Advanced Air Mobility

Elevated for the Future

Bristow’s vision is to lead the world in innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions. That is why we are working to introduce advanced air mobility (AAM) aircraft into our fleet in the coming years.

We see AAM as a natural extension of Bristow’s core competencies, a key component of the future of aviation, and a powerful opportunity to accelerate sustainability within our industry.

The potential is phenomenal. A developed AAM ecosystem will provide expanded access moving people and cargo quickly, safely, and quietly at a remarkably reduced cost and low carbon footprint.

Bristow recognizes the benefits of a varied fleet, and therefore, we intend to diversify our operations and service offerings by utilizing multiple AAM aircraft to build robust network capabilities and support various end markets.

Hear from David Stepanek, Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer at Bristow, on the future of AAM.

What is Advanced Air Mobility?

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) is the emergence of an expanded aviation system utilizing aircraft primarily powered by hybrid and/or electric propulsion systems. AAM is an umbrella term that incorporates specific market profiles includes Urban Air Mobility (UAM), Regional Air Mobility (RAM) and Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS). We believe AAM represents a powerful opportunity to expand our service offerings and support the broader energy transition.

Bristow’s (R)evolutionary Approach

We are a global leader in vertical flight. We understand that AAM’s emerging technology is revolutionary, but safety in operating aircraft is evolutionary.

Bristow’s AAM Advantage

  • 75 years of helicopter operations, with mature safety management systems and a trusted track record
  • Established relationships with regulatory authorities and operating licenses worldwide
  • Experienced with operating in complex and harsh environments
  • Diversified partnerships that allow us to be technology agnostic in fleet selection
  • 800+ pilots in the workforce, providing a strong talent and career pipeline

There are lessons learned in aviation that can only be gained through operational experience. At Bristow, we have that experience.

For more than seven decades, we have delivered safe, efficient and reliable aviation solutions. And we will bring Bristow’s proven Target Zero safety culture to the development and operationalization of new AAM aircraft.

AAM provides an opportunity for Bristow to continue our legacy as the global leader in vertical flight, but with a lower environmental impact, lower costs, and increased accessibility.

Bristow’s commitment to leadership in this space extends to providing critical operational expertise to our industry partners and stakeholders, including government officials and global regulatory bodies. We also participate in the eVTOL Safety Leadership Group established by the UK Civil Aviation Authority and the Texas Advanced Air Mobility Advisory Committee.

Bristow has announced collaborations with multiple leading AAM manufacturers to provide, critical safety, operational, and logistics expertise to guide the launch of these new solutions.

Bristow’s Strategic Partners

BETA Technologies, Inc.

BETA is developing the ALIA, an eVTOL that will have a maximum range of 250 nautical miles and is designed to carry 1,400 lbs of payload or six people including a pilot. See news release for additional details. is developing a hybrid-electric short take-off and landing (eSTOL) aircraft capable of operating from runways as small as 300x100 feet using a proprietary proven blown lift technology. See news release for additional details.

Elroy Air

Elroy Air is developing the Chaparral, an uncrewed eVTOL that will carry up to 300-500 lbs. of cargo over a 300-mile range. Goods are loaded into an underslung pod that latches to the fuselage and can autonomously be picked up and dropped off in a 50-foot landing square. See news release for additional details.

Eve Air Mobility

Eve (NYSE: EVEX) is developing a fully electric UAM eVTOL, along with a comprehensive suite of services to support global UAM development. See news release for additional details.


Lilium (NASDAQ: LILM) is developing the Lilium Jet, a piloted 6-seater, designed for regional transportation. Bristow and Lilium will collaborate on the development of a maintenance program to support the operation of the Lilium Jet. See news release for additional details.


THC, Saudi Arabia's premier provider of commercial helicopter services and Bristow Arabia Aircraft & Maintenance Services, a subsidiary of Bristow Group Inc., are working together on AAM initiatives in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well as other collaborative vertical lift endeavors. Read more about the MOU.

Vertical Aerospace

Vertical is developing the VA-X4, a piloted, electric, eVTOL UAM aircraft. See news release for additional details.


Volocopter is developing a suite of electrically powered aircraft including the VoloCity, VoloRegion, and VoloDrone. Read more about Bristow’s partnership with Volocopter here.