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Old 14th Aug 2010, 10:55
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Always sad to hear of the demise of a good hand
Cant say I recall Matt, what years are we talking about?
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Old 14th Aug 2010, 10:56
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Well that wasn't expected so soon...

Indeed, a big loss for PNG aviation. Sorry to hear of another gone although it is nice to know that it wasn't a loss through an aviation accident...
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Old 14th Aug 2010, 21:41
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Cant say I recall Matt, what years are we talking about?
He flew with Talair from the mid 80's until their demise when he joined South West Air when they purchased P2-RDL (now P2-SWE) in '93.

JM needs to tidy-up his hangar but!
It's not his hangar I'm worried about - it's his desk
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Old 15th Aug 2010, 01:28
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Matt joined Talair fairly late in the piece - long after me so late 80s maybe even 90ish. Last time I saw him was in Mendi when I was flying the Dash 7 for PX in the mid 90s and he was on tours with SWA. Bit of a god botherer - didn't smoke or drink that I remember - strange/sad for someone like that to just die in his sleep at a fairly young age - would he have been 50?
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Old 15th Aug 2010, 03:22
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would he have been 50?
He was 58 and planning to retire in the next year or so.
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Old 16th Aug 2010, 07:18
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JMs Hanger

I see you still use the milk crates as work stands.-- Are the wings off the mahogany desk also!
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Old 16th Aug 2010, 12:30
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Diff'rent hangar..
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Old 16th Aug 2010, 20:09
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I've certainly forgotten most I ever knew..um..what was the question?
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Old 17th Aug 2010, 00:12
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Re: JMs Hanger

As Frigatebird says it's a different hangar - that hangar in the piccy is in Australia, JM's hangar is in PNG and a lot flasher
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Old 17th Aug 2010, 20:44
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Looking forlorn today, what could have been at one time the busiest GA hangar anywhere in the world


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Old 17th Aug 2010, 21:09
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Hard to beleive it supported in excess of 73 (correct me Torres) lighties after the Macair takeover. Most of us have Max and RDB to thank for a "start" in the industry. An appreciation not shared nowadays in the preceeding forum. It is a pity those contributors missed out on all the lessons learned whether they be survival, respect tolerance (and grammar!) I dont believe we will ever see a non-military "lightie" aviation operation of this size again.

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Old 18th Aug 2010, 07:54
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The last time I saw the rear of that hanger was 1971. When the right wing of the Turbo Baron VH-AEA blew apart I made a dash to the back. Stupid move as there was no way out and a raging fire at the front.
A couple of days later Rossco S flew me to Lae in a rather nice E55 Baron to start work for Macair in Uncle Max's facility. Great days and memories forever.
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Old 18th Aug 2010, 09:05
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The old Bellman hangar does look forlorn.

Tinnie, what is that sign or building to the right of the hangar?
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Old 18th Aug 2010, 20:56
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Outside the front of the ole hangar


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Baron, where when?

GKA Dero patron in the chain smoking area
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Old 18th Aug 2010, 21:12
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Tinnie, great shots.

Amazing to see one of the Arava's actually flying.

The shot of GKU has me all excited; flying the Baron up there was great fun. IIRC, this is the one that Max went fishing in.

Enjoy Goroka.
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Old 18th Aug 2010, 21:25
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Those photties taken by a mate. Last time i was in GKA was '83
Yes the Baron was fun werent it? you was lucky that Macair had the good sense to buy a few which Dennis inherited
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Old 19th Aug 2010, 00:57
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Similar paint scheme in the Islands - the 55C also inherited from the Macair takeover. VP-PAK(S.#. TE-44) became H4-AAB after Independence in July '78. It ended its life as an underwater wreck dive site dropped in off Kukum. (Intentionally). The compass couldn't be calibrated to within about 8 degrees because of the number of times it had been down on its belly or knees. Was groundlooped on the algae covered (shorter then)strip at Marau once, with a main collapsing, (before my time).
Sometimes it would do the run to Santo and back thu Santa Cruz as well, to replace a Queenair on the day. Never had many passengers while Air Pacific ran the BAC 111 between Vila and Honiara (from Nadi to Brisbane return) twice a week.


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Old 19th Aug 2010, 01:22
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I ferried a Baron from Cairns to Lae way back when. (Standby I'll dig out me log)
VH-MKB on the 6th april 1974
There was something peculiar about the elevator feel, it had just come out of a Cof A
Duly noted, one day someone (GS?) was looking at it front on from out the office window and ho..ho.. the tailplane had a twist in it like a propellor
Am I remembering that right mendi63?
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Old 19th Aug 2010, 02:33
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Whodunnit?

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Old 19th Aug 2010, 03:34
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Am I remembering that right mendi63?
I seem to recall that the torque tube arms had been drilled incorrectly. I can't recall exactly who did the work but it may have been a now defunct company in Townsville.

Frigatebird, I think that the Baron was also previously registered VH-MKC and then VP-MKC.
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