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SaxonAir welcome back RAF Red Arrows to Business Aviation Centre

For the sixth year running we had the fantastic opportunity to welcome back to RAF Red Arrows to SaxonAir this year. Crowds gathered around the Business Aviation Centre last week to get a glimpse of the teams impressive display of preparation for departure on the ground, then watched them fly off in formation to their display at the Clacton Air Show.

We wish them all the best of luck for their displays in the next year and look forward to hosting them again back at Norwich in 2017.

 

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Red Arrows return to SaxonAir for 50th Anniversary

SaxonAir once again hosted the Royal Air Force Red Arrows this year, one of the world’s premier aerobatic teams. The team are renowned throughout the world, acting as ambassadors of Great Britain. 

The Reds visited us at our Business Aviation Centre at Norwich Airport on Friday 22nd August, SaxonAir always look forward to hosting the team at the airport and were especially privileged to be a part of their ongoing celebration for their 50th display season.

This year the Reds mark their 50th Anniversary of display seasons from their first in 1965. A number of activities are planned in the coming months to highlight this milestone occasion and the Team hope people will join in and share the celebration. It is an opportunity for the Red Arrows to thank supporters from both the United Kingdom and overseas for their continued, and valued, interest in the Team.

Use #Reds50 on Twitter to keep up-to-date with all of the news on the 50th display season and follow the Team @rafredarrows or like RAF Red Arrows on Facebook.



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SaxonAir and Falck Safety Services join to launch new offshore training course

Leading offshore safety training provider Falck Safety Services (Falck) has joined forces with aviation provider SaxonAir in Norwich to offer helicopter safety training to correspond with new offshore regulations.
 
Falck, which is based in Aberdeen and Teesside, will provide specialist safety courses at SaxonAir’s Business Aviation Centre Headquarters at Norwich International Airport ahead of new UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) helicopter regulations, introducing Category A Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS).
 
The new EBS equipment was recently approved by the UK CAA as part of a series of measures to increase the safety of offshore helicopters. The new course and equipment are now an industry requirement due to the updated guidelines which come into force on 1 September 2014, and stipulate passengers will not be allowed to sit on the inside seats of a helicopter travelling to and from offshore installations without EBS. From 1 January next year, all passengers will be required to wear the device.
 
Colin Leyden, managing director for Falck said: “The latest UKCAA safety requirements for offshore helicopter transportation are an important step forward. Falck has been closely involved with the process surrounding the EBS system development, with rigorous training and testing carried out ahead of launching the course.”
 
“The training at Norwich will ensure that companies comply with the new regulations, putting the safety of offshore workers at the forefront of their operations. Our partnership with SaxonAir in Norwich will allow us to deliver seamless and quality training to individuals based or living in the East Anglian region.”
 
Falck Safety Services, which delivers realistic training in a safe and controlled environment using state-of-the-art industry standards, has recently invested more than £3.5m in its UK training facilities. The firm, which has 32 training centres across the world, has strong industry expertise servicing the global oil and gas, shipping, renewable energy, military and aviation industries, and last year trained over 340,000 people.
 
SaxonAir’s £6.5m Business Aviation Centre is strategically located to serve the Southern North Sea energy sector and currently handles over 50,000 offshore passengers and 700 tonnes of freight movements per year.

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SaxonAir host the Red Arrows again in 2013

Once again SaxonAir was asked to host one of the world’s premier aerobatic teams, the Royal Air Force Red Arrows.  The team are renowned throughout the world, acting as ambassadors of Great Britain.

They promote the professional excellence of the Royal Air Force, assist in recruiting into the Royal Air Force, contribute to Defence Diplomacy when displaying overseas and support wider British interests through the promotion of British industry by demonstrating the capabilities of its equipment and expertise.

2013 will be the 49th display season for the Red Arrows in which they will continue to enthral, captivate and inspire millions of people both in the UK and around the world with a series of displays and flypasts at a wide variety of events.

During their stay with SaxonAir they performed twice at the Clacton Air Show and in between positioned to the South West covering the Dawlish Airshow in Devon.   More information on the Red Arrows can be found on their website, http://www.raf.mod.uk/reds/

 

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SaxonAir marks a successful first anniversary for offshore contract

SaxonAir Flight Support Ltd has marked a key milestone in its first year of offshore ground handling with DanCopter AS.  The contract involves SaxonAir handling all Shell offshore passengers and freight from Norwich Airport on behalf of DanCopter AS of Denmark.

