Del'd: 17 - 1965 to present

  • British International Helicopters s-61 H-3
Operates the longest running scheduled helicopter service in the world from Penzance Heliport (EGHK) to the Isles of Scilly - St. Marys (EGHE) and Tresco (EGHT). Also operates in the North Sea.
As of 2015, three helicopters ( G-ATBJ, G-ATFM and G-BFRI ) are still in use for cargo and different support roles ( Falklands/Malvinas, FOST, etc ) but without licence to carry passengers

As of November 2012, British International Helicopters ceased all helicopter flights to the Isles of Scilly. The company went into liquidation.

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AW189 Starts SAR for UK MoD in South Atlantic, 01-Apr-16 : AW189 and S-61N from AAR, BIH and Air Rescue Systems (ARS) commenced Search and Rescue (SAR) and Support Helicopter (SH) services to the British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI) operations.

AAR 10-year SAR contract in Falklands/Malvinas, 19-Jan-15 : AAR Corp and BIH gets 10-year UK Ministry of Defence Search and Rescue and Support contract for the Falkland/Malvinas Islands with AW189 and S-61 helicopters from April 2016 valued $275 million

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C/NModBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    61-269 S-61N 1965     G-ATBJ: BHI 12Mar65-Jan93
04jun72 pictured at North Denes airfield (NDA) Great Yarmout+
26aug98 heavy landing at Aberdeen, after one of the tail rot+
BIH from May02; Dec04 at Penzance Heliport
Jul16 in the Falkland Islands with Brintel. Working under co+
Brintel Helicopters G-ATBJ: Brintel Jan93-Sep00

CHC Scotia G-ATBJ: CHC Scotia Sep00-May02
    61-270 s61n.mk2 1965     G-ATFM: BIH 1986-1993
Newquay Helicopters Ltd May04-Jul13
11nov12 pictured at Falklands/Malvinas
BIH from Jul13
- CF-OKY: Airlift International, Sikorsky serial N10052, to G-ATF+

May 1965 First transatlantic crossing of commercial hel+

British Airways Helicopters G-ATFM: British Airways Helicopters 1970-1986

Brintel Helicopters G-ATFM: Brintel Jan93-May00

Veritair G-ATFM: Veritair May00-May04
    61-216 S-61N 1963     G-AWFX: BIH 1986-May88, to Canada as unk
Sikorsky Helicopters N653X: Sikorsky S-61N 1963, to AP-AOB

Pakistan International Airlines - PIA AP-AOB: Pakistan International Airlines 1963-1968

BEA G-AWFX: BEA Apr68-1986

British Airways Helicopters G-AWFX: noted at Aberdeen EGPD 11jul78

BEA G-AWFX: 10apr71 pictured (pic1) at Shell Base Lowestoft

Carson Helicopters N7011M: Carson Helicopters Jun06-Aug10, conv Carson Fire King

US Department of State N7011M: State Dept from Aug10

US Department of State N216WW: US State Dep from Sep10

12jul16 GSA Auction picture (pic2) on sale 91QSCI161821+
    61-143 S-61N 1962     G-AYOM: BIH from Aug85-Jan93
Sikorsky Helicopters N4585: Sikorsky S-61N del Mitsubishi as M61-001 JA9506, rtnd +

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries JA9506: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in kit form reassembled as+

Sikorsky Helicopters N94565: Mitsubishi S-61 M61-001

BEA G-AYOM: BEA Helicopters from 30dec70, details whilst in the uk +

British Airways Helicopters G-AYOM: BAH from 26jan73; 17may77 Only recorded accident: under+

BAH noted in service at Aberdeen 11Jul78

British Caledonian Helicopter G-AYOM: British Caledonian Helicopters from 13jun84 (loan), rtn+

