united kingdom Sumburgh

Shetland Islands, Scotland
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1937 to present

59° 52' 43.68'' N - 1° 17' 28.68'' W
17nm S of Lerwick
ICAO: EGPBIATA: LSI
Elevation: 19 feet


The airport was built in the late 1930s to provide air services to a number of Scottish airports. From 1940 it was an RAF fighter base to intercept Luftwaffe raids from Norwegian bases, protect the Shetlands but also as reserve cover for the Home Fleet's northern anchorage at Scapa Flow, further south in the Orkney Isles. Sumburgh became Shetland's premier airport over Lerwick (Tingwall) in 1953 and because of its proximity to the mainland. In 1971, in response to the North Sea hydrocarbon exploration and production industry, a brace of C-47s began scheduled services from Aberdeen and helicopter operations soon followed.
Its perimeter road curves around three-quarters of the airfield to the main terminal, built in 1979. Since 1982 the Wilsness Terminal has supplemented passenger movements. To improve reliabilty, a PAMOS weather monitoring system was installed in 1997 but in December 1999, the majority of North Sea oil-related helicopter operations transferred further north to Scatsta, nearer the Sullom Voe oil terminal. It also moved the traffic away from the conspicuous Sumburgh Lighthouse (an 1821 marvel from the prolific Stephenson family, for the Northern Lighthouse Board) and the important Old Scatness Broch archaeological site.  Sumburgh is the most northerly SAR base, towards the northern margin of the UK Search and Rescue Region.

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
1985/nowShetland Districts-92 Helibus 2007/now
s-61 H-3 1983/08




News about this location :

Bristow Sumburgh SAR Completes 500 mission, 16-Dec-16 : HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service of Sumburgh, in Shetland off the Scottish coast, passed the 500 missions milestone since operated by Bristow from July 2013

Bristow SAR Third Anniversary in Northern Scotland, 29-Jul-16 : Bristow’s Gap SAR search and rescue contract celebrates third anniversary from Sumburgh and Stornoway in Northern Scotland with more than 900 missions with the S-92 helicopters

Bond Launched Aberdeen New Route Via Sumburgh, 16-Dec-15 : Bond Offshore Helicopters launched new service to take passengers to offshore Oil and Gas facilities in the Northern North Sea from Aberdeen via new facilities at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland.

UK Sumburgh SAR 335 Taskings in First Two Years, 09-Sep-15 : HM Coast Guard Sumburgh search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base responded to 335 taskings in the first two years under Bristow operation.

Bristow First Anniversary of Northern Scotland SAR, 29-Jul-14 : Bristow Helicopters Ltd recognized its first anniversary of delivering the Gap SAR search and rescue contract from Sumburgh and Stornoway this summer.

25-Apr-14 - UK SAR Oscar Charlie Legacy in Naming Ceremony



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DatesOrg/TypeUnit
1985-jan HM CoastguardS-61N Mk.IIG-BDOC
1990-jun-26 S-61N Mk.IIG-BDOC
2003 HM CoastguardS-61N Mk.IIG-BCLC
2013-sep-09 S-92AG-MCGC
2013-oct-22 CHC ScotiaAW139G-FTOM
2014-apr-03 BristowS-92AG-CHYG
2014-apr-09 CHC ScotiaAS332L2 Super PumaG-CHCH
2014-apr-14 HM CoastguardS-92AG-MCGC
2014-apr-18 Bond Aviation GroupS-92AG-VING
2014-apr-21 Bond Aviation GroupS-92AG-VINI
2014-apr-25 HM CoastguardS-92AG-MCGC
2015-oct-09 DK FlyvevåbnetSuper Lynx mk90bS-170
2016-aug-04 Babcock InternationalS-92AG-MCSB
2016-sep-02 Babcock InternationalS-92AG-MCSB
2017-aug-07 CHC ScotiaAW139G-SNSI
2017-aug-26 HM CoastguardS-92AG-MCGD
2017-nov-19 IS Landhelgisgæsla ÍslandsAS332L1 Super PumaTF-SYN


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