Bristow Group Inc. provides helicopter services to the offshore energy industry in Africa, Americas, the Asia Pacific, and Europe Caspian. Its helicopters are used principally to transport personnel between onshore bases and offshore production platforms, drilling rigs, and other installations, as well as to transport time-sensitive equipment to these offshore locations. The company also offers helicopter flight training services to commercial pilots and flight instructors, as well as military training services through its Bristow Academy. In addition, it provides helicopter repair and production support services; and search and rescue services to oil and gas companies. The company provides its helicopter services to integrated, national, and independent oil and gas companies. As of March 31, 2015, it operated a fleet of 501 aircraft. The company was formerly known as Offshore Logistics Inc. and changed its name to Bristow Group Inc. in February 2006. Bristow Group Inc. was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.