London Heliport announces temporary closure

The coronavirus pandemic is having a severe impact on commercial travel and the general aviation industry.

The London Heliport in Battersea, South London has been working closely with all relevant authorities and will continue to follow the latest advice from Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Accordingly, with immediate effect and no forward bookings, The London Heliport will pause all operations.

The Heliport will be unable to provide full services until the national lockdown is lifted. The term of the closure will be at least until 13th April, with a review nearer the time, should this be required. All parties have been advised accordingly and shall be updated with any further information throughout the situation.

We expect operations to recommence in the future and will consistently ensure that our dedicated clients and stakeholders are updated with any changes, as soon as clarity is provided.

We are working with the DfT and PHE to ensure we have the most up-to-date information to take the necessary steps as the situation continues to develop and will continue to do so throughout the closure.

London Heliport General Manager Simon Hutchins commented. “We would like to recognise the hard work and dedication of our team at the heliport. Everyone has been working tirelessly to ensure we adhere to Government guidance at all times.”

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Universal Supporting Humanitarian Medical Supply Missions During the COVID-19 Crisis

Houston ( March 27, 2020) – Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. announced that it is donating services to support humanitarian medical supply missions during the COVID-19 crisis. Effective immediately, Universal Trip Support is waiving its fees on 1) trip feasibility assessments, research, and consultation services and 2) ground handling setup charges (third-party fees still apply), for any mission classified as a humanitarian medical supply flight.

“We are in an unprecedented and trying time for our industry and the world. Business aviation missions are still flying and are now more critical than ever as we battle the global coronavirus pandemic,” said Universal Chairman Greg Evans. “These missions are saving lives! Together we need to find a way through the continually-changing, restrictions now in place that are impacting international operations around the globe.Since the start of the pandemic, Universal team members around the globe have been diligently supporting missions of these types and finding solutions to make them happen.

Universal Trip Support teams are available to help operators understand the current restrictions, which are changing by the hour, what they are allowed to do, any crew restrictions and local quarantines in place, what they can expect on arrival, the documents they will need, the questions they will be asked by authorities, and what services are still in operation and available.

If you have an upcoming humanitarian flights delivering medical supplies for COVID-19 reliefand need help, contact any of our trip support teams. Also available to all operators at no cost is Universal’s COVID-19 website, which is updated daily with the latest global operating restrictions. “Now is the time for business aviation to come together and support each other. Not just for our industry, but for the people that fight this pandemic and those in need” said Evans.

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Signature Continues to Support Mercy and other Essential Flights at Luton

Business aviation is a significant and essential contributor to European connectivity and the economy.

Whilst safety continues to be our highest priority, taking the appropriate precautions for staff – including social distancing and proven best hygiene practices – Signature Flight Support Luton continues to provide a limited service for our customers. This will ensure business continuity and continued access by many medical, repatriation and military flights, which are considered essential in the current environment.  

A special thanks is due to our wonderful staff who continue to volunteer to make these vital flights possible.

Brian Humphries | | Senior Adviser Industry Relations

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London Stobart Jet Centre Temporary Closure – Contingency Plan

London Southend Airport, 27th March 2020:

Recent and ongoing developments of COVID-19 are having an impact on commercial travel and the business aviation industry. London Southend Airport and Stobart Jet Centre areworking closely with all relevant authorities and will continue to follow the latest advice from Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The airport’s Continuity Plan has been deployed in order to protect the business, employees, customers and stakeholders. The epidemic is naturally having an impact, but the airport is working to ensure the right steps are taken to limit damage in the short term, whilst protecting our long-termstrategy.

As from the 1st April 2020, Stobart Jet Centre will pause all operations in order to protect their staff enabling them to self-isolate and protect their families during this epidemic. We will therefore be unable to provide full FBO services due to further reduced operating hours at the airport while the commercial market stabilizes.

The term of the closure of Stobart Jet Centreis set for the entire Month of April with a review into May should this be required. All parties involved with the current operation have been advised accordingly and shall be updated with any further information throughout the situation.

Stobart Jet Centre and London Southend Airport recognises that knowledge sharing is critical, not only to employees but to the local community and, with the situation in continuous evolution, we are working hard to implement communications that ensure the most up to date information is available.

