Helicopter simulator

Oxfordshire-based Eurocopter UK is to build a Helicopter Service and Simulator facility at the 14 acre KirkhillCommercialPark in Dyce, Aberdeen.

The Eurocopter centre will include a 10,000ft2 logistics warehouse, 5,000ft2 of offices and 5,360ft2 of flight simulator accommodation to house Eurocopter’s first UK-based EC225 Flight Training Simulator.

The facility, to be designed and built by the Knight Property Group, is in an ideal location to serve as a heliport for the offshore oil industry and will bring support technology to one of the largest helicopter maintenance hubs in the world. It is currently home to helicopter operators Bristow Helicopters, Bond Offshore and CHC.

Markus Steinke, managing director of Eurocopter UK, said: ‘The new state-of-the-art Eurocopter facility in Aberdeen reinforces Eurocopter’s commitment to investing in the UK, and to bringing the best technical and logistical support to where our customers need it most.

‘The Eurocopter Puma/Super Puma/EC255 helicopter family has proved very popular in the UK, both supporting the UK offshore oil and gas industry and in military missions, as a key part of the Royal Air Force helicopter fleet. The Aberdeen facility we are building is the latest of a growing range of high-quality support services that we provide to our UK customers, both civil and military.

‘We aim to have a network of local operations close to our customers throughout the UK. With our already strong presence in England, Wales and Ireland, we are pleased to be now making a further commitment to Scotland.’

Work on the site is scheduled to begin in April and completion is expected by December this year.