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Heli Air Opens New Base and Flight Instructor Academy at Gloucestershire Airport

 Heli Air, the UK’s leading helicopter business, is delighted to announce that from 24th September 2012, its new base at Gloucestershire Airport will be fully operational.

From helicopter charter to private & commercial pilot training, from aircraft broker sales to helicopter maintenance, from public transport to infrastructure surveillance, Heli Air offers an extensive range of services and operates with more than 40 helicopters from seven bases across the UK.  Gloucester will be the latest addition to a list that includes Wellesbourne, Wycombe, Denham, Silverstone, Thruxton and Fairoaks.

Heli Air is also Europe’s largest Robinson Helicopter distributor and operations at Gloucester will commence with a 2-seat Robinson R22 and a 4-seat R44 with plans to expand the fleet to include a 5-seat R66 and a Bell 206 JetRanger in the near future followed by additional R22s and a Bell LongRanger. 

The Gloucester base will be home to Heli Air’s new Flight Instructor Academy.  In addition, as the company already holds UK CAA FTO and TRTO approvals on many aircraft, the Gloucester base will also be offering full PPL(H) and CPL(H) courses and Type Ratings on the majority of single engine helicopters.

Captain Mike Buckland, a recognised specialist in training commercial pilots to become helicopter flight instructors will be the new Heli Air Gloucester Base Manager.  He has extensive knowledge of piloting, flight instruction and pilot skills testing & examinations as well as public transport capabilities and Mike will be responsible for all Heli Air activities at the base, including its ongoing development.

Brian Kane, Heli Air’s Head of Sales & Marketing, commented:
“The company has been expanding continuously over the past two years and when the opportunity arose to secure a newly built facility adjacent to the control tower at Gloucestershire Airport, we were quick to seize it.  The airport is very centrally located, close to the M5 and the A40, and has an excellent reputation nationally for General Aviation as well as a large helicopter presence already.  We’re very excited about the prospects for our new base at this airport.

Heli Air chose Gloucestershire Airport because of its reputation as a centre of excellence for helicopter operations. With the ILS project well underway and first class modern hangar facilities available, it is clear that the very supportive management team at the airport has a sound strategy for the future”.

Darren Lewington, Head of Operations at Gloucestershire Airport said: 
“We’re delighted to welcome Heli Air to Staverton, adding a huge benefit to the portfolio of rotary facilities available here.”

About Heli Air:

  • Heli Air is the UK's largest onshore helicopter operation, offering the country's most extensive range of products and services:

Helicopter Charter
Heli Air has its own fleet of over 25 helicopters available for charter for leisure and business purposes. The company can also manage the chartering of privately-owned helicopters.

Pilot and Instructor Training

With full UK CAA FTO and TRTO approvals, Heli Air can provide all the training required to obtain both the Private Pilot’s Licence PPL(H) and the Commercial Pilot’s Licence CPL(H) as well as Type Ratings for the Robinson R22, R44, Bell 206 JetRanger & LongRanger, Eurocopter AS350 (Squirrel), Eurocopter EC120 & EC130, Hughes 500 (369).

Heli Air also now runs at Gloucestershire Airport a full Instructor Course for pilots wishing to obtain an instructor rating - FI(H).

Helicopter Maintenance

Heli Air maintains at Wycombe & Wellesbourne over 120 Robinson R22s & R44s, Bell 206 JetRangers and LongRangers, Eurocopter EC120s & EC130s, Squirrels and Twin Squirrels, MD500s and Agusta 109s.

Brokerage Facilities

Heli Air can broker the sale and purchase of all makes and models of both new and pre-owned helicopters.

Utility Infrastructure Surveillance

  • Heli Air undertakes commercial contracts for several major UK pipeline operators.Heli Air is Europe’s largest distributor of Robinson helicopters including the R22, the R44 and the R66 Turbine.
  • Heli Air’s Head Office is at Wellesbourne Airfield near Warwick and it has bases at Denham Aerodrome (Uxbridge, Middlesex), Fairoaks Airport (Surrey), Gloucestershire Airport, Wycombe Air Park, Silverstone Heliport and Thruxton Aerodrome in Hampshire
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