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1 July 2013

Bristow Academy Graduate Performs Emergency Landing in Hudson River

 

Bristow Academy is proud to learn that one of its graduates, Micheal Campbell, successfully landed a Bell 206 in the Hudson River, near the 79th Street Boat Basin in New York City on Sunday, June 30, 2013. Micheal performed a maneuver called auto-rotation to bring the aircraft and its four passengers to a safe landing. No one was injured.

 

In January 2011, Micheel began his training at Bristow Academy in Titusville, Fla., having obtained his private pilot license before enrolling. He entered Bristow Academy’s Instrument Program and completed Instrument, Commercial, Flight Instructor and Instrument Instructor ratings. Micheal graduated in August 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

Bristow Academy Inc. announces joint venture agreement with Rotorworld Institute LLC

NEWS RELEASE

September 23, 2011

Bristow Academy Inc. announces joint venture agreement with Rotorworld Institute LLC

Titusville, FL – Bristow Academy Inc., a division of Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE:BRS), today announced a joint venture agreement with Rotorworld Institute LLC to offer Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HUET). The first eight-hour course is planned for October 7, 2011, and includes two hours of classroom and six hours of practical instruction. 

Demand for HUET training has increased in recent years as oil and gas companies move into deeper offshore waters and rely more on helicopter transportation to rigs and platforms. The joint venture agreement with Rotorworld Institute LLC brings together Rotorworld’s expertise in the highly specialized HUET training and Bristow Academy’s track record of successful experience-based programs developed by leading aviation educators and safety experts for the offshore oil and gas industry.

The HUET course trains pilots, crew and passengers who may be transported offshore in rotor and fixed aircraft, for emergency exit. But it also provides a basic introduction into water survival following underwater aircraft escape for anybody who flies in aircraft over or near water or even flooded rivers.  The practical session of this course is conducted in a controlled pool environment and attendees will experience swim and tread water instruction, training and practical use of emergency underwater breathing equipment and a number of fully supervised immersed “runs” in the single seat underwater egress simulator unit. Although initial courses will be provided in Florida, the unit is fully mobile and this training can be provided at any customer location.

About Bristow Academy

Bristow Academy, located in Titusville, Florida; New Iberia, Louisiana; and Gloucester (UK), is the only helicopter flight school approved to provide helicopter flight training to Commercial Pilot level both by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Joint Aviation Authority. It includes more than 70 helicopters and 150 employees. The school's students include a mixture of self-funded private individuals, sponsored trainees from the helicopter industry or related companies, as well as trainee pilots from a wide variety of foreign and domestic government agencies. For more information, go to http://www.bristowgroup.com and click on Bristow Academy.

About Rotorworld Institute

Rotorworld Institute of Specialized Rescue & Training offers safety and rescue procedure training services in the aviation, public safety and oil transportation industries. Headquartered in Central Florida,its training courses are designed for general aviation pilot training, corporate, offshore oil industry crew and passengers, HEMS service providers, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, marine and police helicopter crews, Department of Interior and military aviation professionals performing helicopter SAR services. Staff include more than thirty active fire fighters, EMT/Paramedic’s, Military, Law enforcement, members of local, state and federal disaster response teams, hazardous materials technicians and specialists whose knowledge is founded on extensive experience in both civilian and government Disaster Management and Disaster Response Operations. For more information, go to rotorworldinstitute.com

About Bristow Group Inc.

Bristow Group Inc. is a leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry based on the number of aircraft operated.  Through its subsidiaries, affiliates and joint ventures, the Company has major transportation operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea, and in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world, including Alaska, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia and Trinidad.

For more information visit the Company’s website at www.bristowgroup.com.

