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Old 1st Jun 2010, 12:30
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The fact is that 60% of the money will stay out of the hands of Caverton and go directly to an account in an International Dancopter runned company.

You really do have happy dreams don't you! In Nigeria nothing's ever a fact until after the event
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Old 1st Jun 2010, 13:01
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Tango123 DanCopters excellent service with 1 or 2 aircraft in Den Helder would not qualifiy them well to take on the running of an operation in the Delta if it were not for the technical brilliance of Shell's own personnel in Nigeria, though no doubt with help drafted in from Rotterdam and Brunei. Shell has basically run Bristow's operations in the Delta for 40 years so the management of change will be very smooth.
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Old 1st Jun 2010, 14:03
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If the money (60% of that in the contract) is not payed directly fram Shell to a Dancopter account that would be a contract breach. And that would be kicking your own ass, wouldnt it?


You could be right, but the ops will 100% not be runned by Caverton
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Old 1st Jun 2010, 19:41
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Originally Posted by 212man
I don't know where the platform is in that article (I suspect Norway) but it sure as hell isn't SPDC's!!
Yes it is an early photograph of the Statfjord A Platform. Note no flare boom, and the early style lifeboat stations.

Photo is listed as undated online.
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Old 1st Jun 2010, 19:57
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You really aren't listening to what the oldtimer is telling you! I suggest that you take a moment or two to read back through the last page of this thread and try to understand the sort of people that DC are dealing with here. From your comment "That's the way it has allways (sic) been done in Nigeria" I can only infer that you have never actually worked here! Bristow and Aero over many years have tried to change the way that things are done. Bristow has latterly refused to operate in any way illegally and is now, perhaps, paying the price for not spreading the "dash" around. When CHC took over the operational side of Aero from Schreiner they, as you are suggesting DC will, decided that they could run their operation in nigeria exactly as they did in the rest of the world. You only need to look at the (almost terminal) decline of Aero to see the results of that strategy.

So DC, a small northern European company are going to come to Nigeria and give Bristow and Aero a lesson in how to run a Nigerian operation. I wish them luck, but, I'm afraid that the people they are dealing with will prove somewhat more difficult to tame than they expect. I hope that the contract was won openly and above board because, if that is not the case, DC could find themselves the subject of a very difficult and expensive court case in Europe.

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Old 1st Jun 2010, 20:02
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Ah well, unlike you I wasn't present at the signing of the contract between Shell and Caverton at the Ozumba Mbadiwe heliport, but I'd love to have seen the ground-breaking new contract which allows the payment of even part of a contract revenue direct to a foreign company like ConDoctor. I suppose having the gargling Mingi as one of the involved parties means you can get away with anything for a time

It's great news though as once I get my contract, at last I won't have to worry about whether it's my company or me that has to sort my Nigerian personal tax bill. At least working for a company from the world's least corrupt country, I'll know that they'll sort it all out for me and send me my tax certificate every year
Under the Personal Income Tax Act, both Nigerian and foreign residents in Nigeria are subject to tax on their worldwide income. Personal income tax rates range from 5% to 30% on taxable incomes.
I look forward to being able to share an ice-cold glass of Aalborg Taffel Akvavit with you after work as we dream of the beautiful young ladies strolling around the Nyhavn on a warm summer's evening. Of course, we won't have a drink culture like those uncouth Ozzies in Bristow, and as we'll be living with our client we'll pay strict observance to the 12 hour 'bottle to throttle rule', so no booze after 1900
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Old 2nd Jun 2010, 10:37
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Caverscam are now actively trying to recruit pilots from Bristow, probably for a ciontract they expect to get for Total with 2 Bell 412s. I wonder if they're new? They surely won't be depriving the residents of Lagos State of their 2 crime fighting helicopters

Investigations by Saharareporters revealed that the revamping of Caverton was not the product of hard work on the part of its owners. Instead, it resulted from a questionable, and possibly fraudulent, attempt to convert helicopters belonging to the Lagos State government into private commercial use – and for private corporate profit. Our investigations show that not only are the new aircraft over-priced, they may also not even be used in Lagos to the benefit of Lagosians.

In 2007, the Lagos State Security Trust Fund was established under the Lagos State Security Trust Fund Law 2007 enacted by the state assembly. The Trust Fund was established to raise money and equipment through voluntary subscriptions and donations from all interested government agencies, private organizations and individuals. The funds were then to be invested to take care of the security challenges of the entire state.

