|Left to right at Helitech 2011 in Duxford are Bruno Even, Turbomeca vice president of operations; Christian Hamel, former Turbomeca UK CEO; Samantha Willenbacher, director of Bristow Academy, Wendell Dunaway, Turbomeca USA training manager; and Frederic Fourciangue, who took over as CEO of Turbomeca UK in October. Turbomeca
Safran Group division Turbomeca has inked a long-term agreement with Bristow Academy to supply engine maintenance training. Under the partnership, Bristow Academy will have the ability to train pilots and mechanics as part of the Turbomeca training network. The engine maker is also expanding its reach in the UK, with contracts in place to support the Ministry of Defence and a number of civil EMS and police operators. The UK fleet of Turbomeca engines stands at around 750 in service on around 600 helicopters.