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Old 2nd Dec 2008, 23:35
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Nigerian Air Law Exam Study Guide

Does anyone here happen to have a copy of the Air Law Study Guide handy on digits they could e-mail me? The test is next week and I would like to get a jump on it asap.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 3rd Dec 2008, 00:00
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Aero v CHC

Over the past 6 months or so there have been rumours , delayed aircraft deliveries and Engineers and Pilots planed for Nigeria on retainers at home.

What has been the beef between Aero and CHC in Nigeria was Aero getting to big for their boots or CHC trying to run it themselves ?
I think Aero ran the fixed wing in their colours and the Helo's by CHC in their colours now the EC 225 are in Aero colours? Somebody want to give a quick overview of what the story is , thanks
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Old 3rd Dec 2008, 02:59
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Blackhawk,
I don't think anyone is 100% up to speed on what is going on there outside of the folks who breathe the rarified air upstairs in the corner offices and I believe they are of the opinion that us ground dwellers need to be kept in the dark so as to maintain our sparkling morale.
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Old 3rd Dec 2008, 08:01
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What happened this morning in Eket ?

I heard of a Bristow\Mobil convoy attacked

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Old 3rd Dec 2008, 08:59
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Thumbs down Bristow Eket

From ::yibosOnLine:::The Expat's Guide To Nigeria:::

"A vehicle convoy carrying Bristows crew attached to Mobil was attacked on a road in Eket this morning.
I am told that two crew members both Nigerian were injured in the assault. They are being medivaced to SOS clinic in Port Harcourt as I type
All Bristows staff in the area are currently on lockdown at this time

I am told that this was quite a shoot out and that 5 more casualties now being reported.
These men will also be medivaced."


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Old 3rd Dec 2008, 12:59
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What was it....about a year ago....I asked the question...."What will it take before folks decide to pull up stakes, fold their tent, and move on to better places?"

I sure hope you guys are getting paid for the risks you take by staying?

This convoy make regular trips at regular times and is well known in the area.
Having done the Protective Services routine as an NCIS Agent guarding Foreign Dignitaries and US Government Cabinet level officials both in the USA and abroad.....I know this violates rule one.

Never become predictable!

Bad enough there is just the one road.....which kills the concept of varying the route (rule two).

Rule three would suggest taking enough force along to deter any thought of attack except by a large force...which would be visible to the the recce unit(s).

Now convince me there was an advance car doing a recce before the convoy departed....tell me there were plain clothes agents working along the route....tell me there was a ready reaction force that was both ready and willingly to react.....oh...and confirm there were "kevlar curtains" on the bus carrrying the crew and staff!

Since when do armed robbers get bold enough to take on a convoy with three escort vehicles?
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Old 3rd Dec 2008, 13:51
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SAS,
I sure hope you guys are getting paid for the risks you take by staying?
Someone will always think it's eneough.
Since when do armed robbers get bold enough to take on a convoy with three escort vehicles?
When the bad guys know who the MOPOL are and where they live, it will always be that way. Consider what they get paid, after all.
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Old 3rd Dec 2008, 13:54
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Bristows convoy attacked in Eket

At approximately 06:00hrs this morning, a convoy carrying Bristows staff and crew was attacked by gunmen. The crew were attached to oil giant, Mobil.
Any update?
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Old 4th Dec 2008, 15:26
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Thumbs down Nigeria

Boy, I am glad I left this dump
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Old 5th Dec 2008, 04:58
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Does anybody know if it's true that one of the soldiers who was wounded in the attack on the Bristow convoy has now died?
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Old 5th Dec 2008, 19:09
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Eket Shooting

Guys,

Why the silence on this incident? Is there a news ban in place? Which Pilots were involved and what condition are they in?
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Old 5th Dec 2008, 19:37
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Guys,

Why the silence on this incident? Is there a news ban in place? Which Pilots were involved and what condition are they in?
I was told:
One Nigerian pilot with a bullet through both legs, another one with just a scared foot.

Regards
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Old 6th Dec 2008, 02:42
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AB,

I don't think there's any blackout, just the guys involved don't feel like talking about it yet and nobody is going to say or write anything which may compromise security now or in the future.

Aser,

I don't think anyone's foot was afraid , but all of the people involved were pretty scared at the time. One of the wounded pilots has been released from hospital, the other, with more serious injuries needs more surgery.

CB,

One of the security forces has died of his injuries.

