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New search and rescue fleet

Two Augusta Westland AW-192 helicopters will be based at St Athan Credit: Bristow Helicopters

After winning the contract to take over search and rescue helicopter cover from the RAF, Bristow Helicopters have released details of the new fleet that will be deployed in April 2015.

There will be two helicopters at both its Welsh bases -Caernarfon Airport and the MOD site at St Athan near Barry.

Caernarfon Airport will get two Sikorsky S-92 helicopters Credit: Bristow Helicopters

Caernarfon's Sikorsky helicopters will cover an area of 250 nautical miles around the base and each carry three stretchers and up to 10 seated casualties. Augusta Westlands will cover 200 nautical miles around St Athan and each have room for two stretchers and six seated casualties.

All the helicopters will have a crew of four and be capable of flying at 145 nautical miles an hour.

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St Athan to become key training centre for aerobatic display teams

Business Minister, Edwina Hart, visits Hunter Flying's new premises today Credit: ITV Wales News

St Athan will become the key training area for aerobatic display teams from around the UK. Hunter Flying Ltd oversees the maintenance and operation of the largest private collection of classic aircraft of its kind in the world - many of which are used by display teams at airshows.

Hunter Flying relocated its entire operation to South Wales this year as a planned expansion at Exeter Airport, its former base, meant it had to find new premises. Hunter flying is the first private business to move into St Athan Aerospace Business Park.

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'Up to 1000 new jobs' at St Athan aircraft site.

An new aerospace firm has announced plans to operate an aircraft repair facility at the Twin Peaks hangar in St Athan.

Cardiff Aviation - led by the Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson - says the development will provide upto 1000 new jobs.

As well as maintenance of airliners and other large aircraft , the firmsays it will have the expertise and approval to certify aircraft from many jurisdictions, including the USA.

South Wales has long had an association with the aircraft industry and I am delighted that I am able to have a small part in the continuation of that tradition.

A cautious projection is that we’d expect to create up to a thousand jobs within 18 months based on the level of interest and commitment from aircraft manufacturers and operators.

– Bruce Dickinson, Cardiff Aviation

Business Minister Edwina Hart said it was "a strong vote of confidence" in the area, particularly in the light of it being named an Enterprise Zone.

“I am particularly pleased to hear the company is keen to take on skilled mechanics previously employed by the Defence Support Group, create hundreds of highly skilled engineering jobs and also plans to establish an on-going apprenticeship programme as the business grows

This is exactly the type of investment needed - bringing money into the local economy while also providing an international promotion for St Athan Aerospace Business Park and the Aviation Enterprise Zone.

– Edwina Hart, Business Minister
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