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Formation of Atlantic Aviation creates new force in Nigeria

Formation of Atlantic Aviation creates new force in Nigeria

Jagal Group today announced the operational start-up of its subsidiary Atlantic Aviation, a helicopter-transportation company providing services to Nigeria’s oil-and-gas industry. Atlantic Aviation is supported by CHC Helicopter, a world leader in providing high-quality helicopter services to customers with offshore O&G platforms and vessels. Atlantic Aviation has been issued an air-operating certificate (AOC) and is… Read more »

Source: Jagal Group, 06-Nov-12

27-Oct-12 Bell 206L4 Offshore Nigeria

27-Oct-12

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First LongRanger L4 arrives for Nigerian College of Aviation Technology

First LongRanger L4 arrives for Nigerian College of Aviation Technology

First first of two Bell 206L4 LongRangers has arrived in Lagos for the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology – serial 52421 and still carrying registration N449XB.  This aircraft is currently registered to Africair Inc and is expected to be cancelled by the FAA shortly and will take up local registration 5N-BZB. A second L4 is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Sep-12

Nigerian Police add two more Bell 412s

Nigerian Police add two more Bell 412s

The Nigerian Police have recently added two more Bell 412EPs to bring their fleet of the type to six.  Serials 36576 and 36577 – test flown as N455ZT and N4554L – arrived last week in Lagos after shipment across the Atlantic.  Both aircraft are shown on the FAA register as 2011 builds and have yet… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Sep-12

Nigeria’s Caverton Helicopters appointed as an AW Authorized Service Centre

Nigeria’s Caverton Helicopters appointed as an  AW Authorized Service Centre

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Caverton Helicopters of Nigeria has been appointed an AgustaWestland Authorized Service Centre for the AW139 intermediate twin helicopter in Nigeria., Caverton’s Service Centre based in West Africa’s commercial hub, Lagos, will provide maintenance and repair services and an extensive a spare parts inventory for the type,… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 12-Jul-12

Nigeria Air Force to inaugurate helicopter flying school in Enugu

Nigeria Air Force to inaugurate helicopter flying school in Enugu

The Nigeria Air Force has completed its International Helicopter Flying School in Enugu and may inaugurate it in July, an official has said – although they don[‘t go as far as naming what helicopter types they will use (see full story) See also Gearbox failures lead Nigerian Air Force to sell Mi-34 fleet

Source: Vanguard, 18-Jun-12

Nigerian military revamps A109 hangar at Lagos

Nigerian military revamps A109 hangar at Lagos

The Nigeriam military have refurbished their A109 Maintenance Hangar in Lagos, in partnership with AgustaWestland (see full story)

26-Apr-12

Nigerian Air Force refurbishes two Super Pumas

Nigerian Air Force refurbishes two Super Pumas

The Minister of Defence, Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed while commissioning the two helicopter gunships Friday at the Presidential Wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, said it would boost current defence efforts in the country. (see full story)

Source: This Day, 19-Mar-12

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14-Mar-12 5N-POL Bell 427 Rukuba, Nigeria (12K)

While on “routine aerial patrol” the helicopter crashed into a residential area.  Reports vary as to number of fatalities, but general consensus is 7 in the helicopter and 5 on the ground.  Nigerian Police press release names four in the helicopter –  DIG Haruna John the DIG In-charge of Operations, ACP Garba Yalwa – Pilot,… Read more »

14-Mar-12

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Nigerian CAA commits to work towards approval of night flying

Nigerian CAA commits to work towards approval of night flying

The Nigerian CAA have rejected a recent application from helicopter operators to commence night flying in the West African cuontry.  Director-General, Dr Harold Demuren, confirmed the situation during a meeting with major oil companies and helicopter operators in his office in Lagos – including representatives from the Directorate of Petroleum Regulations, Total, Chevron Oil, ConOil,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Feb-12

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Caverton Helicopters takes delivery of three AW139s

Caverton Helicopters takes delivery of three AW139s

Caverton Helicopters of Nigeria has recently taken delivery of three (3) medium twin Agusta Westland helicopters to be used for offshore transport duties in support of the Oil and Gas industry in Nigeria. The helicopters are to be ferried from the Agusta factory in Vergiate, Italy to Nigeria and expected to commence commercial operations in… Read more »

Source: Caverton Helicopters, 30-Dec-11

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Bristow Nigeria signs technical agreement with Bristow Group

Bristow Nigeria signs technical agreement with Bristow Group

Bristow Helicopters Nigeria Limited (BHNL) has entered into a new formal Technical Services Agreement (TSA) with its shareholder and world leading providers of helicopter services, the Bristow Group. (see full story)

