AgustaWestland AW189
in H.M. Coastguard Service

History

In March 2013 Bristow Helicopters was awarded a contract to provide a complete Search and Rescue service around the UK coastline, replacing ageing military SAR helicopters and also taking over the service previously provided by CHC Scotia. To fulfil this contract, Bristow ordered eleven new-build AW189, for delivery from 2015. Note: Although I-PTFF (c/no 49005) appeared in HM Coastguard colours in September 2014, this was just for publicity purposes, the aircraft was not intended for Coastguard service. The AW189 was originally expected to enter service in 2015, but a delay in achieving ice protection system certification for this new helicopter design meant service entry was only achieved in July 2016. All eleven helicopters are scheduled to be in service by mid 2017.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
G-MCGM 89001 I-EASN 19 Jan 2015  
G-MCGN 92001 28 Apr 2015  
G-MCGP 92003 4 Jun 2015  
G-MCGR 92004 11 Jul 2016  
G-MCG? ? 2016  
G-MCG? ? 2016  
G-MCG? ? 2016  
G-MCG? ? 2017  
G-MCG? ? 2017  
G-MCG? ? 2017  
G-MCG? ? 2017  

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Cessna F406 Caravan II
in H.M. Coastguard Service

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History

One Reims-built F406 Caravan II operated by Air Atlantique (initially as Atlantic Air Transport Ltd, now Reconnaissance Ventures Ltd) under contract for locating and reporting maritime pollution. Fitted with Sideways Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR), Ultra Violet (UV), InfraRed (IR) and visual sensors. Based at Coventry Airport.

Under the terms of the July 2000 Pollution Control contract, Air Atlantique were obliged to provide a dedicated Cessna F406 modified to spray chemicals from a belly tank. The aircraft is based at Inverness Airport. It is not clear which specific aircraft this is, although G-LEAF has been photographed with a belly tank. A provision of the contract is that a further F406 be available when required, and this aircraft is possibly G-FIND (c/n 0045).

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
G-TURF 0020 PH-FWF Oct 1996  
G-LEAF 0018 EI-CKY 2000?  

Pictures

F406 Caravan II G-TURF seen at Coventry in
May 2003. (photo, Andy Graf)
G-TURF seen at Eastleigh in January 2006.
(photo, BernieC)

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Cessna 404 Titan II
in H.M. Coastguard Service

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History

One Cessna 404 Titan II operated by Air Atlantique (initially as Atlantic Air Transport Ltd, now Reconnaissance Ventures Ltd) under contract for locating and reporting maritime pollution. This aircraft was initially G-TASK, but replaced circa 2002 by G-EXEX. The latter was fitted with Sideways Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR), Ultra Violet (UV), InfraRed (IR) and visual sensors while the former had a reduced fit including only a single SLAR antenna on the port side. Based at Inverness Airport.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
G-EXEX 404-0037 SE-GZF 2002?  
G-TASK 404-0829 PH-MPC 2000? noted May 2001

Pictures

Cessna 404 G-EXEX seen at Coventry in
March 2004. (photo, Paul Turner)
G-EXEX seen at Kemble in June 2004.
(photo, Nick Salmon)

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Cessna 402 Utiliner
in H.M. Coastguard Service

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History

One Cessna 402B Utililiner operated by Air Atlantique (Atlantic Air Transport Ltd – AAT) under contract for locating and reporting maritime pollution. Based at Coventry?

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
G-MPCU 402B-0823 SE-IRL Feb 1988 to N98AR 12 May 1995

Pictures

Cessna 402 G-MPCU seen at Fairford in July 1989.
(photo, David Unsworth)

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AgustaWestland AW139
in H.M. Coastguard Service

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History

Three new-build AW 139 (originally AB 139) on order for delivery in early 2008. Used for search and rescue duties from bases at Lee-On-Solent and Portland. Operated by CHC Scotia under contract. To be replaced by the AW189 from 2016.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
G-CGIJ 31203   27 Feb 2008 Solent primary
G-CGWB 31209   24 Apr 2008 Portland primary
G-SARD 31208   19 Mar 2008 Area spare

Pictures

The first AW 139 at Lee-on-Solent in February
2008. (photo, Mark Adams)

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Sikorsky S-92
in H.M. Coastguard Service

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History

Four new-build S-92As delivered from 2007. Operated by CHC Scotia under the ‘Gap SAR’ contract. The first was formally handed over on 1 March 2007 at HeliExpo in the USA. Used for Search and Rescue (SAR) duties, two each based at Stornoway and Sumburgh. In 2012 this contract was awarded to Bristow, who took over operations in 2013. The CHC helicopters were then used for an Irish Coast Guard contract, while Bristow provided 4 new S-92s.

