On March 26 this year the UK’s Department for Transport announced that Bristow Helicopters (part of the U.S.-based Bristow Group) had won the contract to provide a search and rescue helicopter service for the whole of the UK. The 10-year, £1.6 billion contract will officially begin implementation in April 2015, and will be fully in place by 2017, managed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
Sometimes all it takes is a reassuring voice on the radio and a heartfelt “follow me” to spell the difference between life and death in a tight aeronautical spot. That’s what happened to American long-distance ferry pilot Allen Wall, who was flying a Cessna 182 on a transatlantic ferry flight on April 27 when he reported heavy icing and fuel problems during a leg from Keflavik, Iceland, to Wick, Scotland.
CESSNA REIMS F-406 CARAVAN II, INVERNESS, UK, OCT. 22, 2004–Cessna Reims Caravan II G-TWIG, operated by Highland Airways, Inverness, Scotland, crashed in mountainous terrain 37 miles northwest of Inverness. IMC was reported in the area. The aircraft was substantially damaged and the pilot was killed. The aircraft had taken off from Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, and was en route to Inverness.