Contact:
Nick Mayhew
General Manager
Bristow Academy Inc.
365 Golden Knights Blvd.
Titusville, Fl 32780
(321) 567-0386

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Bristow Academy Wildland Fire Orientation for Rotary Wing Pilots

Press Release

NEWS RELEASE

Bristow Academy Inc. offers Wildland Fire Orientation for Rotary Wing Pilots
Students Trained in Helicopter Operations in Wildland Fires

Houston, TX. September 7, 2011 -- Bristow Academy Inc., a division of Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE:BRS), today announced it will offer a new course for helicopter pilots on wildland fire operations and suppression. Taught by qualified wildland fire instructors, the class is scheduled to begin October 3, 2011.

Entitled “Wildland Fire Orientation for Rotary Wing Pilots,” the six-day course will give helicopter pilots, both current and prospective, basic knowledge of fire behavior, wildland fire operations and the role of helicopters in fire suppression and prescribed burning.

Students will participate in two modules developed by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG): S-190 Introduction to Fire Behavior and S-130 Firefighter Training. Graduates will receive NWCG recognized certificates.

Students also will be introduced to the theory of helicopter operations in wildland fire with time spent in field conditions gaining first hand experience of fire fighting techniques on the ground. They will learn the requirements for contract wildland fire pilots, air operations procedures, safety concerns specific to wildland fire air operations, duties they may be called upon to perform, and methods of carrying out their assignments safely and efficiently.

ABOUT BRISTOW ACADEMY INC.

Bristow Academy, located in Titusville, Florida; New Iberia, Louisiana, and Gloucester (UK), is the only helicopter flight school approved to provide helicopter flight training to commercial pilot level by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Joint Aviation Authority. The Academy trains students from helicopter industry or related companies and pilots from a wide variety of foreign and domestic government agencies. For more information, go to http://visitor.benchmarkemail.com/c/l?u=2FEA34&e=E8DA6&c=1F93B
&t=1&email=cyOE%2BT5oCCNeskI7MwRMKKi7O7V3Ci2x
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ABOUT BRISTOW GROUP INC.

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) is the leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry based on the number of aircraft operated and one of two helicopter service providers to the offshore energy industry with global operations. The Company has major transportation operations in the North Sea, Nigeria and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, and in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world, including Alaska, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Russia and Trinidad. For more information, visit the Company's website at http://visitor.benchmarkemail.com/c/l?u=2FEA35&e=E8DA6&c=1F93B&t=1
&email=cyOE%2BT5oCCNeskI7MwRMKKi7O7V3Ci2x
.

For further information please contact:

Nick Mayhew
General Manager
Bristow Academy Inc.
365 Golden Knights Blvd.
Titusville, Fl 32780
(321) 567-0386
nick.mayhew@bristowgroup.com

SOURCE: Bristow Group Inc.

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Read the Article about Bristow Academy featured in the Rotor & Wing Magazine - August 2011 edition

Click here to read the article about Bristow Academy that appears in the August 2011 issue of Rotor & Wing.

 

Heli Expo Highlights
Events you don't want to miss!

Wednesday March 2:

Time and Location: 12:30 – 15:00; JAA Alpha                  
Event: Bristow Academy Pilot Mentoring Session with Michael Quigley of Arctic Air and Heather Jehnes, HR Manager, Bristow Academy.

Thursday March 3:      

Time and Location: 12:30 – 15:00; JAA Alpha                  
Event: Bristow Academy Pilot Mentoring Session with John Holland and Jens Jehnes of Air Methods.

Sunday March 6:         

Time and Location:  09:30 – 10:30; S.320-F
Event: HELI-Success! Career Development 101.

Time and Location: 10:30 – 12:30; S.320-G
Event: HAI’s CFI Mentoring Program.

Time and Location: 11:00 – 17:00; Level 1
Event: Exhibit Hall Opens.    

Time and Location: 12:30 – 13:30; S.320-F
Event: HAI’s Pilot Mentoring Program.

Time and Location: 13:30 – 17:00; North Concourse N.220
Event: HAI Job Fair. Download Job Fair Guide here: http://www.rotor.com/portals/1/expo11/jobfairlist.pdf

Monday March 7:

Time and Location: 08:00 - 12:00; TBC
Event: International Helicopter Safety Team Training Seminar

Time and Location: 10:00 – 17:00; Level 1
Event: Expo Hall Hours.

