Caverton Helicopters Limited has unveiled a fleet of 11 new helicopters to be used for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)/Chevron Nigeria Limited Joint Venture based in Escravos.
The acquisition of the helicopters came on the heels of a rigorous tendering process, where Caverton was selected as the preferred air transport provider.
The choppers were unveiled at its Executive Flight Facility at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, last week.
The new fleet of helicopters include the state-of-the-art Bell 407 GXP and the industry workhorse Bell 412 EP. The Bell 407GXP incorporates new avionics, an upgraded engine, and new executive interior design options. Fitted with Rolls-Royce M250-C47E/4 dual channel turbine engine, this aircraft delivers exceptional hot and high performance, with efficient fuel economy.
The Bell 412 EP is a highly reliable aircraft that has been known to perform extremely well even in inimical climatic conditions. With a spacious cabin, the aircraft can be configured in a variety of ways to accommodate up to 14 passengers.
Both helicopter types are equipped with a variety of safety features, which include rupture resistance fuel cells, wire strike protection system, vibration and engine exceedance monitoring systems, flight data monitoring.
Speaking at the event, Chairman, Caverton Offshore Support Group, Remi Makanjuola, said the unveiling by Caverton fleet of helicopters is a feat and a day Nigeria should be proud of.
He said :”This is a day that the aviation industry should be proud of that a Nigerian went to America to acquire 11 helicopters. This is a ground breaking event. Over the past few years, we went through many phases of development as a company in less than favourable circumstances. Nevertheless, we have been able to operate existing contracts successfully, as well as secure a few new contracts.