In March 2013 Bristow Helicopters was awarded a contract to provide a complete Search and Rescue service around the UK coastline, replacing ageing military SAR helicopters. To fulfil this contract Bristow ordered an additional 10 new-build S-92s. All the additional helicopters were in service by early 2016.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
G-CGMU 920034 N8010S 5 June 2007 Stornoway primary, wfu 2013
G-CGOC 920051 N45165 30 Nov 2007 Shetland primary, wfu 2013
G-SARB 920045 N80562 18 Sept 2007 Stornoway secondary, wfu 2013
G-SARC 920052 N45168 30 Nov 2007 Shetland secondary, wfu 2013
G-MCGA 92-0166 N166J Jan 2013  
G-MCGB 92-0167 N167G Feb 2013  
G-MCGC 92-0169 N169F Apr 2013  
G-MCGD 92-0171 N971E Jun 2013  
G-MCGE 92-0214 N214HM Oct 2014  
G-MCGF 92-0222 N222XC Oct 2014  
G-MCGG 92-0225 N225WK Oct 2014  
G-MCGH 92-0234 N234TR Dec 2014  
G-MCGI 92-0235 N235U Dec 2014  
G-MCGJ 92-0248 N248N Mar 2015  
G-MCGK 92-0251 N251Z May 2015  
G-MCGL 92-0254 N254J Nov 2015  
G-MCGY 92-0257 N257Z Sep 2015  
G-MCGZ 92-0262 N262U Oct 2015  

Pictures

S-92 N8010S see prior to formal delivery.
(photo, MCA)
Another view of S-92 N8010S.
(photo, MCA)

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Sikorsky S-61N
in H.M. Coastguard Service

History

At least eight S-61N Mk II used at various times, 1987-2008. Used search and rescue duties. Operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd under contract.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
G-BBHL 61-712 N4032S ? based Stornoway.
G-BBHM 61-713 N4033S May 1993 based Portland. w/o 15 July 2002 at Poole after engine fire.
G-BBVA 61-718   12 May 1987 based Stornoway.
G-BCLC 61-737     based Sumburgh.
G-BDII 61-750 9M-ELF 24 Sept 1987 based Stornoway. w/o 17 Oct 1988 after ditching in the sea
G-BDIJ 61-751 9M-AYF   ‘Crathes’, based Lee-on-Solent.
G-BDOC 61-765   ? based Sumburgh.
G-BIMU 61-752 N8511Z 1988 ‘Stac Pollaidh’, based Stornoway.
G-BPWB 61-822 EI-BHO May 1997 ‘Portland Castle’, based Portland.

Pictures

S-61N G-BDIJ at Lee-on-Solent.
(photo, Iain Kitchen)
Another view of G-BDIJ in action.
(photo, MCA)

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Lockheed L-188 Electra
in H.M. Coastguard Service

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History

Two Lockheed L-188C(F) Electra operated by Air Atlantique (Atlantic Airlines Ltd) under contract for pollution control. Fitted with removable aerial spray equipment to combat oil pollution at sea. Each aircraft can carry 15 tonnes of dispersant. Based at Coventry Airport. One aircraft assigned to the contract is usually G-LOFE, the other is drawn from G-LOFB or G-LOFC depending on availability.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
G-LOFB 1131 N667F    
G-LOFC 1100 N665F    
G-LOFE 1144 EI-CET Jan 1999  

Pictures

Electra G-LOFE demonstrates its spray system.
(photo, Erik Sleutelberg)
G-LOFE shows the quick-fit spraybar rig.
(photo, Simon Willson)

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Douglas DC-3 Dakota
in H.M. Coastguard Service

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History

From 1982 Harvestair operated two Dakotas for spraying major oil and chemical spills from ships under contract from the Department of Transport. In October 1987 the contract was passed to Air Atlantique.

