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Old 27th Apr 2010, 23:14
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Word has it that CHc didn't ground anything. The fleet is grounded cause the bank isn't giving Aero money. So nothing to buy fuel and other things with. sounds to me like CHC and the poor guys on the ground are just victims of circumstance in thsi case. Anyone know something different?
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Old 28th Apr 2010, 04:47
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I thought Richard Branson had withdrawn the use of the Virgin name for VNA?
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Old 28th Apr 2010, 10:46
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Virgin Nigeria is officially called Nigerian Eagle Airlines since sept 2009
see Virgin Nigeria -VNA Media
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Old 28th Apr 2010, 17:13
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Virgin Nigeria is officially called Nigerian Eagle Airlines since sept 2009
So, the reason they still use the word 'Virgin' is, what exactly?
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Old 28th Apr 2010, 19:12
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Hi 212 Man

If you remember we were all called virgins when we first went to Nigeria, we all thought we knew better! I've been away from dear Ole Niger for a decade now (1977-78, then 1987-2000, i think i qualify to comment)) but on this thread I still see people "spouting off" how they know the place and how it should be run, no one knows that not even the Nigerians!!

Fond memories of spending a long time in; Eket, Warri, Port Harcourt, Calabar and Lagos, now waiting for someone to tell me I dont Nigeria?

P.S. where is NEO????
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Old 29th Apr 2010, 22:03
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Stace,

I'm still around. But I've never said (and never will say) I know how to run Nigeria !!

NEO
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Old 30th Apr 2010, 10:34
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Well said Stace, I couldn't agree more. I would be back there tomorrow if I could. I spent most of my life (66 years) in Africa and have happy memories of Nigeria and the Airport Hotel in Port Harcourt. Good people!!
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Old 30th Apr 2010, 14:35
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Stacy-s! Pay attention now:

You dont Nigeria. You asked for it and there it is. I dont Nigeria either, come to that, nor does anyone I know.

Nigeria occasionally daunted me yet never say that I don't like Nigeria and I guess you probably like Nigeria too, perhaps even more than me. It is just that you dont Nigeria and that is obvious really. Just ask anyone, NEO for instance. Well, he seems to have done it all so that he probably donts Nigeria right after brekkie, gets it over with early in the day.

While we have you here, NEO, how ever are you going to manage without that fellow with the big teeth? And that other one, the little guy with the lap-top, him too? Me, I knew you could do without me and you all do seem to be doing just fine, darn it! But them?

When it comes to Nigeria, one of our most august local birdmen showed up with a lovely new BMW 3-series, a real shining gem. The very next day, probably out there on the Agege Motor Road, "DONT!" Is it that sort of thing you mean, Stace?
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Old 30th Apr 2010, 15:15
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Chuks, you're rambling - too much Algerian sun? Let's see your eloquant missives of the past!
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Old 30th Apr 2010, 19:15
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Pah! (See also: Pish and Tosh)

Lately I have been brooding deeply over how to re-invent myself while watching closely for any Dornier piccies featuring self here on the Bristow Photies thread. Yet fame eludes me so that a tour signing autographs is probably a non-starter.

"Helicopter pilot" is also out (hand-eye coördination shot, unable even to drink properly, reduced to either mixing vodka with gelatine or else use of straw/straws), along with "foreman on a maggot ranch" (can't grow the fingernails long enough despite heavy gelatine intake) leaving what, exactly?

Is there life after West Africa? You tell me, 212man and stacy_s.

North Africa was okay except for persistent hallucinations that turned out to be real camel spiders.
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Old 30th Apr 2010, 20:51
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Life after Africa? you bet Shag!

But once it's under your skin- you try and scratch it out!!

Luv

Stace, Patti & the two boys!!
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Old 2nd May 2010, 17:44
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Africa most definitely gets under your skin!…

But then if we devote our careers in aviation to the love of travel and global experience, as opposed to the quest for “Top Dollar and protection from the local elements”, we inevitably become attached in varying degrees to the local environments and the indigenous people.

M.
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Old 6th May 2010, 10:30
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Aero continues operations on 737 aircraft

Aero Contractors, one of the oldest indigenous carriers in the country, said it will continue flight services on its 737 aircraft, pending the resolution of the differences between the airline and its financier, Oceanic Bank.

This is coming after an arbitration team led by the minister of aviation, Fidelia Njeze, in Abuja last week, urged both parties to find an amicable solution to their quarrel within one week.

"Aero and Oceanic bank have been invited back to Abuja on May 7, 2010 for the finalization of the tripartite agreement with the minister," said an official of the carrier who prefers anonymity.

History

Last week, the airline disclosed that it may halt its operations following the historical debt of about $200 million owed to Oceanic bank. "Aero has been locked in discussions with its bankers for some months now and it has now reached a point where it is difficult for Aero to operate on these terms," the carrier stated. "However, they (Oceanic) have been unable to agree on a resolution that will allow Aero to continue trading as a going concern."

Meanwhile, in a swift reaction to the airline's statements, the bank refuted allegations that it has frozen the carrier's accounts, stressing that Aero is operating the account.

"Aero Contractors account is not frozen and they are still drawing on the account," said Oceanic Bank's chief executive officer, John Aboh, in a statement.

He said although the airline's facilities with the bank expired more than four months ago the management of Aero have not accepted a fresh offer stretching the outstanding facilities for a longer tenor and at a reduced rate.

Shaf Syed, chief executive officer of Aero, however, assured passengers that the carrier will continue to operate safely and on time to her destinations, adding that it has resumed its helicopter operations, which was suspended due to the recent fracas with the Oceanic bank.

"We are doing all possible to resume our full schedule," he said. "In conjunction with this, Aero has resumed its operations in support of the Oil and Gas with the full cooperation of CHC (Canadian Helicopter Company)."

It would be recalled that Aero Contractors commenced the online sales of reduced promotional airfares varying from N7,000 to N3,000 across all domestic routes, which it covers for one way trips.

The airline, which is notable for the introduction of online check-in of passengers, recently introduced an advanced pricing strategy and price optimisation application called Aviator, which has a capacity of making available 26 different types of fare on every flight for passengers.
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Old 8th May 2010, 11:19
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Talking hii

I am new here, would appreciate your help. i am looking for a job in africa to fly twin otter, and looking for places and their mail address to apply and your suggestions. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

thanks
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Old 8th May 2010, 11:36
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This thread is for rotorheads, try Interviews, jobs & sponsorship thread or African Aviation instead.

Good luck by the way
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Old 8th May 2010, 12:02
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I've just heard (from a BHNL pilot) that the Shell contract has gone to Caverton/Dancopter. Sad news indeed
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Old 8th May 2010, 23:48
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Ideal place for a smooth transition. Wow, this is a huge decision for whoever made it.
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Old 9th May 2010, 01:42
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I've just heard (from a BHNL pilot) that the Shell contract has gone to Caverton/Dancopter. Sad news indeed
Is that to replace the a/c type with 139's? If so, what are Shell doing with their 6 EC155B's which must be somewhere around 6000+ hrs by now?
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Old 9th May 2010, 02:23
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I would guess more than 10,000 hours - they are over 8 years old. I think there will be a year or so longer with them, then 139s to replace them.
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Old 9th May 2010, 02:35
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Darn....the Oberstruppengroupenfuhrer might finally be leaving Warri! Reckon Escravos beckons?
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