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Nigeria validates higher weight Bell 429

Nigeria validates higher weight Bell 429

21-Feb-2013Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has validated the Bell 429 for operation in Nigeria and endorsed the Bell 429 gross weight increase to 3402 kg (7,500 lbs.). Nigeria is the fifteenth country to approve the increased maximum gross weight for the Bell 429... Read more

Osun State Government lease AS355N for police work (or VIP?)

Osun State Government lease AS355N for police work (or VIP?)

19-Feb-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Sources in Nigeria are saying that the Osun State Government has commenced a lease with OAS Helicopters for a Eurocopter AS355N – the one we reported here that they had recently bought from Sky Helicopters in Spain. In a statement, the state governor’s media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said the helicopter is to support its... Read more

Castle Air sells AW Grand to Nigeria

Castle Air sells AW Grand to Nigeria

8-Feb-2013Source: HeliHub.com

UK’s Castle Air has recently sold an AW109S Grand to Nigeria – and delivered it by air.  Coverage on the company’s Facebook page indicates that the route followed the West Africa coast via Mauretania, Ivory Coast and Ghana before arriving at Lagos in Nigeria. The purchaser is Azikel Dredging, who started in the business supplying... Read more

Bristow Nigeria working with local schools in CSR programne

Bristow Nigeria working with local schools in CSR programne

5-Feb-2013Source: Daily Trust

Bristow Helicopters has distributed school kits to 400 pupils from four community schools as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme (see full story)... Read more

First EMS Bell 429 arrives in Nigeria for NEMA

First EMS Bell 429 arrives in Nigeria for NEMA

24-Jan-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Yesterday we recorded a Bell 429 arriving in Nigeria last Thursday for the Nigerian Police – but actually it was one of a pair arriving on the same shipment.  The second, in a striking orange and white scheme is for NEMA – the National Emergency Management Agency – and is in an EMS configuration. Still... Read more

Nigerian Police receive a Bell 429

Nigerian Police receive a Bell 429

23-Jan-2013Source: HeliHub.com

The first Bell 429 arrived in Nigeria last Thursday, marked up in the colours of the Nigerian Police.  Still lacking blades, boom and with plenty of packaging still in place, the helicopter was photographed out in the open at Lagos Airport pending a short land trip to the Police hangar read for preparation and test... Read more

Nigeria suspends import of private helicopters

Nigeria suspends import of private helicopters

22-Jan-2013Source: Punch

The Nigerian Government has suspended the importation of all  private airplanes, helicopters and other lighter aircraft into the country, pending a new policy being agreed and implemented (see full story)... Read more

Nigeria – OAS Helicopters add AS355N

Nigeria – OAS Helicopters add AS355N

17-Jan-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Nigerian operator OAS Helicopters have recently bought a Eurocopter AS355N from Spain.  The red and white aircraft is serial 5746 and previously registered EC-JXP with Sky Helicopters. This brings the OAS fleet to three helicopters and one jet – the others are as follows 5N-BLI AS350B2 (serial 3840) 5N-BPD AS355N (serial 5641) 5N-BOZ EMB145 jet... Read more

Nigerian Air Force take delivery of first two R66s

Nigerian Air Force take delivery of first two R66s

21-Dec-2012Source: Mornington-Sanford Aviation

The Nigerian Air Force Invites the World Famous “Pink Shirt” (Richard Mornington-Sanford) to their base in Enugu to conduct a Robinson R66 with RR300 engine Type training Course and assemble their first two R66 helicopters. 11 technicians (including two members of the Nigerian Aviation Authority) attended the theoretical element of the course, which was conducted... Read more

15-Dec-12 07 AgustaWestland AW109E Okoroba, Nigeria (6F)

15-Dec-12 07 AgustaWestland AW109E Okoroba, Nigeria (6F)

15-Dec-2012

Six killed including  the Governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa and former National Security Adviser, Gen. Andrew Owoeye Azazi. Aircraft was involved in shuttle operations transporting people to/from the funeral of the father of Oronto Douglas, one of the President’s aides.  Airframe total time 1704 hours according to this report... Read more

Change at the top as Aerocontractors restructured

Change at the top as Aerocontractors restructured

11-Dec-2012Source: Vanguard

The Managing Director of Aero Contractors Airlines Captain Akin George has resigned, shortly after the announcement of a restructuring exercise of the operator carried out by its owners – the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (see full story)... Read more

Bristow orders ten S92s, options for another 16

Bristow orders ten S92s, options for another 16

8-Nov-2012Source: HeliHub.com

In an extract from the Q2 results notice, Bristow announced the following when commenting on the current EC225 situation:- “In order to minimize or eliminate the impact on our clients, we have increased utilization of other in-region aircraft and have implemented contingency plans designed to mobilize additional available aircraft, including entering into an agreement on... Read more

