Pollution Control South
H.M. Coastguard

History

One aircraft based at Coventry Airport. The Cessna 402 was replaced by a Cessna F406 fitted with a much more comprehensive sensor suite in 1996. Operated by Air Atlantique (Atlantic Aviation Ltd) – now called Reconnaissance Ventures Ltd (RVL).

Subordinate Units

None

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Cessna 402 Utiliner 1 1988 – 1995   G-MPCU
Cessna F406 Caravan II 1 1996 – Present   G-TURF


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Main Bases

Base Duration
Coventry Airport 1988 – Present


Photographs

None at present.

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Pollution Control North
H.M. Coastguard

History

One aircraft based at Inverness Airport. Interim aircraft G-TASK was replaced circa 2002 by the comprehensively equipped G-EXEX. Operated by Air Atlantique (Atlantic Aviation Ltd) – now called Reconnaissance Ventures Ltd (RVL).

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None

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Cessna 404 Titan II 1 2000 – 2002? G-TASK
Cessna 404 Titan II 1 2002? – Present G-EXEX


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Main Bases

Base Duration
Inverness Airport 2000 – Present


Photographs

None at present.

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Stornoway Facility
H.M. Coastguard

History

The Stornoway based Coastguard Helicopter became operational on 12th May 1987. Although the Stornaway Coastguard Helicopter’s normal operating area was the West of Scotland and Northern Ireland it was also deployed for incidents in the Orkneys, the Shetlands Isles, and the Clyde. From early 1988 the helicopter provided the main the main air ambulance service for the Western Isles.

The SAR helicopter contract started on 12 May 1987 using S-61N G-BBVA. This was an interim solution until G-BDII arrived in September. India India was a more capable helicopter, fitted with a FLIR turret and a long-range fuel tank. Unfortunately, it was forced to ditch in the sea on 17 October 1988 and so G-BIMU (Mike Uniform) took over as the assigned helicopter. G-BIMU was replaced by a new S-92 helicopter (supplied by CHC Helicopters) in mid 2007. Short-term maintenance cover was provided by S-61Ns G-BBVA and G-BBHL. By September 2001, G-BBHL was operating as a regular back-up rescue helicopter (from 1:30 pm each day) whenever G-BIMU was away from base on another mission. Thus G-BIMU provided 24-hour all-weather SAR, supplemented by G-BBHL for 12-hrs each day.

In April 1997 the contract with Bristow Helicopters Ltd was renewed for the third time, and extended for a further five years on 1 July 2002 (expiring 30 June 2007). The 2000th SAR mission was flown on 5 July 2002. Under what became known as the UK Gap SAR Contract, CHC Helicopters took over the service on 30 June 2007, with the S-61Ns being replaced by much more modern Sikorsky S-92s.

In 2012, Bristow Helicopters was awarded the UK Gap SAR contract for Northern Scotland. Under this contract Bristow supplied two new Sikorsky S-92s to Stornoway, with operations commencing on 1 July 2013. In 2017 the service will be merged with the the nationwide UK SAR contract awarded to Bristow Helicopters in 2013.

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None

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Sikorsky S-61N Mk II 1 12 May 1987 – Sept 1987 G-BBVA
Sikorsky S-61N Mk II 1 24 Sept 1987 – 17 Oct 1988 G-BDII, w/o after ditching
Sikorsky S-61N Mk II 1 Oct 1988 – 30 June 2007 G-BIMU “Stac Pollaidh”
Sikorsky S-61N Mk II 1 19?? – 30 June 2007 G-BBHL (reserve)
Sikorsky S-92 1 1 July 2007 – Jun 2013 G-CGMU
Sikorsky S-92 1 1 Oct 2007 – Jun 2013 G-SARB
Sikorsky S-92 2 1 Jul 2013 – Present  


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Main Bases

Base Duration
Stornoway Airport, Outer Hebrides May 1987 – Present


Photographs

S-61N G-BIMU at Stornoway Airport. (photo, Chris Jones)


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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  

Pictures

None available at present.

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Cessna F406 Caravan II
in H.M. Coastguard Service

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

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

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

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

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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