start of a new month and a few little snippets....

H369D (1111D) N13175 which is ex A2-HAO (and still marked as such) has arrived for paint from Shoreham. It will then require a significant amount of engineering completion and is rumoured to be destined for the G- register when finished.

AS350B3e (8191) G-CIWO arrived by road yesterday from Aerospace Design at Denham, it will be painted here.

R44II (10091) G-VEIT has been re-registered mid way through a repaint at Edmondsons, so this aircraft should re-appear wearing it's new markings of G-KUBE and green\gold livery in due course.

Enstrom 480 (5084) G-ENHP is back in the air after a period of storage, the owner was training in it yesterday and it should be seen flying again throughout the summer.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Refurbished Bell LongRanger departs


New B206L3 (51578) G-CIUY has taken to the air and departed to Blackpool.

Now looking quite different compared to when it arrived here a few months ago as D-HALT.

Although registered to an address in London, I think this machine will spend most of it's time in Northern Ireland, the owners have upgraded from R44 G-ONEP.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

G-VVBA departs


AS355F2 G-VVBA departs back to Elstree after a complete respray with Edmondson Aviation Ltd.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Busy week in the paintshop

AS355F2 G-VVBA is halfway through the paint process. It will come out in what I think might be a new Hinde corporate scheme, a light blue topside, white underside with a silver stripe between.

B206L3 G-CIUY is being prepped.

R44II's G-ORBK and G-VEIT are here for complete repaint after having had the fuel tank modifications.

On the field with Heli Air were R22B's G-BLME and G-WRWR.

On the Air Ambulance pad was G-HIOW.

On the Heliwork dispersal were G-BXKL and G-ENHP, with G-LIBS, G-BKEW, N480BB, N64EA and N120HH seen inside the hangar.

UPDATE : G-ORBK seen a few weeks later at Wellesbourne after completion.


Tuesday, April 05, 2016

G-DLUX departs back to Redhill


EC120B G-DLUX (1027) ex G-IGPW departs Thruxton today after a repaint by Edmondson Aviation.

Another lovely transformation of a tired 17 year old aircraft into a modern scheme that I am sure will add value.

Friday, March 11, 2016

And yet another R44II completed


A 3rd R44II comes out of the paintshop in as many weeks.

Busy here still though with G-DLUX, G-VVBA & G-TOLY all being worked on.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

G-FRYA departs after paint


R44II G-FRYA (11605) departed back to Oxford today after engineering completion by A2B.

Nice new original scheme makes it look fresh and re-vitalised.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

R44II G-RULE departs after paint


Robinson R44 Raven II G-RULE (11039) departed after paint with Edmondsons today.

Another stunning transformation by Simon and the team.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Yet another R44....


R44II G-FRYA (11605) arrived today for repaint, it should be quite a quick turnaround for this, no idea of a scheme yet, but hopeful to see it before departing.

One of two machines owned and operated by A2B Helicopter Maintenance based out of Oxford.

Friday, February 12, 2016

German arrival

Bell 206L3 D-HALT (51578) arrived today, it's been wheeled into Heliwork, but I think it is destined for the paintshop for a makeover. Rumoured it will then be exported to Eire onto the EI- register.

A photograph from 2015 shown left is courtesy of Thorsten Brehm.

UPDATE 26/02/2016 : This aircraft has now been registered in the UK as G-CIUY to a partnership called Volantair LLP, the owners have an R44 already which is up for sale and I think the LongRanger will be based in Northern Ireland.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Another R44 for repaint


R44 Raven II G-RULE flew in from it's maintenance base with Heli-mech at Hulcote today for a repaint with Edmondsons.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Long term resident may have departed


1967 Bell 206B G-BKZI which has been an ever present sight at Thruxton since the mid 1980's may have finally departed to pastures new (although it will probably still be maintained by Heliwork).

