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Rigby Group’s aviation division comprises British International Helicopters (BIH), a British-owned company operating in the offshore sector and Capital Air Ambulance, the UK’s largest air ambulance service.

BIH is a highly respected operator of medium and heavy aircraft, with particular expertise in offshore operations and the defence sector and long term partnerships with both military and commercial clients, delivering a wide range of helicopter services in some of the world’s most challenging flying and environmental conditions.

In April 2016, BIH commenced a major contract to provide combined Search and Rescue (“SAR”) and Support Helicopter Services in the Falklands for 10 years. The contract, serviced by BIH together with AAR Airlift and Air Rescue Services, has a total contract value of £180m.

BIH also provides utility support contracts across many commercial sectors including, construction, media and national parks, Police and Air Ambulance capability and commercial helicopter services and is developing solutions for the emerging offshore wind power sector.

Respected for its world class medical expertise, Capital Air Ambulance Capital Air Ambulance provides a rapid response to requests for medical assistance and repatriation flights 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year with a fleet of King Air and Lear Jet aircraft.

It also provides medical escorts on commercial airline flights or via ground ambulance and offer medical case handling and/or translation services and cares for the full spectrum of patients with acute and chronic medical conditions, including provision of specialist adult, neonatal and paediatric care.

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Aero-medical, commercial, corporate and private charters