In 2008, the audited account of the Trust fund disclosed that it had generated donations from banks and individuals, including N10 million from officials of the state government.

A source within the state government tipped off Saharareporters that Caverton was advertising Lagos State Trust Fund-owned helicopters meant for the Lagos state security as its own.

Caverton is owned by a businessman, Remi Makanjuola, who also doubles as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Lagos Trust Fund.
There are quite a few pilots and engineers in Bristow who now also seem to be actively recruiting for ConDapter and I'm sure all the operations manuals for the EC155 have been copied on to many flash drives by now . It's not surprising really as the silence as to what's happening to people is deafening so far. The company managers seem to be paralysed by inertia and new ops chief, PG Tips is leaving everything to Wacko Jacko and The Mahah whose contract seems to have been extended for evah

Things are no better with Aero whose managers are still living in the past, thinking they're the main helicopter company here and can dictate their own terms. The fact is that by October they'll be the number 3 by a long way. And if Bristow carry on as they are, they'll be the number 2 by next year

I'm just waiting to see exactly what the deal will be from ConDapter and trying to learn to love Danish pastries and Akvavit
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Old 2nd Jun 2010, 11:19
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I think you will find that DanCopter have some EC155 manuals already
Though I'm sure they will need a procedure for an AQM in the cabin
But you can be sure that some people have both Bristows and DanCopters manuals and can advise
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Old 2nd Jun 2010, 13:23
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I'm sure you have all the manuals and I hope they have all their references to the new NCARs because if not it'll take all the brown envelopes Caverscam can muster to get the NCAA to approve them
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Old 4th Jun 2010, 05:28
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CHC Nigeria terminates Aero Contractors partnership

from this report

LAGOS—AGAINST the backdrop of mounting debt and continued service without payment, the management of CHC Helicopter, a novel business initiative in the country, yesterday terminated its partnership with Aero Contractor.

The company’s decision in divesting its investment will throw no fewer than 500 workers engaged by it into the unemployment market.

Aero Contractor, the principal shareholder in the company, is currently going through financial crisis with huge unpaid loans with Oceanic Bank that has resulted in the freezing of its accounts and invariably affected its operations.

Mr. Christine Baird, CHC Helicopter’s Head of Global Operations, said: “As a result, it is with great regret that as from 3 June. CHC will begin to demobilise its services. We are working with ACN customers to find solutions that will cause the least possible upset to our valued customers and employees disclosed that it ended its joint partnership with Aero Contractors Nigeria (ACN) yesterday.

According to the management of the company CHC’s decision to sever its relationship with Aero Contractors arose from after more than two years of effort to come to a mutually agreeable solution, as a result of the circumstances created by Oceanic Bank International’s decision to freeze the accounts of Aero Contractors of Nigeria which has created a commercially untenable situation for the helicopter company.

But the Central Bank on Monday said it has expanded the N 500 billion power and industry revival funds to include the aviation sector of the Nigerian economy as airline operators can now access the fund just the same way industrialist can access the fund. Those airline that are currently indebted to the banks can refinance their loans through the window provided by the CBN and amortise them over a period of 10-15 years.

According to the apex bank the inclusion of the aviation sector is based on the fact that most of the airlines in the country are heavily indebted to banks which is a risk to the banks concerned in particular and by extension the banking sector. According to the apex bank the decision is also to assist to prop up the demand side to facilitate continued economic growth. This the CBN said will help put off the feared financial crisis in the aviation industry.

According to him CHC does not want to leave Nigeria but the company must cease to operate a service for which it has not received payment”. Baird explained that for a protracted period during which CHC has not been paid for its services, the company had continued operations in order to meet its commitment to ACN customers and facilitate development of Nigeria ’s offshore oil industry.

“The Oceanic Bank has imposed conditions that make it impossible for Aero Contractors to provide CHC with an acceptable payment schedule for services rendered”, he said.

Recognising the hardship this will create for Aero Contractor Nigeria’s customers, Baird assured that the company is working diligently to facilitate solutions for these companies. “We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience or disruption that this development may cause them. We acknowledge that this is not the level of customer service our valued clients in Nigeria – and around the world – have come to expect from CHC and we ask for their patience and understanding as we work through this process”.

Vanguard gathered that already CHC has begun the process of demobilising its expatriate staff and assets from Nigeria.