Thanks for your concern, now we need some time to take in what happened and see what will be put in place to try and stop it happening again. If nothing else it should serve as a wake-up call to all those of us here and our bosses that the situation is still dangerous and when we express our fears and wishes for something to be done to improve our lot in the Delta we're not just exaggerating the situation for personal benefit. All of us working here know the risks and chose to stay, but that doesn't mean that those sitting in air-conditioned offices in relative safety, can just take that as a sign that we're happy with the situation and can be ignored. It would be a welcome sight to see Wee Dick volunteer to spend a night in Eket and travel to work on the QIT super-highway at 0600 and tell everyone that there's no problem and if anyone wants to leave he has a thick stack of applications sitting on his desk . This time it's no good just ignoring the problem and hoping it will go away. What's been needed for a long time is proactive management, not ostrich, head-in-the sand reactive management. When it came to talking tough with oil companies about paying up or having services withdrawn Neddy Holdon got the job done and got results. That was because it benefited Bristow financially. Now we need to see the same thing happen again in terms of tough talk to ensure funds are there to provide the best security for people working in the most dangerous areas. People are still prepared to work here, but want to know that their security is taken seriously. Nothing happens immediately, especially in Nigeria and it's better that some thought is given to long-term solutions, rather than knee-jerk reactions which may have unsustainable solutions.

Meanwhile, I hope that the family of the dead security force man will be taken care of - life is hard for families left behind in Nigeria. I'm sure everybody wishes our injured colleague a full and fast recovery from his injuries.
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Old 6th Dec 2008, 03:16
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Tom,

At the risk of sounding a bit shrill....since when has those in the Ivory Tower ever gotten serious about other folks security?

I would suggest you might as well bet on the Redskins winning the Superbowl the next two years running as thinking anything is going to really change for the working stiffs.

Your collective heads are on....and will remain on the chopping block until someone decides to lop them off.

If and when the Boys decide they want you..... they will find a way to do so.

It is a gamble that you take.....are you being fairly compensated for that risk?
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Old 6th Dec 2008, 09:07
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Them incidents

Well said SASLESS.

It seems that one of us must die in one of these incidents for the big boys in higher levels to respond properly to this unwholesome situation. Until then stay tuned for more wahalla in the Delta.
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Old 6th Dec 2008, 12:17
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How about a bit of perspective!

Four pilots wounded by gunfire....that beats my Vietnam Helicopter Unit record...and that was a full fledged By God Shooting War!

We only had three pilots shot....and had fewer killed in crashes than has Bristow in Nigeria.

The unit operated sixteen Chinooks for nine years in Vietnam.

We have always been told it was far more dangerous driving to work than while flying the job.....guess that is almost true.

You don't have to make this stuff up....but sure wish you had to.
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Old 6th Dec 2008, 17:17
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SASless

It's a little tasteless not to mention tedious to use the suffereing of others as part of your vendetta from the past. Grow up and move on.

Best wishes to the injured and the families.
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Old 6th Dec 2008, 17:50
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Zalt,

No vendetta.....just trying to import the reality of the situation.

Fact....four pilots have been shot in the line of duty working for Bristow Nigeria. Pretty grim thought that!

Where else in the world do civilian oil support pilots take such gun related casualties as they do in Nigeria?

How many pilots and crew have been hijacked and held hostage in the past?

Where else in the world do crews endure that situation while supporting oil operations?

At least one aircraft has taken a hit from gunfire while flying has it not?

I get no satisfaction out of anyone being hurt.....quite the contrary.

As I read the post....I am pointing out how dangerous it is working in Nigeria under the current situation.

What reaction will there be when someone gets shot dead in one of these attacks?

Business as usual? Accept the "Risk" that goes with the job?
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Old 6th Dec 2008, 18:21
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SASless

Your mock concern is touching, though treating fellow pilot as idiots is plain insulting. Are you suggesting no one at Darryl's was aware of the threat before or after? And do they really need you lobbying for then on a bulletin board from afar?

Just for the record, when where YOU last in Nigeria? IIRC it was some time ago.
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Old 6th Dec 2008, 23:08
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Before anyone gets totally hysterical here, remember some of the comments being aired here are from people who have left Nigeria. A lot has been done over the last 2 years to improve security and I'm sure more will be in areas where it's needed. Is it enough? Until such time as it is tested it's difficult to tell. Don't expect to see anything about it here though - it's entirely possible that the bad guys read this site too. Everybody working out here is aware of the risks. As long as enough people are willing to accept them things will continue, but doubtless a new threat assessment will be under way, new measures will be implemented and the people here will have to decide whether they consider them to be adequate. Nobody realistically imagines that the threat will go away or that it can be totally protected against. In common with many still out here, I keep a close watch on what is going on and make my own assessment.
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