Sikorsky Global Helicopters Delivers Six S-300CBi(TM) Helicopters to Bristow Academy

HORSEHEADS, N.Y. , April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.'s Sikorsky Global Helicopters unit today announced it has delivered six S-300CBi(TM) helicopters to Bristow Academy, a Florida -based flight training school. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

All six aircraft will join Bristow's fleet of 48 S-300CBi helicopters, currently used for training instruction at Bristow's three U.S. locations in California , Florida , and Louisiana .

"The S-300CBi helicopter is an excellent training platform with great stability," said Samantha Willenbacher , director of Bristow Academy. "The helicopter's characteristics give students a more efficient and positive learning experience."

David Oglesbee , Director, Light Helicopter Programs, Sikorsky Global Helicopters, said: "We are very excited that Bristow Academy has continued their long history of loyalty to the S-300CBi. We look forward to another generation of professional pilots starting their careers in Sikorsky helicopters."

Bristow Academy, a subsidiary of Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), first introduced S-300CB helicopters in 1995 and has operated more than 100 S-300CB and S-300CBi helicopters since then.

Bristow is also an authorized sales center for Sikorsky Global Helicopters, Light Helicopter Division. The S-300CBi helicopter operates throughout the world primarily as a training helicopter, renowned for its excellent flight characteristics, impressive safety record, and competitive operating costs. Combining these features has made it the most cost- and mission-effective training helicopter of its kind on the market.

Bristow Academy has long been recognized for its flight training program. The company started in Concord, Calif. in 1987, and since then has graduated more than 2,000 helicopter pilots who now work in an array of missions worldwide. Bristow has earned a reputation for excellence and for its extensive range of services for military, Federal Aviation Administration, and Joint Aviation Authority training. It is the only flight school outside of Europe approved to offer the Joint Aviation Authority Integrated Commercial Pilot License (Helicopter) program. The Academy is also one of only three helicopter schools approved by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT), a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

Sikorsky Global Helicopters, a Sikorsky company, comprises current Sikorsky platforms S-76(R), S-92(R) and H-92(TM) helicopters; light helicopter platforms, the S-300C(TM), S-300CBi(TM), S-333(TM) and S-434(TM) helicopters; and all operations of Keystone Helicopter Corp. and Associated Aircraft Group (AAG). Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn. , is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn. , provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

Bristow Group Inc. is the leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry based on the number of aircraft operated. Through its subsidiaries, affiliates and joint ventures, the Company has major transportation operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea, and in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world, including Alaska , Australia , Mexico , Nigeria , Russia and Trinidad . For more information, visit the Company's website at

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