DanCopter were awarded the Shell contract in July 2012 to operate helicopters carrying passengers and freight to and from its platforms in the Southern North Sea, and as part of the award contracted all passenger and freight facilities, check-in, processing, security screening and briefing services to SaxonAir.  SaxonAir own and operate from a multi-million pound Business Aviation Centre at Norwich Airport which includes dedicated facilities for both private and business aviation as well as offshore passengers and freight.

The anniversary was marked with a joint open day between DanCopter and SaxonAir for all related staff, organisations and individuals involved in the operation as well as key local businesses.  Over the past 12 months as part of the contract SaxonAir has handled in excess of 42,000 passengers and processed 740 tonnes of baggage and freight.

Shell has been a leading player in the North Sea for over 30 years, using cutting-edge technology to maximise production from existing oil and gas fields and to develop new resources. In the UK sector of the North Sea, Shell produces over 12% of UK oil and gas with interests in more than 50 fields and operating more than 30 offshore installations which are capable of meeting 35% of UK gas demand.

Christopher Mace, Group Commercial Director for SaxonAir says “The offshore industry is a vital part of the UK infrastructure, our services and dedicated facilities for DanCopter and Shell enables their flights to be processed efficiently and safely.  We are very pleased to be working with DanCopter marking our first anniversary of the Shell operation, and we look forward to many more years of joint cooperation”.

SaxonAir’s Business Aviation Centre is equipped with purpose built check-in desks, passenger lounges, café and dedicated security and briefing rooms.  SaxonAir also owns and operate a modern, mixed fleet of private jets and helicopters as well as managing an extensive range of other aircraft from the world’s leading manufacturers. SaxonAir’s clients include many blue chip companies, individual business men and women, sports teams, musicians, the offshore energy industry and local private families.

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SaxonAir to provide new base facilities for NHV Helicopters at Norwich International Airport

SaxonAir, part of the Klyne Aviation Group announces that they have agreed terms to provide helicopter facilities and associated passenger handling services to Belgian company NHV Helicopters at their new Business Aviation centre at Norwich International Airport.

SaxonAir’s new £6.5m Business Aviation Centre was opened in May this year and offers dedicated offshore facilities. It will become NHV’s new UK operating base and the company will occupy several offices, workshops and hangar space within the building as well as making use of the passenger handling facilities.

NHV (Noordzee Helikopters Vlaanderen) are specialised in all kinds of helicopter operations in Belgium, the UK, France, The Netherlands and Ghana. They provide offshore operations (hoisting and deck landings), transport of passengers and freight, medical transport, pollution control, sling operations and Search & Rescue services. The fleet consist of EC155, AS365N2/N3 Dauphin, EC145, EC120 and MD Explorer helicopters.

NHV are the third tenant to take up residence in the Klyne Business Aviation Centre alongside Glennair, a Part 147 training centre, and aviation medical company, Examinair. NHV helicopter flights will start operating from the new base on 1st October 2011.

Nick Hallett, Managing Director of Klyne Aviation says, “We are delighted that NHV have chosen the Klyne Business Aviation Centre as their new UK operating base. Norwich Airport is an ideal central location for offshore operations and logistic support vital to our local economy. The apparent confidence in this class leading facility further enhances its role within the expanding local energy sector. We look forward to welcoming NHV into the building.

SaxonAir has experienced continued growth since it was established in 2007. The Private Air Charter Company owns and operates a fleet of private jets and VIP helicopters as well as offering both aircraft management and handling services.

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SaxonAir Host the Red Arrows at Norwich International Airport

SaxonAir were delighted to welcome back and host the Red Arrows, Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team who once again used our handling facilities at Norwich Airport as its base of operations whilst featuring at the 2011 Lowestoft Air Show on the 11th and 12th August.

The Red Arrows team, which consisted of 10 aircraft, 10 pilots and a team of engineers, certainly seemed to enjoy the VIP facilities in the Business Aviation Centre and were provide with lunch and complimentary refreshments before and after display times.

Our handling team liaised with the airport for other requirements such as fuel and flight slots.

Many of the Red Arrows’ pilots and support staff have recently returned from Afghanistan and Iraq and many will be temporarily detached on operations overseas during their time with the Red Arrows.

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