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Old 10th Dec 2010, 04:55
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fixed wing traffic out of Escravos and Warri was never a Bristow/PAAN thing...except for the floatplane.
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Old 11th Dec 2010, 19:45
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Indeed, alouette!
My apologies, I missed the fixed wing bit....... RTFQ.
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Old 11th Dec 2010, 20:05
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SM had written:

It certainly smoothed the way for the 155 buy.


Can anyone comment on what a disaster the 155's were? I only know the main transmission was junk, which is not a minor thing.

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Old 12th Dec 2010, 08:48
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You might be right Sultan

But the fact is that the Shell operation in PH, Warri and Lagos is going extremely well for Caverton, and shell is happy about it. 4-5 out of the 6 shell 155 is now running and crewing them has become the next problem. The 3 DC wetlease are also up and running and has been since they arrived in August and September. Shell is also happy about the payload from these 3 helicopters.

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Old 12th Dec 2010, 11:27
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I only know the main transmission was junk, which is not a minor thing.
That's news to me but, then, what do I know? I only flew them for their first 4 years of service......Care to elaborate, using slightly more technical terminology?
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Old 12th Dec 2010, 14:08
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Junk Xmsn

I think what was being referred to is the repeitive uppper epicyclic gear borescope inspection, for cracks............ which is worrying, of course. But not if you find them before migration becomes catastrophic. I think it is precautionary, and the more so since last year's deperate N Sea event. VFR
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Old 13th Dec 2010, 05:47
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I thought Shell's main problem with the 155 in Nigeria was the engine deterioration in the early days.

Is Caverton really operating well or has Shell just scaled its expectations back??
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Old 14th Dec 2010, 09:22
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I think what was being referred to is the repeitive uppper epicyclic gear borescope inspection, for cracks............ which is worrying, of course. But not if you find them before migration becomes catastrophic. I think it is precautionary, and the more so since last year's deperate N Sea event. VFR
Can anyone comment on what a disaster the 155's were? I only know the main transmission was junk, which is not a minor thing.
Like 212 Man, I was there….

Can’t ever remember the transmission being ‘junk’, as far as serviceability goes.
There was an upper epicyclic gear boroscope inspection…on all EC155s and AS365s, every 50 hrs after a gear carrier was found cracked during an overhaul inspection…and the g/box was not from one of the Shell machines I might add.

The boroscope inspection was exactly that, took about an hour, no big deal and a precautionary measure I feel. Otherwise, I would say that the transmission was fine. Don't remember many instances of chips and all the g/box replacements I did were for 'due o/haul'.

Yes, the Arriel 2C1 was crap in Nigeria. Just not up to the job and was what let the 155B down in that operating environment. Continuous compressor water rinsing and very regular chemical washing went some way to extend their life.
Turbomeca made moves to rectify the situation, I can’t remember what; but I know I wasn’t replacing as many engines towards the end of my time there as I was at the beginning.

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Old 15th Dec 2010, 16:25
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Old 15th Dec 2010, 18:44
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Ah, a typical day at Port Harcourt Shell IA.

Are you still living in the SPDC compound and carrying on the tradition of House 1?

Got any photos of Warri?
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Old 16th Dec 2010, 19:55
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We live in Shell RA, sorry I dont have any photo´s from Warri.
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Old 17th Dec 2010, 02:03
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What's not new? Shell killed Ken Saro-Wiwa.

Bye the bye

Port Harcourt is still a Sh*t hole!
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Old 17th Dec 2010, 04:56
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Danger

How on earth can you call Port Harcourt a "schei.enhole"?!? Tsk tsk tsk
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Old 17th Dec 2010, 08:03
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I'd go back there tomorrow. Nothing to beat the Airport Hotel on wednesday afternoon....
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Old 17th Dec 2010, 08:29
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Wonderfull PH

Surley a trip to the Azumini river or to Oguta lake for a swim and a dose of Bilhartsia, would out shine the airport hotel.
Good Days eh.
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Old 22nd Dec 2010, 16:31
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Who is the Heli-Union C++ flying for?
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Old 6th Jan 2011, 23:34
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shell-lobbyist mentioned :pilots changed from BH to Caverton due to better pay?

Well i have both contracts in front of me

CAVERTON and BRISTOW and as far i can read CAVERTON IS actually not paying better at the end of the day
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Old 7th Jan 2011, 08:36
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I have worked for both and had no problem with Caverton,accomodation better than Bristows for a start,would go back tomorrow.Something to be said for both but was payed on time.
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Old 7th Jan 2011, 13:00
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Thumbs down

I visited their compound in Lagos off Adeniyi Jones and it was rubbish. Pokey little bar and no sporting facilities or pool. Had a friend who worked there and was rarely paid on time and is still owed money . I wonder what big Barry thinks about them and if he was paid when he was sacked as a lovely Christmas present
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Old 7th Jan 2011, 14:30
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I don't know about that but I was with Bristows for 38 years and stayed in a lot of manky places(some good ones too),I wasn't too impressed with them when I left either.Would never have happened when Allan was in charge!!
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