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01 August 2016 – The summer is flying along!

- Aerozeal are active in a pre-bidding process to operate a major business and general aviation .

- Aerozeal are advising and reporting on the re-opening of an existing airport.

- Aerozeal have ben asked to provided a report on development impact of housing and commercial development close to a licensed aerodrome.

- We continue to advise an investor on issues associated with an acquisition of significant commercial property with aviation interests.

- Aerozeal continue to work with Troy Sys a major voice communications systems specialist company, to advise on marketing and other issues.

18 December 2015 – A busy end to 2015!

- Aerozeal are active in a pre-bidding process to operate a major business and general aviation beginning in 2016!

Following a variety of surveys, consultations and site visits Aerozeal are positioned to actively pursue the appointment to run and operate a major business and general aviation airfield. John Haffenden, CEO of Aerozeal Ltd commented “Business aviation is only on the increase in the UK, it is vital that we have suitable locations for those that can bring wealth and prosperity to the country to easily operate and connect with the business hubs in the United Kingdom, without these locations overseas business and investment will seek other European destinations and we will miss out!”

- We continue to advise an investor on issues associated with an acquisition of significant commercial property with aviation interests.

The Investment and acquisition of aviation related sites in the UK continues to be foremost in Aerozeal’s work scope, recent activity has meant that further aviation operation is secured in the UK for the foreseeable future.

- Aerozeal continue to work with Troy Systems a major voice communications systems specialist company, to advise on marketing and other issues.

15 Oct 2014 – Aerozeal partner to communicate

Aerozeal have been appointed a strategic partner of Troy Systems to market and provided specialist input , specifically to the non-international airports in the UK and further afield on the choice of VCCS equipment .

Troy Systems who through the VCS9808 Voice Switches have developed a relatively low cost digital voice communication system for both training and live Control Centre and ATC (Air Traffic Control) applications. They are suitable for any application where a voice communication system is required to combine a programmable intercom system with the ability to connect to external devices such as radios and telephone lines, or to simulate such connections.

John Haffenden who has been involved with the very early development of the Troy Systems, and having worked with the CAA on obtaining approvals, as well as having input to the development of COM 03 has been asked to join the Troy Systems team as Communication Systems Specialist.

16 Mar 2014 – Heliport Safety Cases Aerozeal provides guidance and advice on Helicopter Safety to UK’s top hotels and private venues. Highlighting the need for significantly more detailed information on private helipad facilities to assist in the safe activity of helicopter operations.

It is a widely accepted fact that Helicopter activity in the UK is increasing and that it is becoming more accessible to a diverse array of people and potential clients and guests.

Although recent accidents are tragic, they are not the norm and a respectful recognition of the usefulness of these machines and positives that they bring to the UK travel industry and economy as a whole must be made. Embracing the use of helicopters and making provision for them at your location can and will have a very positive impact on your business growth.

With the above in mind Aerozeal offers cost effective guidance, surveys and statutory documentation specific to your provision and facility.

Please review the attached DOCUMENT and the link to the dedicated page on our website that will provide more information CLICK HERE

Providing and publishing more detailed information on your helicopter facilities significantly enhances the knowledge of the pilots and contributes to protecting all involved in helicopter operations.

07 Feb 2014 – “GA RTC Panel – Interim Report” The GA Challenge Panel was established by ministers in November 2013. This followed the government’s General Aviation Red Tape Challenge (RTC) earlier in 2013 and is part of the government’s objective to reform the way general aviation is regulated in the UK. The panel is wholly independent of government and has been tasked by ministers to deliver 2 reports: an interim report by the end of January 2014 followed by a final report at the end of April.

This interim report provides initial findings by the panel and a number of recommendations to the government for changes to improve the regulation of GA.


30 September 2013 – “Another successful engagement!” Aerozeal has completed a full engagement with Delloite Estates to review the opportunity that North Weald Aerodrome presents to the wider aviation community, Aerozeal was tasked with providing the aviation input and airport operations knowledge and expertise during a full and detailed report for the local owning authority.

15th Jan 2013 – “Make Power… Save Power, the Easy Way!” Aerozeal is proud to announce its partnership with ‘UKSoCo’ and ‘Save it Easy’ to bring cost effective energy making and saving solutions to the UK general aviation airport industry. With energy prices rising on an almost monthly basis and bank interest rates at the lowest ever, now is the time to invest any end of year surplus in being more efficient for next year.

