Alan Bristow Memorial Lecture 2016

12 April 2016


The Rotorcraft Group will be holding the Alan Bristow Lecture on 12th April 2016 and it will be entitled 'The Civil Planning for a Revolution in Rotary Wing Operations'.

This lecture will be delivered by Giovanni Mazzoni, AW609 Program Manager, AgustaWestland & Russel Gould. Director- Global Fleet Support, Bristow Group

The advent of a civil certified tiltrotor offers operators of rotary wing fleets the chance to revolutionise their business models, achieving a new level of fleet optimisation and a step change in actual customer value. The tiltrotor will not simply replace traditional rotary and fixed wing types but it will work in concert with both to allow each type of aircraft to be used to its most efficient best purpose. Working together, AgustaWestland (AW) and Bristow have developed an increasingly clear understanding of how the tiltrotor will add value to the existing rotary wing fleets across many roles. To maximise the benefits available from the tiltrotor it has been necessary to remove the constraints applied to current operations, to permit free thinking and to admit applications that will be entirely new so as to take advantage of the unique capabilities of the tiltrotor configuration.

The 2016 Alan Bristow Memorial Lecture will illustrate how AW and Bristow have collaborated to develop and define a unique view of how the civil tiltrotor will be absorbed into the traditional rotary wing fleets in ways that will optimise fleet usage in ways that are impossible today and add new capabilities that will drive significant improvements in overall customer satisfaction with the service on offer. Examples will be provided to illustrate the revolution that will be achieved by the use of the tiltrotor configuration.

Giovanni Mazzoni has over 20 years of experience managing projects in aerospace market. He is PMP certified and also holds an MBA. He has been a Programme Manager in AgustaWestland since 2007 working on International Programs and he joined the 609 team in 2012. He has a deep knowledge of project, risk and configuration management processes with experience in operation, supply chain and technological transfer. In the past he managed design & development projects having had clients in aerospace and medical OEMs. His successful projects were used on the International Space Station (part of Biolab) and other is still in use in the glucosmeter market segment.

Russell Gould is Director of Global Fleet Support for Bristow Group, responsible for the continued airworthiness of the Bristow fleet of helicopters. He has over 25 years of experience in aviation, originally as a licenced helicopter engineer working on numerous types including oil and gas aircraft in Africa and Europe and VIP aircraft in Europe and the Caribbean before joining the airworthiness department of Bristow group in 2005 when he moved to Aberdeen. Previously the technical chairman for EHOC and now the active HUMs working group lead for Helioffshore, Russel is working towards the goal of safer and more reliable helicopter operations.

The lecture will be followed by a Networking Reception which is kindly sponsored by:

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Speaker Details

Giovanni Mazzoni, AW609 Program Manager, AgustaWestland & Russel Gould, Director-Global Fleet Support, Bristow Group