Statement Related to European Aviation Safety Agency Airworthiness Directive
October 07, 2016
Bristow is reviewing the Airworthiness Directive issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), October 7, 2016, which details the mandatory actions necessary to permit a return of Airbus Helicopters EC225 to service. The safety directives issued in June 2016 by the Norway Civil Aviation Agency (NCAA) and the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) prohibiting commercial operation of the EC225 aircraft remain in effect.
In light of EASA’s directive, we are working with local regulators, Airbus, HeliOffshore and our clients, to carefully evaluate our next steps for this aircraft type in both our oil and gas and search and rescue (SAR) operations in Norway, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Until we are confident that the aircraft can operate safely, Bristow will continue to suspend all operation of our EC225s, including for SAR and training. We will monitor the situation closely, with our commitment to safety remaining our top priority.