To be continued…

Jan 2013 – “Looking back to 2012… a great year!”

Aerozeal has been involved in a number of project over the past year, including advising on DE-liathalisation at a regional airport, including its existing pavement condition. Working with an operator at a UK licensed airfield to assist it in its operation, that altered the way in which safety was addressed by the license holder of the airfield, which produced a satisfactory outcome for all. Completing a customer survey and visits for a major worldwide General Aviation manufacturers supply network.Advising on operational and planning and development projects involving rotary wing operations in the UK.
Future work includes projects in the UK involving airfields and operations, advising on Air Traffic Service supply, as well as planning for development on and around airports and safety related issues.

Nov 2012 – “Noise Considerations at General Aviation Aerodromes”

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Dec 2011 – “Looking back to 2012… a great year!”

A new initiative has been launched to address general aviation safety issues. The project, jointly instigated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the main general aviation and sports and recreational membership associations, aims to develop a partnership through which safety can be continuously improved. The move follows the publication of the CAA’s overall Safety Plan for UK aviation earlier this year.

General aviation covers a variety of different activities and ranges from the smallest aircraft through to business jets, for both recreational and business related purposes. Although the UK has a comparatively good general aviation safety record, participants at a recent workshop at the CAA’s Gatwick headquarters suggested there are likely to be areas where improvements could be made. General aviation representatives and CAA safety specialists agreed that a proportionate approach to address the main general aviation safety priorities was required.

The initiative will draw on relevant research and data to help identify and quantify the priority safety issues. It is expected that the project will lead to an achievable and realistic agenda in which safety can continue to improve throughout general aviation. Together with work being undertaken on reviewing the Regulatory Approach to Recreational Aviation, a more proportionate emphasis in the general aviation community will emerge along with any safety improvement strategies that might be identified

Aug 2011 – “CAA Plans for increased safety”

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is planning to increase its oversight of aeronautical radio operators in the UK. The safety regulator said it plans to make the Radio Operators Certificate of Competence (ROCC) mandatory for anyone who provides a radio service to aircraft within the UK. The proposals have been put out to consultation.

The CAA said it proposed to amend the Air Navigation Order to make the ROCC a mandatory scheme with a legal requirement for aeronautical radio operators to be appropriately qualified.

The CAA said it had recently conducted a review of the ROCC scheme which had revealed a need to update the qualification, as well as to provide legal clarity to the legislation that underpins it.

The proposed amendment to the ANO states that a person must hold an ROCC in order to provide:
• an air/ground communications service;
• a service to give information to pilots of aircraft flying to or from offshore oil and gas installations and vessels and for other aircraft operating in the vicinity of these aircraft;
• a service to give information to pilots of aircraft flying for the purpose of the dropping of persons by parachute and to persons which have been dropped by parachute.

The holder of the Radio Licence at the location has always been responsible for signing the licence of the operator, and in so doing they are acknowledging that they have both the competence and the ability to provide the level of service as laid down by the CAA. This new legislation with ensure that this level of competence and confidence of the individuals that are the actual service providers has an auditability, through documentation and process, to ensure that the service provision is constant and able to provide the necessary level of information that will assist in safety of the operation at the location.

Aerozeal and the UNAA are able to assist in this process.

Full consultation Document

May 2011 – “Aerozeal assists with operational issues”

Aerozeal were recently asked to assist a major rotary wing operator with issues associated with its operation. Aerozeal spent a period of time, looking at the depth of the issues on site, whilst at the same time developing good relationships with all those involved and listening to all stake holders in the operating environment.

The end result was a report on how to move forward ensuring that safety was paramount, with both practical short term solutions as well as medium term suggestions on ways to enhance the operation.

The operator was delighted with the pro-active way in which Aerozeal handled the project and the way in which they were kept informed at all stages of the process and the progress being made.

The client commented “after your excellent input, dynamic approach and flexibility in your expert advice, I imagine you will be number one on our list when it comes to your specialisation”.

Aerozeal had reviewed the operating procedures, and produced several operational instructions that had not been considered before, ensuring that the documentation was clearly described and in an acceptable format that could be delivered to the regulatory authority and included into the company Safety Management System( SMS).