Fiona Langton, MD of Stobart Jet Centre,‘The welfare of my employees is my highest priority right now, as we are a small team, I have taken the responsible decision at this time to put their personal health and wellbeing, above current business operations. We whole heartily expect operations to continue in the future and will consistently ensure our dedicated clients and stake holders are updated with any changes to this decision as soon as clarity is provided. The entire industry is facing uncertain times; however,we are in a strong position to return to continue business when safe to do so. We are working with London Southend Airport, DfT and PHE to ensure we have the most up to date information totake the necessary steps as the situation continues to developand shall continue to do so throughout the closure.

I would like to recognise the hard work and dedication of our FBO team here at the Stobart Jet Centre; everyone has beenworking tirelessly to ensure we adhere to Government guidance at all times and now we are doing everything we can to ensure they are protected accordingly as well.’


For further information or images contact

Georgina Pavelin, Head of Communications Stobart Aviation

Osprey: Open

Covid-19 –It is NOT business as usual for Osprey Flight SolutionsWe are all dealing with the impact of Covid-19 and at Osprey Flight Solutions it is most definitely NOT business as usual as we actively seek ways in which we can support the industry during this global crisis. As such, we have immediately developed significant updates within our new platform, Osprey:Open, that are directly relatedto Covid-19.The platform continues to be available FREE of charge –please register here: MESSAGE FROM OSPREY FLIGHT SOLUTIONS CEO, ANDREW NICHOLSON:The aviation industry is experiencing the greatest impact on operations in a generation, if not ever, as we all deal with theimpact of Covid-19.Osprey exists to provide the industry withthe best risk management data, information and analytics to support your operations and if we were to just ‘cope’ with this situation then we would be lacking. I want to tell you that it is categorically NOT business as usual for us. We have turned on all the taps, called in all the favours, and buckled ourselves in for a hard, fast ride over the coming weeks and months to make sure that we are, every day, improving the support that we can provide.Our absolute priority is to give you the most accurate reporting that will give you the earliest possible warning that the tide may be turning and that you can start to prepare to resume business.Significant updates to support the industryAs some of you will know, we recently launched our new platform, Osprey:Open. Registration for :Open continues to be completelyfree of chargeand will remain so for the foreseeable future. Anyone in the industry can register and have access to the best data and analytics in a single interface. So, we have been working around the clock to bring updates to :Open that will help you monitor and make decisions about your operations.In addition to the standard data sets that are available,we have overlaid covid-19 cases for each country, drawn from W.H.O. reporting, John Hopkins University and CDC.We have visualised these cases in graphs for every single country showing the growth and rate of the infection, and showing what stage in the spread of the virus that country is experiencing. We have overlaid all covid-19 related NOTAMs, both those published by any country and those relating to any international airport. These datasets are all updated as near live time as possible, keeping you absolutely up to date. We are also working on getting all travel restrictions not covered by NOTAMs visualised.If you haven’t yet registered for :Open,please register here for free access.Here is my pleaWe will continue to add more capabilities over the coming days and weeks, but this work would be greatly enhanced if we, as an industry, can collaborate. So here is my plea.If there is something that would help you if it was analysed or visualised, please let us know and we will work tirelessly to get it into the platform, if it is possible. If you have datasets that would support the industry, please don’t be precious about sharing them and we can get them out there for the benefit of everyone. When all this calms down, it is in all our interests to have a fully functioning global aviation system operating as fast as humanly possible.Stay safe.Andrew NicholsonCEO, Osprey Flight SolutionsAbout Osprey Flight SolutionsSetting the standard for aviation risk analysisFounded in 2017, Osprey fuses real-time information, technology and industry leading expertise to deliver the most advanced aviation risk analysis available anywhere. Our revolutionary data-driven approach provides instant situational intelligence to powerdynamic decision making. Being able to see, understand and react to threats as they emerge sets a new standard for ensuring the safety and security of passengers, crew and aircraft. Because risk isn’t static in a fast-moving, turbulent world. Find out more here Flight Solutions | Press contact: Samantha Taylor

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