FB Heliservices Ltd was initially formed as a joint venture between Bristow Helicopters and Cobham Aviation Services and specialises in the provision of helicopters, including operational support and training services, to military and government agencies in the UK and worldwide. Since 2013 is fully owned by Cobham.
Originally a consortium of FR Aviation, Bristow Helicopters Ltd and Serco, FBS was formed to bid for the UK's Defence Helicopter Flying School contract in 1995. The team won against competition from Shorts and a consortium between Bond and Huntings. By entering an innovative bid for a 15 year contract (the contract was originally for 10 years) the team were able to make their relatively expensive aircraft choice more affordable. Soon after contract award in late 1997, Serco withdrew from the consortium and the company was eventually re-named FB Heliservices. The original contract covers provision of aircraft and services at the Defence Helicopter Flying School sites at RAF Shawbury (HQ), RAF Valley (SAR training) and AAC Middle Wallop (advanced Army Air Corps training). Additional MoD and third party contracts have expanded the FBH fleet and share of the market.
In 2011, FB Heliservices was operating the Bell 212 of Brunei Flight for the British Army, the Griffin SAR service in Cyprus for the RAF.
|Cobham full owner of FB Heliservices, 15-Jul-13 : Cobham plc ('Cobham' or 'the Group') today announces that it has completed the acquisition of the 50% shareholding that it did not already own in FB Heliservices Ltd, FB Leasing Limited and FBS Limited (together 'FBH'), from its long standing joint venture partner, Bristow Helicopters Limited ('Bristow'). The transaction comprises cash consideration of £74 million payable on completion, together with the assumption of Bristow's share of FBH's net debt. Highlights:|
FB Heliservices to provide helicopter training to Albania, 02-Jul-12 : I am delighted to announce that FB Heliservices Limited has signed a contract with Albania’s Ministry of Defence to train a team of Air Force helicopter pilots and Search and Rescue crewmen at DHFS.
FB Heliservices to provided training to UK MoD, 06-Mar-12 : BASINGSTOKE, UK – Cobham Aviation Services is delighted to confirm that FB Heliservices has announced it has been awarded a four (4) year contract plus two (2) possible one year extensions by the UK Ministry of Defence to continue to provide helicopter flying training at RAF Shawbury, RAF Valley and AAC Middle Wallop, together with support services at RAF Shawbury and AAC Middle Wallop. The contract is worth £193 million and will commence on 1 April 2012.