Time and Location: 13:00 – 16:00; S. 320 G&H
Event:
FREE Night Vision Aircraft Conformity Course.

Tuesday March 8:

Time and Location: 10:00 – 16:00; Level 1
Event: Expo Hall Hours.

Time and Location: 16:00 – 17:30; OCCC
Event: Aircraft Fly Out.

Wednesday March 9:

Time and Location: 08:00 – 12:00; OCCC
Event: Aircraft Fly Out.

EVENTS TO BE CONFIRMED:  

Event: Bristow Academy Pilot Mentoring Session with Bristow Group Business Development Team.

 

Further information on HAI events, including costs, can be found on www.rotor.com
Further information on Bristow Academy events can be found on www.heli.com

Bristow Academy Inc. receives approval for FAA Part 141 Night Vision Goggle Program

August 25, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bristow Academy Inc. receives approval for FAA Part 141 Night Vision Goggle Program

Titusville, FL – Bristow Academy Inc., a division of Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE:BRS), today announced it has received FAA approval for a Part 141 Night Vision Goggle (NVG) training program.

The NVG program will train helicopter pilots to operate safely at night while using helmet-mounted night vision goggle equipment. This technology is rapidly becoming the standard for helicopter operators engaged in Emergency Medical Services, Airborne Law Enforcement, and Search and Rescue to name a few. 

The NVG program includes two courses, an initial course and a refresher course. The initial course is designed for helicopter pilots with limited or no previous experience with the use of Night Vision Goggles, while the refresher course is designed for helicopter pilots who are already NVG qualified, but may not have flown under NVGs in the last four months.

Bristow Academy currently has five NVG-compatible Bell 206-B3 helicopters at its Titusville, Florida campus in which the NVG training will initially be offered. Approval for NVG training in the Academy’s six NVG-compatible Schweizer 300 CBi helicopters is expected in the near future.

Bristow Academy currently employs 20 NVG qualified Flight Instructors, 12 of which have extensive experience and training with NVGs. Of these 12 seven have either received or given training at Fort Rucker, Alabama. The Academy currently flies approximately 75 hours of NVG training per week. This experience benefits all of the Academy’s NVG qualified instructors, and all have more than 100 hours of flight experience under NVGs, while some have up to 2000 hours of NVG experience.

About Bristow Academy Inc.

Bristow Academy is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).  The ACCSC is listed by the Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.  The helicopter flight training school is also approved by both the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (Part 141) and the European Joint Aviation Authority.  Bristow Academy is the only flight training organization outside of Europe approved to train pilots for the demanding integrated European JAA Commercial Pilot’s License (helicopter) program. 

About Bristow Group Inc.

Bristow Group Inc. is a leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry based on the number of aircraft operated.  Through its subsidiaries, affiliates and joint ventures, the Company has major transportation operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea, and in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world, including Alaska, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia and Trinidad.

For more information visit the Company’s website at www.bristowgroup.com

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Valiant Air Command offers discounted rates to Bristow Academy employees and badged customers

2010-03-25

Bristow Academy employees and badged customers are offered much reduced rates to the Valiant Air Command Museum www.vacwarbirds.org on presentation of your Academy badge.  Normally $18, you can get in for $10.  This vintage war bird museum located immediately north of the Academy at Space Coast Regional Airport offers many historic aircraft to view, including helicopters and the C-47 Dakota, that actually flew in the Normandy Invasion which still flies today over 66 years later.  

Titusville Campus Now Enrolling International Students on F-1 Visa Program

2010-01-08

Bristow Academy’s Titusville campus has received authorization from the Department of Homeland Security to issue I-20 applications for F-1 visas to international students interested in receiving ab initio helicopter flight training. 

