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Bristow Puts the Public in the Pilot’s Seat

January 10, 2020

Bristow Helicopters Ltd has put the public in the pilot’s seat after donating flight simulator experiences worth £15,000 to local charities this year.

More than 40 people have been able to experience the thrill of flying a helicopter as Bristow opened the doors of its flight simulator facility to supporters of a host of local causes.

Charities including Charlie House, The Grampian Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre, Piper Alpha Memorial fund, Friends of ANCHOR and Befriend a Child are among the groups which have benefited.

A total of 20 experiences, not otherwise available to the general public, were donated this year and offered as raffle or silent auction prizes, with some attracting bids of up to £400 and collectively raising thousands of pounds for non-profit organisations.

Bristow’s flight simulator hall at Dyce, Aberdeen hosts four helicopter simulators which replicate the experience of flying in a range of environments. The facility is normally only available to pilots for training purposes.

Matt Rhodes, director UK & Turkmenistan oil and gas at Bristow Helicopters Ltd, said: “The experience of flying a helicopter is something most people won’t encounter. We are proud of our simulator hall, the only one of its kind in the country, and thrilled to offer these opportunities to charities in support of their essential fundraising campaigns. 

“It’s fantastic to see just how much money these donations have raised. It would not be possible without the support of our simulator hall team who have devoted their time to the winners during their visits.”

The donations are in addition to Bristow’s ongoing support of The Grampian Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre. The facility based in Dyce, Aberdeen, provides vital support and treatment for more than 100 people living with multiple sclerosis, including oxygen therapy, specialised physiotherapy and reflexology.

About Bristow Helicopters Limited

Bristow Helicopters Limited (BHL) has served the offshore oil transport industry in the UK for over 50 years. Bristow Helicopters is the provider of Search and Rescue (SAR) services in the UK, having been awarded the Gap SAR contract for Northern Scotland and the UK SAR contract.

BHL is an affiliated company of Bristow Group Inc., the leading provider of global industrial aviation services offering helicopter transportation, SAR and aircraft support services, including maintenance and training, to government and civil organizations worldwide. For more information on Bristow’s operations, please visit

Issued on behalf of Bristow Helicopters by BIG Partnership. For further information, contact Gillian George on +44 (0) 1224 253807 or +44 (0) 7815 561 545