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Old 16th Feb 2014, 04:05
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Par avion of tasmania expanding to mainland

Airline all ready to take off in Griffith
By JACK MORPHET
Feb. 14, 2014,

TASMANIAN airline Par Avion touched down in Griffith on Wednesday to prove the city is well and truly on its radar.
The airline's management is hoping to commence regular flights between Griffith and Melbourne next month, once the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) gives the all-clear.
The maiden flight was 45 minutes late but managing director Shannon Wells said smoke haze from the Victorian bushfires was to blame and it was not a sign of things to come.
"The initial investment is close to $1 million, because we'll be basing close to $800,000 worth of aircraft and a pilot in Griffith and assumedly we'll be underwriting some of the initial flights while we get established," Mr Wells said.
"CASA has told us mid-March is when they'll get back to us about an approval and until then we have to be careful about advertising I'm not a fan of taking people's money before I have a licence.
"But we are essentially just adding another port to our existing services so I can only assume we will meet all the criteria as we have done several times before.
"The flight into Griffith was really smooth and there was barely a puff of cloud a nice and uneventful flight which is just what we like."
Wednesday's proofing flight gave pilots a chance to discuss the nuances of the route including navigational quirks and any obstacles which may arise in the future.
The pilot who intends to move to Griffith, Peter Lovett, said he had already been looking into local rental properties.
"All things going to plan I will be moving here in early March and I have already been looking on the internet for places, but I've worked out you have to snap them up quickly," Mr Lovett said.
"From the first flight we have already worked out the only difficulty is coming in and out of the congested Melbourne air space, but other than that it's a straight line between Griffith and Essendon."
Deputy mayor Doug Curran looked forward to a boost in the local economy but issued a warning to locals who had championed the cause.
"A lot of Griffith businesses have major dealings with Melbourne and this new route will stop people who maybe previously said getting to Griffith was too hard from going to Wagga or Dubbo instead," Cr Curran said.
"This is something the community through many forums has told us emphatically they want so hopefully the community supports it because if they don't, they won't have anyone to blame but themselves."
The airline management has not yet determined whether they would begin with two flights three times per week or one flight five days per week but any further increases would depend on demand.
Par Avion staff installed computer equipment and training the current ground handlers during their time in Griffith.
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Old 16th Feb 2014, 05:05
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Type?

What aircraft type will they be using? Their website does not provide much info
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Old 16th Feb 2014, 05:54
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Titan.

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Old 16th Feb 2014, 07:35
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Was this article translated to English?

Aside from that, ""The initial investment is close to $1 million, because we'll be basing close to $800,000 worth of aircraft and a pilot in Griffith and assumedly we'll be underwriting some of the initial flights while we get established," Mr Wells said."

An 'airline' with close to $800K worth of aircraft(????) and 'A" pilot.
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Old 16th Feb 2014, 09:21
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4 titans a couple of months ago
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Old 16th Feb 2014, 10:13
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Not familiar with Titan as a commercial, but there are Titan ultralites...

When you guys are saying Titans, are you joking, or is there another ac named titan?
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Old 16th Feb 2014, 10:18
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In Australia and likely the UK and NZ aircraft are sometimes known by their uncommon names rather than model numbers. Titan= Cessna 402.
KittyHawk = P-40 for example.
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Old 16th Feb 2014, 10:22
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When you guys are saying Titans, are you joking, or is there another ac named titan?
You are joking aren't you?
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Old 16th Feb 2014, 10:37
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Titan = Cessna 404.
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Old 16th Feb 2014, 20:59
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RPT in a Titan C404!!!!!!!!!!

I can remember Eastern Australian Airlines using them on the Bathurst Orange Tamworth runs. Great load carrier but like most GA aircraft in Australia big problems.

Just how is the Titan suppose to be able to maintain a regular service Griffith Melbourne without full de icing. Lowest safe is somewhere around 6000 feet and winters are mean down south.

That is why Eastern eventually bought Banderaintes.
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Naysayers! laugh out loud!
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 05:30
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Wasn't Griffiths - Melbourne a Kendalls run in the Heron in the late 1970's?
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 05:37
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I'm sure Plovett will jump in soon and give us some more info
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 06:51
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Kendell operated Navajo, Aero Commander, Heron and Metro for around 7 years on Melbourne - Griffith route. Always a marginal proposition, but especially after the drug trade was cleaned up in Griffith and less cash became evident around the town.
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hard to imagine the move to Griffith as being entirely speculative

if there were not a good prospect of a quid in it, from whatever source,
there'd be no move into the place

the owner of PA (Mk2) has always been primarily interested
in what is good for him

in addition to that, he has always been outstanding at creating dissension

maybe the sons will command a more likeable ship

('likeable' chosen with due diplomacy)
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 08:04
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For you youngens who don't know what a Titan is. Here is my painting of a Cessna 404 Titan. Air Queensland operated two of these aircraft out of Brisbane on RPT services to smaller regional centres in the 1980s

[IMG][/IMG]
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 08:26
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The Griffth-Melbourne route has come and gone at least twice with Rex, once in 2007 and again in 2012.

Each time they put a Saab on it for a while after some whining from the local council and got rid of it shortly after, presumably because it failed to make any money.

Since then, the Griffith council has been in talks with a couple of operators regarding getting that route up and running again. First it was with old mate and his imaginary Beech 1900s, then Brindabella, and then third time lucky with the previous "unnamed" Tasmanian airline.
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 08:36
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Is that VH-BPO . Flew her . Thought it stood for Bush Pilots .
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 09:06
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Correct Toruk. Bush Pilot Airways changed name to Air Queensland in 1982. Many of the fleet retained the BP regos.
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Didn't Southern operate them on MQL - BHQ and to Renmark and also for the Air Ambulance contract?
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