Helicopter Operations In Africa’s Aviation Largest Market, Nigeria

Channels Television  
Updated May 13, 2014

helicopterSince 1936, helicopters have been around, with the manufacturing of the Focke Wulf FW61.

It was designed for transportation, cargo handling, search and rescue and even simple aerial observations.

In 1942, Igor Sikorsky conducted some full-scale production when he was able to build 131 helicopters.

In Nigeria, Helicopter is increasingly becoming popular, with about 100 helicopters owned by six operators currently flying the Nigerian skies.

These operations are mostly concentrated around the oil and gas industry.

Other services include emergency medical evacuation services and VIP movement within the country.

In all these, safety, however, remains top priority.

The helicopters, currently being operated in Nigeria, consist of light, medium and large range. While the light ones consists of those of 4-5 seats; medium consist of 10-15 seats while large consist 15-19 seats operating into over 200 onshore helipads and 200 helidecks.

Because of its versatile use in the hard to reach places, this flying machines are costly.

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