• Ceremony marks construction work on new Search and Rescue Helicopter Base at St Athan airfield

    A ceremony was held yesterday (2nd December 2014) to mark construction of a new Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter base at  St Athan Aerospace Business Park within the Enterprise Zone.



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Bristow Helicopters will introduce technologically advanced aircraft to the UK SAR service, equipped with the latest SAR technology, resulting in unprecedented levels and quality of SAR coverage across the UK.

Bristow Helicopters’ UK SAR fleet will comprise twenty-two specially commissioned helicopters – specifically the Sikorsky S-92 and the AgustaWestland AW189 – which have significantly improved capabilities than the SeaKings that are to be replaced.


About Us

Bristow Helicopters is the leading provider of search and rescue services in the UK, having been awarded the UK SAR contract and the Gap SAR contract for Northern Scotland. We have extensive experience in delivering large SAR projects led by personnel who have the necessary experience and skills to ensure successful outcomes.

Bristow Helicopters has a long history of providing world class search and rescue services in the UK, beginning in 1971 when Whirlwind helicopters were replaced by Bristow S-55 helicopters at RAF Manston in Kent and continuing through until 2007 with the operation of the S-61 SAR helicopters from Stornoway, Sumburgh, Lee-on-Solent and Portland.

Bristow Helicopters has flown more than 44,000 SAR operational hours in the UK and conducted over 15,000 SAR missions, during which more than 7,000 people have been rescued by our crews and helicopters.

We also currently deliver SAR operations in  Australia, Brazil, Canada, Norway, Russia and Trinidad.



Safety is Bristow’s top priority and we’ve built our Target Zero safety culture around our commitment. Our Target Zero safety program was recognized by National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) with their Safety in Seas award in 2011.

Bristow operates to rigorous Target Zero safety, reliability and service programs to give our clients confidence in flight. Our safety track record and on-time and up-time performance are without equal. We strive to contribute to lower their operating costs and improve productivity.



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