Alan Bristow: founder of Bristow Helicopters 1923 – 2009


Alexandria, VA April 29, 2009 – HAI is saddened by the passing of Alan Edgar Bristow on April 26, 2009. Bristow, a former chief executive of British United Airways was the founder of one of the world’s largest helicopter companies, Bristow Helicopters, where he served as managing director and then chairman from 1954 to 1985.

An astute businessman, test pilot, and helicopter pioneer, Bristow was loyal and generous to his employees. His helicopters played an important role in the development of North Sea oil and operated in nearly every country in the world.

Bristow was born in Balham, South London, in 1923, and was brought up in Bermuda where his father, Sydney, was in charge of the naval dockyard. Young Alan later moved to Portsmouth, England, and attended Portsmouth Grammar School.

What is the Message?


Apparently the latest Must-Have item on expenses for Blair Brown Regime Ministers and MPs is this stylish new suit.

Are they trying to tell us that the stench of their corruption is now overwhelming?


Are they not inclined to believe “Bottler” Brown’s boasts of having saved Britain from swine flue?


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The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) today gave a cautious welcome to British Waterways’ (BW) announcement on restructuring. Whilst offering sympathy to those impacted by redundancy as a result of the moves by BW, IWA had previously been outspoken on the need for BW to trim what it perceived as a top heavy operation and as such saw the news of a slimming down of management posts as a necessary and unavoidable action. IWA also welcomed the news of likely savings of some £10 million per annum being made available for BW to use for waterways maintenance as a result of the changes.

Speaking on behalf of IWA, Clive Henderson national chairman said:

“No one likes to learn of redundancies, but we are living in lean times and British Waterways needs to make these changes. I congratulate British Waterways for grasping the nettle of top heavy structures of management that we had previously criticised; and we welcome the huge savings that are expected to be realised, which will allow British Waterways to carry out essential works which the funding deficit would otherwise have prevented.”

Final “Increment 1” VH-71 US Presidential Helicopter Delivered


The ninth and final VH-71 to be built under “Increment 1” of the US Presidential Helicopter Replacement Programme departed AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility today on its way to the United States for completion by prime contractor Lockheed Martin. The aircraft will depart the UK for the US later this week aboard a US Air Force C-17 transport aircraft.

Giuseppe Orsi, CEO, AgustaWestland said at the delivery ceremony “The delivery of the final aircraft today has been achieved just over four years after the contract was awarded in 2005. All the aircraft delivered are completely compliant to the specifications required by the U.S. Government and the progress achieved in such a short period of time is uncommon for an acquisition of this size and complexity. The whole VH-71 team can be proud of this remarkable achievement”.

He went on to say “The VH-71 helicopters meet or exceed all the performance requirements specified in the contract and it remains the only helicopter available today, or in the medium term, that can meet the demanding requirements. The VH-71 delivers much greater safety, speed, range and capability that the legacy aircraft which are now reaching the end of their service life.”

DONT PANIC – well not just yet

Cartoon of a Flying Pig Wearing Goggles clipart image

British anti-aircraft guns on the alert to shoot down flying pigs – “Bottler” Brown says ” We will fight them on the beaches and in the air”

The message to Britons from the Blair Brown Regime is “DONT PANIC, Britain is the most prepared country to fight a swine ‘flue pandemic and is leading the world”.

It might have been more reassuring had the Blair Brown Regime not used almost identical claims to have saved the world from recession because Britain was the best prepared country to fight the severe economic downturn.



Elkridge, Md., April 27th, 2009 — Teams of cyber security experts from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the nation’s service academies squared off last week in one of the nation’s most expansive and sophisticated cyber “war games,” the Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX). Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] hosted the CDX command center and network hub at its Elkridge facility for the week-long event.

Lockheed Martin helped NSA establish a closed, secure network for the exercise, which links all the academies with CDX headquarters at the Lockheed Martin facility in Elkridge. The company is also providing technical support and expertise for CDX preparation and execution. This is the seventh year that Lockheed Martin is supporting and hosting the CDX.

An ‘International Bill of Rights for Seafarers’ & How it affects you


Speaker: Captain Stephen Chalk MNI,Senior Marine ILO Specialist, Lloyd’s
Register Monday 11th May 2009
1730 for 1815 onboard HQS Wellington
The ILO MARITIME LABOUR CONVENTION, 2006 (MLC 2006) is rapidly being ratified. It is being hailed as an International Bill of Rights for Seafarers and the Fourth Pillar of Quality Shipping, alongside SOLAS, STCW and MARPOL. The talk will cover:


Bar before and afterwards.
Admission FREE.

HQS WELLINGTON (020 7836 8179) is berthed at Victoria Embankment, opposite Temple tube.

Liberia regional search and rescue centre cements another link in African SAR chain


A vital part of the plan to provide effective search and rescue (SAR) coverage off the coast of Africa has been completed with the commissioning last week (23 April 2009) of a fully-equipped regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Monrovia, Liberia – the fourth such commissioning in the past three years, following the inauguration of MRCCs in Mombasa, Kenya (May 2006), Cape Town, South Africa (January 2007) and Lagos, Nigeria (May 2008)

The Monrovia MRCC covers five countries (Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone). Its commissioning followed the formal signing, in November 2007, of a Multilateral Agreement between the Governments of those countries, on the coordination of maritime SAR services in areas adjacent to their coasts.

Aerospace Raw Materials Forecast


A recent update of the Aerospace Raw Material Forecast first published last year by AeroStrategy shows many changes in the future aerospace materials market directly related to the economic downturn:

* Aircraft production is declining as a result of the global recession and the financial crisis; the business & general aviation sector will be hit the hardest
* Total aerospace material “buy weight” is 950 million lbs in 2008; 45% is aluminum
* The air transport sector accounts for 68% of raw material demand
* Underlying demand for several key metals will decline 10-13% compared to the recent production peak. This does not factor in the impact of inventory overhang (estimated at 12 months or more for some key materials) and reduction throughout the aerospace supply chain, which could result in a significantly greater reduction in demand for some suppliers in the near term
* Total raw material demand is projected to increase at a 4.5% CAGR through 2019; titanium and composites will grow the fastest