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Bristow launches 2023 cadet program, IR scholarship in UK

February 1, 2023  By Helicopters Staff

A Bristow S-92 helicopter. (Photo: Bristow Group)

Bristow Group Inc. launched its 2023 UK cadet program run in partnership with Helicentre Aviation. The Bristow UK cadet program offers a pathway to becoming a helicopter pilot. There are four places available on this year’s course which will take cadets from having little flight experience, to being qualified commercial helicopter pilots, flying as part of Bristow’s North Sea team.

Bristow explains its cadet program, now in its fifth year, is unique among UK helicopter operators, taking successful applicants from their first ab-initio training on an Integrated CPL(H) course to achieving their Multi-Engine Instrument Rating – giving them the skills and qualifications necessary to fly with Bristow in the North Sea.

“We are enormously pleased to launch our cadet program for 2023,” said Matt Rhodes, Bristow UK Director. “The successful recruits will embark on a life-changing course, taking them from having little flight experience to becoming fully qualified, professional helicopter pilots.

“On graduating from Helicentre Aviation, the cadets will join the Bristow team where they will receive further operational training at our specialist Aberdeen training centre, which includes three advanced, full-motion helicopter simulators,” continued Rhodes. “From there, they will begin flying in the North Sea as First Officers with Bristow, the world’s largest helicopter operator.”


Bristow explains it is providing Instrument Rating scholarships to two pilots currently holding a CPL(H), have 70 hours of ‘Pilot in Command’ time, and have passed the ATPL(H)/IR theory exams.


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