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  • Bristow
    Formed as Air Whaling by ex-Fleet Air Arm helicopter pilot and former Chief Helicopter Test Pilot of Westland Aircraft Ltd, Alan Bristow. Bristow Helicopters was formed from the team and assets of Air Whaling in 1955. Started in whaling from the air, then geological exploration in the Persian Gulf and Bolivia and has grown into servicing operations for North Sea oil and gas platforms. Joint venture military advanced training was set up and awarded work for the Royal Navy in 1961 and the Army Air Corps in 1963.
    The helicopters operated by Bristow on behalf of the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), can be found listed under HM Coastguard. Operated contract Search and Rescue services for the UK Department for Transport between 1983 and 2007 from Sumburgh, Stornoway, Lee-on-Solent and Portland. Has been awarded the Gap SAR Helicopter Service with Sikorsky S-92A from Sumburgh since 1 Jun 2013 and from Stornoway since 1 Jul 2013. Bristow has now been awarded the full SAR contract, until 31 Mar 2026. 10 S-92 (250nm range) and 10 AW189 (200 nm range) airframes will provide the full service with an extra 1 of each model held in reserve. The 11 AW189s were ordered on 18 Jul 2013 and the first was delivered in Nov 2014.
    Northern North Sea services operate from Aberdeen, Scatsta and Stavanger. Southern North Sea services operate from Great Yarmouth and Den Helder with its support organisation based at Redhill.

    List of Helicopter Operators

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    Rotary Wing Aircraft UnitCreatedDisband
        Bristow (Aberdeen)? --
        Bristow (Den Helder)? --
        Bristow Helicopters LtdBHL1955 --
        Bristow (Falklands)1983 --
        Bristow Training? --

    Bases and Locations

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    Base / HeliportUnits on this Location
       Aberdeen / DyceBristow (Aberdeen)
        Port StanleyBristow (Falklands) 1983/   
       RedhillBHL 1959/   

    Model Types

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      Schiebel Camcopter S-1002020
      AW AW1892014
      AW AW1392012
      Sikorsky S-922007
      EC EC155B12006
      EC EC225LP2004
      EC AS332L2 Super Puma20022011
      Sikorsky S-761990
      Bell 4121984
      SNIA AS332 Super Puma19822014
      SNIA SA330 Puma19771985
      Bell 2121975
      Sikorsky S-61 H-319722015
      Westland Wessex2119651981
      Hiller 36019611979
      Westland Widgeon519571968
      Westland Whirlwind1954??

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