HeliOps: Sea Kings, SAR and much more

An exciting new era in rotary operations is under way on the UK’s south coast, as Ian Harding and Kevin Wills discovered when visiting one of its premier specialist helicopter providers

HeliOps’ Sea King HU5 (serial XV666 Damien) landing on one of Dorset’s beaches. The expert training that students receive on the Sea King is applicable to all rotary types, as well as giving them the opportunity to fly a legendary aircraft
All images: Ian Harding/Kevin Wills

Steeped in naval history and tradition, the Isle of Portland on Dorset’s world-renowned Jurassic Coast is once again reverberating to the sound of rotary aviation. The Royal Navy's Westland (now Leonardo) helicopters such as the Lynx, Wasp, Wessex and Whirlwind of past years have been replaced by HeliOperations’ distinctive orange and grey Westland Sea Kings, which now grace the skies above the famous island.

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