Thursday, September 23, 2021

Sea King departs


Sea King XV647 departing Thruxton this morning.

Destination reported as Chard.... so likely going to Lift West with their fleet of aircraft.

[Photo : Sean McRandle]

Thursday, April 29, 2021

DHFS H135 visit


ZM532 (SYS87) Juno HT.1 of 660sqn DHFS RAF Shawbury briefly visited Thruxton on 29/04 whilst on a training sortie. [Photo : Sean McRandle]

Friday, January 15, 2021

G-BRTL arrives


Some movement.... albeit by road. Hughes 500E G-BRTL arrived by road from Sywell for paint this morning.

HeliOps S61 XV666 may have also visited again looking at tracks on FR24.

Thursday, November 05, 2020

HeliOps3 XV666 visits


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. 

Thursday, October 08, 2020

New resident Gazelle


A new arrival yesterday captured by Sean McRandle.

Westland Gazelle HT.3 G-TSTR ex Falcon\Gazelle Display will be based with Nova Systems at the airfield.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

EC120's on a sunny day

EC120's were the order of the day.....

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.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Some normality!

R44 G-TIMC visited today [Photo credit : Pete Brown]

Friday, February 07, 2020

EC155 M-LIZI departs

EC155B1 M-LIZI departed by road back to Denham today after arriving for paint 3 weeks ago.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Bell 429 at Heliwork

Bell 429 G-WLTS (57191) has been at Thruxton recently for some engineering work at the Bell CSF Heliwork.

Friday, January 24, 2020

G-OLDO becomes G-JSCB

EC120B G-JSCB (1489) ex G-OLDO departed today after paint with Edmondsons, it flew back to Shoreham.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Heli Air Utilities R44II training

G-SPTR R44II (12799) training in the murk at Thruxton today.

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

A blast from the past... G-TRCW

A blast from the past.... R44 Clipper G-TRCW (1022) taken on 24th October 2006 outside Edmondsons after paint for Heli Air.

Monday, December 02, 2019

Bell 429 - N429JC

Bell 429 - N429JC has been at Thruxton for a week or so, today it flew to Hurn (where it was photographed by Martin Uzzell)

It then flew on to Guernsey, there is a return flight plan lodged on FR24, so it looks like it will be returning later today.

UPDATE : This looks to have been sold to the USA and was shipped last week via Southampton docks and will operate in Hawaii.

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


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..

2-HELO A109

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


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.