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Old 7th Jan 2011, 17:29
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positions available

do you know if there are any first officer positions available in the mentioned companies?
how did you get a job? qualifications?

Thanks, :-)
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Old 9th Jan 2011, 23:17
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u mean allain tirpass? the french?
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Old 9th Jan 2011, 23:22
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-> mrymodo

caverton will hire u right away if u are EC 155 rated

bristow is currently in a kind of stagnation .......... but as far i understand now the market in nigeria the problem is right now u can kind of only be hired as captain on EC 155 otherwise in caverton the nigerian wont accept any expats, they want locals. in bristow kind of same if any open seats.........correct me if i am wrong
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Old 10th Jan 2011, 13:10
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Thanks Slingking!

Unfortunately I don't have EC155, but can it give me a job, maybe I will take TR.

I heard yesterday about priority to locals, so I guess that's tru. What company did u end up with?
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Old 10th Jan 2011, 14:22
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I wouldn't do that if I was you. The ec155 is on the way out and being replaced with the aw139. You are buying a TR on a model which in a few years nobody will use offshore.

The reason why Caverton is using locals as Co's is because they will not leave when they get a job offer anywhere else but westafrica.

Caverton is planning on bonding for a minimum of 2-3 years on the AW139 TR, so you can expect being in Nigera for the years to come. You like that?? Have you seen an example of the contract/bonding Caverton hands to you to sign?? I have!! This is not Norway not even Europe....

I can not recommend buying a TR but if no other options then buy a the AW139 even though it's more expensive (50-60000 euro).

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Old 10th Jan 2011, 15:00
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Is the 155 that bad for offshore?
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Old 10th Jan 2011, 15:12
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Everybody buys the aw139 and ec225 for a reason. Maybe the ec175 also will be a part of the future, but the 155 is soon gone and was not planned for the offshore industry.
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Old 10th Jan 2011, 15:40
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I have a P1 type rating on the 139.......

Nigeria can kiss my arse.

Bush pig makes me gag

Am I being too harsh...........................
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Old 10th Jan 2011, 16:49
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No such animal - just a type rating.
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Old 10th Jan 2011, 17:45
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thanks Tango 123, You got a big point there.
Already started to check out TR costs on aw139.

Any tips where to do it, except AgustaWestland Yeah, quite expensive.

When will operators in Africa start using 139? 2-3 years?
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Old 10th Jan 2011, 17:49
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About bonding, if you pay your TR yourself, no bonding.

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Old 10th Jan 2011, 19:30
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But why pay for a TR if you want to work in Africa? If its lets say a 3 year bond then just let the company pay for it and do the time.

But if you are doing the TR just to get a job then there are more pleasant places to work then Nigeria if you have a 139 rating.
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Old 10th Jan 2011, 19:48
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Griffo.....you got it in one!
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Old 10th Jan 2011, 22:15
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Westafrica is a place you don't stay unless you have to.

I have heard that even Dancopter plan to bond their pilots if they decide to transfer to the 139 on the Shell contract in Nigeria at the end of this year when the wetlease is over and the 3 155 are going back to Denmark. Simply of fear the pilots would leave Nigeria and go to Malaysia, middle east or the Northsea and work there for another company. Like most DC only bond their pilots for the first TR the 155, but this time it's different.
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Old 2nd Feb 2011, 02:32
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Bristow Helicopters To Lay-off Expatriates Pilots By 2015

Tuesday, 01 February 2011 02:16 Ime Akpan, Lagos

The managing director of Bristow Helicopters, Capt. Akin Oni, has said that the company had put a policy in place to replace all its existing expatriate pilots and engineers with Nigerians by 2015.

Capt. Oni who disclosed this yesterday in Lagos at a press conference said the helicopter company had trained some Nigerian pilots overseas who would join the organisation soon.

He stated that the replacement would be done in phases as the training of pilots and engineers to attain professionalism takes about seven years.
“I am proud that today there are eight Nigerians who are coming after their graduation at the college of aviation training in the United States.

We expect to receive them, who have in the last years trained as helicopter pilots; they will be graduating in a couple of weeks. So, in another four weeks, we expect them back in Nigeria,” said Capt. Oni.

However, the managing director said the company would like to do the training in Nigeria, but regretted that the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria has not got the helicopter training school.
He added that there were plans to start helicopter training at NCAT and that “when that happens we will stop the training in the United States.”

Capt. Oni also said that the company was working with the NCAT management to build a hangar at the college.

“At NCAT, we are we are putting money into the classrooms and very soon we expect aeronautical engineers to come in from the United States. We have signed a memorandum of understanding with the college. So there is nothing stopping us from investing in Zaria.

Also the equipment we have been waiting for have arrived in Nigeria and the next thing is the delivery of the equipment to Zaria,” he added.
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Old 2nd Feb 2011, 07:53
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The end of the Raj redux!
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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 20:01
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No job is secure forever but he has to say those things - its political bullshit.
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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 22:36
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Don't worry about it mate. Mostly (as stated earlier) political BS and I think I could safely lay money on the fact that you will probibly get tired of Nigeria long before the local flyboys are in any position to take the ex pat seats.
So enjoy the local settings be it Escarvos, Warrie ect, ect and welcome to the WABU Tribe.

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Old 4th Feb 2011, 15:28
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Daily Independent

Bristow Helicopters Nigeria Limited, the leading company operating commercial helicopter business in the country, has lamented that it lost about $1million to the menace of bird strikes.
This was made known by the Managing Director of Bristow Helicopters, Capt Akin Oni, briefing journalists on efforts at repositioning the company and the aviation safety conference tagged, “Target Zero,” in Lagos recently.
He added that the menace of bird strikes is one of the company’s biggest challenges, adding that the strikes damaged the airframe of one of its helicopters which very seriously.
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Old 4th Feb 2011, 15:55
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Bristow To Increase Local Content By 2015

Friday, 04 February 2011 06:13 ime akpan

The management of Bristow Helicopters has said that it is not planning to lay off the expatriates in its employ, saying it would instead replace a number of them by 2015 in compliance with the federal government’s local content policy.
A statement issued in Lagos yesterday and signed by Cornelius Onuoha of Red Gecko Consultants, reads: “In response to questions, the managing director of Bristow Helicopters, Capt. Akin Oni had informed the gathering that Bristow hopes to replace a number of its expatriates with Nigerians by 2015 in line with the company’s localisation objectives. A replacement you will agree with me, is totally different from “Laying-off” which could be interpreted to mean “sacking.”
“We will appreciate you help to put the records right as Bristow does not have any plan of laying-off expatriates, but rather, plans to replace expatriates in Bristow Nigeria, with trained Nigerian experts.

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