Post Helitech boost for Bristow Helicopters


Increased interest in training programmes after September event at Duxford

Bristow Helicopters has
announced that it has received more enquiries for its training programmes after
attending the Helitech event at Duxford last year.

The company co-hosted an exhibition stand with its affiliate FB Heliservices, displaying
its range of capabilities to the 5,000 attendees that the event attracted. In
addition to its JAA-approved commercial and multi-engine instrument training,
Bristow was promoting it search and rescue training and operations and its TCAS
2 collision avoidance system.

Fiona MacLeod, European commercial manager for Bristow said: “Helitech has
proved to be a very worthwhile event for us this year. We seized the
opportunity to promote the full training, engineering and technical service
capabilities that Bristow offers, and as a result have seen a boost in
enquiries and bookings.”

She continued “We also used the event as a platform to catch up and discuss
industry issues with the key aircraft manufacturers, such as Sikorsky and
Eurocopter. For instance we met with Sikorsky to discuss the installation of
Bristow designed modifications, including TCAS 2, on new aircraft deliveries to
third party customers”.

At the event Fiona MacLeod was appointed to Helitech’s first Steering Group
Committee a 13-member expert panel created to ensure the biennial event
continues to reflect the needs of the industry.

Finally Fiona said “This is a great opportunity for Bristow to help shape the
development of this key helicopter event and work closely with industry leaders
to exchange ideas about the rotary wing marketplace.”

As the first global helicopter operator to offer a dedicated service to the
international offshore wind farm sector, Bristow’s commercial manager Scott
Butler led a discussion at the conference regarding the opportunities the
aviation industry can offer offshore wind energy installations. Following this,
he met with key wind turbine manufacturers to ensure helicopter access is
considered when designing and operating turbines and substations.