Genesis Global Nigerian rotary operations get AOC nod
May 8, 2017
Genesis Global Aviation (GGA) has successfully acquired an AOC for flying choppers in Nigeria. An article published at the European Business Air News (EBAN) website on 5 May 2017 reports that GGA “has been granted an AOC by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to fly a fleet of EC155 helicopters, some reported to have previously been on the fleet of Shell in Nigeria.”
GGA has been operating since April 2015, when it was formed by its parent company, Genesis Worldwide Shipping Group, to provide private aviation services to the energy sector in Nigeria and West Africa as a whole. The certification makes it easier for the Lagos-based operator to consolidate its nationwide helicopter operations and explore regional market opportunities in the oil and gas industry.
The EBAN article quotes Genesis Global Accountable Manager Emmanuel Ihenacho as saying: “The AOC is a wonderful achievement. We have been in the business for more than two years, and it has been a very hard and arduous journey to get where we are today. There are five stages to the AOC, and you have to go through vigorous examinations. The aviation industry is one of the most regulated industries in the world, and if you make a little mistake, there are no second chances.”
GGA’s top management is looking forward to enjoying the tremendous operational flexibility provided by the certification to tap into the emerging market opportunities in the helicopter aviation segment. EBAN quotes Ihenacho as adding: “It is true that a lot of players in the industry are falling away, but the demand for helicopter services is still there, including offshore work and medical delivery. Just because the economy is in a bad way, it does not prohibit new entrants to the market. We are not quitting because we believe in the resilience of the Nigerian economy and are sure that there will be an economic rebound,”