HeliOps3 XV666 landed at Thruxton this afternoon, not on the normal field, but on the track at the entrance to the chicane. It had routed Portland to London, down the heli lanes and back to the SW via Thruxton. Photo credit : Shaun McRandle.
G-JBBB acted as crew ferry for the pick up of newly painted and to be re-registered G-SWNG to G-TIMO.
Elsewhere on the field AS355F1 G-PIPB was training out of Heli Air, Bell 206-L1 G-OSAR was on the Heliwork dispersal and Cabri G2 G-OCDO was training, but parked up at the pumps over lunchtime. The Air Ambulance G-HIOW was on stand as usual.
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.
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.