The Heliwest Group was established in 1992 by aviation practitioners and entrepreneurs Alan Bailey and David Grimes. A wholly owned and operated Australian business, Heliwest combines expertise and resources to provide premier aviation and engineering services. The fact that Alan and David are pilots themselves and hold qualifications in business management as well as aircraft engineering, encapsulates the holistic nature of Heliwest; developed from first principles, it has grown into one of Australasia’s leading helicopter companies and is now the largest onshore helicopter operator in Western Australia.
We operate an internal Safety Management System which incorporates OHS, Environmental as well as Flight Operations and Maintenance activities for the company. Our safety team has a dedicated quality and safety manager as well as departmental and site representation to ensure that our policies are applied, revised and adhered to across all our sites. Having the largest flight school in Australasia, it is ideally placed to train pilots for private and commercial licences, as well as conducting safety checks of its own pilots and offering this service to other fleet operators.
Heliwest is constantly working in challenging and potentially high-risk environments, where safety awareness can be critical to the success of the mission. Our staff training, aircraft maintenance and client contact approaches are all robustly designed to underpin our commitment to excellence at every level. Heliwest actively participates in a comprehensive audit program including over 100 internal audits as well as more than an audit a month from external clients, certification and regulatory bodies. Certification bodies and programs include Bureau Veritas, ISN, Achilles and the Flight Safety Foundation BARS Program. Every Heliwest employee takes personal responsibility for the quality and safety required by their role, which means we can follow a clear path for any procedure, flight or incident.
On a daily basis, Heliwest provides both fixed-wing and helicopter services to a broad range of clients, in particular those in the mining and resources sector. The company’s identity and work ethic are instantly recognisable within the resources environment and many of the staff have a detailed knowledge of the industry. One of Heliwest’s key principles is “Work Safe, Fly Safe” ensuring that, in line with modern working practices, the company maintains its unblemished safety record whilst meeting its clients needs effectively and efficiently.
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