It was registered to new owners on 11th January. Brian Austen has connections to Thruxton airfield, but generally bases his aircraft out of Oaksey Park.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

R44 arrives for paint


R44II G-JRED arrived at the paintshop today for work after the aircraft had the fuel bladder modification at HQ Aviation at Denham, not sure if it's just the new panels or a complete repaint.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Dauphin goes back to Oxford


AS365N3 G-CIUC departed by road back to Airbus at Oxford today after being painted in new King Power scheme, this makes it a sister ship to A109S G-LCFC for the owner of Leicester City FC - Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

This new aircraft has been reported as destined for operations in Thailand on the HS register, potentially as HS-LFC.

Monday, October 26, 2015

New Air Ambulance on station

New EC135T3 G-HIOW (1190) arrived on Saturday and is now on station. Fully equipped with all the latest bells, whistles, spotlights and a fully integrated glass cockpit, this aircraft should be here for a while.
Arriving today was Bell 429 M-HRPN (57187) in for some minor paint work. It did some circuit training before finally settling on the dispersal outside Edmondsons.

Also here are EC155 G-CIOT for Eurocopter Oxford and R22 G-EFOF for HQ Aviation.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Another revamp


R22B G-WIZR (2799) rolled out today in it's new red & white livery, yet again another aircraft rejuvenated by the Edmondson team.

Visitors to the field this morning were a varied collection of R66 G-OHAS, R44 G-MDDT, B206L4 G-PTOO, AS355F1 G-OALI, S269 G-OSLO and A109A N64EA.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

A very wet day for a departure


A downpour greeted the departure of new AS350B3 G-LEOG in it's new black and pearlescent cream livery. On it's way by road back to Airbus at Oxford for engineering completion, hopefully it will be seen in blue skies soon.

Friday, October 02, 2015

New EC155 arrives


EC155B1 G-CIOT (6991) arrived by road today from Airbus Helicopters at Oxford.

This might not be on the G- reg for very much longer as I think it might be destined for the M- register in due course.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Civilian military scheme's


SNIAS Gazelle SA341G (1417) is a civilian model, for some reason it was painted in a desert camo scheme in the late 1990's. It was operated from a private site in Kent. In 2002 it was re-registered G-OGEO, a mark it still wears today, based in Falkirk, Scotland.

First registered Southern Air in 1989 as G-OSOO (0298E) this machine had 4 further UK owners before being registered G-HUKA in February 2002 with it's current owner. When this scheme was painted, the paintshop had 5 different spray guns being operated at the same time to complete the task.

Monday, September 28, 2015

License built Gazelle


Taken in late 1990's in between the FAST & Heliwork hangars, HA-LFR was a Soko license built Gazelle.

Still in the UK & based in Yorkshire, it is now registered HA-PPY.

An old Scout

A rare shot of Westland Scout AH.1 G-BXSL (F.9762) taken at Thruxton in late 1998.

This aircraft was on the UK register from 1998 until 2002, it was destroyed in an accident on 19th November 2001 8nm southwest of Cambridge.

Formerly XW799, various sighting of this have been made subsequently in a German museum, painted blue. However, I know this airframe ended up on the fire dump at Thruxton. The sightings in Germany have read XW799 from an inside rear door, I can only assume this was swapped at some stage before being demobbed.

Friday, September 25, 2015

French imported Jet Ranger in 1997


This French JetRanger F-GCFS was imported to the UK in late November 1996 by RCR Aviation Ltd. and Heliwork were tasked with turning it around and re-exporting it.

G-BWZB was registered for a very short period of time from November 1996 until May 1997, it spent most of it's time whilst on the register sat in the hangar at Thruxton being worked on and tested, it was exported to Portugal as CS-HDV. It now operates in Romania as YR-RAA and still in the same scheme!

A blast from the past....


I might do a bit of historical posting in the future.

So to start, here are a couple of January 1997 shots of aircraft at Thruxton, Grampian Helicopters Bell 206B G-GHCL taken outside the "old" Heliwork hangar, before they had the extension! The aircraft is now registered to a private owner in Scotland as G-SDCI.

And R22B G-DMCD, again in Jan 1997 on the dispersal, probably with FAST Helicopters. The aircraft is now registered G-WFWS & based at Hurn with the vetrans Charity Wings for Warriors.