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Air Kiribati and Pionair (Bankstown) E190-E2 EIS meeting in Auckland last week

Old 11th Aug 2020, 02:33
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Originally Posted by Car RAMROD View Post
Those locations provide coverage, not the route.
Correct, and that was my point, however poorly made...
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Old 11th Aug 2020, 02:49
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Originally Posted by foam View Post
Correct, and that was my point, however poorly made...

So if you're a pilot did you pass nav for your CPL/ATPL?
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Old 12th Aug 2020, 08:54
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Looks like someone found the keys today to the machine
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Old 31st Dec 2020, 11:58
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Happy birthday 🎉

Air Kiribati Embraer just had its first birthday! Big celebration in Kiribati no doubt.
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Old 31st Dec 2020, 12:48
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Celebrating the failed project 🤦🏻‍♂️. What a waste of money for the people. 2 shiny planes meanwhile their citizens are still living in huts and barely any clothes
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Old 31st Dec 2020, 21:47
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Celebrating the failed project 🤦🏻‍♂️. What a waste of money for the people. 2 shiny planes meanwhile their citizens are still living in huts and barely any clothes
Not really a surprise...
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Old 1st Jan 2021, 01:15
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A waste of money for sure. But whose money? China's? Or the Kiribati Provident Fund's?
At least the politicians who got them involved in this project can blame its failure on Covid19, so face saved all-round....
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Old 1st Jan 2021, 01:40
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Originally Posted by Mach E Avelli View Post
A waste of money for sure. But whose money? China's? Or the Kiribati Provident Fund's?
At least the politicians who got them involved in this project can blame its failure on Covid19, so face saved all-round....
All China's money. However rumours are the politians involved, former CEO and deputy received incentives from Embraer for the deal.
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Old 12th Mar 2021, 22:45
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ANYONE PAYING ATTENTION

No local flying for weeks. Dash 8 not flown for a year and Embraer not seen for months but plenty of office remodeling and new IT gear. Staff told delayed leave bonus payment. Experienced staff terminated but senior management rarely seen in office, Bills and leases unpaid but government keeps providing funds. Rumors of new domestic fleet but pilots not sure the aircraft can meet the task. Rumors Embraer crew no longer employed,

All very strange and maybe all rumors which are camouflaging a major and innovative restructure by the CEO and the remaining senior staff. Time will tell.

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Old 12th Mar 2021, 22:58
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Apparently all the Ejet pilots left pionair for alliance.
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Old 12th Mar 2021, 23:47
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Apparently all the Ejet pilots left pionair for alliance.

Not so...only one.
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Old 12th Mar 2021, 23:51
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Originally Posted by Gne View Post
No local flying for weeks. Dash 8 not flown for a year and Embraer not seen for months but plenty of office remodeling and new IT gear. Staff told delayed leave bonus payment. Experienced staff terminated but senior management rarely seen in office, Bills and leases unpaid but government keeps providing funds. Rumors of new domestic fleet but pilots not sure the aircraft can meet the task. Rumors Embraer crew no longer employed,

All very strange and maybe all rumors which are camouflaging a major and innovative restructure by the CEO and the remaining senior staff. Time will tell.
Yep, the Tecnam P2012 I believe 🤦🏻‍♂️. I guess they can do more frequent trips and spread out the pilots as it's single pilot.
All the best to the new CEO, he has a lot of cleaning up of the mess the previous guy left.
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Old 14th Mar 2021, 06:18
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Apparently all the Ejet pilots left pionair for alliance.
Not so...only one.
So he was right then?
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Old 23rd Mar 2021, 22:06
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Local contact says still no domestic flights and that all Dash 8 engineering support has departed with complaints of bullying.

Saw the Solomon's Bus made a trip there 10 days ago - spares? or more goodies for the senior manager's?
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Old 27th Mar 2021, 22:35
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Apparently the Solomon's flight carried some of the required spares so one of the Twotters - the leased one - was out and about on Thursday, as reported by my local contact. One must wonder what the contingency is if this aircraft has a technical issue on one of the islands in the Gilberts. Is a flying spanner on board every flight? Are there sufficient spares held at home base or is the operation running on a "when needed" supply with a long logistical arm on the premise the Embraer can be called up at short notice?. Perhaps some of the money spent on office refurb and IT upgrades could have been used for essential spares.

The local contact also reports a Board meeting on Thursday, which was not pleasant for the CEO and was followed on Friday by many (number unknown but rumoured to be well into double figures) terminations. Retribution for whistle blowing? The couple of folk whose names I heard are well experienced and qualified but on checking it seems the cruise dance instructor remains on board, excuse the pun. Surely competent management would not downsize immediately before a major equipment changes - where are those Tecnams?

"toxic" is the word being used to describe the environment in the operational side of the business. Wonder when the regulator will step in on the grounds of safety.
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Old 28th Mar 2021, 06:16
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So what will happen to their E-190 operations? Didnít Pionair also acquire a legacy E-190 in addition to the Kiribati E2?
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Old 28th Mar 2021, 07:31
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Originally Posted by Gne View Post
ce instructor remains on board, excuse the pun. Surely competent management would not downsize immediately before a major equipment changes - where are those Tecnams?

"toxic" is the word being used to describe the environment in the operational side of the business. Wonder when the regulator will step in on the grounds of safety.
Which regulator? I may be wrong, but I think that they have their own registry and licencing. There is some connection with PASO in Vanuatu, but to what extent they regulate as opposed to advise is moot.
For domestic operations they can do fairly much as they please - and have been doing so for a very long time. International ops are another thing - they would have to use some registry with oversight capability meeting most of ICAO standards.

Of interest will be where they get fuel for those Tecnams.
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Old 28th Mar 2021, 09:34
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Of interest will be where they get fuel for those Tecnams.
Tecnam P2012 Traveller can use AvGas and or MoGas in their Lyc TEO-540C1A turbo donks with a FADEC controller...
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Old 29th Mar 2021, 04:04
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What has happened to the King Air operation by a local entrepreneur?
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Old 31st Mar 2021, 06:17
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More reports today the camping scene in Tarawa continues to have only unhappy campers. Threats and bullying to keep senior staff on essential person lists, despite terminations, "true" figures for Otter replacement performance taken to Government bypassing CEO and a couple of Board members wondering if they are being told the truth.
Anyone out there know what is really going on? Is it true there is still only one domestic aircraft in the air? Must be a crowded parking apron and hanger during the day..
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