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  • united kingdom Shetland Sumburgh Airport

    Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland

    United Kingdom


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    31.8015GBLER Lerwick Harbour, Scotland
    34.9004EGET Lerwick / Tingwall, Scotland
    40.4206 Fair Isle North Light, Scotland
    42.7206EGEF Fair Isle, Scotland
    45.3206 Fair Isle South Light, Scotland
    50.2302 Foula Airfield, Scotland

    1937 to present

    59° 52' 43.68'' N - 1° 17' 28.68'' W
    17nm S of Lerwick
    Elevation: 21 feet

    History of this Location

    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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    List of units at Sumburgh

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    YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
    normal: Unit no longer at this base
    2016/    Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore
    1985/    Shetland DistrictS-92 2007/   
    S-61 H-3 1983/08

    Sumburgh News

    Sumburgh Oil and Gas Contract Starts, 02-Jul-20 : #oilandgas Babcock S-92 helicopters began 5-year contract for daily flights from Sumburgh, Shetland Islands, to oil and gas platforms in the northern North Sea on behalf of EnQuest, TAQA and CNR International. Workers arrived from Aberdeen on Loganair ATR-42 aircraft

    Five-Years Contract for Babcock in North Sea, 08-Mar-20 : #oilandgas Babcock Mission Critical Services (MCS) Offshore starting 100 helicopter flights per month next July from Sumburgh, Shetland Islands, northern Scotland, to support oil and gas operations of CNR International, EnQuest and TAQA

    1,000th Mission for Bristow SAR Sumburgh, 21-Feb-20 : #Sumburgh HM Coastguard Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter base at Sumburgh in the Shetland Islands, Scotland completed its 1,000 mission since operated by the civilian service (Bristow) from 2013

    Bristow 5-Years Contract with BP in North Sea, 07-Jun-19 : #oilandgas Bristow, and Eastern Airways, awarded 5-year contract to support BP’s North Sea operations with S-92 out of Aberdeen and Sumburgh

    Bristow S-92 to Support TAQA in East Shetland Basin, 08-Mar-18 : Bristow in partnership with Eastern Airways to provide offshore transport to TAQA in the East Shetland basin with Sikorsky S-92 and Saab 2000 aircraft

    16-Dec-16 - Bristow Sumburgh SAR Completes 500 mission
    29-Jul-16 - Bristow SAR Third Anniversary in Northern Scotland
    16-Dec-15 - Bond Launched Aberdeen New Route Via Sumburgh
    09-Sep-15 - UK Sumburgh SAR 335 Taskings in First Two Years
    29-Jul-14 - Bristow First Anniversary of Northern Scotland SAR
    25-Apr-14 - UK SAR Oscar Charlie Legacy in Naming Ceremony

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