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Bristow CEO Bill Chiles and Capt. John Steel of the Irish Aviation Authority Named to the Executive Committee of the International Helicopter Safety Team

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), a world­ wide organization leading a multi­year effort to reduce the civil helicopter accident rate, has added two new members to its Executive Committee – Bill Chiles, president and chief executive officer of Bristow Group, and Capt. John Steel of the Irish Aviation Authority. Chiles heads Bristow Group Inc. the leading provider of hel­ icopter services to the off­ shore energy industry based on the number of aircraft oper­ ated, and one of two helicop­ ter service providers to the off­ shore energy industry with global operations.


Company has major operations in the North Sea, Nigeria, and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, as well as most of the other major off­ shore oil and gas producing regions of the world; including Alaska, Australia, Brazil, Russia, and Trinidad. In addition, the company provides search and rescue services and offers pilot training through Bristow Academy.

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Capt. Steel serves as the Manager General Aviation Standards for the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA). Prior to join­ ing the IAA, he was a helicop­ ter pilot and an instructor in the U.K. Royal Navy and oper­ ated in the anti­submarine war­ fare, search and rescue and amphibious assault roles. On leaving the Navy, he was involved in a variety of helicop­ ter operations such as offshore operations in the North Sea, police air support, helicopter emergency medical service, lighthouse support, marine piloting, and has included train­ ing and testing in all these areas. His civilian career also has included positions such as chief pilot, head of training and quality manager.

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) was formed to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to address factors that were affecting an unaccept­ able helicopter accident rate. The group’s mission is to reduce the international civil helicopter accident rate by 80 percent by 2016. This effort is co­chaired by a government member (the U.S. FAA) and by an industry mem­ ber. Major industry partici­ pants include AgustaWestland, the American Helicopter Society Intl., Bell Helicopter, Bristow Group, CHC helicopter, Eurocopter, the Flight Safety Foundation, the Helicopter Association of Canada, the Helicopter Association Intl., Shell Aircraft, and Sikorsky Helicopter.

IHST members also establish international partnerships in countries with significant heli­

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