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Old 13th Nov 2014, 02:54
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Skyforce landed their 146-200 at Bankstown. Presume it was empty.
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Old 13th Nov 2014, 02:58
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Aside from remaining non-regulated RPT, what mining contracts do Skytrans still hold? Is that enough to keep them going?
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Old 13th Nov 2014, 03:27
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Rio for clermont

The two non reg RPT routes ex Cairns

Maroomba still leasing?
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Old 13th Nov 2014, 10:58
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Wink 12 month snapshot

January successfully Discharged entire senior management team. Then Maroomba gave notice March gone September
April pulled out of TWB-RMA
June copper contract CNS-CNJ gives notice and leaves August
October QGOV award three Skytrans contract to REX ceases 31/12
November Clermont coal new owners (Glencore) gone to market for a solution likely ex Emerald. Skytrans not invited.
Remaining are ISA/CNS which is a position flight for gulf RPT (QGOV)
Cape routes which are king air loads November - March and 30 seat loads balance of year.
This will leave three aircraft at a push with 6-7 crews, makes it tough to make a dollar, if they do as rumoured revert back to charter only things will likely improve.
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Old 14th Nov 2014, 05:32
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The demise of a once reputable airline

It is time to dispel some myths about the current dilemma at Skytrans and state the truth :

The main issues started around 4 years ago when there was planned and deliberate safety and compliances breaches at the hands of former CP TCAS, former CEO Pinocchio and former Commercial Manager Thick Miney. The implications were that CASA became moderately heavy handed and caned them and Rio Tinto and the state Government became aware of dodgy practises leading to greater scrutiny. This was the beginning. Ultimately these events damaged future contracts. All roads lead to Rome - Simon.
  1. The Skytrans MD (now the CEO) moans about the state government and contracts and how the REX contract doesn’t help the local community, hypocrites! Skytrans have continuously taken advantage of local communities and passengers and contractors and gladly taken their money while offering a pathetic service in return, continual delays and breakdowns, regular poor service. It was only a matter of time before all this became more public. Skytrans is the product of its own making. All roads lead to Rome - Simon.
  2. Money shuffling has been a total rort. Senior managers paid directly from the family trust, excessive salaries, bonus of 30% of a manager’s total salary each year. You guys do the maths. The airline has been a personal bank account for the chosen few, with other numerous rots with consulting companies (owned by the family) providing dubious services and extracting lots of money. If things are so bad, where is the $30 million from aircraft sales in the past 6 months? Funny how Woollcott has suddenly disappeared back to PNG as a Director at APNG, plus APNG have only just formally announced ATR acquisitions, yet they too have been bleeding money. Seems Simon used those funds to restock the family superannuation account and finance APNG while letting Skytrans wind down. I’m sure the staff must be happy about that? All roads lead to Rome - Simon.
  3. Consecutive poor CASA audits and non-compliances including breaches of the civil aviation act (flying charters with no flight attendants and flying to ports not listed on their AOC). All roads lead to Rome - Simon.
  4. All government routes were handed to them on a platter due to Macair falling over, Skytrans never had to work to earn those routes and they never worked to keep them. Poor OTP, continual breakdowns, sacrificing scheduled RPT to undertake Rio charters. And Simon wonders why REX won the tender? All roads lead to Rome - Simon.
  5. The purchase of too many aircraft during the tail end of a mining boom was a woeful and inept business decision. They put all their eggs in one basket. A false assumption that the mining boom would continue was a flawed plan, and the only people to blame are Skytrans senior management. All roads lead to Rome - Simon.
  6. CEO Susan Nixon was a potential shining light after the incompetent Pinocchio was sent to PNG. However she saw straight away that the place was a lemon. Although she punted Bellamy and Smith, nobody (Simon) would listen to what she said – sell the failing business. She left after 12 months, the clown from Gladstone wasn’t given more responsibility and the decline of the airline quickly escalated. All roads lead to Rome - Simon.
  7. Then you have the proud school teacher, with no real business acumen, coming in and supposedly taking charge of an airline, something she knows nothing about. The result? Well it’s almost completely over now. All roads lead to Rome - Simon.
  8. They have also been crying foul because the former CM got rogered by them, then worked against tem in the TMR tender process and the day after the tender is won by REX he pops up working for REX! It would seem that a shocked Simon doesn’t like it when he receives a taste of his own medicine. Oh well, you can’t stop Karma Simon, can you? All roads lead to Rome - Simon.
  9. Now you have Simon whinging about REX and the $300 000 supposed difference between the REX bid and the Skytrans bid. News to Simon – There are 3 parts to a bid, price is just one part. Another key part is due diligence which you failed dismally. And to think that you feel the taxpayer should kick the tin for another $300k so you could win a contract and become even greedier? All roads lead to Rome - Simon.
  10. The loss of TMR to REX – This doesn’t even begin until Jan 15, yet Skytrans have been bleeding coin for 18 months. That is not the Queensland government’s fault that is their own poor business management. All roads lead to Rome - Simon.
  11. Again questions must be asked about where is the $30 mil from aircraft sales? Has it been put back into the business? NO. It has gone back into the companies coffers and moved around. Simon has also sold businesses in Townsville, the family home, the Bentley, offloading assets Simon? All roads lead to Rome - Simon.
  12. Sacking of at least 1 good chief pilot, the driving of anther one out of the company, the sacking of one good safety manager and the sacking of one good HAMC has also lead to the decline in standards resulting in a half-baked company struggling to survive. Years of rule breaking will do that to you Simon. All roads lead to Rome - Simon.
Finally, Toodogs, you talk tough whenever the opposition has been weakened. You are weak and spineless, you always have been. Try being a man and actually talk to another person face to face, coward. I used to know cactus personally and work with him (and NO, he is not me), and I can say this – 98% of what he posts is correct, and lately numerous other people have spilled the truth and certain people don’t like it. I am permitted to say Cactus no longer works there, and neither do I thank god, and I won’t say if that is just recently or some time ago, but neither Cactus, Flying bear, justadash nor anyone else is the cause of Skytrans issues. Senior management have stuffed the place, simple as that. I no longer work there either. I have always hoped that staff would open their eyes to how they are being used and abused by ‘the family’, and some saw the writing on the wall and bailed, the rest have been woken up recently. And THAT is a real shame. The only ones that don’t realise that the Wild name is mud, are the Wilds. I wish all the frontliners a better future. Many will get jobs with REX, and REX deserves the community’s full support. Money will stay in the community, and the cycle of aviation life will continue.
Come December 31 there will be 60 people left at Skytrans. Word has it that by the end of February it will be all over. But folks don’t blame Campbell Newman or anybody else, blame Skytrans inept management. Folks please wake up and see through the lies as the family attempts to save face and escape with a clean sheet. They are and have been the problem. And as for the rumours about blimps, Taipans autographs and office desks on gumtree it is all true.