October 2010 – Aerozeal partners to support airfields in securing future income!!



• An income of up to £100k per annum for a site
producing up to 5 Mega Watts
• The potential to have more than one site.
• Discounted electricity energy rate for 25 years.
• No Capital cost.
• No Installation fee.
• No Maintenance costs.
• No Site Development costs.
• No Planning fees.
• No De-commissioning costs.
(All subject to survey)

A guaranteed income over a fixed period with No risk, No costs, including
a reduced energy rate could be an answer to supporting your
airport/aerodrome operation for the next 25 years.
This is an opportunity that you cannot miss…
Funding is available now, but time limited…
Call Aerozeal 01273 452501

July 2010 – Aerozeal Joins the BHA

29.05.10  – Aerozeal Team continues to grow…  Graham Vaughan joins!

With Graham joining the Aerozeal team we bring to our existing clients and future to much needed skill set of managing people and navigating the complex employment guidlines that we have in place in the UK. Graham has specific experience of the re-structuring of Airport operations with particular reference to that of working time regulations, RFFS operations and shift patterns and the requirement for mandatory breaks during ATC activities.

We are please to have Grahams wealth of experience as an asset to Aerozeal’s services.

11.05.10 – Leading fuel expert joins the Aerozeal team

John Barrett  joins Aerozeal bringing the expertise of the fuel supply industry, with both up-stream and downstream knowledge and understanding John’s skills will give Aerozeal’s present and future clients the reassurance that they are taking advice from industry professionals in all aspects of Airport Management and Operations.

10.04.10 – Aerozeal supports the UNAA

The CAA announces that Flying Training can be carried out from UN-licensed Aerodromes

Subject to a change to the ANO (Air Navigation Order) in Spring 2010, it will be possible for Fixed Wing aircraft up to MTOM 2730kg and Helicopters and Gyroplanes up to MTOW 3175kg to conduct flight training from unlicensed aerodromes. Coupled with this will also be a change to Rule 5.

The responsibility to ensure that the airfield is suitable for flight training will rest with the Aerodrome Operator and the Flying Instructors at a particular location. To assist with this, the CAA will be revising CAP 428 Safety Standards at Unlicensed Aerodromes, to include guidance on how to assess whether and airfield is suitable for flight training. This alteration follows the work of the LAASG (Light Aviation Airports Study Group) that was formed in 2005, with industry input to consider changes to Regulations which are specific to light aviation, whilst meeting safety obligations and maintaining the satisfactory safety regime established in UK general aviation.

Amongst the industry groups who took part in LAASG was the AOA (Airport Operators Association). At that time the Chairman of the General Aviation Committee was John Haffenden, who was an appointed Board member of the AOA, representing the smaller airports/aerodromes and was fully involved in all meetings and the process. John has been involved with General Aviation all of his life, firstly as an active Air Traffic Controller and most recently as Aerodrome Manager at Shoreham Airport. For 23 years he was the operations organiser of the Popular Flying Association annual Rally at venues such as Leicester and Cranfield, and in addition in the early years he was co-editor of the famous PF magazine.

John is now a driving force behind Aerozeal Ltd, with a specialism in general aviation and smaller airports. Aerozeal has completed audits and inspections at unlicensed aerodromes for independent owners and regional development agencies and has a full understanding of the planning and environmental constraints that could affect any proposed operation at an unlicensed aerodrome. In addition Aerozeal are able to assist in insurance; the requirements to fulfil the recommendations for the provision of Emergency services, the equipment required and any relevant Air Traffic Services.

Aerozeal can undertake to train and examine potential Air/Ground Operators with our examiners approval, and can provide a proportional level of advice and guidance to any potential operator, who wishes to take advantage of this change in legislation.

Aerozeal’s mission is to provide the customer with, ‘only what they want’. After first gaining a full understanding of the work we are being asked to consider, we communicate clearly. In doing this we are able to ensure that Aerozeal and our clients have clarity of the end goal and can resource to the correct level.

Helicopters V Super Yachts

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Leonardo Da Vinci is said to have inspired the development of the modern helicopters that we know today. It is then argued that Igor Sikorsky in 1940 invented the first successfully flown helicopter.

