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Major expansion at Osprey Quay heliport in Portland

Osprey Quay, Portland, Dorset
Photo by Diamond Geezer (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

A large hanger, training rooms and accommodation for up to 12 pilot and crew could soon be coming to the HeliOperations-owned heliport site in Osprey Quay, Portland.

It’s expected that the development will create jobs for the area. The new building will be four storeys tall with a glazed front that’s large enough for multiple helicopters to be kept in the hanger at the same time, where the crew can perform crucial maintenance on aircraft.

If approved, the building at the Portland-based heliport will be the largest modern building overlooking the marina and will increase parking spaces for the site from 32 to 70.

The proposal claims that there will be no increase in noise levels:

The proposals do not introduce a new source of noise to the site. Indeed, as set out the long-term engineering operation would be considered to be a light industrial activity. There are no noise issues therefore with the proposals. Levels of activity in terms of the aircraft operations will not exceed those already permitted

Extra from application report
HeliOperations Westland Sea King HU5 helicopter
Photo by Steve Lynes (CC by 2.0)

The heliport was a Royal Navy Helicopter Station between 1959 and 1999, which was then operated by the Royal Navy as HMS Osprey.

Between 1999 and 2017, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency ran the base for Search and Rescue (SAR) purposes, before the site was sold to HeliOperations in 2017.

HeliOperations provides Search and Rescue (SAR) training, primarily to the Germany navy, the Federal German Navy. Students are provided training on Westland Sea King Mark 5 helicopters, and then use their training for search and rescue operations in Germany, over the North and Baltic Sea – areas where UK military aircraft operate.

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