Formation of Atlantic Aviation creates new force in Nigeria

Formation of Atlantic Aviation creates new force in Nigeria

6-Nov-2012Source: Jagal Group

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

First LongRanger L4 arrives for Nigerian College of Aviation Technology

First LongRanger L4 arrives for Nigerian College of Aviation Technology

19-Sep-2012Source: HeliHub.com

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

Nigerian Police add two more Bell 412s

Nigerian Police add two more Bell 412s

18-Sep-2012Source: HeliHub.com

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

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

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

12-Jul-2012Source: AgustaWestland

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

Nigeria Air Force to inaugurate helicopter flying school in Enugu

Nigeria Air Force to inaugurate helicopter flying school in Enugu

18-Jun-2012Source: Vanguard

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... Read more

Nigerian military revamps A109 hangar at Lagos

Nigerian military revamps A109 hangar at Lagos

26-Apr-2012

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

Nigerian Air Force refurbishes two Super Pumas

Nigerian Air Force refurbishes two Super Pumas

19-Mar-2012Source: This Day

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)... Read more

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

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

14-Mar-2012

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

Nigerian CAA commits to work towards approval of night flying

Nigerian CAA commits to work towards approval of night flying

21-Feb-2012Source: HeliHub.com

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

Caverton Helicopters takes delivery of three AW139s

Caverton Helicopters takes delivery of three AW139s

30-Dec-2011Source: Caverton Helicopters

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

Bristow Nigeria signs technical agreement with Bristow Group

Bristow Nigeria signs technical agreement with Bristow Group

21-Dec-2011Source: Business Day

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)... Read more

DanCopter receives first AW139

DanCopter receives first AW139

13-Dec-2011Source: AgustaWestland

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

Belarus to open Mi-24 maintenance facility in Nigeria

Belarus to open Mi-24 maintenance facility in Nigeria

17-Oct-2011Source: DefenceWeb

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)... Read more

Bristow Nigeria appoints two Directors

Bristow Nigeria appoints two Directors

10-Oct-2011Source: Bristow Nigeria

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

Nigeria’s NCAT to start helicopter school

Nigeria’s NCAT to start helicopter school

29-Aug-2011Source: AllAfrica

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)... Read more

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

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

10-Aug-2011Source: Daily Independent

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)... Read more

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

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

29-Jul-2011

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.... Read more

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

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

27-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

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

BATS – new maintenance company created by Bristow Nigeria

BATS – new maintenance company created by Bristow Nigeria

28-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

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

Caverton Helicopters signs for three AW139s

Caverton Helicopters signs for three AW139s

26-Jun-2011Source: AgustaWestland

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

Bristow sells stake in Pan African Airlines

Bristow sells stake in Pan African Airlines

13-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

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

Bristow Nigeria recruiting pilots

Bristow Nigeria recruiting pilots

4-Mar-2011Source: Bristow Nigeria

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

02-Mar-11 Abule-Odo, Nigeria

02-Mar-11 Abule-Odo, Nigeria

2-Mar-2011

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... Read more

Bristow Helicopters Nigeria completes $2m hangar

Bristow Helicopters Nigeria completes $2m hangar

16-Feb-2011Source: The Nation

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

Bristow Nigeria lost $1m to bird strikes

Bristow Nigeria lost $1m to bird strikes

6-Feb-2011Source: Independent Online

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.... Read more

Bristow Nigeria running safety seminar 8-9 February

Bristow Nigeria running safety seminar 8-9 February

3-Feb-2011Source: World Stage

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.... Read more

Bristow Nigeria to lay-off expat pilots by 2015

Bristow Nigeria to lay-off expat pilots by 2015

2-Feb-2011

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... Read more

Nigeria deploys attack helicopters against Boko Haram Islamists

Nigeria deploys attack helicopters against Boko Haram Islamists

20-Oct-2010Source: Afrique en ligne

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... Read more

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

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

12-Oct-2010Source: Royal Navy

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

Dancopter orders three AW139s for Shell contract in Nigeria

Dancopter orders three AW139s for Shell contract in Nigeria

10-Oct-2010Source: AgustaWestland

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

Aero Contractors unveils new website

Aero Contractors unveils new website

8-Sep-2010Source: Aero Contractors

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

Aero Contractors loses offshore oil and gas operations to Caverton

Aero Contractors loses offshore oil and gas operations to Caverton

6-Sep-2010Source: This Day

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... Read more

Nigeria military expands, including unannounced AW109LUH order

Nigeria military expands, including unannounced AW109LUH order

6-Jun-2010Source: HeliHub.com

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

CHC has not severed ties with Aero Contractors

CHC has not severed ties with Aero Contractors

4-Jun-2010Source: CHC

(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

CHC Nigeria ends partnership with Aero Contractors

CHC Nigeria ends partnership with Aero Contractors

4-Jun-2010Source: Vanguard

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)... Read more

DanCopter provides details of $630M Shell Nigeria contract

DanCopter provides details of $630M Shell Nigeria contract

3-Jun-2010Source: DanCopter

[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

Shell Nigeria signs big contract with Caverton/Dancopter partnership

Shell Nigeria signs big contract with Caverton/Dancopter partnership

1-Jun-2010Source: Capital.gr

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.... Read more

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

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

28-Apr-2010Source: Guardian Mobility

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

Bristow puts $1 Million into Nigerian College of Aviation Technology

Bristow puts $1 Million into Nigerian College of Aviation Technology

25-Apr-2010Source: All Africa

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

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

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

21-Apr-2010Source: This Day

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... Read more

Lagos State Police benefitting from two recently delivered Bell 412s

Lagos State Police benefitting from two recently delivered Bell 412s

7-Feb-2010Source: Punch

Two Bell 412SPs were taken on charge in December 2009... Read more

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

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

26-Jan-2010

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... Read more

Lagos State Government launches pair of Bell 412s

Lagos State Government launches pair of Bell 412s

9-Dec-2009Source: AllAfrica

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.... Read more

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

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

22-Nov-2009Source: Sahara Reporter

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.... Read more

“Missing” SAR helicopter causes uproar in Nigeria

“Missing” SAR helicopter causes uproar in Nigeria

26-Oct-2009Source: Nigeria Champion

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.... Read more

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

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

23-Feb-2009

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

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

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

3-Aug-2007

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

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

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

11-Nov-2006

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

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