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Old 2nd Jul 2015, 09:47
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Update:

737 F/O replacements are now coming from the cadet ranks and their salary is that of a Dash 8 F/O. I can hear the war drums from here!
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Old 2nd Jul 2015, 12:29
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Older man

My very sad and despondent mate advises..

"Am told PGK50O per key, most of the apartment key rings have 3 keys, so that is PGK1500."

😱 $AUD700 for three keys!!!!!
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Old 7th Jul 2015, 22:05
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For those contemplating a move to PX I have just been told a very senior manager had a meeting with cadets very recently and told them their jobs were secure as there would be no expats employed by PX within 5 years.

Reliably informed that with this and the ongoing accommodation debacle pilots will commence walking very very soon.

Stay tuned.

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Old 8th Jul 2015, 01:06
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Coffee houses, now replace the pub as information exchange locations.

Reliably informed that national management (virtually all of it now) has ramped up greatly its anti-expat attitudes (behind closed doors of course , in meetings and private exchanges).

Management now prefer to believe that all problems are caused by over paid under worked expats and all problems will be fixed once they are all gone.
There is one expat top level manager who has found a niche for himself in corporate world (formerly in Qld. Water or similar place and is now in PX) based on attacking "high" salaries, the one and only trick in his bag.How original, give that man a bonus..
Typical of under achieving accountants, he believes the old "anyone who earns more than me is overpaid" thinking, and all the familiar drivel about how easy pilots job is compared to their pay.
Management of course love this and will use him until they don't want him.

For any capable pilot,there are far better career opportunities elsewhere now , sadly, as the seat you get given if you join now will never change.
Yes that's right , no promotion prospects and no relief from a management now unrestrained by any "mutual obligation"contract rules except to demand you comply with every latest thought bubble idea,regardless of whether it is sane,fair or reasonable .
Ignominious wind down of a once unique airline with a equally unique unblemished safety record, for how long one wonders.
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Old 8th Jul 2015, 09:35
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Distorted and negative view of Expats.

Management now prefer to believe that all problems are caused by over paid under worked expats and all problems will be fixed once they are all gone.
There is one expat top level manager who has found a niche for himself in corporate world (formerly in Qld. Water or similar place and is now in PX) based on attacking "high" salaries, the one and only trick in his bag.
Name that preek, and let's see what he is made of.

Some of the problems appear to have stemmed from the gradual accumulation of second rate (or lower) expats who have insidiously crept in over the years. Most have proven to be a poor substitute for the real people who they have supposedly replaced, and they have little or no interest in anything other than feathering their own nest. Some have caused employee unrest and dissention to the point where many qualified Nationals have moved on. They had considerable experience having been mentored under the old guard of previous decades, and in reality were those that the Company could ill afford to lose. (Case in point being the LAMEs who are now in WA and elsewhere through unfair treatment).
There certainly does not appear to be the degree of mentoring that took place in yesteryears. Maybe they have little or nothing to offer and are just seat polishers, who are occupying titled positions but they are semi incapable of delivering what is required.
It is a crying shame to see how the Company has slowly deteriorated from the excellent Company that it once was, such self inflicted decline being almost entirely due to the poor standard of blinkered management in most areas, where they can't see the wood for the trees.
A culture and a mentality of "it is always someone else's fault" has never done any good for any business, and it won't work here either.

Blue skies up chaps, and keep the faith. Regards to ya all, Big E.
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Old 8th Jul 2015, 15:03
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Don't put up with that shite! Head to Saudia, where they want you, need you and can afford to pay you well above all others to keep you!

Happy Landings.
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Old 9th Jul 2015, 07:03
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I think somewhere around 70 pilots have left since the "negotiations" started. Those guys and gal are now scatted around Australia, China, japan, Macau , Naru and Vietnam. That I am aware of. They have great jobs with lifestyles to match and there is more and more recruiting going on in Asia right now! I think ANG will find themselves in somewhat of a pickle with no one to blame except themselves in a very short period of time.
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Old 9th Jul 2015, 07:31
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70 pilots gone in less than 12 months??? That's got to be at least a 30% reduction in pilot numbers in a very short period.

If the fleet and schedule hasn't been reduced proportionately, there Safety and Training departments must be practicing magic.

It's got to be a worry for CASA PNG, last thing PNG wants is a major safety problem with their national carrier with events like APEC coming up in 2018.
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Old 13th Jul 2015, 06:15
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....as there would be no expats employed by PX within 5 years.
At the rate the expat PX guys are getting interviews and subsequent offers, i'd say there would be very few of the current expats still there in 5 years, the vast majority will have left LONG before that.

The 2015 Jihad contract started the rout, and the adhoc shared Accommodation has put the final nail in the coffin for any desire to stay by the guys.