The process is expected to be completed with the co-operation of all parties, in accordance with contractual agreements and in full compliance with Nigerian law. “Despite the challenges we have faced, CHC believes that Nigeria presents a tremendous opportunity for development of rotary-wing operations. We look forward to establishing new relationships that will allow us to resume our services and support the Nigerian Government’s stated desire to grow its national oil and gas production”. Baird reaffirmed.

Baird expressed deep gratitude to all its employees, contractors, suppliers and others, thanking them for having worked tirelessly under adverse circumstances to ensure that CHC’s superior service and unmatched safety record were maintained during its period of operation.

“We also extend our gratitude to all those authorities and Government representatives who attempted to intervene on our behalf in order to find a satisfactory resolution to the intractable problems we have encountered. CHC regrets the events that have led to this decision and, despite the difficult circumstances; we continue to believe in Nigeria and its people”.

It will be recalled that, CHC entered Nigeria in 2004 when it purchased Schreiner. With the acquisition, CHC inherited a 40 per cent shareholding in Aero Contractors. CHC entered Nigeria in 2004 when it purchased Schreiner. With that acquisition, CHC inherited a 40 per cent shareholding in Aero Contractors of Nigeria.

In 2008, CHC Helicopter was purchased by US-private equity firm First Reserve. Since then CHC has sharpened its business model and determined that it will focus on three specific business sectors in which it is world-class: helicopter maintenance, Search and Rescue, and offshore oil and gas transportation.
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Old 4th Jun 2010, 07:08
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Africa and spreading dash?!? Goodness, that is unheard of... Yeah right.
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Old 4th Jun 2010, 09:20
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The article in Vanguard seems to be the only source of this rumor. Are you sure it's really happening?
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Old 4th Jun 2010, 17:55
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Hey Guys,
looks like Vangard newpaper jumped the gun. CHC has not pulled out, "YET". The bank took them to the limit, but has caved in. Question is what next. Aero can't keep on playing this game of Tom and Jerry.

Shame realy. The industry needs stabilization now.


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Old 5th Jun 2010, 15:32
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Another Scam in Nigeria?

Found this elsewhere:

Helicopter Pilot
Sosoliso Air
66B Opebi Road, Ikeja
Ikeja 2341
Nigeria Contact: Stephen [email protected]
The candidate Record in log books information such as flight times, distances flown, and fuel consumption.

Test and evaluate the performance of new aircraft.

Use instrumentation to guide flights when visibility is poor.

Brief crews about flight details such as destinations, duties, and responsibilities.

Check passenger and cargo distributions and fuel amounts, to ensure that weight and balance specifications are met.

Choose routes, altitudes, and speeds that will provide the fastest, safest, and smoothest flights.

Confer with flight dispatchers and weather forecasters to keep abreast of flight conditions.

Contact control towers for takeoff clearances, arrival instructions, and other information, using radio equipment.

Coordinate flight activities with ground crews and air-traffic control, and inform crew members of flight and test procedures.

Direct activities of aircraft crews during flights.

File instrument flight plans with air traffic control to ensure that flights are coordinated with other air traffic.

Inspect aircraft for defects and malfunctions, according to pre-flight checklists.

Make announcements regarding flights, using public address systems.

Monitor engine operation, fuel consumption, and functioning of aircraft systems during flights.

Monitor gauges, warning devices, and control panels to verify aircraft performance and to regulate engine speed.

Order changes in fuel supplies, loads, routes, or schedules to ensure safety of flights.

Plan and formulate flight activities and test schedules, and prepare flight evaluation reports.

Respond to and report in-flight emergencies and malfunctions.

Start engines, operate controls, and pilot airplanes to transport passengers, mail, or freight, while adhering to flight plans, regulations, and procedures.

Steer aircraft along planned routes with the assistance of autopilot and flight management computers.

Work as part of a flight team with other crew members, especially during takeoffs and landings.

Conduct in-flight tests and evaluations at specified altitudes and in all types of weather, in order to determine the receptivity and other characteristics of equipment and systems.

Evaluate other pilots or pilot-license applicants for proficiency.

Instruct other pilots and Co-pilots in aircraft operations and the principles of flight.

Load smaller aircraft, handling passenger luggage and supervising refueling.