Source: Business Day, 21-Dec-11

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DanCopter receives first AW139

DanCopter receives first AW139

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that DanCopter, a Blueway AS company, has taken delivery of the first of five AW139 medium twin helicopters. This aircraft will be used for offshore transport operations in Nigeria. An initial order for three AW139s was placed in 2010 which was followed by contracts for two additional… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 13-Dec-11

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Belarus to open Mi-24 maintenance facility in Nigeria

Belarus to open Mi-24 maintenance facility in Nigeria

Belarusian company BVST currently maintains the Nigerian Air Force’s fleet of Mi-35 helicopters and Nigeria has sent pilots and engineers to train in Belarus.  (see full story)

Source: DefenceWeb, 17-Oct-11

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Bristow Nigeria appoints two Directors

Bristow Nigeria appoints two Directors

Bristow Helicopters Nigeria Ltd has announced the appointment of Lawrence Fubara-Anga and Andrew Magowan into its Board of Directors. A graduate of Yale University, Fubara-Anga is one of the founding partners at LEX, a full service law firm and one of the largest law firms in West Africa. Fubara-Anga heads the firm’s Transportation, Banking and… Read more »

Source: Bristow Nigeria, 10-Oct-11

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Nigeria’s NCAT to start helicopter school

Nigeria’s NCAT to start helicopter school

The Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria,  is to commence the training of rotor craft pilots in Q3.  The organisation is purchasing two B206s from Canada.  (see full story)

Source: AllAfrica, 29-Aug-11

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Nigeria’s AIB rules out outside help in fatal AS350 investigation

Nigeria’s AIB rules out outside help in fatal AS350 investigation

Nigeria’s Accident Investigation Bureau has ruled out the possibility of taking the analysis of the fatal OAS Eurocopter AS350B2 accident abroad (full story) See also HeliHub.com page for this accident – 29-Jul-11 5N-BKA Eurocopter AS350B2 Ife-Odan, Nigeria (3F)

Source: Daily Independent, 10-Aug-11

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29-Jul-11 5N-BKA Eurocopter AS350B2 Ife-Odan, Nigeria (3F)

The chairman/chief executive of Bacita Sugar Company Josephine Oluwadamilola Kuteyi, her personal assistant Adedoyin Ogunbanjo and their Filipino pilot were killed after impacting terrain.

29-Jul-11

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Gearbox failures lead Nigerian Air Force to sell Mi-34 fleet

Gearbox failures lead Nigerian Air Force to sell Mi-34 fleet

Ruslan Pukhov, Director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, has reported Nigeria’s Mi-34 fleet disposal, according to Russian press agency RIA Novosti.  This is part of a wider disposal program which includes 25 MiG-21 jets, which were replaced by Chinese-built F-7Ns in 2010. While the fighter jets are being disposed due to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jul-11

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BATS – new maintenance company created by Bristow Nigeria

BATS – new maintenance company created by Bristow Nigeria

After our previous reports of Bristow divesting themselves of Pan African Airlines, HeliHub.com has now heard that their maintenance department has been hived off into a separate company.  This will allow them to provide maintenance at arms-length to PAA, as well as their own operations – Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Ltd. The new organisation, BGI Aviation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Jun-11

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Caverton Helicopters signs for three AW139s

Caverton Helicopters signs for three AW139s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Caverton Helicopters of Nigeria has recently signed a contract for three AW139 medium twin engine helicopters. The aircraft will be used for offshore transport duties in support of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria. This order further strengthens the presence of AgustaWestland in Nigeria where… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 26-Jun-11

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Bristow sells stake in Pan African Airlines

Bristow sells stake in Pan African Airlines

In compliance with the Nigerian Oil & Gas Industry Content Development Act and the Air Operators Recertification Process of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations, Bristow Group has announced the transfer of its shares in Pan African Airlines Nigeria (PAAN) Limited into Nigerian ownership. This opens the way for Pan African Airlines (Nigeria) Ltd to market… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-11

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Bristow Nigeria recruiting pilots

Bristow Nigeria recruiting pilots

Bristow is one of the world’s largest providers of helicopter services. The first civil helicopter company to work in the oil and gas industry, Bristow has earned an international reputation for speed of response and quality of service.Bristow is a truly global organization, working together from facilities around the world to offer a wide-ranging array of services…. Read more »

Source: Bristow Nigeria, 04-Mar-11

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02-Mar-11 Abule-Odo, Nigeria

Reported by the general media as “engine problems” and an unplanned landing made.  The two dignitories on board – Representatives, Mr. Dimeji Bankole; and Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel – were not injured

02-Mar-11

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Bristow Helicopters Nigeria completes $2m hangar

Bristow Helicopters Nigeria completes $2m hangar

The $2 million facility saves for the company about $1.5 million that would have been spent in overseas maintenance

Source: The Nation, 16-Feb-11

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Bristow Nigeria lost $1m to bird strikes

Bristow Nigeria lost $1m to 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.