Em tasol Pixie.
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Old 14th Jul 2015, 10:12
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Up there it is commonly referred to as the "ethnic cleansing program".

Told today more resignations imminent, just waiting on medical results. All other aspects of employment passed.
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Old 15th Jul 2015, 23:01
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Am told two more resignations today, makes 72. Others just waiting until a bit closer to their start dates before putting in resignation letters.

Major domestic disruptions the other day due to just 2 guys calling sick. Resignations will be causing more havoc than that.

Best way to protest a crap contract is with your feet, and apparently PX is finding that with such a contract it is not easy to simply replace qualified guys/girls as probably thought.

TANFU comes to mind.
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Old 18th Jul 2015, 00:24
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Deposit has been paid to PX for the purchase of 3 of their Q400's on the proviso that they are all serviced.

One needed a new set of props. Quick check of the records showed 36 blades in stock however they could only locate 10. 26 "gone missing".

Wonder how they are going to blame the pilots for this one.

On top of that there was turmoil when 2 F/O's called in sick on the same day and they could not crew flights for both the Fokker and Q400 fleets. Multiple flights cancelled.

And

4 more resignations about to be handed in which should make the situation even worse than what it is now.

Bloody pilots!
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Old 23rd Jul 2015, 20:23
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I hear that CASA PNG will be meeting with the pilots to investigate rostering practices that are reportedly not in accordance with the regs which is contributing to pilot fatigue. Could be interesting.

Stay tuned.
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Old 20th Aug 2015, 10:04
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Am told that the appropriately named "Wall of Fame" has three more names on it...3 highly experienced Captains.

Also hear that several Captains and F/O's have the resignation letters in the flight bag waiting just a little closer to the start dates with their new companies.

Mountain flying, crappy infrastructure and company experience is exiting at a fast rate stage left... n hell!!

em nau!!!!
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Old 20th Aug 2015, 11:50
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Been told the next court hearing (read appeal) is scheduled for the 27th.

As for the "Wall of fame" the guys are queuing up to have their names added.

Also latest snippet is that Focker crew levels are so low that if anyone calls in sick they just cancel the flight because they have no coverage and it will get worse as more F70's arrive.
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Old 21st Aug 2015, 02:41
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APNG and Travel Air now have ads on the AFAP website for Captains. Good opportunities for the younger nationals directly or indirectly.
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Old 31st Aug 2015, 20:37
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Just received the following - the Capt has handed in his resignation, he's had enough:

The following report was submitted by Capt XXXX today.
The facts speak for themselves.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
26th August 2015

XXXX – Set Up and Robbed by Police on the Way to the Airport

On the 25th August I drove to the airport at around 4:00 am to meet my wife who was arriving on PX 011 from Manila. As I reached the top of Burns Peak I met a police road block. They checked my driver’s license then let me proceed. As I got to the bottom of the hill near Waigani Drive I noticed a car coming up behind me. The car got on my tail and started following me. I was concerned because it was very early.
I began to drive faster in the hope the car would not follow however it increased speed with me. I then decided to drive as fast as I could to the airport in an attempt to escape the car. Just before I got to the airport the car cut me off. It was only then that I realised it was a police vehicle. Three or four men were in the car, two dressed in police uniforms.
One approached my car and demanded my licence. I gave it to him. He then said I was speeding. I tried to explain that I was only speeding because I was being followed and was not aware it was the police and that I was in fear of my life. He said I was under arrest and would be taken to Boroko police station. When I explained that I was at the airport to pick up my wife he said I could pay a fine or go to the police station. He demanded that I pay a fine of a 1000 kina or go to jail.
I told him I didn’t have 1000 kina but only 600 kina. He then demanded to see my wallet and then took an additional 300 Australian dollars. He then said I could pass through. I believe that I was set up as they did not identify themselves as a police while they were chasing me.
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Old 31st Aug 2015, 22:12
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I have been gone a long time.
20 Kina was sufficient in my time.
I cringe to think where this spiral will end. No pun intended.
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Old 1st Sep 2015, 00:23
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Yep stock standard practice for years. anywhere between airport, yacht club and city, hand over K20 and on you go, no argument its just the way that it is. There is no way I would have stopped at that time of the day anywhere or for anyone.

Heard a similar story in KL, alleged speeding, option to pay now or go to the cop shop, wallet extracted cop reaches in takes all notes and goes away.
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Old 1st Sep 2015, 00:40
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Sorri tru Captain. I stopped driving after dark in 2010 in POM. Just too expensive and I got tired of the ridiculous "dance" one has to often do at the police station while they extract the cash out of you. The Captain did well to avoid all of that as it can get out of shape very quickly once they have you at the station.
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