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Monday, October 1, 2007

Rotorcraft Report: Bond Boosts Training for Pilots, Mechanics

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Bond Offshore Helicopters wants to have pilots trained for its offshore business in the North Sea and plans to invest £4 million ($7.9 million) to do it, according to The Scotsman newspaper.

Bond has hired Oxford Aviation Training of Kidlington, Oxford, England to screen potential pilots through a series of tests and analyses. Candidates who make it through the screening process will be sent to Bristow Academy in Titusville, Fla. for training.

Oxford has trained fixed-wing pilots since 1960 and said it can professionally assess the qualifications needed for a pilot. Over a two-day period, potential candidates will be selected based on their academic record, background, and work initiative, as well as how they react in high-pressure environments. Flying experience is not necessary.

Those individuals who make it past the second day which includes discussions and technical testing, will be sent to interview with Bond. The cost of the training is £70,000-100, 000 ($140,000-$200,000). According to Oxford, Bond pays 70 percent while the students must then pay the balance. Oxford expects 12 students in the first year of the program.

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