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Old 4th Jan 2008, 09:54
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Question Bristow S-61Ns

What have Bristows done with their S-61Ns.

I know that:
G-BHOH has been exported to the USA (sold to Croman I think)
G-BFRI & G-BHOG have been sold to BIH.
G-BCLD & G-BGWJ are flying at Norwich.

But what about the rest of them? Are any still doing SAR? Are there any still in the Hangar at Aberdeen?
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G-BIMU is at Sumburgh
G-BDOC G-BCLC are at Den Helder
G-BPWB - Portland
G-BBHL ex Stornoway back up ?
G-BBHM Destroyed by fire 2003
G-BDIJ and G-BBVA Lee on Solent

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BPWB is now at Lee operated by the CHC slip crew.

BBVA and BDIJ are at Portland still under Bristow operation until April ish.
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Bristow SAR S61Ns

Nearly There everyone!

G-BPWB is at Lee (dry leased by CHC) being used now by part of the CHC "SAR Transistion Crew" (STC)

G- BBHL was at Sumburgh (dry leased to CHC) as S/BY but was sold by Bristows and was due to be picked up yesterday (4th Jan) by American Company(Pacific Helos I think) for use in US SAR (initially to Aberdeen for some engineering work etc)

G-BIMU is at Sumburgh (dry leased to CHC) being used by other half of CHC STC for next few weeks.

G-BDIJ is the Bristow Duty Cab at Portland until CHC STC take over this April then I beleive it is to be sold!

Hope this clarifies!
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Thanks for the info.

Do they still have G-BGWK? I flew WK a lot in Unst.

After the total handover of UK SAR is complete are they planning to dispose of the rest of the fleet?
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G-WK is on a contract in morocco
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G-WK is on a contract in morocco
S-61s were only to be found in cold places in my day
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G-BBHL still at Sumburgh this morning in the hangar, looking a bit lonely!
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G-BGWK

G-BGWK

If i'm not overstepping a limit here: whats the nature of the contract in Morocco, Banksman?

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How many "Queen of the Skies" did Bristow have at their peak?
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S61n, I believe it's on contract to Shell for a drilling campaign. It relocated there from Egypt at the end of that contract.
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Smile

Thanks for the info, 212.

Am looking for work;
btw: need any S92drivers your location, short or longtime ?



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You should have applied in the summer (two weeks advertising in Flight International)! I'll give a heads up if and when we'll be recruiting again
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212

Thanks again.


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They didn't operate them all at the same time but this is the total BHL 61 fleet by serial no. and UK registration:

Serial No UK Reg
61424 G-AZDC Ex Elivie - rebuilt Redhill (see pictures below)
61467 G-AZNE Ex Elivie
61470 G-BDRH
61471 G-BBGS
61473 G-AZRF
61493 G-BAKA
61702 G-BAKB
61703 G-BAKC
61712 G-BBHL
61713 G-BBHM
61714 G-BBHN
61716 G-BIHHEx BCAL
61718 G-BBVA
61720 G-BBVB
61735 G-BCLA
61736 G-BCLB
61737 G-BCLC
61739 G-BCLD
61745 G-BFMYEx Evergreen
61750 G-BDII
61751 G-BDIJ
61752 G-BIMU Ex BCAL
61761 G-BXSN Ex Irish Helicopters
61765 G-BDOC
61766 G-BEKI
61768 G-BEKJ
61809 G-BFRI
61819 G-BGWJ
61820 G-BGWK
61821 G-BGWL
61822 G-BPWB Ex Irish helicopters
61823 G-BSVO Leased from CHC
61824 G-BHOF
61825 G-BHOG
61827 G-BHOH

& possibly also 61490 G-BFPF Ex BCAL




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I remember the day the wreck arrived and I remember the day of the roll out using the trenches.

They were still there in Hangar 5 until a few years ago, they maybe still there now. When heavy maintenance moved to the main hangar, the trenches were covered with boards and the hangar was used for the transport fleet of trucks and company car maintenance.

I must be old, it was 30+ years ago now.
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They must have done a good job of fixing her up because she is still flying today ,albeit in a modified form (S61-short).

Incidently she is 40 years old this year!



more here:
http://www.jetphotos.net/showphotos....gsearch=N91158
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best way to get the i9nfo you want is go to website (G-INFO aircraft database) feed in s61n and it lists the total and numbers opf tyhose in service, theri total airframe hours ansd date of last caa cert, it can even list de-registered aircraft and gives soem detail as to where it went. Hope this is of help.
I wish the Irish had a similar site.
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Yeah G-INFO is a really useful tool but it doesnt tell you what aircraft are actually doing. If you are interested in the registration history of an aircraft try ROTORSPOT.
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Good old "DC" was never really an S61N Mk II, she was kind of a Mk 1 and a half. I wonder if you still have to turn off the #2 AC Gen to transmit successfully on the HF as we used to have to do every 15 minutes!! First flew her in 1980 according to my log book. I think she used to be on contract to Mobil and flew constantly to the Beryl A and back, sometimes via Sumburgh.
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