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Old 8th Nov 2020, 09:49
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Perhaps one of you chaps could confirm (or otherwise) this recollection from the early seventies. I had a beer with an Ozz Heron pilot in Fiji who told me that under the Australian regulations on trips of a certain length he was required to take an astro shot. This despite being single pilot and no autopilot.
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Old 26th Dec 2020, 20:44
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Originally Posted by ancientaviator62 View Post
Perhaps one of you chaps could confirm (or otherwise) this recollection from the early seventies. I had a beer with an Ozz Heron pilot in Fiji who told me that under the Australian regulations on trips of a certain length he was required to take an astro shot. This despite being single pilot and no autopilot.
anyone know? I wonder if the Herons that flew UK to North American took astro shots as well.
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Old 22nd Feb 2021, 07:06
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I have just received this from a pilot who flew Herons with Fiji Airways.

Fiji Airways regional destinations in the 1960s had no alternatives. A low range disel beacon and no night lighting or engineering facilities. Hence no night navigation needed. All flights had to carry 2 hours minimum island reserve fuel. Sometimes flight planning had to bend the rules on one leg.

The sextants were rather large ex Qantas beasts mounted in the front escape hatch. Passenger seating was only ten with #1 seat position becoming a chart table and #2 a sideways navigators position. A drift sight was also mounted at the cabin side at #2 seat and the navigator was usually the skipper with the co pilot then doing the handling from the left hand seat. On some legs for over 5 hours no auto pilots! Each Astro position line was the product of three two minute observations with two two minute gaps between them. All averaged out and not forgetting about 5 minutes for calculations.

Remaining pax seats become toilet at 15, galley # 14 , and #13 the TGE (travelling ground engineer) who was also the steward serving the box lunches and coffee!
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Old 22nd Feb 2021, 08:01
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Fris B,
Many thanks for confirming that my few remaining memory cells have not totally quit !
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Old 22nd Feb 2021, 10:59
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Lockdown idleness has led me to a daily, rather than, mostly, week-end sweep through threads and discovered this one today. Deep joy. Scrolling down, I wondered why there was no reference to .Morton Air Services who operated both the Dove & the Heron, but, there it was.

I was a wanabee at the time & employed as a D/O at Gatters. Apart from Tommy Gun, Charlie Moss was Crewing Manager but an Ex Radio Operator . I was ordered to ready the Dove as Tom & Charles were going to get airborne for some Air Test, or something. All ready, in swept Tommy asking for the "Operations stop-watch followed by Charles carrying a headset. Blimey, off they walked from the Flight Watch Office direct to the Dove, parked outside (I ordered that ) and off they went. I wondered if we would ever see them again . Halcyon days.
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Old 23rd Feb 2021, 10:55
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Have I missed a mention of the Heron which the RAF provided for the use of Gus Walker when he was Deputy C-in-C AFCENT in the late 1960s? AFAIR the Luftwaffe luckily provided a Convair as well.
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