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Old 5th Sep 2008, 20:25
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Now the trickle - when the flood?

One of the managers in Escravos is due to leave to fly the S92 and his back-to-back has quit for a well known Canadian company. A number of pilots will be off to Heli Malongo soon. Is this a start of the Voertrekker exodus from Bristow Nigeria?

After the latest round of sackings of junior national staff by new boss Mike Armlick aided and abetted by Inhuman Resources Damager 'Foamy Coolings' it is not surprising that national staff are threatening a strike. That will cost more than is saved by charging N150 for a spoonful of instant coffee
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Old 5th Sep 2008, 21:01
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Thumbs down

Overheard at a crew room near you earlier today, "At least Neddy Holdon came in and went after the oil companies to make money, Mike Armlick has come here to screw us this time". Well, what goes around, comes around

Great GOM style management and it ain't gonna get any better. Remember you don't really work for Bristow, you work for OLOG

HeliJedi,

Are you sure the management at Escravos is determined to sort things out for the guys? If what BB says is true, it sounds as if they're bailing out
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Old 5th Sep 2008, 21:13
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Come now, how can you say such bad tings? Chilled Biles himself is surely the one who tells the world that Bristow is, One World, One Mission, One Team....... and presumably very soon just one man

On a pleasanter note, Captain Kobo will be seen in Nigeria much more soon in his new role for Aero. With he and Nabil at the helm they stand a good chance of making a really good company again without any input from CHC

Despite its poor reputation for retaining staff the 'center of excellence', Caverton is getting quite a number of national pilots from Bristow making enquiries about what may be on offer when their 412s start arriving.

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Old 5th Sep 2008, 21:58
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Troglo

Whats up Dude??
I really got worried for a moment. Heard you on a chip when you heard that Coolings was cutting down on your CLA? Someone had to almost give you ?? Must of been a very good bud of yours? As I am sure that they thought you were acting.

Then you complain about ESC that leaks? I hear that its just as bad on your side of things?
And don't through the old training records away. Aren't you supposed to save?? Need to use the other side to make new copies eg. save paper as there isnt any Nira.. Coolings is using it to pay for his coffee And don't forget, his petrol money for company car!


I hear Caverton is going to start bidding for new contracts With 412 and ex Bristow pilots...mmm they should start off with a bang! And not the bang that F.C would like to hear. Pilots slamming the door as they leave!
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Old 6th Sep 2008, 02:36
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It would seem a bit of the old Naira dashed about to the right sources and this HR chap could be much less a problem. After all MEND has promised to continue kidnapping expats.

Does he not understand the going price for such things?
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Old 6th Sep 2008, 10:00
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The messhall dance...

Hey "propspanner", did it look like this...

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Old 6th Sep 2008, 11:19
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Swamp Dwarf - I know where you live!

Heard you on a chip when you heard that Coolings was cutting down on your CLA?
For the record, a wonderful (also well proportioned) RSA Chief Engineer with a short thumb attempted to give me the Heimlich manoeuvre but his arms weren't long enough so he whacked me on the back which did the trick.

CLA fiasco is now old news - latest is that apart from N150 for a spoonful of Nescafe, they are reducing per diems on courses during work time because we will be receiving CLA monthly - absolutely fair I agree but wait till you see their Maths!
Once again just a few dollars savings on their part (probably less than $10,000 across the whole of WASBU per annum) to piss off an entire work force!

No more chips right now thanks.

Trog
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Old 6th Sep 2008, 11:54
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Trog,

Just be greatful that he never stuck that stubby thumb somewhere to get you breathing again!!
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Old 7th Sep 2008, 11:09
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Trog,

I guess people will just accept the CLA imposition and paying for coffee etc ?

Let's face it, we all complained about something else when we could stop at a bush bar on the way back from a days' work and the company paid for beer on transit nights in the BRC !!

Whatever is given or taken away, the overriding psychological aspect of confinement is what keeps the morale down. Even those who didn't go out knew they could if they wanted to.
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Old 7th Sep 2008, 16:44
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NEO, please PM me when you can, regarding Jess Steer,s passing.
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Old 8th Sep 2008, 03:58
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Latest news flash: to replace CLA a new swimming pool with bush style bar and barbie area, wifi internet cafe, volleyball court and European equipped gym are being built at Darrels Tropicana. There is also tennis and squash a three minute drive away at MGH.

Mind you, none of it is being provided by Bristow so maybe it isn't to replace CLA, but then I always was a bit cynical.

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Old 8th Sep 2008, 05:26
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Devil It's Christmas Already

Latest news flash: to replace My Kimlach Father Christmas is visiting Nigeria from the North Pole and the Tooth Fairy has agreed to replace Foamy Coolings
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Old 8th Sep 2008, 09:12
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Bristowburntout you go wound O!

Burntout,

You are getting too closed to the bones!

Who has been telling you about my Scotch Boss and myself being threatened by the rebellious ungrateful union men?

Don't they know where the real powers that be are at? The Tooth Fairy will never take my job while I have the breath to make the economies.

We must take every step no matter how nasty the medecine to bring the once mighty Bristow shares back to their former self.

FC

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Old 8th Sep 2008, 12:06
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Be sure you land at the right place...

BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL IMPOUNDS HELICOPTER
Officials of British International School, Lagos, have seized a helicopter owned by City Link Aviation, a Ghanaian based helicopter charter service, which made an unauthorised landing in the school premises on Friday.

The school authorities had allegedly demanded that the pilot pay them the sum of $100, 000 (N11.7m).

The Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Dr. Harold Demuren, confirmed the development, but stated that it had been resolved.

