Offshore Helicopter Operators Announce Joint Review to Enhance Flight Safety

Offshore Helicopter Operators Announce Joint Review to Enhance Flight Safety 
Companies Will Review, Work to Further Enhance Safety Processes,
Procedures and Equipment 
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/25/13 -- Offshore
helicopter operators Avincis Group, Bristow Group and CHC Helicopter
announced today they have launched a review of safety practices that
will deepen their commitment to share best practices and consistently
operate at the highest possible level of safety. The three companies
leading this effort will reach out to other helicopter operators to
encourage them to join the review group.  
The joint review of safety-related processes, procedures, training
and equipment will identify best practices on the ground and in the
air, combining the operators' collective experience. Experts in
safety, training and flight operations from the three companies will
participate in the review initially, with subsequent involvement to
include their maintenance personnel and other key industry
professionals. The group first will focus on European operational
procedures, but will explore and adopt best practice from the global
industry and scale its review accordingly. The review will include: 


 
--  Automation 
    
--  Training 
    
--  Manufacturing Excellence 
    
--  Human Factors 
    
--  Safety Communication 
    
--  Emergency Equipment/Training 
    
--  Emergency Response Planning 

 
The collaboration is an outcome of ongoing dialogue among chief
executives of Avincis Group, the corporate parent of Bond; Bristow
Group; and CHC, but is expected to extend to other operators that can
contribute to the group's work. It's anticipated the review will be
conducted under the auspices of European Helicopter Operators
Committee (EHOC).  
Plans for collaboration by the operators will complement a
just-announced review of North Sea helicopter operations by the UK
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) -- in partnership with the Norway CAA
and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) -- and will be done in
cooperation with the International Oil & Gas Producers Association
(OGP). Findings from investigations by the UK Air Accidents
Investigation Branch (AAIB) and others into past incidents will also
be incorporated into the group's work.  
Avincis Group CEO James Drummond said: "This initiative has our full
support. There is no doubt in my mind that the combined efforts of
the operators will further enhance safety for everyone in the
industry." 
Bristow Group President and CEO Bill Chiles said, "By sharing best
practices, we can effectively enhance safety for our clients and our
crews. This initiative will combine the expertise and talents within
our industry and will complement and fully support the work being
done by HSSG and broader industry forums to identify best-in-class
technologies, processes, procedures and training to meet the
objectives of achieving better safety performance." 
CHC President and CEO Bill Amelio added that the joint effort will
deepen the commitment of the three industry leaders to collaborate on
safety. "There are and will continue to be plenty of bases for
healthy competition between our companies, but safety must never be
one of them. Everyone benefits when the people who rely on us for
their livelihoods are able to return home safely, and it remains our
obligation to do everything humanly possible to fulfill that
expectation." 
About CHC 
CHC Helicopter is a leader in enabling customers to go further, do
more and come home safely, including oil and gas companies,
government search-and-rescue agencies and organizations requiring
helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul services through the
Heli-One segment. The company is headquartered in Vancouver and
operates more than 240 aircraft in about 30 countries around the
world.
Contacts:
CHC Helicopter
T.R. Reid
+1-512-869-9094