Penzance Heliport Ltd will team with one of the UK’s leading helicopter companies, Sloane Helicopters, to operate the new helicopter link between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly.

Sloane Helicopters LogoHelicopter flights to the Isles of Scilly, between Penzance and the islands of Tresco and St Mary’s, will operate from Spring 2019.

Northamptonshire-based Sloane Helicopters has nearly 50 years’ experience as one of the most accomplished helicopter companies in Europe, with clients including Air Ambulance charities and the Ministry of Defence. The company was formed in 1969 and remains in the private ownership of founder and Chairman David George, who was educated in Penzance.

Sloane will provide the AW139 aircraft for the Penzance to Isles of Scilly route and will employ key staff, including pilots.

The company will also provide engineering services, in conjunction with helicopter manufacturer Leonardo – formerly AgustaWestland – for whom Sloane has been the UK and Ireland distributor and service centre for over 22 years.

 

‘Experience, Family Ethos & Local Knowledge’

Robert Dorrien-Smith, who is leading the project to reinstate the helicopter link from Penzance to the Isles of Scilly, said: “We held discussions with many operators from the inception of this project, but our conversations with Sloane were different.

“Their industry experience, relationship with the helicopter manufacturer, family ethos and knowledge of Cornwall shone through from the start, as did their enthusiasm and dedication to this project.

“They are also industry leaders in new navigational technology which will help us deliver a truly resilient and reliable service.

“Having Sloane onboard gives us every certainty of delivering our goal of bringing real resilience and genuine competition to the Isles of Scilly transport market, making the islands a better place to live, work and visit.”

 

Industry Experience

Sloane’s customer base ranges from high profile individuals and three UK Air Ambulance charities to the provision of emergency medical support at major UK sporting events, including the Silverstone British Grand Prix.

The company also provides helicopters and engineering support for No 32 (The Royal) Squadron of the Royal Air Force, charged with the movement of high priority personnel including senior military commanders and Government Ministers.

 

Local Connections

As well as extensive experience and expertise in the helicopter industry, Sloane Helicopters has deep connections with Cornwall.

Managing Director of Sloane Helicopters, Jeremy Awenat, said: “David, our chairman, was educated in Penzance, our Chief Pilot lived and operated in Cornwall for many years, and I served at Culdrose, where I met and married a local lady.

“It’s fair to say we all share a deep love, experience and knowledge of Cornwall, and to be the aviation partner in such a prestigious project for the Isles of Scilly and the wider Cornwall region is hugely rewarding.

“We look forward to bringing our experience and expertise to the project for the benefit of islanders, visitors and local businesses.”

Penzance Heliport will be the only service to operate into both St Mary’s Airport and Tresco Heliport. Flights are expected to launch in Spring 2019, subject to planning consent from Cornwall Council in the coming weeks.

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9 Comments

Caroline Hardman · March 14, 2018 at 1:23 pm

Good luck for the future, hope you are successful, you deserve it.
When you start operating(positive vibes) will you have a facility on the helicopters to transport dogs? I do hope so.
Once again, much good look in the next few weeks.
Kind regards
Caroline Hardman

    Penzance Heliport · March 14, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Caroline – thank you for your message (and positive vibes!)

    We hope to be able to carry dogs onboard, yes!

    Best Wishes, Penzance Heliport Ltd

Kaye Periam · March 14, 2018 at 2:19 pm

Looking forward to being able to get the helicopter to Tresco again. Due to elderly/disabled family member it is the only viable way for us to get there and we have missed our visits over the past few years.

Nic Bird · March 14, 2018 at 4:07 pm

Wishing you all the best in your venture.Can’t wait to see the new Heliport!I might even summon up the courage to take a flight!!!

Malcolm Rose · March 14, 2018 at 5:04 pm

Well done Mr Robert seems like it was when we first started and when I was involved

Jeannette Symons · March 14, 2018 at 8:56 pm

We want the helipad back in Penzance. The Council should of pass and remember the good the Heliport did for the town of Penzance and the County of Cornwall. Good Luck and look forward to seeing the helicopters flying in and out of Penzance again.

Theresa Pritchard · March 14, 2018 at 10:42 pm

Hope your planning application goes well. How long do you have to wait on a decision?

Caroline Nethersole · March 18, 2018 at 9:55 pm

Good luck with the heliport , so exciting to know we can fly across to the islands again from penance. I’m so pleased for the islanders to have a consistent link with the mainland again.

Mike Baldrey · March 28, 2018 at 3:37 pm

Well it all looks like it is coming together nicely, I congratulate you on securing Sloane, as a partner, excellent helicopter operators.

Good Luck

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