Daily Archives: April 11, 2009

Bajan Helicopters Closes Doors – Now The Police & Barbados Government Will Have To Buy Their Own!

EDITOR’S NOTE: On May 11, 2010 BFP removed a paragraph from this reader-submitted article that made some statements about another helicopter company, Horizon Helicopters. The author of this article claimed “They’re no longer in operation, maybe survived 15 months…”

As it turns out, Horizon is in operation – so that part of this article was incorrect and it has been removed.

Original article as published April 11, 2009 but without the incorrect paragraph…

After almost twenty years of operation, Bajan Helicopters has had to close it’s doors.

Managing Director George Morris realised years ago that tourism alone would not be able to sustain the company, however he ploughed along trying to work with what he had.   He had sent serveral detailed proposals to both existing and past governments, highlighting the cruicial need for a national helicopter service.   I can’t remember the year, but he had even set up a meeting with a helicopter manufacturer, flown to Europe with government officials – what came of that???  Nothing!  Not even “We’ll get back to you”.

Last year he arranged for 2 reps from American Eurocopter to meet and present to a new Government – again, no interest.   Late late year, he realised that the company could no longer continue, so he wrote yet another proposal, this time it wasn’t about saving the company, it was about utilising the 1st class heliport/facility that he managed to build over the last 19 years.

Capt. Straughn was appointed to look into it, but that’s as far as it got!

By the way, the heliport is on government land – Min of Housing and Lands stated that the heliport was not the best economical use of the land.  So, they increased the rent from $2,000.00 to $12,000.00!!! (Even though most of the expensive equipment has been removed, it’s still an impressive facility – I encourage you to go and take pics)

For years, the government has been benefiting from free service from BH, from the Min of Fisheries to the RBPF…they’ve all had their turn.   For years BH were dragged through the coals by Department Civil Aviation, they adhered to all the demands (silly or otherwise) put upon them, so they could continue to provide a service to visitors and Bajan alike.

A year or so ago, the DCA grants another company (Horizon Helicopters) to operate in Barbados.

EDITOR’S NOTE: On May 11, 2010 BFP removed a paragraph from this reader-submitted article that made some statements about another helicopter company, Horizon Helicopters. The author of this article claimed “They’re no longer in operation, maybe survived 15 months…”

As it turns out, Horizon is in operation – so that part of this article was incorrect and it has been removed.

Presently Barbados (a well developed Nation), has no means of air rescue (and Bajan Helicopters achieved quite a few)  The BTA/photographers have no means of acquiring aerial photography, videos/promotional shoot, etc.   No more Bachelor type programs…..so much for progress!!!

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Barbados Rotary Student Catherine Trotman Doing Well In Georgia, USA

We were pleased to see a mention of Catherine Trotman in the Daily Citizen newspaper in Dalton, Georgia. Catherine is a Rotary scholarship student studying at North Georgia College and, according to the newspaper articles we found, is doing Barbados proud!

You can read about Catherine’s recent talk to the students of Dalton High School in the local paper’s article Foreign Language Week Focuses On “Many Voices, One World”. Read about how Catherine found herself in Georgia in another newspaper article: Civic Clubs Sponsoring Barbados Student.

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How CLICO Ruined A Barbados Heritage Site: Sam Lord’s Castle

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BREAKING: Sam Lord’s Castle burns to the ground, October 20, 2010

Barbados: The Demise of Sam Lords Castle

Five years ago CLICO Barbados said they would restore Sam Lords Castle as part of a major tourist development.  Surprise, surprise… as they did in the past and have done since about other things — CLICO lied.

You see folks, this is the way it works with these irresponsible corporate beggars…

First, they spot a piece of land that they want. If, like Sam Lords Castle, it is a heritage site in need of some work the corporation promises to restore the heritage site to its former splendor — all in exchange of course for permission to develop the land. Next comes the “the condition was worse than we thought” speech. After a few years of additional neglect, the heritage site becomes nothing more than a candidate for demolition. And if that doesn’t work, well, the Corporation just leaves the place unguarded and unlocked so the paros can look after business for them. When the place finally burns down the way is clear for the development they really wanted to build.

PM Thompson Says His Conflicts Of Interest Are None Of Your Business

PM Thompson Says His Conflicts Of Interest Are None Of Your Business

No Integrity Legislation, No Conflicts Of Interest Standards: David Thompson Lied To Get Your Vote

Don’t expect the government of Prime Minister David Thompson to hold CLICO to account.  You see, CLICO CEO Leroy Parris is a DLP financial supporter and Godfather to the Prime Minister’s youngest daughter. Oh yes friends, you can expect a whole lot of accountability from that combination. Continue reading

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