About the Industry


The group was chaired by Bob Keiller, CEO of PSN and co-chair of Oil & Gas UK. The following organisations also participated in the group:

  • Apache North Sea
  • Bond Offshore Helicopters
  • BP
  • Bristow Group Inc
  • British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA)
  • Centrica
  • CHC Scotia
  • Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
  • Expro Group
  • Grampian Police
  • KCA Deutag
  • MCA
  • NHV
  • Oil & Gas UK
  • Petro-Canada
  • Petrofac
  • RMT
  • Sparrows Offshore
  • Step Change in Safety Network
  • Subsea 7
  • Unite
  • Weatherford International
  • Safety representatives from Maersk Oil, Noble Drilling and PSN

In the course of the group’s work, it liaised with and consulted other relevant bodies, including relative support groups, existing industry work groups and advisory teams. Some of these are described below.

  • Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its members are licensed by the Government to explore for and produce oil and gas in UK waters and those who form any part of the industry's supply chain.
  • The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is part of the Department for Transport and is responsible for the investigation of civil aircraft accidents and serious incidents within the UK.
  • The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the UK's independent specialist aviation regulator.  Its activities include economic regulation, airspace policy, safety regulation and consumer protection.
  • The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is the centrepiece of the European Union’s strategy for aviation safety. Its mission is to promote the highest common standards of safety and environmental protection in civil aviation.
  • Oil & Gas UK’s Aviation Safety & Technical Group is the key industry group for dealing with aviation safety matters and it reports directly into Oil & Gas UK's Health & Safety Forum. Membership comprises senior representatives from the oil and gas industry, helicopter operators and regulators.
  • Oil & Gas UK’s Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) Issues Workgroup was set up at the start of 2009 to address inadvertent activation of PLBs. Following the ETAP ditching in February 2009, the scope of the group was widened to include the issue of interference with other beacons onboard the aircraft.