HeliOperations News

The Heliport, Portland – Proposed Hangar

On 23rd Mar 2021 in News

HeliOperations have applied to Dorset Council for planning permission for Erection of a Building for the servicing and maintenance of helicopters and additional facilities incidental to an existing heliport use. That application is currently being considered under reference WP/20/00467/OUT.

Finley the Sea King Helicopter

On 26th Feb 2021 in News

Finley Eckersley is HeliOperations number one fan, he loves to watch our Sea King helicopters take to the skies at our training base in Portland. Finley and his dad got invited to take a tour of HeliOps Portland earlier this year. And to their surprise, HeliOperations CEO Steve Gladston formally agreed to name a Sea…

Helicopter Maintenance UK

On 9th Feb 2021 in News

HeliOperations can offer both helicopter maintenance and technical support to helicopter operators and private helicopter owners. Our fully qualified engineers have many years experience and would be delighted to help support and discuss your aviation requirements. The UK MAA has granted Military Part 145 approval for HeliOps Somerton, which is fully-approved for the storage and…

Keeping You Safe this Winter!

On 21st Oct 2020 in News

Most people think SAR (search and rescue), distinctive orange helicopters or quality training facilities when they hear the name “HeliOperations”. However, this winter we introduced something slightly different to our Heliport on Portland. A drive-through clinic was set up at HeliOperations to deliver this year’s flu vaccine to a staggering 1800 people! It was deemed…

HeliOps SAR Training

On 18th Aug 2020 in News,Training

Below is a terrific video from Vertical Magazine and their recent visit to HeliOps Portland. It shows how HeliOperations can deliver operational training to a leading NATO partner nation with their own SAR aircraft, simulators and training facilities. If you have any questions about HeliOps Search and Rescue Training then please do not hesitate to…

Sea King Damien XV666 50th Birthday Celebrations

On 25th Jun 2020 in News

On June 22nd 1970 the hangar doors at Westland’s Yeovil opened for the first time for Damien XV666. This was the start of a long and illustrious flying career with the Fleet Air Arm where he flew in excess of 14,000 flying hours on various squadrons from a variety of platforms and in many different…

USAF CV-22 Ospreys return to Osprey Quay

On 5th Jun 2020 in News

The 7th Special Operations Squadron from the 352nd Special Operations Wing at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk returned to HeliOps Portland last week. The pair of United States Air Force CV-22 Ospreys, whose mission is to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces, visited Osprey Quay to refuel whilst conducting training along…

HeliOps Somerton Granted Part 145 Approval

On 14th Apr 2020 in News

The UK MAA has granted HeliOperations Part 145 approval for its brand new Base Maintenance and Storage Facility in Somerton near RNAS Yeovilton. The facility will be used for the storage and on-site maintenance of military registered air systems and components. HeliOperations will now transfer its Sea Kings and associated engineering stores and other equipment…

HeliOps German Navy Student Hero Saves Dorset Boy

On 11th Mar 2020 in News

HeliOperations are incredibly proud of German Navy student pilot Lt Johannes Rolle. Last month, a ten year-old boy from Weymouth became trapped underwater in a local swimming pool. Whilst the boy’s father fought to retrieve his son from the water, Johannes raised the alarm. Johannes then conducted CPR and successfully resuscitated the boy whose pulse…

New Engineering & Logistics Facility in Somerton

On 3rd Mar 2020 in News,Training,Uncategorized

HeliOps is delighted to announce the completion of its new engineering and logistics facility in the Somerset former county-town of Somerton. Situated approximately 5 miles north-west of RNAS Yeovilton and 35 miles from HeliOps own Heliport at Portland, the brand-new facility includes in excess of 3000 square metres of maintenance, logistics and office space. HeliOps…

HeliOps Welcomes Wasp Back to Osprey Quay

On 25th Feb 2020 in News

A historic Royal Navy Wasp helicopter, Westland Wasp HAS Mk 1 XT420 G-CBUI, made a return flight to the former RNAS Portland (HMS Osprey) marking the first time a Wasp has landed at the former Royal Naval Air Station in over 30 years. “To fly such an iconic heritage aircraft is an honour in itself”…

Hawk visits Osprey Quay

On 20th Jan 2020 in Equipment,News

Introducing “Blue” a Harris Hawk from Helliar Pest Control of Yeovil. Blue regularly visits the HeliOperations’ Osprey Quay hangar to provide bird and pest control. It’s amazing to see the reaction of pigeons and seagulls to his mere presence. Helliar Pest Control are a super example of the type of professional and passionate local company…