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British Airways used to operate a fleet of helicopters from 1964-1986

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Old Jun 25, 16, 1:27 pm
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British Airways used to operate a fleet of helicopters from 1964-1986

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Old Jun 25, 16, 2:33 pm
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I used to fly regularly on the BA S61s to offshore rigs in the North Sea.

At check-in they used to weigh the pax as well as our kitbags - it took the "you're overweight sir" to a whole different level!

Can I retroactively claim for Avios and Tier Points?!

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Old Jun 25, 16, 2:52 pm
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Originally Posted by Lost-in-Space View Post
I used to fly regularly on the BA S61s to offshore rigs in the North Sea.

At check-in they used to weigh the pax as well as our kitbags - it took the "you're overweight sir" to a whole different level!

Can I retroactively claim for Avios and Tier Points?!
Me too. Didn't BA sell the business just a few weeks before a Chinook (still in BA livery I think) suffered a gearbox fatigue failure and tragically resulted in 47 deaths ? Workers refused to fly in them again, Shell reluctantly had to withdraw the Chinook contract.
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Old Jun 25, 16, 3:03 pm
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See also these discussions:
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http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/briti...ber-these.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/briti...es-sciliy.html
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Old Jun 25, 16, 4:46 pm
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some of those same S61s are still flying in Cornwall and still with British International.

sadly no longer in passenger operations as the old heliport site PZE is now a sainsburys however they still operate on behalf of the MOD for FOST from the base at NQY.

BIH are an interesting little company who now hold the contract for SAR in the Falklands using 2 AW189s which were shipped from NQY in a AN-124 earlier this year.


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Old Jun 27, 16, 2:24 am
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I've flown in the S61s operating in the Falkands, partly for my (then) job maintaining the war memorials and partly for leisure trips to see the wildlife. You weigh and tag your own bags but thankfully no one ever asked me to step on the scales
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Old Jun 27, 16, 3:49 am
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North Sea

Yes I have flown on the S61 but for about 2 years flew on the chinooks from Aberdeen. I was able to fly in the cockpit jumps seat on many of the return journeys with headset all the way including landing.
I was aboard when we were struck by lightning and also when we required to make an emergency landing due to gear box failure.
Depending on the winds it could be in excess of 3 hours for the journey !
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Old Jun 27, 16, 4:07 am
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BA never operated Chinooks, the one that crash in Scotland was operated by the RAF.
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Old Jun 27, 16, 4:14 am
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Old Jun 27, 16, 4:22 am
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Originally Posted by quakered View Post
BA never operated Chinooks, the one that crash in Scotland was operated by the RAF.
According to the AAIB report it was operated by British International Helicopters which from what I can see had been British Airways Helicopters until privitisation 2 months before the crash.
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Old Jun 27, 16, 5:00 am
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Originally Posted by nei1c View Post
According to the AAIB report it was operated by British International Helicopters which from what I can see had been British Airways Helicopters until privitisation 2 months before the crash.
They were BA with flight crew and 1 cabin crew !
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Old Jun 27, 16, 7:21 am
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BIH still going strong :

https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/nqypics/26614850451/

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Old Jun 27, 16, 8:19 am
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Originally Posted by quakered View Post
BA never operated Chinooks, the one that crash in Scotland was operated by the RAF.
We are talking about two separate incidents. An RAF operated Chinook flew into the Mull of Kintyre in 1994 while a BIH-operated Chinook crashed offshore near Sumburgh in 1986.

The RAF incident rumbles on with Services and ex-Services people, for example there is a long thread with strong views over at PPrune, over the attribution of blame.
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Old Jun 27, 16, 8:38 am
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G-AWFX, a 1963 Sikorsky S-61N, en route to a Southern North Sea gas platform in 1976:





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Old Jun 27, 16, 2:32 pm
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British Caledonian Helicopters

I am not sure of the timelines of ownership etc, but there were British Caledonian helicopters as well in the North Sea and if I remember correctly flew with their Bell 212 between rigs-circa 1983/84.
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