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Nigeria: Bristow Helicopters projects $600m revenue for helicopter business in 2014
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By Mos Abaka
November 8, 2013 07:10:40am GMT      |      Views: 3998
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WorldStage Newsonline-- Bristow Helicopters boss, Capt. Akin Oni has projected that helicopter business in Nigeria’s  oil and gas sector would generate between $500 and $600 million for the domestic airlines in 2014.

Delivering a paper entitled ‘The role of oil and gas industry, air transport operators in enhancing safety in the Nigerian aviation sector’ at a one-day seminar organised by Aero Consult in Lagos, Oni said over 83 helicopters were being operated by six companies that had been issued with air operator certificates.

Among the helicopter operators are : Bristow Helicopters, Caverton, Aero , Pan African Helicopter, and others.

He said oil and gas industry is the lifeblood of the Nigerian economy, contributing 90 per cent of export earnings and 40 per cent of government revenue and that there are  over 200 onshore operational and non-operational helipads and 200 fixed and mobile offshore helidecks for helicopter operations.

Oni also noted that helicopters provide quick and safe access for the oil and gas companies in their prospecting and production operations.

However, he said helicopters are more susceptible to accidents than fixed wing aircraft and called on the operators to pay more attention to safety so as to remain in business.

Oni linked the dwindling public confidence in the aviation sector to the myriads of accusations and counter accusations by industry players about crisis in the aviation.In his presentation entitled ‘Aviation safety issues: An operator’s perspective, the managing director of Med-View Airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole  identified several factors that impact on safety part of which he said include culture, organisational practices and habit.

He said  operators and others had roles to play in aviation safety as failure on one part of the concentric circle impacts negatively on the others.

He said  that organisations must be prepared to invest in safety through the window of training and re-training of its personnel to maintain self assessment and compliance with all known regulations and industry practices.

He  explained that adhering to safety regulations is cheaper than the results of unsafe acts, which are either induced or neglected.

Identifying the human element as a critical component of the safety chain,  he raised fundamental questions bordering on the safety culture awareness in the organisations, affirming that there is need to breed staff participation without constraints.

He said  a systematic continuous safety risk management  must be firmly imbibed by all stakeholders in their everyday operations with the ultimate responsibility driven by the management of the organisation.

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