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Old 26th Apr 2009, 10:56
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I've heard that theory before and apparently it is about ACN trying to position themselves as the Nigerian National/Premier carrier, together with the political aspirations of one of the Family who is making a play for a government post.
Apparently the helicopter business will be sold off to another partner so allowing ACN to go for the Fixedwing stuff.
That also explained the CHC/ACN bunfight as ACN needed lots of cash to fund the veture and CHC were the unwitting supplier.

Time will tell, I guess.

Rumour subject to change without notice, as always but it could be interesting if it played out that way.
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Old 27th Apr 2009, 03:17
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ACN tried 2 years ago with CHC to get 2 767’s and start intercontinental operations. But CHC was too scared and they simply hate FW and airplanes. FW will never prosper under CHC umbrella.
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Old 27th Apr 2009, 09:01
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Well, FW is not their thing, so if ACN can get it together then good luck to them.
And if CHC can get to stay on with another partner there ditto for them.
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Old 27th Apr 2009, 22:19
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Is there still opportunities in West Africa?

I've been following the thread for some time now and keep in touch with a couple of guys in country who suggest that things are pretty much business as usual... however the Company line (Bristow I'm talking here) is that the doors are closed and the seats are full?

Has the North Sea situation created a surplus of candidates?

Anyone care to put an interested party in the picture? PMs would be appreciated.
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Old 30th Apr 2009, 00:11
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I'm hearing more and more rumors that Aero rotary wing is on the verge of meltdown with their clients trying to get new bids in for Aero contracts. We may laugh at Caverton, but they still have Bell 412s coming and, it seems unlike Aero, they're not going to go away. The Evergreen story seems to have gone very quiet, but I hear they're just making adjustments to their proposed mode of entering Nigeria, including some changes in local liaison.

Aero's changes in direction towards becoming a regional airline and away from its original core business of support of the oil and gas industry, to further the political goals of a member of the Ibru family, will almost certainly mean Aero going the way of Okada and other has-been airlines and will only benefit Arik.
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Old 30th Apr 2009, 13:23
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Thumbs down

For long now, many expats in Nigeria have said that if they get kidnapped, it will only be a matter of time before they are released and indeed it's good news that one of the hostages from the HD Blue Ocean was finally released (on medical grounds) after 7 months and a Canadian woman taken hostage in Kaduna has just been released unharmed,

However, a young woman who was kidnapped in Akwa Ibom state was murdered even after a ransom of N10 million about $58,000) was paid. The 23 year old woman, daughter of Abak Council Chairman of Akwa Ibom State, Anidi Abasi, was killed last Tuesday and the dead body dumped in the morning at Ikot Okoro road near the gates of the State College of Agriculture, Obio Akpa in Oruk-Anam Local Government Area. The kidnappers refused to accept an initial payment of N5 million and said that the whole amount had to be paid if the girl's father wanted to see her alive again. The money was duly paid, but the young woman was still murdered. There is speculation that she may have been killed because she could identify her captors or that there may have been a political motive for her death.
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Old 30th Apr 2009, 18:29
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two words gentlemen...SCUM BAGS
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Old 1st May 2009, 10:59
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I am hearing that CHC has finally thrown their hands in the air with regard to operations in Nigeria.

Anyone a little closer to source able to clarify this sad (if true) news?
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Old 1st May 2009, 16:27
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Anyone know

Does someone here know who Ayo Sogunle was and his connection to Nigerian Aviation? Apparently he passed away last week.

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Old 2nd May 2009, 13:37
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I know this is long - but makes interesting reading and takes the glamour out of being kidnapped.