British Airways Helicopters G-AYOM: BAH again from 31jul85

Brintel Helicopters G-AYOM: Brintel Helicopters Jan93-Mar98

Bond Aviation Group G-AYOM: Bond Helicopters Mar/Jun 1998

CHC Ireland EI-SAR: CHC Ireland from Jun98

Irish Coast Guard EI-SAR: Irish Coast Guard 1998-2013, op by CHC

May12 still with Coast Guard rescue and based in Waterf+

10dec13 13:00hs will stand to complete its last SAR wat+

CHC Ireland EI-SAR: 07may14 seen at Seaforth Docks Liverpool, ready for shi+
    61-476 s61n.mk2 1970     G-AYOY: BIH Jul85-Jan93; 05nov90 during an inspection starboard aft+
BIH May04-Sep11
British Caledonian Helicopter G-AYOY: BCH Jun84-Jul85

Brintel Helicopters G-AYOY: Brintel Jan93-Sep00

CHC Scotia G-AYOY: CHC Scotia Sep00-Nov02

Veritair G-AYOY: Veritair Nov02-May04

Carson Helicopters N457ES: Carson from Oct11

US Department of State N476AW: US State Dept
    61-711 s61n.mk2 1973     G-BBUD: BIH 1986-Jun93
British Airways Helicopters G-BBUD: BAH Dec73-1986

Brintel Helicopters G-BBUD: Brintel Jun93-Oct95

Helijet International C-GHJU: Helijet, noted 2000-2005

- N29111: Nov95

- YV-1032C: Venezuela, rtn to C-GHJU

Construction Helicopters Inc N905CH: Construction Helicopters Inc at Ypsilanti, MI from Jul0+
    61-721 s61n.mk2 1974     G-BCEA: BIH Jun74-Jan93
Registered 7 Jun 1974. Suffered repeated hammering vibration+
Bristih International May04-Nov11
Brintel Helicopters G-BCEA: Brintel Jan93-May00

Veritair G-BCEA: Veritair May00-May04

US Department of State N721AW: US Dept State Jul12-Dec15

Brown Helicopter Inc N721AW: BHI from Jan16
    61-454 S-61L 1972     G-BCEB: BIH Oct74-Jan93
BIH May00-Mar13
Aug03 seen flying from Penzance
Normally based in Penzance. At Plymouth December 2004. Was o+
06aug07 pictured (bot) at Penzance Heliport
Sep12 has not been at Penzance for aprox two years company n+
Sikorsky Helicopters N4023S: Sikorsky S-61L, c/n 61-454, ff?; del US as N4023S, unk;+

Brintel Helicopters G-BCEB: Brintel Jan93-May00

29jul94 pictured (top) at St Marys Airport, Isles Of Sc+

Croman Corp N618CK: Croman Corp from Apr13
    61-755 s61n.mk2 1976     G-BDKI: BIH Mar91-Feb93
British Airways Helicopters G-BDKI: BAH Jan76-Mar86

- ?: France unk Apr87-Feb90

- N9118Y: 1990, rtn to G-BDKI

Brintel Helicopters G-BDKI: Brintel Feb93-Dec94

Helicopter Transport Services N219AC: Helicopter Transport Services Feb97-Oct09

Helicopter Transport Services Canada C-GHTN: Helicopter Transport Services Canada Oct09-Oct11

VIH Helicopters Ltd C-GHTN: VIH Helicopters Oct11-Aug13

Helicopter Transport Services Canada C-GHTN: Helicopter Transport Services Ontario Canada from 19aug+
    61-754 s61n.mk2 1976     G-BEDI: BIH Mar90-Feb93
British Airways Helicopters G-BEDI: Sikorsky S-61N-59, test serial N4043S; BAH Oct76-Dec85

- ?: France as Unknown Jan86-Feb90

Brintel Helicopters G-BEDI: Brintel Feb93-Jul98

Canadian Helicopter Corporation C-GSBL: CHC Jul98-Jun07

Carson Helicopters N617HM: Carson Jul07-Jun11

US Department of State N617HM: State Dept Jul11-Jan14

Carson Helicopters N754WN: Carson from Feb14
    61-222 S-61N 1964     G-BEIC: BIH Dec76-Jan93
New York Airways N307Y: Sikorsky S-61N-3; New York Airways, Sikorsky serial N3+

San Francisco Oakland Airlines N307Y: xfer SFO Airlines as N307Y, 196?-1971; disopsition, unk

Brintel Helicopters G-BEIC: Brintel leasing Jan93-May94; Brintel Helicopters May94-+

CHC Scotia G-BEIC: CHC Scotia Aug00-Nov01

Canadian Helicopter Corporation C-GROV: CHC Nov01-Jan02

- YV-1033C: Venezuela, Feb02-Aug03

Canadian Helicopter Corporation C-GROV: CHC Sep/Dec 2003, again Feb04-Jan06

Helijet International C-GBSF: Executive Transport Airways Ltd Jan06-Jun08; Helijet i+

Coulson Aircrane C-GBSF: Coulson Apr10-May12

EP Aviation N804AR: EP Aviation 29may12 (or N840AR?), conv to S-61T ?

