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Old 11th Mar 2010, 07:40
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Old 11th Mar 2010, 08:14
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Is there room at Norwich? What building would they use? What with NHV there, Bond coming this year, this isn't good news for Bristow?
Old 11th Mar 2010, 20:56
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A new-build hangar has been mentioned which I assume will be part of the new SaxonAir complex, currently under construction.
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Old 12th Mar 2010, 09:49
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Course CHC could always open up ND as a proper airfield again. In the late 60s/early 70s there was a thriving flying school with C150s there, and there's always potential for pleasure flying eg to see the seals on Scroby Sands etc.
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Old 8th Apr 2010, 13:24
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I cant see either why they cant do up the old Bond terminal and invite one of the other companies to operate from denes. It worked when it was Bond and Bristows there, why not again ?? Get the runway done and as some one said you could have a flying school there, or SAR base ??
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Old 10th Sep 2010, 12:03
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North Denes - What is happening

Heard rumours that the incumbent at N.Denes is moving out to a new base at norwich. Whats to become of N.Denes and all the people who work there ? Is someone else going to move in or will it be lost forever?
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Old 12th Sep 2010, 11:18
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North Denes changing hands

North Denes is not closing. CHC are selling it back to Bond. Nice Mr Bond is about to take back the Southern North Sea and not before time. CHC are moving to a new hangar being built at Norwich not that it will do them any good. They will have lost all their contracts before long. I am surprised that they have any left the way they have been carrying on.
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Old 13th Sep 2010, 16:42
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HaHa thats a good one have you any proof to back it up? Someone must know facts?
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Old 13th Sep 2010, 17:36
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Not sure of the exact timeline (although I think it is Dec 10 or New year 11), but it would appear that CHC are moving to Norwich with all the current contracts, they'll be based at the new Saxonair/Klyne Hanger complex at Norwich.

There are two aspects to this:

1. The major clients of CHC have been bitching like hell for them to operate from an airport which has full hard runway and navigational facilities with the option of H24 ATC cover in the event of an emergency. Additionally, the vast majority of passengers flying out of Denes, fly to Norwich then have to get the train or a taxi to Gt Yarmouth, in a lot of cases it involves an overnight stay at the passengers expense. To date CHC have always go around this but the clients appear to have said enough is enough.

2. The CAA have been threatening CHC with the closure of N Denes for several years now, the main points being the lack of a hard runway and the integrity of the airfield and it's physical and navigational faclilities (anyone ion the industry doesn't need me to tell you what the latter entails).
CHC won't invest in a hard runway at Denes or the other work due to the high costs and it will be cheaper in the long run to operate from Norwich, it's highly likely that they'll keep the current contracts by doing so.

Earlier this year Bond were advertising for pilots and engineers to be based at Norwich and have signed up for hangerage with Skydrift for the aircraft servicing the Wind Turbine Engineering Contract and any other work that comes up.

Why buy an airfield which is inconvenient to the majority of your client base when you can simply move into a fully equipped one at less expense?

This time I do think it's really happening and N Denes will soon become an exercise yard for the Doggy Track next door.
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Old 13th Sep 2010, 17:41
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The problem with CHC is that they can't be in the same game if they are in the wrong stadium ! The greyhound / banger track is the wrong venue to compete on a level playing field commercial sense dictates a move
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Old 9th Nov 2010, 12:58
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North Denes Closure Confirmed

The closure was confirmed in the local press last night. CHC Scotia transfering to Norwich International Airport "up the road" at the impressive new Saxonair complex.

Great Yarmouth heliport to close after 40 years - Business - Eastern Daily Press
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Old 9th Nov 2010, 15:08
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I wouldn't call a new hangar impressive granted your away from the water treatment plant.
All in its just a hangar!
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Old 9th Nov 2010, 16:05
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It IS impressive and is expected to attract alot more biz traffic to NWI. Apparently, will be superior to some biz facilities in the S.E. of England.
Saxonair are a very ambitious company and a big asset to NWI airport. They are funding the building themselves.

So there
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Old 9th Nov 2010, 17:52
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From EDP comments:

Bad news indeed not only for Great Yarmouth but also for the residents of NE Norwich and surrounding area who already have had enough of these damned cacophonous things flying over.
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Old 9th Nov 2010, 19:01
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Well that's OK, all the NIMBYS who moved in after Norwich Airport started operating can move to North Denes can't they?

Excellent news for everyone at Saxonair who have been beavering away on this contract for ages, well done Chris and James (and Mr Klyne!)
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Old 9th Nov 2010, 19:27
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It's impressive considering Bristow have been there ten years and all they have is portacabins, a rubber hangar, and no mains power.
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Old 10th Nov 2010, 08:58
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Beg to differ it IS just a hangar all be it with fancy clading.
Saxon air is Financed by Kline who made his money in boats.
Just who are they going to attract to Norwich?
If you have real cash why would you want to come Norwich in your biz jet? You certainly cannot say it is convient to London.
The new facility is a rich mans garage for his VERY nice and new Planes/toys.
As a side note the other side has been leased to CHC the repurcussions of their move to Norwich has yet to unfold but their customers are far from happy.

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Old 10th Nov 2010, 13:57
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You certainly cannot say it is convient to London.
London isn't the be-all-and-end-all of the UK. There are other places y'know. Like Norwich. I love the smell of sour grapes in the morning.


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Old 10th Nov 2010, 16:20
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Yep your right hang on is that Roman Abramovich's Gulfstream on approach..... oh sorry my mistake its Bernard Mathews in his 20 year old Citation popping in to check on his Turkey Empire......

Its the 21st centuary not the 11th .

I asked a valid question What Biz jets is this Impresive facilty going to attract?
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Old 10th Nov 2010, 16:45
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im pretty sure it was the CHC customers that were wanting the move to Norwich
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