Information on the F-1 visa program can be found by clicking the following links:

International Students

Enrollment

For additional information please do not hesitate to contact Anisha Hopkinson at UK Freephone 0800 1698647, ext 392, or +1-321-567-0392, or email anisha.hopkinson@bristowgroup.com  





NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bristow Academy Implements Appareo ALERTS System
Industry Leading School Adds New Tool for Flight Training

TITUSVILLE, FL (6/15/09) -- Appareo Systems and Bristow Academy are proud to announce that Bristow Academy has begun implementation of the award-winning ALERTS flight data management system in their training fleet at Titusville, Florida.

Bristow Academy, a global leader in helicopter flight training, has begun equipping its Schweizer S-300CBi aircraft with the ALERTS system, a cutting edge hardware and software package that captures all aspects of the flight using an innovative, lightweight inertial measurement device designed for light and legacy aircraft. After each flight, instructor pilots use Appareo's sophisticated flight recreation software to play back the flight in vivid 3D, easily illustrating even complex concepts to their students.

ALERTS, an acronym for Aircraft Logging and Event Recording for Training and Safety, combines flight data recording, monitoring and three-dimensional flight recreation to help aircraft operators minimize risks to their fleets. The system helps pilots maintain safe flying practices by tracking each flight in detail, then automatically analyzing it to be sure that all aspects of the flight were within acceptable limits.

ALERTS was originally developed with the Bristow Group to be used primarily as a Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) tool. In the past several years, Bristow has realized significant operational and safety benefits by using the system, including the ability to identify potentially problematic trends and provide corrective training before an incident occurs. In addition to the FOQA aspects, the benefits of the system for training operations are significant as well. Whereas most post-flight debriefing relies on the instructor's notes and recollection of the flight, ALERTS provides a complete, accurate recreation of the flight which can be replayed and analyzed from multiple angles and in varying speeds, allowing instructors to add additional nuance to their debriefings.

“Adding the ALERTS system to our training offers our students a significant advantage in their studies. It gives us the ability to accurately debrief both solo and dual training flights while recording flight data which can be used in safety analysis,” said Nick Mayhew, General Manager at Bristow Academy, Titusville FL. “By being able to review their flights after the fact, students will be able to better understand both their strengths as well as areas for improvement.”

“Appareo Systems is excited to help Bristow Academy improve their already fantastic training program,” said Ben Wright, Appareo's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We're very proud to be playing a part in training the next generation of highly skilled, safety conscious helicopter pilots.”

About Bristow Academy

Bristow Academy Inc. is a leading provider of helicopter flight training with over 20 years experience. With four campuses and a fleet of more than 70 helicopters, the Academy completes over 55,000 training hours each year. Bristow Academy holds FAA Part 141 approval and is the only JAA approved Flight Training Organization outside of Europe approved to provide training for the integrated JAA CPL(H) qualification.

About Appareo Systems, LLC

Founded in 2001, Appareo Systems, LLC is a vibrant and growing company with significant experience in electronics design and engineering. Appareo creates high-value commercial products and custom engineering services through the innovative application of cutting-edge technology.

Appareo's innovations have been lauded by industry associations, independent media outlets, university programs and private pilots alike – they have charted new territory in flight safety by bringing innovative products designed for light and legacy aircraft to a market where none have existed in the past.

For more information contact:

Nick Mayhew
Bristow Academy
365 Golden Knights Blvd
Titusville, FL 32780 USA

John Pedersen
Communications Coordinator
Appareo Systems, LLC
(701) 367-7008
jpedersen@appareo.com

 

 

 

New Iberia Campus Now Enrolling International Students

Bristow Academy’s New Iberia campus has received authorization from the Department of Homeland Security to issue I-20 applications for M-1 visas to international students interested in receiving helicopter flight training.  Able to offer the full range of Academy courses the New Iberia campus, in the heart of oil country and offshore operations, can provide a cost effective and time efficient solution for students interesting in obtaining helicopter qualifications.  Accommodation options are available close to the campus and the administration is able to assist with all non-training requirements including assisting with setting up a local bank account, finding a place to stay, and finding a car to drive. 

Information on available courses and tuition fees can be found by clicking on the following links.

