Capt. Josiah Choms PHD

Managing Director, Caverton Helicopters


Capt. Josiah Choms began his aviation career in 1990 when he enrolled in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Avionics) Course at NCAT, Zaria. He holds the Airplane Transport Pilot Licenses (Aeroplanes and Helicopters) and is a Certified Flight Instructor and an Authorized Examiner for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. He is also an ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor. Josiah’s work experience in aviation included a stint with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Nairobi, Kenya as an aircraft engineer, as a pilot, Training Captain and Manager with Bristow, as Chief Pilot with Prime Air, flying business jets locally and internationally before joining Caverton Helicopters on 1 August 2010. In his time in Caverton, Josiah held several positions of increasing responsibility. He first served as the Chief Pilot Shell Port Harcourt before his promotion to Managing Pilot for the entire Shell Operations covering Port Harcourt, Warri and Lagos. He was at the heart of the introduction of the state of the art AW139 helicopter type into Caverton Helicopters. He was appointed Deputy Director of Operations with concurrent responsibility as Deputy Shell Contract Manager.He took over as the substantive Shell Contract Manager on 1 May 2013. In his time as Contract Manager, he stabilized our technical work force, introduced the last AW139 to the Contract, and led the decommissioning of the EC155 helicopter type from Caverton’s operation. Josiah has attended several aviation and management courses in Nigeria and abroad including Cranfield University, UK and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He holds a multi-disciplinary Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from the UK and is a member of several professional bodies including the Association of African Studies of the UK, the Royal African Society, and the National Association of Pilots and Engineers.