Perform minor maintenance work, or arrange for major maintenance.
Must be familiar with Bell 206,202,204,212,216 etc.
Sounds like another Nigerian Scam......
Be careful to give away your personel details......
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Old 5th Jun 2010, 18:51
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yer right on the button Sosoliso went down the toobs many years back. They struggled after the DC9 crash they had in PH in 2005 when 108 people died and they never quite got through the government legislation on capitalisation a few years back. I'm surprised they still exist as an entity. Whatever you do, steer clear of this one by at least 10 leagues
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Old 5th Jun 2010, 19:02
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Na, i am not falling in to this Scam (again)...
Learned my lesson with "Elite Petrochemical"-fortunately without loosing money.....

Sometimes it is quite amusing to read such ads......
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Old 7th Jun 2010, 09:55
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Bristow morale is reaching a new low as pilots are told they have to wait until at least 30 June for news on alternative employment in the Bristow Group. Many have already either been approached by Caverton or applied to DanCopter and are trying to get friends to apply at the same time. With the new management seeming to be paralyzed and DanCopter saying they will take on any pilots Bristow can't find work for, all a lot of people are waiting for is full details of contracts and pay with DanCopter before they quit. There aren't so many interested in Caverton, but if the rumor of an offshore company being set up in the Cayman Islands is true there are quite a number of guys now who've had enough and are ready to go. They reckon all they're doing is changing one employer for a European employer who may even treat them better and pay them better. I'm still waiting to hear and I have doubts about this 60% of the money going to the Caymans, because that's just not the Nigerian way . I'm also not convinced that a small company like DanCopter with no experience of anything remotely like Nigeria will be able to hold its own against Caverscam with all the 'big men' they now have on their board
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Old 7th Jun 2010, 11:23
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Blueway takes off in Nigeria - Upstream Online

Blueway takes off in Nigeria
Norwegian-based helicopter group Blueway has landed its largest contract ever in the offshore sector - a five-year job in Nigeria, worth $80 million a year.
Upstream staff 02 June 2010 07:51 GMT
Blueway said the five-year contract, which has two one-year options to extend, is with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Shell.

DanCopter, a fully owned subsidiary of Blueway, will carry out offshore crew changes and shuttle services for Shell from next month.

Initially a combination of DanCopter and Shell-owned helicopters will be used while Blueway takes delivery of seven new medium-sized helicopters.

Blueway chief executive Leif Salomonsen said in a statement the contract was a very important milestone for the company.

“It is also a strong message to the market about our international growth ambitions,” he said.

Blueway currently operate a fleet of 26 helicopters in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Nigeria.
I don't think you know much about DanCopter. They are actually part of a larger organisation.
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Old 7th Jun 2010, 13:08
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Thumbs up


The information about Blueway AS has been around for a long time, ever since they bought DanCopter and was published on another aviation forum last month. It was previously known as Airlift Holding:

DanCopter is owned by Norwegian group Blueway AS which owns Airlift AS in Norway, Airlift Helicopter Sweden AB in Sweden and 60% of the offshore company Vertech. It operates 19 helicopters, mainly in the Scandinavian countries. Blueway is mostly owned by Reiten & Co, a Scandinavian corporate finance boutique (60%) and Helicopter Transportation Group, the Norwegian helicopter leasing and brokerage company.
They actually own 21 of the fleet of 26 helicopters. 17 of this fleet are single engine AS350 B2 and B3, 1 is an old 365N2 used for some limited SAR, 1 is a 332L1 used for arctic SAR and one is a very old 332C sometimes used for underslung work. Of the 6 EC155B1s they operate, they own 3.

No, I've never heard of Blueway . As Reiten is a finance boutique, it will only hold on to an asset as long as it is making a profit

Does that mean I have to give up my Akvavit and go down to the Vinmonopol and buy some of that awful Hansa Fatøl (OK, at least it's better than Miller Lite or anything by Coors/Molson - but not as nice as Unibroue's La Fin du Monde, which is one of the better reasons for visiting Quebec) or the rather nicer Aass Bock, which at least has some bite
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Old 7th Jun 2010, 15:25
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Oldtimer and other Bristow Nigeria pilots. All is not lost mates! If you have experience of paralysed management and are not too fussy a friend has told me that Bristow Libya are looking for pilots.

I am reliably informed that what you will not get is any beer, any women, any golf, any gym, any swimming pools, any internet - in fact apart from coffee (not free) there is absolutely no entertainment of any kind.

But what you will get is a huge pay cut. Bargain!
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