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.