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Penzance, Cornwall
United Kingdom

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0.4 52 Penzance Heliport (proposed), Cornwall
11.3255EGHC Lands End / St Just, Cornwall
11.9111 Trewavas Head, Cornwall
14.4245GBSNC Sennen, Cornwall
15.8243 Lands End, Cornwall
16.9102 Weeth Farm, Cornwall

1964 to 2012

50° 7' 41'' N - 5° 31' 6.43'' W
Eastern Green
Elevation: 17 feet

History of this Location

The Heliport was opened on 1 Sep 1964 by the Mayor of Penzance (Councillor Alfred Beckerleg) and the Lady Mayoress.
Purpose built passenger and maintenance facility. British European Airways started operating from Land's End to the Isles of Scilly with Sikorsky S61's. They moved to Penzance when it was finished. BEA became part of British Airways in the late 70's. The helicopter part was sold off in the mid 80's to Maxwell group (he of the pension scandal), when it became British International. In the early 90's CHC bought the company, but sold it to the present owners Veritair in 1999-2000. S61's operated from here include G-ASNL,  G-BDDA, G-BEON, G-ATBJ, G-AYOY, G-BCEA, G-BFFJ, G-BCEB.

After a series of rumours in 2008 and 2009, BIH Managing Director Tony Jones announced on Tuesday 30 March 2010 that an agreement to sell the heliport land to Sainsburys (a major UK food retailer) had been concluded. The sale is still subject to local planning consents for a new store, in an area already well served by food supermarkets. Plans are still being finalised for future relocation to either Lands End/St. Just (EGHC) or Newquay Cornwall Airport for the 2011 season. BIH or its predecessors have provided a helicopter service to the Isles of Scilly since 2 May 1964. The Heliport at Eastern Green finally closed on 31 Oct 2012 and the move to another site never happened; the service to the Scilly Isles has ceased.

Plans have been announced to re-start a helicopter service from St Just by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company by May 2018 and from a nearby site (to be constructed) by Penzance Heliport Ltd by 2019.

Unfortunatly, the heliport has now been demolished, and construction for a new Sainsburys supermarket has begun. The heliport will be greatly missed by residents of Penzance, the Isles of Scilly, and holiday-makers to Scilly.

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1980-jul-09 S-61LG-BCEB
1981-aug-01 S-61N Mk.IIG-ASNL
2002-jul-25 S-61NG-ATBJ
2003-aug British International HelicoptersS-61LG-BCEB
2006-may-29 S-61N Mk.IIG-BFFJ
2006-sep-21 S-61LG-BCEB
2006-sep-21 S-61NG-ATBJ
2007-jun-17 S-61LG-BCEB
2007-aug British International HelicoptersS-61LG-BCEB
2009-may-29 S-61LG-BCEB
2009-may-29 S-61N Mk.IIG-BFFJ
2009-aug British International HelicoptersS-61N Mk.IIG-BFFJ
2009-aug-18 S-61N Mk.IIG-ATFM
2011-jul-22 S-61N Mk.IIG-BFFJ
2012-jul-05 S-61N Mk.IIG-BFFJ

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