2013 Afghanistan
    61-769 s61n.mk2 1977     G-BEWL: BIH from 1986 (inherits BAH) w/o 25jul90 crash helideck Bren+
British Airways Helicopters G-BEWL: Sikorsky S-61N-72; British Airways Helicopters Jun77-19+

KLM helikopters G-BEWL: KLM Helicopters; Jul87 pictured at Amsterdam Schiphol
    61-772 s61n.mk2 1977     G-BEWM: BIH 1986-Jan93
08sep87 at Schipol Amsterdam in basic British International +
British Airways Helicopters G-BEWM: British Airways Sep77-1986

Brintel Helicopters G-BEWM: Brintel Jan93-Dec99

CHC South Africa ZS-RLK: CHC Africa from 2000

EP Aviation N408UD: EP Aviation from 2010

2012 pres Afghanistan
    61-777 s61n.mk2 1978     G-BFFJ: BIH 1986-1993; 11may89 involved in a ground accident at Sumb+
BIH May00-Jul13: Aug09 pictured (top) at Penzance
27aug09 at Dunsfold as USMC VH-3 for movie The Special Re+
16apr10 pictured (bot) off the coast of Scotland on USS Labo+
Sep12 will no loger be flying fro Penzance, company pulling +
British Airways Helicopters G-BFFJ: BAH Jan78-Mar86

Brintel Helicopters G-BFFJ: Brintel Jan93-May00

- G-BFFJ: Newquay Helicopters Ltd Jul13-May14; to Canada as unk
    61-778 s61n.mk2 1978     G-BFFK: BIH 1986-Jan93; Jan93-May94 c/o Brintel
British Airways Helicopters G-BFFK: Sikorsky S-61N-75; British Airways Helicopters 24Feb78-+

Brintel Helicopters G-BFFK: Brintel Jan94-Dec99

CHC South Africa ZS-RLL: CHC South Africa 2000; Aug13 still; Jul15 on sale 31527+
    61-809 s61n.mk2 1978     G-BFRI: British International Helicopters Aug06
used for personnel ferrying in JW14-2 during Oct 2014
06apr15 pictured (top) on USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) during FO+
provided logistic support for JW15-1 from Stornoway during A+
13oct15 pictured (bot) on HMCS Halifax (FFH 330) off the coa+
Bristow G-BFRI: Bristow 1978-2006; to BIH

G-BFRI: UN 2000 (Bristow)
    61-825 s61n.mk2 1980     G-BHOG: BIH Aug06-Sep11
Bristow G-BHOG: Bristow Mar80-Sep97, to Brazil

Aeroleo Taxi Aereo PT-YEK: Aeroleo Taxi Aereo 1997-2002

Bristow G-BHOG: Bristow Sep02-Aug06

Carson Helicopters N457FC: Carson Oct11, cur

US Department of State N825WL: US Dept State Oct11, cur
    61-824 s61n.mk2 1980     G-VIPZ: BIH May06-Jun09
Dec08 flew on this to Tresco Island, Isles of Scilly. After +
Bristow G-BHOF: Bristow Feb80-Apr94, to LN-ONK

- LN-ONK: May94-May95

Bristow G-BHOF: Bristow Jun95-Jul99

- G-LAWS: Laws Helicopters Ltd Jul99-Nov04

air harrods ltd G-DAWS: Air Harrods Nov04-May06

- G-VIPZ: Heli Med Ltd Jun09-Jun10

US Department of State N824WA: US State Dept Jan11-, also as N408SC
    18 C/N found in this Organisation

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