Sur­plus to re­quire­ments

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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.

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