• Bristow will support Helicentre at future pilot career events, support the development and mentoring of future aviators, and engage with those training
  • The course between Bristow Group and Helicentre Aviation is the only integrated rotary CPL course approved in the UK

Bristow Group Inc. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Helicentre Aviation Ltd to serve as its preferred provider of ab-initio commercial pilot training.

Through this collaborative initiative, Bristow will support Helicentre with the  promotion of future pilot career events, actively support the development and mentoring of future aviators, and engage with those training to become helicopter pilots at the early stage  of their career. In return, Helicentre will be Bristow’s preferred provider of ab-initio pilot training and recruitment in the UK, supporting the sponsored programmes run by Bristow. Cadets will have access to Bristow’s flight ops team, which support both commercial air transport and search and rescue activities, with the ability to visit live operations.

Helicentre has and continues to support Bristow as the selected partner for its sponsored UK cadet programme. The programme provides fully funded training, from ab-initio to commercial pilot on an Integrated CPL(H) course. Bristow also funds training for a multi- engine instrument rating under its UK cadet programme. The UK sponsored programme selects a number of candidates annually, with over a thousand applications being received for the most recent course that is currently underway.

Upon completion of their initial pilot training, pilots undergo further training with Bristow’s operational fleet. This specialised training is normally completed at Bristow’s training facility in Dyce, Aberdeen, which is the only facility of its kind in the UK. The purpose-built centre has three helicopter simulators which use advanced full motion technology, combined with realistic visuals to replicate the experience of flying either the Leonardo AW189, Sikorsky S- 92 or S76 types.

The full-time, 12-month course is a fast-track and cost-effective route to becoming a professional helicopter pilot, and it is the only integrated rotary CPL course approved in the UK.

Helicentre and Bristow will be exhibiting together at Pilot Careers Live on 9th April at London Heathrow. Key personnel from both companies will be on-hand to offer careers advice, and encourage anyone interested in learning more about careers in helicopter operations to visit their stand.