HeliOperations News

HeliOperations Takes Ownership of 16 Sea King Helicopters

On 12th Aug 2019 in Equipment,News,Training

Vice Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt CB OBE, the Master of the Household, was guest of honour at HeliOperations’ Osprey Quay on Thursday 8 August, in his role as Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Dorset. Admiral Johnstone-Burt, accompanied by his wife Rachel, presided over the transfer-of-title of sixteen former-Royal Navy and Royal Air Force Sea King Helicopters from…

Whirlwind HAR Mk10 Aircraft

On 13th Jun 2019 in News

HeliOperations was delighted to welcome a Whirlwind HAR Mk10 aircraft from Historic Helicopters to our Portland Headquarters. The Whirlwind was operated by the RN and RAF in the 50s and 60s, including for Search and Rescue, reflecting HeliOperations own operations. Now flying as G-BVGE, the aircraft is the last airworthy example of the type in…

Manor Park School Visit

On 14th Mar 2019 in News

When Steve Gladston, Chief Executive, received a telephone call from Manor Park First School in Dorchester, he never imagined it would result in up to ninety children coming to visit the HeliOperations base in Portland. Knowing how important it is for the people in the area to understand what it is that they do there,…

Commander of German Fleet Air Arm Commends Delivery of SAR Training

On 3rd Oct 2018 in Search and Rescue,Training

The outgoing Commander of the German Navy’s Fleet Air Arm has commended the flying training delivered to his Service by HeliOperations. In a recent letter Kapitän sur See Matthias Potthoff applauded HeliOperations’ ability to deliver a comprehensive training solution; one which fully-met the FGN Fleet Air Arm’s urgent operational requirement to train both ab initio…

UK MOD Approved Training Facilities

On 25th Sep 2018 in Crew,Equipment,News,Training

Farnborough 2018: Jane’s talks to Steve Gladston CEO and founder of HeliOperations on their UK MOD Approved Training Facilities and training programme for German Navy Sea King Search & Rescue Helicopter Pilots operating ex Royal Navy Sea King MK5 Helicopters on the UK Military Register. HeliOperations Train German Navy SAR pilots

HeliOperations 2018

On 17th Sep 2018 in Equipment,News,Search and Rescue,Training

2018 has been a busy year for HeliOperations; in early September we welcomed our colleagues from the Federal German Navy and their FGN MK41 Sea King to our base at Portland. The Sea King disembarked from FGS Bonn last week and enjoyed a comfortable overnight stay with XV666 Damien. Our FGN students have also been…

Dara – Queen of the Skies

On 15th Sep 2018 in Equipment,News

Dara Fitzpatrick was the Irish Coast Guard’s most senior helicopter search and rescue pilot. She lost her life in March 2017 whilst Captain of the Irish Coast Guard Dublin-based Rescue 116 helicopter. Dara was the first Irish Marine Emergency Services woman pilot. In 2010 she and her crew received the “Best of Irish Award” for…

Osprey visits Osprey Quay

On 13th Aug 2018 in News

HeliOperations was delighted to host a CV 22B Osprey from the USAF’s 7th SOS based at RAF Mildenhall. This astonishing tiltrotor aircraft combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. The USAF’s CV 22 and the USMC’s MV 22…

BBC South Today

On 4th Apr 2018 in News

The training of SAR (Search And Rescue) helicopter pilots at HeliOperations Portland base. Helioperations are delighted that Weymouth Council have recently confirmed that all helicopter operations at the former Coastguard base at Portland are in accordance with the existing planning permission for the heliport…

Helitech International 2017

On 4th Oct 2017 in News,Search and Rescue,Training

The Helitech International 2017 event is taking place at ExCeL London on the 3rd to 5th October – if you are in the area then please come and say hi! Helitech International is Europe’s largest exhibition / conference event catering for over 4000 rotorcraft industry professionals, you will find Heli Operations at Stand K80. Heli…