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Royal Navy helicopter creates history on St Helena

The first helicopter to land on St Helena Credit: Royal Navy

The Royal Navy achieved a historic milestone when HMS Lancaster’s Wildcat helicopter became the first rotary wing aircraft to land at the island of St Helena’s new airport.

Sitting 1,200 miles off the coast of African and 1,800 miles from South America, St Helena is one of the most remote islands in the world – but all of that is scheduled to change early next year when the airport officially opens.

Landing at St Helena airport was a fantastic opportunity to bring a brand new helicopter to a brand new airport, particularly during such an historic period for the island. The airport will usher in a new era for the local community and I was delighted to be a part of that.

– Flight Commander Dave Neyland

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Is this the most environmentally friendly aircraft in the sky?

It's claimed to be the most environmentally friendly plane ever - and has flown into Heathrow carrying passengers for the time.

Heathrow and Gatwick say planes like the A350 will lead to less noise for thousands under the flight paths in the Thames Valley and Sussex.

So what's so special about the new plane and what do our noise campaigners think? Our Transport Correspondent Milke Pearse was on its first trip.

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New tech warns phone-addict drivers

We all know it's against the law but thousands of drivers in the south-east are still using their mobile phones behind the wheel, making calls, texting, and even taking pictures.

In Sussex last year, more than 1,800 drivers were caught using a phone while driving. And in Kent, more than 1,000 drivers were given penalties in 2014.

Now a trial has started in Sussex of an "intelligent lamppost" that can detect when a phone is being used in a car - and it flashes a warning - telling you to stop doing it.

But will it work? David Johns investigates. He speaks to Carl Knapp of the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership; Peter Rodger of the Institute of Advanced Motorists; and sign manufacturer Tim Barnett.

Major improvements for four Southampton housing estates

There will be major improvements in Thornhill Credit: Southampton City Council

More than 1,500 homes in Southampton will be improved as part of a £27m scheme to cut energy use.

Southampton City Council's new energy efficiency project will affect four housing estates.

The improvements will be carried out in Thornhill, Shirley, St Mary's and Maybush.

The scheme is being delivered by Southampton City Council and British Gas.

New Rolls-Royce Dawn will be unveiled this morning

Dawn of a new era for Rolls-Royce Credit: Rolls-Roce

A brand new Rolls-Royce car - built in Sussex - will be unveiled to the public today. The model, called Dawn, will be revealed at the company's factory in Chichester this morning. The event will be followed by a flypast of Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft at nearby Goodwood.

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