Source: Independent Online, 06-Feb-11

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Bristow Nigeria running safety seminar 8-9 February

Bristow Nigeria running safety seminar 8-9 February

The forum with a theme “Fostering a safety Culture” is expected to bring stakeholders from aviation, oil and gas industry and government circles to discuss the latest trends in aviation safety.

Source: World Stage, 03-Feb-11

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Bristow Nigeria to lay-off expat pilots by 2015

Bristow Nigeria to lay-off expat pilots by 2015

Capt. Akin Oni, Managing Director of Bristow Nigeria, has said that the company had put a policy in place to replace all its existing expatriate pilots and engineers with Nigerians by 2015. Full story here

02-Feb-11

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Nigeria deploys attack helicopters against Boko Haram Islamists

Nigeria deploys attack helicopters against Boko Haram Islamists

A few days after troops were deployed to help check the rising killings in Nigeria’s northern Borno state by suspected Boko Haram Islamists, the military authorities have sent in helicopter gunships to back up the troops

Source: Afrique en ligne, 20-Oct-10

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UK’s 847 Naval Air Squadron helping to train Nigeria Armed Forces

UK’s 847 Naval Air Squadron helping to train Nigeria Armed Forces

Lynx helicopters from 847 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) have been helping to train Nigeria Armed Forces. As part of HMS Ocean’s embarked Squadrons they visited the Joint Maritime Security Training Centre (JMSTC) in Lagos while the ship visited the country. While HMS Ocean was berthed alongside, conducting diplomatic work, military training and out-reach work in… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 12-Oct-10

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Dancopter orders three AW139s for Shell contract in Nigeria

Dancopter orders three AW139s for Shell contract in Nigeria

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, is pleased to announce that BlueWay AS of Norway has signed a contract for three AW139 medium twin engine helicopters. The helicopters will be operated by its subsidiary DanCopter to support Shell offshore oil & gas operations in Nigeria. The three aircraft, which will be delivered in late 2011, will be… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 10-Oct-10

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Aero Contractors unveils new website

Aero Contractors unveils new website

Aero, West Africa’s leading e-airline has unveiled its new website at www.flyaero.com.  The new website, brings a fresh new look and increased functionality for the user.  On the website the user will find full details of Aero routes and schedules, contact details, products, services and a host of information about the company.The new version contains… Read more »

Source: Aero Contractors, 08-Sep-10

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Aero Contractors loses offshore oil and gas operations to Caverton

Aero Contractors loses offshore oil and gas operations to Caverton

Aero Contractors rotary wing, which carries out over 35 per cent of offshore shuttle services for oil and gas companies, has lost a major Shell contract to Caverton Helicopters and multibillion naira major services in the off-shore operations

Source: This Day, 06-Sep-10

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Nigeria military expands, including unannounced AW109LUH order

Nigeria military expands, including unannounced AW109LUH order

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan used the recent Air Expo 2010 at the Air Force’s base at Kaduna to announce the arrival of three new aircraft types to their order of battle. Alongside the Chinese built  Chenghu FT-7NI supersonic all-weather fighter, and ATR42-500MP Surveyor maritime patrol aircraft from France, was the AgustaWestland AW109 LUH light utility/attack… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jun-10

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CHC has not severed ties with Aero Contractors

CHC has not severed ties with Aero Contractors

(Vancouver, British Columbia) – Media reports today incorrectly suggest that CHC Helicopter and Aero Contractors of Nigeria Company Limited (ACN) have severed their business relationship effective June 2, 2010. CHC Helicopter is committed to continue operating in Nigeria and has not severed its relationship with ACN. It is true that due to conditions imposed by… Read more »

Source: CHC, 04-Jun-10

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CHC Nigeria ends partnership with Aero Contractors

CHC Nigeria ends partnership with Aero Contractors

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 Contractors. (see full story)

Source: Vanguard, 04-Jun-10

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DanCopter provides details of $630M Shell Nigeria contract

DanCopter provides details of $630M Shell Nigeria contract

[HeliHub.com was the first aviation website to break this story two days ago.  This press release merely confirms the fact and provides more details] The Norwegian based helicopter group Blueway has won its largest contract ever within the offshore sector. It has been awarded a five year contract, with an extension option of 2 x… Read more »

Source: DanCopter, 03-Jun-10

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Shell Nigeria signs big contract with Caverton/Dancopter partnership

Shell Nigeria signs big contract with Caverton/Dancopter partnership

The contract, which would last for five years and is renewable for another two years, is the biggest aviation contract between an international oil company and an indigenous one.

