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Bristow goes exclusive with Helicentre for UK pilot training

Helicentre Aviation is to become the preferred provider of ab-initio commercial pilot training for Bristow Group.

Helicentre Aviation is to become the preferred provider of ab-initio commercial pilot training for Bristow Group.

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 already operates Bristow’s 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.

On completion of 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 signing of the MOU with Helicentre formalises a successful relationship that has been ongoing for the last 3-4 years,” said Matt Rhodes, Bristow UK Director.

Career Days

Helicentre Aviation will be hosting three Careers Days in May with Bristow Helicopters. The careers days will be 15, 16 and 17 May at Helicentre’s Leicester Airport base. They will also be the first in-person careers events the Academy has hosted on-site since the pandemic.

Senior personnel from Bristow will be present, speaking to both prospective future aviators and existing pilots about pathways into rotary flying careers.

To apply for a place please visit and complete a simple registration form.

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