Surplus to requirements
Ascent Flight Training’s 25-year contract to provide the UK’S military helicopter training using the Airbus H135 Juno and H145 Jupiter is up and running, so the superseded equipment has been returned to the leasers. Singleengined Squirrels like G-BXME had been used for basic instruction but, as all service helicopters are now twins, they have been replaced by the Juno. The larger Griffins such as G-BWZR – developments of the Bell Huey, were used for twin conversion and search-and-rescue training, but SAR duties have been outsourced, so just three Jupiters will suffice. The Bölkow Bo.105, the world’s first twin-engine light helicopter, is being slowly retired from German Army and Navy service and G-CLBO was put on the British Register, possibly to smooth its onward sale to Russia.