27-Sep-2011 Source: Turbomeca
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 Bristowâ€™s global operations.
Olivier AndriÃ¨s, Turbomeca Chairman & CEO explains: â€œTurbomecaâ€™s goal is to support Bristow Academyâ€™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.â€
Samantha Willenbacher, Bristow Academy Director, said: â€œI 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 operatorsâ€.