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Old 16th Sep 2008, 19:40
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Memories

Didn't get any e-mail from PPRuNe about new posts. Don't know why. Left on page 142, came back to 148. Boy, what a bunch of gripes. Glad to see the most recent posts from other ol' timers. Remember well the names mentioned. Got hired by the Old Man in 1974. Not the same company today, NO WAY. Mores the pity! He had vision and long term goals and a daughter cut out of the same cloth!

SAS Leaving next tomorrow and will call you this weekend. Don't go too far offshore (beyond cell phone).
We'll catch up.

Owl

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Old 16th Sep 2008, 21:15
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I'm leaving on a jet plane?

Anjouan,

I also heard 10 going from Escravos. The Managing Pilot is joining CHC in Canada (I guess a swap for the former CHC base manager Angola, now in Escravos with PAAN) and 4 to Heli Malongo, plus 5 transferring to S92 (including the other Managing Pilot), AS332 and EC155.
Managing Pilot going to CHC is a great loss but I suspect more to do with the long term future in RSA rather than short term crap in WASBU. Other MP to S92 - progression within the system. 4 to heli Malongo - if true without being rude (honestly) Wannabes who were all pretty close to Command or conversion on to twins within WASBU - best of luck to them - they'll all be welcome back! other 4 transferring to 332 & 155 also progression within the system.

Seems like healthy turnover to me - not a mass migration.

Who else offers 412EP, EC 155, AS332L, S92 conversions after less than a year or so without mortgaging your soul (don't bother mentioning the Bond - not worth the paper it is written on in International law but be prepared to do some serious begging if you break it and ever want to work for the "Big Boys" ever again!)

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Old 16th Sep 2008, 22:36
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A little perspective on the above post about AB kicking OLOG's arse. Back in the late 70's Bristow bought Offshore Helicopters and moved into the GOM. I remember my old buddy from Abu Dhabi, Don Stoneking, telling me how Bristow was going to revolutionize the gulf. It was maybe a year later, but Bristow packed their bags and went back to the UK. And in the end, for better or worse, it was OLOG that bought Bristow, not the other way around.
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Old 16th Sep 2008, 23:02
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It was closer to two years.

And now the new Bristow (nee OLOG) is starting the phase out of their single engined ships by selling half off (53) in the GOM one go, and moving the rest of their GOM fleet to closer to where BOH would be today if the time had been right to operate to proper standards.

No great surprise when one of the first major decisions of the new CEO was to take PAAN out from the control of New Iberia.

If the Bristow GOM operation (is it still called Air Logistics?) doesn't make the leap now, you can look back to September 1981 and this press cutting I shown by one of the Bristow Houston staff at what might happen in Louisiana:
http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchi...istow%20wessex

Apparently some of Alan Bristow's thinking on safety lives on in Houston.
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Old 17th Sep 2008, 13:05
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Thumbs down Briton Kidnapped in Port Harcourt

A group of 5 gunmen have captured a Briton from his house in Port Harcourt. Mike Welford, age 65 was previously employed by petrochemical company Indorama, but recently set up his own business. he was said to have been alone when he was taken from his house the night before last.

In an escalation of violence, MEND have continued there attacks and last night claim to have burnt down the Shell flow station at Orubiri. However, more worrying is that it has been reported that they have blown up the major Agip/Shell trunk pipeline at Rumuekpe in broad daylight at 0930 today. If true, this is a rather worrying development in that MEND have the confidence to attack in daylight now and they seem to be issuing a direct challenge to the JTF to try and stop them
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Old 17th Sep 2008, 18:42
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Ref js0987 posting

I suggest you look at the facts! BHL did not leave the GOM with their tails between their legs. They left because of intervention from various protective American agencies who prevented them from operating to their full capacities. They could not palate the fact that a British company could out-operate their own amatuer efforts.
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Old 17th Sep 2008, 21:01
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Rumour has it that the reason Mike Armlick isn't in Lagos at present is nothing to do with the fact that he's afraid of being kidnapped by his own employees (there's no risk of that anyway because the terrorists would just be told to keep him ). With the collapse of the money markets he had to get out rather than pay N150 for a cup of coffee. The truth is that he's in Aberdeen on a course learning how to buy from the Dutch and sell to the Israelis at a profit. He's probably the worst thing that has happened to Bristow Nigeria in 50 years as he's totally destroyed morale and will end up costing the company a fortune as employees do all they can to cost the company money out of sheer bloody-mindedness in retaliation against the N150 for a cup of coffee in the BRC

But what does he care? Brits being kidnapped in the Delta, on the brink of civil war, but no one has quit, people meekly accept the garbage he's come up with about CLA and coffee and he's close to meeting his KPIs and quitting after a year with a huge bonus. He and that laugh-a-minute stooge of his Davy Dasher must be laughing all the way to the bank. Well, you deserve whatever you're prepared to tolerate, so if you just want to roll on to your backs and let him tickle your tummy like some mangy cur, that's what you'll get - the a$$holes shall inherit the earth
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Old 17th Sep 2008, 21:12
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Rumour has it that the reason Mike Armlick isn't in Lagos at present is nothing to do with the fact that he's afraid of being kidnapped by his own employees (there's no risk of that anyway because the terrorists would just be told to keep him ). With the collapse of the money markets he had to get out rather than pay N150 for a cup of coffee. The truth is that he's in Aberdeen on a course learning how to buy from the Dutch and sell to the Israelis at a profit. He's probably the worst thing that has happened to Bristow Nigeria in 50 years as he's totally destroyed morale and will end up costing the company a fortune as employees do all they can to cost the company money out of sheer bloody-mindedness in retaliation against the N150 for a cup of coffee in the BRC

