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Bristow Ireland Gains Irish Operating Certificate

"Next Generation of Coast Guard SAR Services" On Their Way

Bristow's Irish subsidiary has received its Air Operator Certificate from the Irish Aviation Authority, paving the way for the "next generation of Coast Guard search and rescue aviation services in Ireland." It makes for nearly a dozen such certificates in the Bristow family, not too shabby for a rotary-wing operator.

"Gaining an AOC is a fundamental requirement to provide search and rescue in Ireland," said Neil Ebberson, Bristow Director Government Services. "It was awarded after the successful completion of a lengthy application and assessment process run by the IAA and ensures the highest standards of professionalism and safety are met in the country."

Bristow Ireland had to jump through all the usual hoops to prove out airworthiness of its AW189 helicopters, like showing documentation of its safety management systems, demonstrating its performance and completing a proving flight with the AW189 to show it's up to par.

Ebberson added: "With more than 75+ years of global experience to draw on, our Ireland team demonstrated that we have the experience, skills, and capabilities to operate to the standards the IAA demands for an Air Operator Certificate.

"The next phases of preparation for this critical new service are well in hand. TOEXCEL Ireland Limited - who are our fixed wing partners - are working in parallel for the award of a fixed-wing AOC, which will in turn enable us to deliver the capability enhancements. We are looking forward to reporting more progress as we move towards the initial transition to the new service in late 2024."



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