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Old 10th Nov 2010, 18:25   #41 (permalink)
 
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North Denes is close to the customers facilates and harbour it can open and close when it likes.

Norwich has limited opening times in comparision also an aggressive anti aircraft lobby which see it as a blight on their house values ,not an asset to the comunity providing jobs.
It is also 25 miles and 40 minutes away which can be considerably longer in summer (A47 and tourists) Not good if you need to get skilled man or part out to rig .
Whats the cost per hour of lost production?

My personal view is that CHC are banking on the SAR contract and couldn't careless about the southern North Sea.
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Old 10th Nov 2010, 18:56   #42 (permalink)
 
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I'll have you know that 'Naarwich' quite likes the 11th century. Just try driving here up the A11. Then it will be no surprise that the average wage is £13,000 and you can buy a house for £60,000.
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Old 10th Nov 2010, 20:48   #43 (permalink)
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I'll have you know that 'Naarwich' quite likes the 11th century. Just try driving here up the A11. Then it will be no surprise that the average wage is £13,000 and you can buy a house for £60,000.
That may apply to Gt Yarmouth but definately not Norwich.

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The CHC move was actually driven by their customers. If CHC hadn't moved their customers would have - to other providers.



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Old 10th Nov 2010, 21:49   #44 (permalink)
 
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So which one of CHC's unfortunate customers wanted to move to Norwich then? I for one didnt ask them to and i know of several others who are extremely pi**ed off about it.

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Old 10th Nov 2010, 22:14   #45 (permalink)
 
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I thought this thread was about North Denes closing!!
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Old 10th Nov 2010, 22:17   #46 (permalink)
 
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A house for £60,000 now that would be nice.....Skint of Norwich
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Old 11th Nov 2010, 08:03   #47 (permalink)
 
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They do exist

3 bedroom terraced house for sale in Magpie Road, Norwich, NR3, NR3
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Old 11th Nov 2010, 15:02   #48 (permalink)

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Awrigh' then, this one would give you leeway ....

1 bedroom end of terrace house for sale in Bull Close Road, Norwich, NR3, NR3

The point is, property is pretty cheap in Norfolk.

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Old 12th Nov 2010, 16:04   #49 (permalink)
 
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Well done CHC.

Thats 12 years too late but never mind.

At least that GOM-style operation will cease.
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Old 17th Feb 2011, 22:39   #50 (permalink)
 
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Yesterday, Bond Offshore Helicopters registered their first AW139 helicopter with the UK CAA – it is G-PERA which reflects it being contracted to the independent oil & gas company Perenco. Previously this company’s operations were supported by an AW139 from CHC. The AW139, which will be joined by a second prior to the contract start on 1st May, will be based from Norwich. This airport is fast becoming the “Aberdeen of the Southern North Sea” as other options such as North Denes are closed down. (see HeliHub.com story)

This is the first time Bond Offshore Helicopters operates the AW139.

Perenco has operations in 16 countries across the globe, ranging from Northern Europe to Africa and from South America to the Middle East.

All the above stolen from HELIHUB...

Well there you go NIKNAK thats the first CHC customer voting with their feet.....

Any more ?

Oh and no BOND do not occupy the White elephant hanger.....
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Old 18th Feb 2011, 09:47   #51 (permalink)
 
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Pictures of said machine??
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Old 18th Feb 2011, 11:27   #52 (permalink)
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Pictures of said machine?

The first Bond AW 139 will arrive in Norwich early next week. It is still to be painted in Bond colours, it is leased from ERA helicopters and is currently in their colours.

It will be ready for contract on 1st. May 2011

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Are the CHC 139's from Norwich off somewhere sunny? Saw an Antonov pick two G-reg ones from Stavanger the other day.

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The ones in Stavanger are off to sunny Oz (they were G-reg'd to ease export to Oz). They weren't actually used in the UK.
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OK, makes sense. I wondered if they were Coastgaurd machines since they were G-CGR... but hey ho.
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What happened to the CHC 139's that were flying in UK from North Denes if they were not the ones Australia bound?
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Cheers SQ, does that mean they are not new machines?
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Old 18th Feb 2011, 20:33   #58 (permalink)
 
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They are still at Denes Epiphany, apart from one that is at Humberside. Norwich move doesn't happen till April/May.
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Old 18th Feb 2011, 23:04   #59 (permalink)
 
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North Denes closing completely? what a pity. Perhaps they will extend the caravan park?

I landed a glider there once, having flown from Nympsfield and ran out of land, too chicken to swing round the oil rig that was out at sea.

A famous glider pilot landed there once, flown from North Hill in Devon, he was based at Bicester. So rang Bicester for airtow - North Dene manager said the field is too short to do an airtow! but it was too late to stop the tug flying in from Bicester. Airfield manager said, right, I'm not responsible for what happens, I'm going home now.

So the glider was pushed back against the fence, the tug pushed back as well, ran up to full power on the brakes, and there was a mighty yank on the towrope; glider got airborne ok, but tug still on the ground, still on the ground, still on the ground...then hoiked up into the air to miss the earth bank at the end of the runway.

Folks in the caravan park were astonished when first the tug, then the glider appeared, ran briefly along their drive before at last achieving liftoff. And combination returned to Bicester.

No, it wasn't me. I had a road retrieve from North Dene.
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Old 18th Feb 2011, 23:20   #60 (permalink)
 
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What happened to the CHC 139's that were flying in UK from North Denes if they were not the ones Australia bound?
The two which were airfreighted ex Stavangar on Wednesday bound for Australia were brand new 139s.

here's one:-
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