Kidnapped UK Oil Worker Speaks of Captivity Ordeal
Death Threats. Reported in the UK Sun newspaper today is a graphic account of the 16 day ordeal suffered by a kidnapped UK oil worker eventually rescued on 21 April. Alan Preston in his interview described how he was tortured and intimidated while he was left shackled to a tree at a camp in the Nigerian jungle. Under the constant threat of death, he describes how he was shot in both feet to stop him escaping, drugged, badly beaten, denied medical attention and subjected to barbaric ritualistic practices. Speaking from his home in Pilton, Edinburgh, Mr. Preston said: “They gave me a shovel and told me to dig my own grave, because if they had to, they’d just bury me alive. Then they told me they were going to cut my head off and brought a basket filled with leaves and set it in front of me and I thought that was the end for sure.” He
was apparently released when Nigerian Special Forces stormed the hideout and gunned down all the drug-crazed militants. The 50-year-old engineer had been abducted on 5 April as he watched football on TV at the Edessa Hotel in Port Harcourt. The kidnappers reportedly opened fire on its private security staff during a botched attempt to grab a prominent politician, with his guard from his firm Adamac Industries and four kidnappers killed in the fire-fight. He was shot in the feet with an AK-47 semi-automatic rifle as the remaining gang members bundled him into a vehicle. His captors then gagged him and held a gun to his head as they withdrew to their secret camp in the bush. He said: “They shot my guard and took me instead of their intended target, because I was the only white man in the bar. I didn’t even realise I had been shot until they bundled me into the car and I looked down and saw the blood and flesh hanging. Then the pain kicked in and I just wanted to scream but I couldn’t because of the gag.”

Militant Camp. After at least an hour he arrived at their base where he was immediately bound to a tree. He said: “There was a woman already chained to the gazebo. She was crying and I later found out she had been kidnapped too.” Mr. Preston told how the first few days went by in a fog after his captives pumped him with chemicals. He said: “When we reached the camp they were injecting me with so much drugs and alcohol that for the first few days it was difficult to feel anything other than sheer terror at what might happen. I don’t know what the drugs were. It may have been heroin.” He said he pleaded with the rebels to tend to his injured feet but instead he was punched and slapped by gang members, furious that four of them had been shot dead. “They were shouting at me in their own language and moved me onto a plastic mat and handcuffed me to a tree. I was in agony and that first night I thought that I would lose my foot, I could see the bones and the muscle turning to mush. I thought I was finished. For the first few days the rebels continued to keep him sedated, while refusing to give him water. He said: “They would only give me beer in those first few days. I told them I needed medical help but that just got me a slap. And then they gave me an injection and kept me high.” Mr. Preston said he’d been held for two days before the militants asked him what company he worked for. He said: “When they found out it was Adamac Industries, they told me the father of the chairman had been kidnapped and died in captivity because the family wouldn’t pay the ransom. When I heard that I was terrified, because I thought what chance do I have to leave here?” Eventually he persuaded his captors he needed medical attention and they brought a local from a nearby village to help him. “They told me he was a doctor but he was really the local chemist and he brought hydrogen peroxide and just poured it over my foot. It was agony but if I cried out I would get a slap, I wasn’t even allowed to cough. To stop me screaming they’d shove this ganja weed pipe in my face and make me smoke it.” He said he was also forced to drink a disgusting concoction made up of goats’ eyes and testicles. “They told me it was black magic and that I had it inside me. It was another trick by them to control me.”

Continuing Ordeal. Mr. Preston said he lost all track of time and as the days turned into weeks, he was convinced he would never be freed. He said: “They’d shove a rifle in my face and tell me to say my last prayer then laugh. Eventually, after the beatings and mind games I just told them to do what they had to do because I got to the point where I had just given up. I knew they would want a ransom but I also know it is illegal for companies to pay. So in the back of my mind I thought I would be executed when their demands were refused. Every time they came I thought that was it, my life was over. I would think of my girlfriend Tracey and my stepdaughter and how I would never see them again. Here it was all going to end in an African jungle at the hands of drugged-up killers with AK-47s. Things like that shouldn’t happen to guys like me.” He added: “To the kidnappers, killing, maiming, terrorising is just a job. They kept saying we don’t care if you’re alive or dead, tomorrow you die. I just said to them before they shot me would they let me call home. Speaking to Tracey was all I could think about.” During his imprisonment, his captors taunted girlfriend, Tracey Ferrier, with texts demanding she pay a ransom. She’d only discovered Alan had been captured after he was ordered to phone her and she then alerted the authorities, adding: “We’d always been aware of the risks of him working over there but for it to actually happen was just unreal. They would text me and tell me to pay the ransom because Alan’s company wouldn’t. They originally wanted £2.5million and by the end of the last week they wanted me to wire £3,000 into a bank account. I just kept telling them I wouldn’t until I had spoken to Alan. It was terrifying.”