For additional information please contact Joe Sheeran, General Manager, New Iberia campus, at toll free 877-366-8909, or by email at joseph.sheeran@bristowgroup.com.  Christine Longtin, Executive Assistant, is also available to answer questions.  She is available at the same telephone number, and by email at christine.longtin@bristowgroup.com.

 

 

Bristow Announces Purchase of Severn Aviation (PDF)

PRESS RELEASE FROM BRISTOW HELICOPTERS

For Immediate Release

Bristow Announces Purchase of Severn Aviation

Bristow Helicopters has purchased Gloucestershire based Severn Aviation, a multi- engine instrument flight training provider established by Peter Saunders in 2006.  The flight school will become part of the Bristow Academy.

Richard Burman, Managing Director for Bristow Helicopters stated:

“This acquisition will enhance Bristow’s ability to maintain the supply of qualified pilots into the North Sea and our other operations around the world.  The Bristow Academy’s Gloucester campus will become the newest addition to Bristow’s Global Safety, Training, and Standards Division and will continue to set the standard for European Instrument training qualifications.”

Patrick Corr, Senior Vice President, Bristow Global Safety, Training, and Standards stated:

“Bristow has been providing instrument training using a single engine aircraft for the last 30 years.  Utilizing multi-engine helicopters for the instrument training program will introduce pilots to a multi-engine environment at a much earlier stage in their career, and will provide them with an easier transition to other multi-engine aircraft within Bristow.”

Peter Saunders stated:

“In a very short time Severn Aviation established a reputation as an independent centre of excellence for helicopter training and we were surprised and flattered when approached by Bristow Helicopters. In making this sale I feel confident that the ethos of the business will be maintained and that the services will be continued and enhanced within the Bristow Academy.”

The Bristow Academy Gloucester campus will operate AS355 Twin Squirrels out of Gloucestershire Airport in Cheltenham.  Simulator training will be conducted on Elite Evolution S723 FNPT II devices.  The simulator instrument panel directly corresponds with the AS355 instrument panel, allowing students to move easily from simulator to aircraft.

For further information on the JAA multi-engine instrument program offered in Gloucester please go to http://www.severn-training.com.

Note for Editors:

Bristow Helicopters is an affiliated company of Bristow Group Inc., the leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry based on the number of aircraft operated through its subsidiaries, affiliates, and joint ventures.  The Company has major operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea, and operations in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world, including Alaska, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia and Trinidad.

Contact: Allan Blake, Director of Corporate Affairs, allan.blake@bristowgroup.com
+44 (0)1737 824669 (direct)
+44 (0)7525 708294 (mobile)

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Important Traveler Information: New United States Visa Waiver Program - Effective January 12, 2009

Effective January 12, 2009, for travel to or connecting through the U.S., the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will require all Visa Waiver Program (VWP) nationals to obtain an electronic travel authorization prior to boarding. This new authorization is known as the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA.  Your entry to the U.S. could be denied if this electronic authorization has not been processed.  Please visit the website for more information.  http://www.CBP.GOV/ESTA.

Nationals of the following countries are currently eligible to travel under the Visa Waiver Program:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland,  Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Exempt from the ESTA requirement are:

* VWP nationals who are U.S. residents
* VWP nationals who hold a visa for a specific trip to the U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security is now accepting ESTA applications through the ESTA Web site https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.

VWP travelers are not required to have specific plans to travel to the United States before they apply for an ESTA authorization, but it is recommended that an ESTA approval be obtained as soon as a VWP traveler begins to plan a trip to visit the United States, and no later than 72 hours before departure to the United States.

There is no cost for the application and once the application is submitted online, in most cases, ESTA will respond with an almost immediate determination of eligibility for travel. If approval is not granted prior to check-in, boarding may be denied. Passengers may experience delayed processing, or denied admission at a U.S. port of entry.

Approval will be valid for two years or until the passport expires, whichever is earlier.  An ESTA may be denied due to: overstays, previous criminal history, issues associated with a prior visa. 

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