united kingdom FB Heliservices

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.

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212 30835 1977G-BFER : ex N18099, transferred to FB Leasing Jan 2008 for UK MoD contract ...
212 30548 1972G-BGLJ : FB Leasing Dec04-Oct07
212 31171 1980G-BJGV : FB Heliservices from Jan16
212 32134 1980G-BJJO : FB Heliservices from Dec15
AS350BB Ecureuil 2951 1996G-BXAG : Acquired new from Eurocopter France; to ZJ255 by Apr 1997
: Restored to G-BXAG by Feb 2018; Sold to USA by Apr 2018
AS350BB Ecureuil 2994 1997G-BXIL : Restored to G-BXIL Nov 2017; Sold to USA by Feb 2018.
AS350BB Ecureuil 2999 1997G-BXJN : Acquired new from Eurocopter France; To ZJ269 by Aug 1997
: Restored to G-BXJN Nov 2017; Sold to USA by Mar 2018
A109E Power 11056 2000G-BZEI : FB Leasing Jan/Feb 2009
412EP 36296 2002G-CBST : FB Leasing Nov02-Jun03, for RAF
412EP 36297 2002G-CBUB : FB Heliservices from 2002 to 2003 ex C-GADQ toward ZJ707
412EP 36301 2002G-CBVP : FB Leasing Nov02-May03, to MoD
412EP 36304 2002G-CBWT : FB Helicervices; from 2002 to 2003 ex C-GFNR toward ZJ704
412EP 36306 2002G-CBXL : FB Leasing Jan/Jun 2003
AW139 31223 2009G-CFUO : FB Heliservices; Jun09 as /223 at Paris air show in UK Defence He ...
: FB Heliservices lsd RAF, rtn May12; Aug12 to Dutch Coast Guard
AW139 31231 2009G-CFVD : FB Heliservices lsd RAF, rtn Jun12; Aug to Dutch Coast Guard
212 30918 1979G-CFXE : FB Leasing Jul09-Jun10, to AAC
: FB Heliservices from Dec15
AS365N3 Dauphin 2 6824 2008G-CHNJ : FB Heliservices Dec12-Mar13
AS350B1 Ecureuil 1902 1986G-DOIT : FB Heliservices from 2007, 2010 toward RAF
A109E Power 11111 2000
G-EMHB : FB Leasing Nov08-Feb09
AW139 31283 2010G-FBHA : FB Heliservices Jan/Feb 2011

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