Source: Capital.gr, 01-Jun-10

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Guardian Mobility to supply aircraft tracking devices and mapping for Nigerian operators

Guardian Mobility to supply aircraft tracking devices and mapping for Nigerian operators

Guardian Mobility announced its role as primary subcontractor to Globaltouch (West Africa) Limited to provide Guardian mapping and aircraft tracking solutions to aircraft operators in Nigeria. Globaltouch (West Africa) is the sole supplier for aircraft tracking in Nigeria with a satellite ground station located on Nigerian soil. The company has been awarded a contract by… Read more »

Source: Guardian Mobility, 28-Apr-10

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Bristow puts $1 Million into Nigerian College of Aviation Technology

Bristow puts $1 Million into Nigerian College of Aviation Technology

According to the Deputy Rector of the school, Engineer Henry Toluhi, at the document signing ceremony, “Bristow has been very supportive to our institution.”

Source: All Africa, 25-Apr-10

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Nigerian Navy provides for families of pair killed in January AW109 crash

As part of the package provided, the Nigerian Navy is to train to the university level, the children of Lt. Commodore Ahmed Tijani Yusuf and Lt Commodore Mailafia Ibrahim, Pilot and Co-Pilot of Nigerian Navy Agusta reconnaissance helicopter

Source: This Day, 21-Apr-10

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Lagos State Police benefitting from two recently delivered Bell 412s

Two Bell 412SPs were taken on charge in December 2009

Source: Punch, 07-Feb-10

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26-Jan-10 06 AgustaWestland A109E Mmiri Ochiochi, Nigeria (4F)

Eyewitnesses reported seeing the helicopter in an obvious difficulty when one of its doors followed by a rotor blade falling off from the sky. They said they watched the helicopter going on a free spin before a loud bang followed apparently when it eventually crashed killing all four on board

26-Jan-10

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26-Jan-10 06 AgustaWestland AW109E Isiokpo, Nigeria (4F)

26-Jan-10

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11-Dec-09 5N-BKJ Eurocopter AS332 Agbami oilfield, Nigeria

11-Dec-09

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Lagos State Government launches pair of Bell 412s

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State launched two Bell 412EP Helicopters with a promise to commit the state’s resources to securing the lives and property of residents.

Source: AllAfrica, 09-Dec-09

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Scam in Lagos State: Helicopters purchased for crime fighting are converted to commercial use

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.

Source: Sahara Reporter, 22-Nov-09

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12-Nov-09 5N-… Bell 412 Addax, Nigeria (2 of 2)

12-Nov-09

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“Missing” SAR helicopter causes uproar in Nigeria

There was uproar and near confusion as audience at a stakeholders meeting with the management of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA could not accept claims by NIMASA management that their regional search and rescue helicopter was not missing as reported by some members of the audience.

Source: Nigeria Champion, 26-Oct-09

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21-Oct-09 5N-BIC Bell 407 nr Calabar, Nigeria

21-Oct-09

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‘We have zero tolerance for accident at Bristow Helicopters’

Source: Business Say, 09-Jul-09

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Bristow Helicopters Nigeria invests $100M on aircraft fleet renewal

Source: Guardian, 23-Jun-09

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Nigerian Customs to take delivery of two Bell 427s in May

Source: Next, 27-Apr-09

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Nigerial rig support helicopter fired at, one wounded

Source: UPI, 27-Feb-09

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23-Feb-09 Tebidaba area in the Niger Delta, Nigeria

23-Feb-09 Tebidaba area in the Niger Delta, Nigeria

23-Feb-09

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03-Aug-07 5N-BIQ Bell 412EP Eket, Nigeria (1F)

Very heavy landing on unauthorised flight.  Pilot died from his injuries

03-Aug-07

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11-Nov-2006 5N-BHU Eurocopter AS350B2 Warri, Nigeria (1F)

One person died and three others were critically injured when a helicopter on a chartered flight crashed near the southwestern Nigerian oil city of Warri.  The helicopter was reported to be modifying its flight plan on account of bad weather in Port Harcourt before losing contact with air traffic controllers. It ran into high-tension power… Read more »

11-Nov-06

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