Bristow Inverness SAR service hits the 500 mission mark Bristow Helicopters' SAR base at Inverness in Scotland has completed 500 missions since launching its civilian service in April 2015.
Crews have delivered services to the area surrounding Inverness airport on land, at sea and in remote, mountainous areas. Says UK SAR director Russell Torbet: “Bristow's heritage is steeped in search and rescue, and our brave helicopter crews are currently delivering SAR all over the UK. To date, the Inverness base has been one of the busiest, which is no surprise given its proximity to Scotland's popular mountain ranges and coastal areas. I am immensely proud of our crews in Inverness; they have become a key part of the community and have been instrumental in saving a significant number of lives over the past 18 months.”
Chief pilot John McIntyre adds: “We feel privileged to be serving the communities in and around Inverness and further afield in Scotland. The engineering and support staff have laboured tirelessly to maintain over 98 per cent availability of this critical service, allowing the aircrew to operate on 500 missions as far afield as Westray in Orkney and the Farne Islands in Northumberland, including many proud moments along the way.