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Northern Helicopters (retired)
Northern Helicopters is still active, marketing flight training services for the company Northern Air Training AB since late October 2016.

The company offered flight training under its own name between 2009-2016, and had its main base at Säve Airport in Gothenburg. The company offered a wide range of courses, including PPL(H), CPL(H), IR(H), MCC and FI training, on both full-size helicopters and in a modern AS355/FNPT II simulator. The company was transformed to a sales brand in October 2016.

HistoryNorthern Helicopters was established as a flight school in late 2008. The company started its training at Axamo Airport in Jönköping in the summer of 2009, using a Schweizer 269C. It originally intended to place the flight school in Halmstad, but those plans were cancelled by Halmstad Airport due to noise concerns.

The company offered PPL training to start with, but the amount of students increased and the fleet was expanded rapidly, why CPL and ATPL theory was added to the line of business very soon.

Northern Helicopters became the first Scandinavian company to operate the brand new helicopter type Cabri G2. The two helicopters, SE-HJR and SE-JNE, entered service in mid-2010.

The school opened a new facility at the airport in Västerås in late-2010, but the station was soon closed.

In mid-2011 the company established a JAR-OPS company in Romania, Northern Helicopters International SRL. The Romanian subsidiary was used in order to offer commercial operations in Sweden with the company's Jet Ranger YR-MRA (ex. SE-JNI). The aircraft was frequently used for sightseeing operations. The commercial operations were available for 1,5 years before the Jet Ranger returned to the Swedish register.

In August 2013 the company announced that it was to move its main base to Gothenburg, where a new training facility was being established. The airport in Jönköping prohibited training flight at the field.

As the company moved to Säve Airport in Gothenburg it announced that a twin-engine AS 355N (LN-OBW) was to be added to the fleet and that the helicopter would be used to expand the flight school's range of courses by adding instrument rating training.

Northern Helicopters opened a satellite training station at Roskilde Airport in Denmark in October 2014. The company announced that it was to use R22 and R44 aircraft in the operation, as well as an EC120 from 2015.

In January 2015 Northern Helicopters launched a brand new AS355 Instrument Procedure Training Simulator at the main base in Gothenburg.

In March 2015 the company announced its intention to replace the fleet of Cabri helicopters with Robinson aircraft. An R44 was added to the Swedish fleet in May 2015, and the two Cabris were sold in May and September respectively.

In mid 2015 Northern Helicopters declared that it was to obtain a national aerial work permit for commercial helicopter operations and that two of its helicopters were to get cargo hooks. The launch of the aerial work department was never fully realized, and the plans were eventually scrapped.

The flight school moved its AS355 Instrument Procedure Training Simulator to Roskilde Airport in Denmark in the autumn of 2015. Northern Helicopters stated that it intended to move most of its training there.

In December 2015 the company's EC120, SE-JDT, was sold to STORM Heliworks/Copterflyg. The AS355 IFR trainer left the fleet the same month.

Northern Helicopters was fully focused in flight training on Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters in early 2016, using three Danish helicopters and one Swedish R44. The flight training was conducted in Roskilde and Gothenburg.

In 2016 the Roskilde base was closed and the number of helicopters were reduced. The company stated that the Danish venture did not turn out as planned, and that this, in combination with the decline in the offshore industry and local operational off-airport difficulties, forced the flight school to close its Danish branch and focus solely in Sweden. At the end, one R44 (SE-JPH) remained.

In October 2016 Northern Helicopters announced that it was changing its company structure by transferring the activities to the company Northern Air Training AB. Northern Helicopters was to remain the brand name, but the new company was intended to handle all the flight training. Northern Helicopters' ATO training certificate was cancelled.
Last update: 24 Feb, 2018
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