Nigerian Special Forces Rescue. Mr. Preston’s ordeal finally came to an end when Nigerian Special Forces launched a raid to free him on 21 April, apparently shooting all his captors dead. He said: “At first I thought they were more rebels, another gang, who had come to get me and hold me captive. They just crept into the camp and shot two of the kidnappers and grabbed me and told me to run with them. It was all so fast that I actually ripped the nail of my toe running. They just kept saying ‘Move, move’.” He added: “I hate the kidnappers and I don’t care they are all dead.” The Sun said Mr. Preston had been in Nigeria for three months before the abduction. He decided to go back to the trouble-torn African country after a stint last year, despite knowing risks. He said: “I was living in a hotel in Port Harcourt which is full of poverty. People still live in mud huts and hygiene is not very good but the hotel was clean and tidy and the people were nice, even if most of us did need several armed guards to even go to the toilet.” Mr Preston arrived back in Scotland on Wednesday and now faces major surgery on his damaged feet. He said: “I’m just going to take it one day at a time and see how I feel. I’m just glad to be home. It was thoughts of Tracey and my family that kept me going.”

Comment: The salutary account of Mr. Preston’s ordeal illustrates graphically the possible dangers facing kidnap victims and adds to the long list of adverse fallout from the Niger Delta lawlessness, which is proving so damaging to the country’s international reputation and economy as well as the operations of foreign firms in region. Genuine militancy is riddled with criminality and the vast majority of kidnappings are for pure profit.
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Old 3rd May 2009, 01:25
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Mr. Preston’s ordeal finally came to an end when Nigerian Special Forces launched a raid to free him on 21 April, apparently shooting all his captors dead.
Which sadly, probably only happened because someone in the military was not getting a cut.
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Old 3rd May 2009, 05:38
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Which just tells you one thing; "it's a dog-eat-dog world"
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Old 3rd May 2009, 08:20
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Not a great week!

Even more sad news this week.

Des Tweedie (Ex WT and Training Captain Eket) died unexpectedly in the UK last Sunday of a Pulmonary Embolism.

A sad loss - we'll miss you Des.

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Old 3rd May 2009, 09:39
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Sad news indeed. A lovely man and tragic that he died so early. RIP.
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Old 3rd May 2009, 10:07
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Angel Des

I flew with him in WT, Eket and had him as a Sim Instructor many times.
Very young and way too early.
See you in the future Des,
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Old 3rd May 2009, 10:47
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takes the glamour out of being kidnapped.
I don't recall there being any glamour attached to the idea of being kidnapped. Tried it, have you?
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Old 3rd May 2009, 11:01
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I found during several incidents in Nigeria that in order to obtain police support in the investigation of crimes committed either against yourself personally, or against company facilities etc., they would demand payment + meals whilst "on the job". This would continue for several weeks prior to any (if any) real progress being made.

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Old 3rd May 2009, 11:09
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Really sorry to hear about Des. He was a first class man and kept me sane on more than one occasion. RIP.
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Old 3rd May 2009, 12:35
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Des Tweedie

Very sad. Propped up many bars with Des on and off duty, on the sim or before/after OPCs. He was a good Training Captain and a good bloke.

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Old 4th May 2009, 22:12
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212Man - glamour was possibly not the correct word to describe kidnapping but was meant to highlight the reality of life in the Delta should you fall into the wrong hands. Why is there always one prick who has to be facetious and condescending towrads all others. Get a life!!!. Say or do something positive in your life for once you may like iit.

To those mourning firends - salute. I never knew Des but heard a lot about him. Guess we will meet one day.
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