These gravity defying machines that even some experienced pilots still describe as an aircraft that has to beat the air into submission, have only recently been lavishly planted, almost as a trophies, on the back or in some cases front of a variety of Super, Mega and now Giga Yachts! Using Helicopters at sea isn’t new, military forces and SAR (Search and Rescue) organisations have been operating the likes of the Lynx and Sea King on and off carriers and destroyers during both piece time and conflict for many decades. It was only when commercial operations employed the helicopter to transit crew to and from oil platforms; both in the North Sea and further a field that the use of a helicopter over the ocean really expanded, this came back to back with the rich and famous owning and operating a variety of early executive helicopters for private use across the developed world. Couple the development of the helicopter with the establishment of the early luxury Super Yachts like Christina O, originally launched in 1943 as a Canadian Frigate and later converted and the launch of motor yacht Savarona, one of the first defined super yachts now operated in Turkey; one is presented with a unique combination of transportation.

Those who ‘should’ know say that it is difficult to place a defining date on the first ever use of a helicopter on a privately owned luxury yacht due to the nature of the industry and the desire to protect the privacy of those who own and operate them, however, it is thought that it must have been during the mid 70’s that this combination was made as before the launch of rotary machines such as the Jet Ranger (Bell 206) there were arguably no helicopters that would have been attractive enough, both in comfort, performance and safety to use in this way. Since these land mark developments the mega rich have been commissioning bigger and bigger yachts and buying bigger and bigger helicopters and wishing (demanding!) them to be seamlessly integrated.

This requirement presents yacht designers and naval architects with challenging considerations during the specification process; these include but are not limited to, additional deck lighting and securing mechanisms, allowing for rotor clearance, the possibility of deck handling and even hangerage on board. These considerations have to be included in the design process, usually this will be in consultation with heli-deck experts who will assist in the balance of form, function and safety but still allowing for the provision of the usual facilities such as open air deck pools, tennis courts and other more obscure recreational activities. There are several helicopter manufacturer that build machines capable of operating to and from sea going vessels, usually equipped with twin power units and in some cases floats to affect landing on water in the unlikely event of engine failure. When selecting a suitable aircraft it is essential to take advice on its operational limitations and ensure that it is capable of fulfilling your practical requirements.

With aviation being one of the most highly regulated industries in the world the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have statutes that regulate the use of aircraft on and off both static and floating platforms at sea, these are detailed in documentation known as the CAA Offshore Oil Industry regulation CAP 437, however, operators in this niche sector have identified areas of these regulations that do not provide for specific activities. To compliment CAP 437 the MCA (Marine Coast Guard Agency) has also recognized super yachts and helicopters through LY2 Annex 6, this annex goes towards mitigating some the conflicts in the regulations and supporting the fact that Maritime Administrations must take note of advances in technology and the super rich who desire to fly to and from their yachts.

Taking the MCA as an example, to certify the design and operating limitations of a heli-deck they use the services of the Helideck Certification Agency (HCA) who predominantly certify the oil and gas industry and work in conjunction with the MCA in certifying the design of heli-decks on MCA flagged vessels. Whereas the MCA issue guidelines in LY2 Annex 6, experts have also noted that technology is advancing so fast it is being overlooked, these include some practical pilot aids that are now common place such as pilot interpreted glide path indicators which are essential for open ocean blue water night operations. The general consensus is that the regulations will catch up and endorse these further technical developments into the future.

Operating and landing helicopters on the deck of a super yacht is also a highly tuned skill in its self, there are many owner operators that pride themselves with the freedom to pilot a helicopter and safely fly for business and pleasure on and around terra firma, however, it is highly recommended industry wide that unless you have been fully trained in the art of landing a helicopter on a moving platform this should not be attempted by the average PPL H (Private Pilot) The industry has several well established training organizations that specialize in instructing even the most experienced commercial pilot in the skill of landing on a moving platform. Over the coming months we shall be reviewing a variety of machines from the world’s most experienced and established helicopter manufacturers that are capable of operating to and from super yachts, looking further at the yacht design requirements and a variety of innovations that have been created to improve safety and performance, talking to the pilots that regularly operate to and from these decks and exploring further the unique combination of some of the worlds most expensive modes of transport. One thing for certain is, as long as the mega rich can pay for it the designers will continue to integrate the most high performance helicopters with the most luxury yachts!

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