Oh, and Simon, in the below links, you are meant to wear a hi-vis vest and ASIC on the ramp. Wonder what CASA and OTS think? Another flagrant disregard of procedures we have come to expect.

Cairns-based airline Skytrans looks to new services after losing contract to Rex Aviation | Business News | Business and Finance News | | Cairns Post

Skytrans in it for the long haul, to expand services to Cape York after contract loss | Cairns Post
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Old 14th Nov 2014, 06:11
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Welcome back Cactus (now under different name) we ........almost missed your garbage!!
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Old 14th Nov 2014, 06:54
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Old 14th Nov 2014, 07:15
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Old 14th Nov 2014, 14:05
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Gday Cactus...nice to have you back

Still a jerk but..
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Old 14th Nov 2014, 21:35
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Pith - that's a photoshopped photo
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Old 14th Nov 2014, 22:00
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Bloody Brilliant

Pith Helmet >>>>> One of the best posts of the yr man !!!

Love the punn >>>> All rds lead to Rome

It's like flying back in the 70s - 90's / the language & the cold hard truth...

Classic reading...
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Old 14th Nov 2014, 23:12
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Devil Some Roads Lead to Pith

You talk about Skytrans's terrible OTP and Break downs... Weren't you head of engineering? Shouldn't you take some kind of responsibility for that?.....Some roads lead to Pith.

