HANOI: In my telling of the story there were two of us indulging in the Virginia H fantasy, and that doesn't include her. Why does that wondrous vision remain so clearly in my mind to this day ? I might have to take back what I said to Sharpie about "no impure thoughts".
Did you see the other (less interesting) couple of queries re FOS and PCC ?
John Bayles was Assistant Flight Operations Supt ( A/FOS ). In his first tour in TPNG John's pet dog , ( Theseus ) travelled on many Otter flights with him and was known as F/O Theseus . He was also a paid up member of the TAA Social Club , Lae and wore his membership token on his collar.
Talking of white cans.........In peak seasons TAA used to operate an L188A Electra LAE-BNE non-stop , a 4.35 hour sector . The gathering place for staff was the six seat lounge at the rear of the cabin . It was here that many attempts were made to break " Argus " Armstrong's record of 16 Cans consumed. Came close once with the help of Gary Anderson and Mike Hage but Jimmy Pike ( Lae Catering ) had forgotten to load sufficient dry ice and we ended up with warm cans.
It may have changed now but 10-15 years ago Pixie's in flight 'service' was the best I have ever had paxing. A white can prior to doors closed and maintained up until 'cabin crew be seated for landing'. It was like they knew what you were coming from and the reciprocal of this when going back.
AIR NIUGINI yesterday confirmed they were buying a Falcon jet to lease to the Government but denied the purchase was worth K128 million. The Air Niugini executives could not detail further but advised the Government would have the opportunity like other charters or resource companies to make use of the plane. They said the plane was not coming from Canada or Singapore but reliable sources from the Civil Aviation Authority said that the purchase was being made in the United States. CAA officials also told the Post-Courier yesterday that the four strips this jet would access would be Jackson’s Airport in Port Moresby, Nadzab in Lae, Vanimo in West Sepik Province and Tokua in East New Britain.
“The amount is wrong (“not way out’’) but not right on target," the Air Niugini executives said. “It is a private commercial arrangement, why are we being so interfered with.” Meanwhile, the Government decision to acquire a Falcon ultra long range executive jet for its exclusive executive use has come under scathing attack from the Opposition, who described the purchase as a complete waste of public funds, particularly when the majority grassroots people are literally living by the day to make ends meet. Leader of Opposition and PNG Party’s Sir Mekere Morauta described the decision to purchase the jet as “self-serving and sickening” when many people PNG-wide struggled daily to pay for rising cost of living, including money for school fees and medical expenses.Sir Mekere strongly urged the Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare to seriously consider reversing the decision in view of the fact that people all over the country were continuing to face acute transport problems due to deteriorating roads, bridges and other infrastructure. “I could not believe my eyes when I picked up the newspaper this morning. It is simply not justified. It merely demonstrates total arrogance of the current leadership. Claims of the Prime Minister having problems with his legs on Air Niugini’s pressurised cabins are a lame excuse. It is only a camouflage.
“This is the very leader who vehemently opposed the purchase of the K5 million Grumman 2 VIP jet in 1980 when Sir Julius Chan was prime minister. This issue was even taken to the 1982 general elections by Sir Michael who was the then Pangu Pati leader.
“Why the sudden turn-around 39 years later by the same leader in 2009. Has he forgotten his stance? Do we need an executive jet for a minority group who are already well looked after by the taxpayers. Why should the taxpayers be burdened again by yet another National-Alliance-led government blunder.
Well, at least they are being conservative in opting for the lowly 900EX and not the long range 7X.
The 900EX should still give 4500nm legs down to Antartica, New Zealand,Fiji, Solomons, Most of the Pacific Island Nations, Waikiki, Korea, Japan, Tibet, Beijing,Sinkiang,Calcutta, Mongolia, Russia but most importantly, the fiesta spots of Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Singapore, KL, Cebu, Manila, Bangkok, Phuket. After a 9 hour drag, you would need a jolly good massage.
Hopefully, the crew would not be expected to operate on minrest and would receive a nice little o/n expense account to compensate for the stress and strain experienced.