That Albatross WAS CERTIFIED eventually after a lot of paperwork being the first of it's type in Oz., It was approved on an AOC to do SAR work and IT DID do a few missions out of Darwin. It's now owned by a Darwin bloke who among other machine's has coupla Queeny's
All G-111's are Charter category., very low time air frames still around if someone has the dosh to get it going.,., Stay tuned for the first G-111 into Aus
Had we kept quiet, finished the work and returned flying with the blessing of the expert and the two engineers I'd be off on the most lucrative series of flights ever for our company. Instead voluntarily opening the door to the authorities has closed it on our business.
A lesson to be learned by all. Inviting involvement of the regulator when there was not a need to, invites this sort of problem. Some of these guys cannot help themselves and will always find something that needs to be rectified. They have to prove that their visit wasn't a waste of time, and in some cases, also show that their knowledge is superior, and even worse some have egos that need to be stroked.
As I was told once on another aviation related matter, "Only tell them what you have to"
Perhaps also your comment
a number of people are quietly approaching me whispering of secret agendas behind closed doors.
also casts some light on the matter.
Unfortunately I fear the only path to resolution is the slow bureaucratic path, these sort of people are not known for backing down, they don't need to make a dollar to live but they can strangle you with their impractical rulings.
Not sure if any help but you could contact Volcanic Air Safaris in Rotorua NZ. I think they operate C182's and a single eng "Beaver" ahhh "Otter"???? Operating under NZCAA regs they mite be able to help shed some light on your CAA predicament. They have been around for a while. Just a thought
Pretty sure Volcanic Air Safaris operate an Otter and 206's on floats, however I think they only operate off fresh water. I think part of the problem here may be salt water ops. Currently I don't think there's any floatplanes operating off salt water in NZ.
If you're on here, as per lake250's posting, can you give us an update on how you went? Your website's all active and there are comments from people on Trip Advisor indicating they've been flying with you recently, but we'd love to hear what happened and what you had to do to get throiugh the difficulty.