You and CJ also talk about safety culture yet in the next breath criticise their break downs and OTP, doesn't that suggest they take safety seriously and actually ground aircraft? In fact didn't you call up and abuse a previous Head of C&T cas one of his pilots wouldn't accept an aircraft you deemed fit to fly only to find out he was the pilot assigned the flight?.....Some roads lead to Pith

In all the years flying for skytrans i never once got questioned about grounding or not accepting an aircraft by a MFO or the upper management. The only hassle i ever had was from the head of engineering....Some roads lead to Pith

Yes Skytrans has had a few hard hits this year, one of which was a former partner airline (which you now work for) in the west, that held a 7 figure debit over Skytrans unless they handed over their best aircrafts? im sure you had a hand in deciding which aircraft to demand....Some roads lead to Pith

The person you immaturely refer to as TCAS got CASA's back up from standing up to them, like more people should in Australia and stop their tyranny. He was complying with the current legislation, however they decided they wanted to come up with their own unique requirements and being the not so subtle person he is, he told them what he thought.

All the people and examples you use, are from years ago and skytrans currently have a MFO and Head of C&T second to none. They like the rest of Australian aviation will continue to use secondhand old aircraft and like everybody else struggle with breakdowns and OTP. Because unless your a major player with deep overseas pockets, will never be able to afford new aircraft.

Since you and CJ are so eager to criticise the wilds for how they manage their OWN money and their OWN company, please forward your CV of a successful airline you have grown and managed??? I think some roads lead to Pith
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Old 15th Nov 2014, 01:44
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Not convinced pith is who you have assumed Chassinshaddows, might be a relative of CJ. Most of Piths comments fairly close to the mark with exception of TCAS. Your absolutely right with TCAS, he is a principled individual and would challenge CASA rationally as and when needed.
Skytrans decline is easily traced to when TCAS then Thick were sidelined, they got the business firing and won (with support from a good team across the board) all of the contracts the company ever held. Both hands on and engaged with the crews, engineers and support staff. Yes TMR was handed to them with collapse of Macair. To be fair though, they did tender and re-win the TMR work 24 months later on the basis of their OTP, relationship and responsible management.
The current team managed to lose the lot within 12 months.Not sure what spin the teacher who with "ambition ahead of ability struggles" can craft to save face from this fact!
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Old 17th Nov 2014, 10:21
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I like some of the comments on the newspaper services. Stat's that Rex operate aircraft older than Skytrans!
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Old 21st Nov 2014, 23:49
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I wonder where Cactus Jack has gone? All his Skytrans posts have gone. He is definitely not Pith Helmet (style different). The truth is out there. I think he had possibly worked out who a few of the pseudonyms belonged to.
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Old 24th Nov 2014, 12:04
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Quote: Tubular Bells I wonder where Cactus Jack has gone? All his Skytrans posts have gone. He is definitely not Pith Helmet (style different). The truth is out there.

Agree Cactus is not Pith, latter is also very informed and current so doubtful is from WA as has been suggested. Cactus disappearance a real mystery, even SIRI has no idea!

One of the regulars in CJ's posts was the Gladstone baggage handler. He has had to don the high vis gear and head off to become the Mornington island baggage handler. Old Jim, the handler to all for past 20 years, spat it with the Gladstone politician and is having a break before REX commence.
Big letdown for the teachers pet and his recent promotion as the GM of the slick new "Greenfield" operation!

Hats off to crew of Q655 today apparently self handled the eastbound turn.
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Old 24th Nov 2014, 19:50
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More likely Cactus had a letter from Simon's lawyers.
Or his current employer counselled him that because some know who he is, his posts could be CLM.
Or he worked that out for himself.
Or his therapist finally convinced him to let it go and move on.
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Old 25th Nov 2014, 07:35
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One would think this thread has run its race?
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Old 26th Nov 2014, 11:21
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More likely Cactus had a letter from Simon's lawyers.
'Caveat Emptor'Like the disclaimer on the front page of PPRuNe, those whom make libellous comments about certain operators find themselves in court as the lawyers simply serve the owners of this forum for them to release it. I know certain operators that have found out entities name address and workplace and have had them fired from their jobs. I heard Brindabella Jetgo and Skytrans have had success here...its not worth it, opinion is one thing slander is another, jobs are to hard to get to be hiding behind a keyboard knocking other companies
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Old 27th Nov 2014, 08:29
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Sad for the staff, wish all the best of luck.
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