Bristow launches sponsored 2023 helicopter pilot training

Bristol helicopterBristow has reopened its sponsored helicopter cadet pilot training programme with Leicester based flight school Helicentre.

There are four places available on the 2023 course, paid for by Bristow, which will take cadets from having little flight experience to being qualified commercial helicopter pilots, flying as part of Bristow’s North Sea team.

The window for applications is open now until 15 February. Selection for the cadet sponsorship is expected to be confirmed in April ahead of training commencing in May at Helicentre Aviation’s training centre at Leicester Airport.

Bristow is also offering scholarships to pay for Instrument Ratings for two pilots currently holding a CPL(H.

Bristow UK Director, Matt Rhodes, said, “We are enormously pleased to launch our cadet programme for 2023. The successful recruits will embark on a life-changing course, taking them from having little flight experience to becoming fully qualified, professional helicopter pilots.

“On graduating from Helicentre Aviation, the cadets will join the Bristow team where they will receive further operational training at our specialist Aberdeen training centre, which includes three advanced, full-motion helicopter simulators.

“From there they will begin flying in the North Sea as First Officers with Bristow, the world’s largest helicopter operator.”

Click here for full details of the Bristow 2023 UK cadet programme.

Bristow Instrument Rating scholarship

If you hold a UK CPL(H), have 70 hours of ‘Pilot in Command’ time and have passed the ATPL(H)/IR theory exams, you may qualify for our 2023 Instrument Rating scholarship programme. Send your CV and a covering letter to [email protected] by 28 February. Applicants need to have the right to live and work in the UK.  An existing Type rating on the AW109 is also desirable.


Meet Helicentre and Bristow at Pilot Careers Live in London on 22 April. Click here to buy tickets