16-Apr-2010 Source: Bristow Helicopters
Last Friday 9th April was a very significant first for Bristow. The first commercial flight of a helicopter with the collision avoidance system TCAS-II installed. This safety system, which has been standard on fixed wing aircraft for years, was proven to work on helicopters by an Aberdeen and Redhill based team, and has now been sanctioned for commercial flights by the European authorities.
The system works by identifying the whereabouts of other aircraft in the vicinity and their direction of flight, and recommends a course of action to the pilots of our aircraft if there is a possibility of a collision.
It is proposed that this system be installed across the Bristow fleet, starting with the Super Pumas, and we believe it will not be long before such systems are mandated by both our customers and the authorities for the industry as a whole.