united kingdom Northern Lighthouse Board


Northern Lighthouse Board is the General Lighthouse Authority for the waters around Scotland, the Shetlands, the Western Isles and the Isle of Man. It was created by an Act of Parliament under King George III in 1786.

The Board began a programme of automation of its Lights in the late 1960s and began helicopter operations around mid 1970s, with some of the more remote Lights having helicopter platforms built atop the towers. It has small fleet of Lighthouse Tenders which support helicopter operations from their decks. Its programme of automating its 200 or so Lights was completed in 1998, with Fair Isle South being the final one.

In Oct 2014, a 7 year shared services agreement was concluded between the Board, Trinity House and the Commissioners of Irish Lights (contracting as the General Lighthouse Authorities of the United Kingdom and Ireland) and PDG Helicopters, to commence in Dec 2015.


General Lighthouse Authorities with PDG Helicopters, 02-Oct-14 : The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLAs) of the UK and Ireland have announced a £13M seven-year contract to PDG Helicopters for the provision of helicopter services to cover all three Authorities.

List of Helicopter Operators

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Rotary Wing Aircraft UnitCreatedDisband
    Light house Operations? --
    Vessel Services? --

Bases and Locations

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Base / HeliportUnits on this Location
   Bell Rock / InchcapeLight house Operations
   IM Chicken RockLight house Operations ??/   
   Fair Isle North LightLight house Operations ??/   
   Fair Isle South LightLight house Operations ??/   
   Muckle FluggaLight house Operations
   Mull of KintyreLight house Operations
   Oban DepotVessel Services
   SkerryvoreLight house Operations

Model Types

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Eurocopter EC135T2

List of Aircraft

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EC135T2 0341 2004G-CGPI : Northern Lighthouse Board, op by Bond

1 Construction Numbers in this organisation found

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