But what does he care? Brits being kidnapped in the Delta, on the brink of civil war, but no one has quit, people meekly accept the garbage he's come up with about CLA and coffee and he's close to meeting his KPIs and quitting after a year with a huge bonus. He and that laugh-a-minute stooge of his Davy Dasher must be laughing all the way to the bank. Well, you deserve whatever you're prepared to tolerate, so if you just want to roll on to your backs and let him tickle your tummy like some mangy cur, that's what you'll get - the a$$holes shall inherit the earth
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Old 17th Sep 2008, 21:17
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Thumbs up Fine Observations!

he's close to meeting his KPIs and quitting after a year with a huge bonus. He and that laugh-a-minute stooge of his Davy Dasher must be laughing all the way to the bank. Well, you deserve whatever you're prepared to tolerate, so if you just want to roll on to your backs and let him tickle your tummy like some mangy cur, that's what you'll get - the a$$holes shall inherit the earth
Burntout,

Scotch Boss and Mini (but tall) second Scotch Boss probably did not benefit from the supposedly excellent education system in their fine but cold Country!

If they had listened they would have realised that "penny wise pound foolish" was the good advices but what is a loyal humane resources Mangeger to do when his bosses turn out to be Dockheads.

I have no problems with firing peoples but when my shares in HBOS go the same way as Chilled Biles - I am prepared to do the listens!

I am prepared to turn my coats any time from now!

F.C.
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Old 17th Sep 2008, 21:48
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But leave they did....and ultimately got bought out by the Yanks to boot!

The sad fact is the GOM was held back thirty years by the likes of Bob Suggs and his ilk. Rather a shame there were no forward looking minds in those dark days of the GOM.

Boudreaux, shrimp boats, and Bell helicopters....what a wonderful business plan!
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Old 18th Sep 2008, 06:06
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Rumour has it that there's a new hero in town . Having recertified the S76 main transmission to around 180% twin engine torque our hero managed to fly it all the way back to Port Harcourt. I'd like to see those blade spindles . I expect he'll get promoted now
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Old 18th Sep 2008, 07:37
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I don't fly Sickorskee 76's -but how the kcuf do you pull 180% talk, and walk away - or in this case fly away......someone and the pax was lucky.

Whats the going rate on a complete drive train replacement these days??????

Whats next when his new 225 comes along?????

PS. You DON'T want to see the blade spindles.
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Old 18th Sep 2008, 10:11
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Hey Ebola

Hope that your words are not as viral as you present yourself here. By the way, watch them MEND savages lurking at each end of the runway...
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Old 18th Sep 2008, 13:14
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Alouette - Viral is not the intention - But!!!! there is a story behind the story - as there usually is.

I will send you the photos of what the blades look like - you will understand. What I meant was if you overtalk (sic) a Bell 206/407/412 you are in the regoin of 104%. Maybe 108% maybe 115%. To get to 186% is incredible - I would not have known the value could be measured.

Watch out for those portuguese speaking locals they can also be revolting if they want.
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Old 18th Sep 2008, 16:22
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What are you guys talking about?

Twin torque gauge on the S76. Each engine puts in its share of the torque. If both engines are at 100% torque the tranny will effectively be getting about 200. I think you can get to 100 torque on each engine before it starts to droop RPM, then up to a max of 115% if you droop it down past 101% NR. Are you saying that each engine's torque went to 180 or 186%? That would mean the tranny was twisting almost 400% or double what it's meant for. That's impossible, I don't think it would have stayed bolted to the roof!

On the other hand, if the blades are all bent up and the spindles blown out, then maybe something impossible did happen. Like flying the whole shaking mess back to the beach

Let's see the "aliens have landed" pictures.

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Old 18th Sep 2008, 17:02
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JAWOHL meen Herr
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Old 19th Sep 2008, 05:13
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malabo,

Then you need to look at it . The figure I heard was considerably more than 100% per engine with Nr down below 80%. The spindles are pretty much blown out, the elastomerics are screwed and the blade roots have almost totally delaminated. It really is a miracle they made it back. So much for 'blowaway' power. It would be indelicate to enquire about the condition of the seat cushions . However, there is some good news as I believe the ashtrays are still in 'as new' condition.
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Old 19th Sep 2008, 05:20
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Originally Posted by TomBola
Having recertified the S76 main transmission to around 180% twin engine torque
Last time I looked, the S76 torquemeter only went up to 120% for the A, and 140% for the B.

Is there a new mod that indicates up to 180%?
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Old 19th Sep 2008, 06:09
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Thanks TomBola,

Makes more sense now that you say the RPM got below 80%. Friggin thing must 'been shaking like a paint-shaker, with the blades coned up real close to clapping hands.

Were the pilots a couple of Dennis Kenyon fans imitating one of his videos? 76 will barrel-roll pretty good. Maybe so good the passengers probably wouldn't even have noticed if they'd cleverly done it in cloud. This sounds more like they tried a Dennis Kenyon "grand finale" style loop instead. With a bigggggg pull at the bottom.
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Old 19th Sep 2008, 06:16
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S-76 Overtorque

Might be a silly question, but which company does the aircraft belong to ?

NEO
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