Seven DC-3/C-47 Dakotas were operated at various times by Air Atlantique (Atlantic Air Transport Ltd) under a pollution control contract which was placed in October 1987 and renewed in 1990?. Fitted with spray bars under the tailplane for applying dispersant chemicals. Based at Coventry Airport. Withdrawn in 2003.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
G-AMPZ 16124/32872 EI-BDT 4 May 1982 Harvestair, to Air Atlantique Oct 1988 (spraybars removed)
G-AMYJ 15968/32716 SU-AZF Jan 1982 Harvestair, to Air Atlantique Jan 1990, wfu Dec 2001
G-AMCA 16218/32966 KN487   AAT, in service 9 June 1988, wfu Jan 2002
G-AMHJ 13468 SU-AZI   AAT, in service 24 Sept 1987, wfu 23 Jan 2003
G-AMPO 16437/33185 KN566   AAT, in service 8 June 1988, wfu Jan 1998
G-AMPY 15124/26569 EI-BKJ   AAT, in service 1993, to radar research Jan 2002
G-AMSV 16072/32820 F-BSGV   AAT, in service 25 Mar 1982, wfu by 5 June 2001
G-ANAF 16688/33436 N170GP   AAT, in service ?, to radar trials Jan 1998

Pictures

Dakota G-ANAF seen in July 1991.
(photo, Torsten Maiwald)
Dakota G-AMSV seen in June 2003.
(photo, Jan Lidestrand)

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Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander
in H.M. Coastguard Service

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History

The original pollution control contract was contracted to Harvestair, which provided five yellow-and-black painted BN-2A Islanders from mid-1982 until October 1987. Each was fitted with a prominent spraying boom attached to the fuselage. Their chemical spraying role was subsequently taken over by Air Atlantique Dakotas and Islanders.

Islanders G-AXZK and G-BCEN were used by Air Atlantique to supplement the Dakotas in the Pollution Control role in the early years of the contract, 1987-1990. G-BNXA was also used for a short while during 1987-1988. All three appeared in the green and white colours applied to the Dakotas.

From January 2000? Air Atlantique has provided one BN-2A-26 Islander (G-BCEN) for fixed-wing maritime surveillance and search-and-rescue duties in the Dover Straits area on a 5-yearly renewable contract. It is equipped with InfraRed and digital photographic equipment and a fourteen-man air-droppable life raft. It was based at Manston, Kent, until mid 2005, but later moved to Lydd.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
G-AXZK 153 V2-LAD Sept 1987 Air Atlantique, noted 27 Feb 1989, sold Jul 1990 to Jane’s Aviation, UK
G-BCEN 403 4X-AYG Oct 1987 Air Atlantique, registered to RVL Group 27.4.07, HMCG current
G-BNXA 80 V2-LAC Sept 1987 Air Atlantique, noted 18 Jan 1988, sold Jan 1997 to Rock Air, Gibraltar
G-BJWL 166 4X-AYC Feb 1982 Harvestair, sold July 1987 as 5B-CHD
G-BJWM 717 4X-AYE Feb 1982 Harvestair, sold Sept 1989 as LX-AJH
G-BJWN 316 4X-AYL Feb 1982 Harvestair, sold Dec 1989 as ZK-FVD
G-BJWO 334 4X-AYR Feb 1982 Harvestair, sold May 1989 to Chapman Aviation, UK
G-BJWP 399 4X-AYP Feb 1982 Harvestair, sold Feb 1990 as F-OGOV
G-HMCG 847   Oct 1979 Reg’d to Renco Ltd, sold Mar 1982 as N29884

Pictures

Islander G-BCEN seen at Manston in
October 2000. (photo, Ian Haskell)
Islander G-BJWL seen at Southend in the
early 1980s. (photo, David Oates)
BN-2A Islander G-HMCG.
(photo, BN Historians)

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