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Aviation Support has been a household name in aviation advice for many years.
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Aviation Support specializes in advising on the construction and installation of heliports and in connection therewith the interpretation of the latest aviation regulations and the international ICAO standards, laid down in annex 14 part 1 aerodromes and part 2 heliports. But we also deal with questions in the field of European aviation regulation.


From 1 November 2009, the issuing of a license by the CAA for the operation of a heliport at a hospital or a business related heliport, was transferred to the Provinces.
Existing licenses issued by the CAA on the basis of the BIGNAL Decree had to be issued by the province concerned within 2 years (1 November 2011). This transition is still not completed in some cases. An additional problem is that the Provincial Councils must establish the permit by ordinance and that in most cases the Provincial Councils only meet once every two months. It is therefore important to ensure that the transition from a license for an existing heliport to a provincial ordinance, is well prepared. This goes certainly also with regard to obtaining a permit for a new business-related heliport. In both cases, Aviation Support can assist you in this.

Now that each province is going to develop its own policy, there is a threat of legal inequality for helicopter aviation in the Netherlands. What is permitted in one province is banned or restricted in the other province. Aviation Support keeps a close eye on this undesirable situation and will report this to the responsible national government.


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Extra helicopter deck for Medisch Spectrum Twente

n the summer and fall of 2019, Aviation Support investigated the possibilities for installing a second helicopter deck on the roof of the former Thorax building of Medisch Spectrum Twente in Enschede, because it regularly prevents that both Lifeliner 3 or 4 from the ANWB Medical Air Assistance and a helicopter from the German ADAC Luftrettung present themselves simultaneously or shortly after each other for a landing at the heliport of MST. An alternative landing site in the vicinity of the hospital is not available.
The existing heliport of MST is mainly used by the Christoph Europa 2 trauma helicopter of the German ADAC Luftrettung, based in Rheine, which covers a large part of Twente, Overijssel and a part of Gelderland with a circular deployment area with a radius of 70 km and by the Christoph Westfalen trauma helicopter of the German ADAC Luftrettung, based in Greven at Münster / Osnabrück airport with a circular deployment area with a radius of 150 km, covering a large part of the east of the Netherlands.
The result of the investigation was positive, but for budgetary reasons, the hospital’s Board of Directors decided to postpone the elaboration of the plans indefinitely.

Company – or hospital-bound heliports still operate on the basis of a BIGNAL license

December 31, 2018

The provinces seem to have a lot of problems with the transfer of a number of heliport licenses for the operation of company – or hospital bound heliports, which before 2009, were issued under the regime of the Royal Decree on Structure and Use of Non-Designated Aerodromes (better known as BIGNAL), to a heliport license to be issued by ordinance by the province. According to a transitional law of 2008, which legally regulates the transfer of the BIGNAL licenses to a heliport permit or a heliport license, all eligible heliports should already have been provided with a provincial heliport permit or license in the year 2011.

Now, at the end of 2018, BIGNAL licenses for a number of existing heliports still need to be transformed into a provincial heliport license. Fortunately, the aforementioned transitional law stipulates that all existing BIGNAL licenses remain in full force until the province has issued a heliport permit or a heliport license.

In my opinion, the government should never have given up this task to the provinces, where aeronautical technical expertise is lacking in most cases.

Heliport ‘New General Hospital’ St. Maarten, Dutch Carribean.

June 2018

Since June 2018, Aviation-Support has been involved in the design and development of a new heliport near the newly to be built ‘New General Hospital’ on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten.
The new hospital will be built by the Italian construction company INSO on behalf of the management of the current St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC). The 202.7 million guilders project is financed by a consortium of mainly institutional investors. 45 million are made available from the Dutch reconstruction fund. The delivery is planned for 2023.

Larger helicopters possible at Heliport Radboudumc

In connection with the construction of building S, which is being built right next to the heliport on the rooftop of the Radboudumc, the flight paths to and from the heliport had to be changed from outbound 270° to 300° and inbound from 090° to 150°.
In addition to the ANWB MAA’s trauma helicopter, it was also decided, after an aerunautical study, to allow, larger helicopters from the coastguard, the ADAC and offshore-related helicopters, up to an overall length of 16 m.
Aviation Support has provided the expertise for both items that should lead to a new airportpermit issued by the province of Gelderland.

Helidek UMC Utrecht operational again

After several years (since 2009) been out of use, the new heliport on the rooftop of the University Medical Center Utrecht (AZU) was festively put into use again on September 8, 2016. The province of Utrecht recently granted an airport permit on the basis of an ordinance, for which the application was prepared by Aviation Support. An impression of the new heliport can be found in the section portefolio videos under test landing UMC


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