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Oil & Gas News01st Jun 2022

Maintaining safety standards in a changing world is top of the agenda for OEUK’s aviation seminar

Offshore helicopter operations will be at the top of the agenda at an event hosted by OEUK in Aberdeen next week as leaders and experts in aviation come together to demonstrate the sector’s capabilities.

The aviation seminar will explore ways in which the industry can adapt to meet changing global circumstances and customer needs whilst remaining one of the safest modes of transport.

The event will be held on Tuesday, June 7, at Annan House in Aberdeen, and will feature keynote speaker Andrew Thorington (flight operations manager, Civil Aviation Authority) and include presentations from Tim Glasspool (head of flight operations UK, Bristow), David Barron (continuing airworthiness manager, CHC), Tim Rolfe (CEO, HeliOffshore) and Emily Taylor (North Sea Transition Deal programme manager, Offshore Energies UK).

The event will be chaired by Mark Wilson, health, safety and environment director at OEUK, who commented:

“The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry is supported by one of the most modern helicopter fleets in the world – and safe helicopter operations is at the heart of what we do.

“Over the past 20 years, industry-led initiatives and research projects have brought many safety improvements to operations.

“Our industry is vital for security of energy supply, whilst supporting hundreds of thousands of highly skilled jobs and contributing billions to the economy.

“This sector is also essential in helping provide the UK with cleaner oil and gas through the energy transition – and our aviation industry itself has demonstrated it is adaptable in changing times, which we need to build on by collaborating to learn best practice.”

The seminar will also include speakers from Leonardo Helicopters and NHV Group and will cover topics such as helicopter engineering regulations, pilot training, offshore weather, and advancements in helicopter design. The full agenda can be viewed here.