Ian Frain reviews the operations and aircraft of the companies providing transport to oil and gas platforms in the North Sea
COMMERCIAL OIL & GAS PLATFORM HELICOPTER OPERATIONS
The waters off the coast of the UK and Ireland, the North and Irish Seas and the English Channel provide some of the most changeable and challenging environments to work in, not least for offshore helicopter operators in the North Sea.
There have been huge leaps in technological advancement and techniques over the five decades since the pioneering days of the likes of the late Alan Bristow. Operators have included British European Airways Helicopters, KLM Helicopters, British Airways Helicopters, British International Helicopters, Bristow Helicopters and North Scottish Helicopters (later Bond).