He, however, confirmed that the aircraft was yet to be released by the school authorities.

He said, “Yes, it happened. The helicopter landed in a wrong place and the school is holding to the helicopter after the State Security Service and the NCAA cleared the chopper. Everything is being resolved”.

A member of the board of governors of the school, Mr. Segun Oniru, declined comment on the issue, on the ground that he was not around when the incident occurred.

“I do not want to comment because I do not have the details”, he said.

The helicopter, flown by Captain William Iyoho, was to take Nigerian singer, Sasha, from Cadbury Nigeria Plc’s premises to the University of Lagos and Shoprite, Lekki. Iyoho could not land in the area because there was a lot of construction work going on. He opted to land in the school premises instead.

He was waiting for the musician when he was approached by two security guards who told him that he had landed on private property and should leave.

However, as he was about to takeoff, he was accosted by the principal of the school who told him that the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, the State Security Service and the Nigeria Police Force had been notified. The principal insisted that the security agencies had to check the aircraft before it could be cleared to take off.

According to Iyoho, an assistant director of the SSS who came at about 3pm, inspected the helicopter and proclaimed it clean. The SSS official told the pilot to come with him to the SSS office at Shangisha to make a statement since the school had lodged a complaint over the landing.

He added that he received permission from the NCAA to take off after giving his statement to the SSS but he was not allowed to take off by the school authorities who demanded for a sum of $100, 000.
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Old 8th Sep 2008, 12:43
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Ahh, the joys of free enterprise and opportunism still flourish, I see!
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Old 8th Sep 2008, 13:49
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Be sure you land at the right place...
BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL IMPOUNDS HELICOPTER
Officials of British International School, Lagos, have seized a helicopter owned by City Link Aviation, a Ghanaian based helicopter charter service, which made an unauthorised landing in the school premises on Friday.

The school authorities had allegedly demanded that the pilot pay them the sum of $100, 000 (N11.7m).

The Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Dr. Harold Demuren, confirmed the development, but stated that it had been resolved.

He, however, confirmed that the aircraft was yet to be released by the school authorities.

He said, “Yes, it happened. The helicopter landed in a wrong place and the school is holding to the helicopter after the State Security Service and the NCAA cleared the chopper. Everything is being resolved”.

A member of the board of governors of the school, Mr. Segun Oniru, declined comment on the issue, on the ground that he was not around when the incident occurred.

“I do not want to comment because I do not have the details”, he said.

The helicopter, flown by Captain William Iyoho, was to take Nigerian singer, Sasha, from Cadbury Nigeria Plc’s premises to the University of Lagos and Shoprite, Lekki. Iyoho could not land in the area because there was a lot of construction work going on. He opted to land in the school premises instead.

He was waiting for the musician when he was approached by two security guards who told him that he had landed on private property and should leave.

However, as he was about to takeoff, he was accosted by the principal of the school who told him that the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, the State Security Service and the Nigeria Police Force had been notified. The principal insisted that the security agencies had to check the aircraft before it could be cleared to take off.

According to Iyoho, an assistant director of the SSS who came at about 3pm, inspected the helicopter and proclaimed it clean. The SSS official told the pilot to come with him to the SSS office at Shangisha to make a statement since the school had lodged a complaint over the landing.

He added that he received permission from the NCAA to take off after giving his statement to the SSS but he was not allowed to take off by the school authorities who demanded for a sum of $100, 000.


Hmmmm.I can see the British are learning the act of kidnapping and hostage taking in Nigeria.
It's quite a sad one here cos if the reverse was the case,BBC World would have reported itas "Helicopter Hijacked in Nigeria by Militants".so who's the militant here???


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Old 8th Sep 2008, 17:01
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couldn't have happened to a nicer chap!
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Old 8th Sep 2008, 18:56
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Devil CLA smuggling scam

212 man,

You don't like Willy? But he, like you, is ex-Bristow . I hope you're not confusing him with his dad, the fighter ace, the very Lawrence of Nigeria

I believe that actually it was all part of a conspiracy to smuggle in CLA sourced on the black market in contravention of COBI - after all Bristow have just had a helicopter in Ghana, but they couldn't smuggle it back in that in case My Kimlach and Foamy Coolings were waiting in Lagos to give the helicopter a COBI ramp audit on its return (or it may be that they were trying to smuggle in sachets of Nescafe to avoid the N150 charge in the BRC ).

There's a saying that if you think safety's expensive, wait until you have an accident. Bristow may well soon discover that the same is true of loyalty
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Old 8th Sep 2008, 19:48
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Bill Iyoho...the former Nigerian Air Force pilot and lawyer of Warri fame?
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Old 9th Sep 2008, 09:12
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Dear all............

Possibly newer to this here forum than I am to the taste of Sodium Penthanol (main ingrdeient of STAR beer - I am sure) I have to say that dragging my lazy butt out of plank mattress city to fly countless ungrateful pax around is something that can only be describes as - mashugga.....

....yet I continue forward striving for the day "THE COMPANY" realises my true potential as the best helicopter pilot in the world and pays me accordingly.

Till said light appears at the end of this swampy tunnel I must say;

1. Bristow salary increase was very dissapointing....thank God the USD$$$$$ vs UK/Euro is working a bit in our favour. (off to Caverton anyone???). I mean . . . . I can't even afford a new "Fedora" from the Texan Supply Chain Superintendent.

2. No more "cash in hand" CLA is very dissapointing.

3. I hear rumours - no less than 10 pilots leaving Escravos before Dec. I can't understand as I have heard how wonderful the food is there.

4.Foamy - if that is really you - you got bigger balls than brains mate. Come try wag my tail..
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