Turbomeca (Safran group) and Bristow Academy partners to train Turbomeca engines users

Duxford, 27 September 2011

During the Helitech exhibition, Turbomeca (Safran group) and Bristow Academy signed a partnership contract to facilitate the training of Turbomeca operators on maintenance operations. Going forward Bristow will be able to train pilots and technicians as a part of the Turbomeca Training Network. The partnership will draw from Turbomeca training programs to give pilots and technicians a more in-depth view of modern engine design and engine operating characteristics.

The training methodology is based on active learning and practical training. Maintenance staff gains operational know-how essential to ensuring better performance practices. Better trained maintenance staff will help reduce unscheduled operating and maintenance procedures, reduce costs and increase safety performance both on the ground and in the air.

Through this partnership, Turbomeca reinforces its close proximity support strategy and its role as a business partner to its customers, combining the skills and experiences of both partners. Bristow Academy is a leader in helicopter flying training and its academic instructors have more than 165 years of combined experience in helicopter operations and maintenance support. As part of the Bristow Group of companies, Bristow Academy benefits from a wealth of information and data based on current, real world experience in Bristow's global operations.

Olivier Andriès, Turbomeca Chairman & CEO explains: "Turbomeca's goal is to support Bristow Academy's mission and we are pleased to be able to contribute to efficient training. A well maintained engine has greater longevity, is more efficient and cost effective, and improves flight safety and aircraft availability."

Samantha Willenbacher, Bristow Academy Director, said: "I am excited to see that our cooperation with Turbomeca has advanced to a new level. We are honored to have been chosen as Turbomeca partners and look forward to providing training that will have a positive impact on operations within Bristow Group and for other Turbomeca operators".

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Turbomeca (Safran group) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced over 68 000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. Offering the widest range of engines in the world and dedicated to 2,350 customers in 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 16 sites, 26 Maintenance Centers, 24 Repair & Overhaul Centers and 90 Field representatives and Field technicians. Microturbo, the subsidiary of Turbomeca, is the European leader in turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units.
For more information: www.turbomeca.fr and www.safran-group.com

Bristow Academy Inc. is a leader in helicopter flight training and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).  The ACCSC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.  The Academy is also approved by both the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (Part 141) and the UK Civil Aviation Authority (JAR-FCL).  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.  Bristow Academy Inc. is an affiliated company of Bristow Group Inc., (NYSE:  BRS),  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 www.bristowgroup.com.

Press:
Bettina FREY
Directeur de la communication
VP, Communications
Tel +33(0)5 59 90 96 23
Email :bettina.frey@turbomeca.fr

Chantal REISS
Responsable Communication externe
External Communication s Manager
Tél +33 (0)5 59 90 96 40
Email :chantal.reiss@turbomeca.fr