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Old 19th Aug 2010, 12:07
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Ahhh.. the Baron, a truly wonderful balus! Could just fit it into Bali Island on a good day. I enjoyed flying it more than a C402, like comparing a Porsche to a Merc 500. I was much younger then.. speed and agility were the priority... not comfort so much. I think this view may have extended to the female population as well!!

Tinnie, is that C206 in Oksapmin, circa 1979-80?? I was in Tabubil around that time in P2-SEG and the Wewak based balus had a similar mishap there.

What is the old Goroka hangar used for now? The PX terminal alongside is starting to look a bit second hand as well.
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Old 19th Aug 2010, 12:51
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I understand the hangar is owned by a local company and stands pretty well empty.
mendi63, I remembried something right
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Old 19th Aug 2010, 14:14
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Amazing to see one of the Arava's actually flying.
Wantok, yu lusim ting ting or wanem? Bai mi luk na em i 'actually parked'
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Old 20th Aug 2010, 00:26
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the piccy of the Arava looks as if it was taken this morning. Its still parked about the same spot and the hangar looks exactly the same, although it looks as if someone has moved the 212 outside to blow the dust off it.
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Old 20th Aug 2010, 09:54
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Chuck, unless someone has built a road from POM and towed it to GKA, I am going to work on the assumption it flew in.

I do however concede that it is parked in the photo.

These aircraft are 25 years old now, and given their service record must have clocked up nearly 100 hours each.
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Old 20th Aug 2010, 12:44
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Arava
One of Iambaki Okuk's bright ideas?
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Old 20th Aug 2010, 12:55
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P2-SEQ


I know I took this picture 1979-82... I have absolutely no idea where
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Old 21st Aug 2010, 13:05
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That aircraft is one of the few tailscrapers still flying in PNG! Lives at Wau these days.
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Old 21st Aug 2010, 15:21
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I remember seeing a taildragger Cessna during a visit to Wau in 1988. Paint scheme seems familiar, but I cant recall the reg.
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Old 21st Aug 2010, 15:24
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Last time I saw it a couple of years ago it was a somewhat similar scheme only in red and white.
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Old 22nd Aug 2010, 20:01
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Brian McCook

Received information today that Brian McCook passed away. Have no further details at the moment. Does anybody know more?
A sad theme for my 100th post.
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Old 23rd Aug 2010, 10:33
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Sad indeed. Started his career in the closing days of the Pacific War in Catalinas and never lost his love of the big flying boats, in fact one of his last gigs was flying a PBY5a up and down the Nile and a very short stint flying a Widgeon for a shipping company in Rabaul. A long, fascinating and very successful career.

He and his lovely wife were like surrogate Grandparents to my daughter when we were based in Moresby together in the last years of Talair.

One of natures true gentlemen.

Rest well old fella.
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Old 23rd Aug 2010, 10:39
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Sad to hear the news of Brian's passing. My thoughts are with Betty and the McCook family.

Brian was a gentleman - most of the time. Forty years had a neat party trick with beer glasses and light bulbs.

So many of the PNG old timers are now gone.........
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Old 23rd Aug 2010, 13:24
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Brian McCook

He actually flew a Catalina around the Atlantic in 1993, running into engine problems on the last leg to GB. Check it out here:

PeterStuyvesantTravel_1993

Crashlanded the first of the two Lutheran Mission Do 27s in PNG in the early sixties after engine failure. The second Do 27 also encountered engine failure not very long afterwards, but this time claiming the life of the pilot Ray Jaensch and leaving a kiap, who was on board, paraplegic.
Had him on the phone a couple of months ago. He was very alert and talkative, telling me some of his old stories.
RIP Brian
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Old 23rd Aug 2010, 13:35
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Haere Ra Brian.

Where do you start?
He hired me for my second stint with TAL,when I should of been off doing something useful
Hard worker tru, he introduced the [email protected] to TAL which fundamentally changed the companies direction
Rest easy

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Old 23rd Aug 2010, 17:08
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Look what I found - Brian doing what he loved.

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Old 24th Aug 2010, 02:40
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Vale Brian McCook

Hi guys,

This is my first time back on the forum for several months, due to suffering a heart attack and having to undergo bypass surgery in June. Pleased to report that I am slowly coming good now, but I wouldn't wish the experience on my worst enemy...

At least I'm still here, unlike Brian. I was very sorry to hear of his passing. He gave me a job with TAL in Mendi and checked me out on a lot of the highlands strips. Then a couple of years later, in a quirk of fate, he joined PX and after a spell on DC3s he was assigned to fly as my F/O on F27s. As a young and fairly new Captain, I wondered how flying with a much older F/O with Brian's level of experience would work out, especially since he was a real 'seat of the pants' pilot and he was the first to admit that airline number-crunching and strict procedures were not quite his game. But I was pleased to find that in the air he was as always the consumate professional, fully prepared to admit to and correct any mistakes and to fully support me in my role as the Captain of the aircraft. In fact, we enjoyed each other's company so much that at the end of the first month Brian asked if I would mind if he put in a bid to fly with me again. We flew together for about three months and spent most of our cruise time in the cockpit keeping each other well and truly up to speed with the required knowledge of normal and emergency procedures.

On overnights we had a good few laughs together, and on one overnight in Rabaul I remember seeing Brian's trick of chewing a wine glass to pieces - well after it had been used to consume a bottle or two of fine wine!

Rest in Peace, Mate.
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Old 24th Aug 2010, 03:45
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From that web site which included photos of the Catalina, it appears Brian may have been 83 or 84, which surprised me. I guess we all getting old!

I called Jim Sinclair to let him know and Jim mentioned Brian had been working on or had completed an autobiography.

Does anyone know if Brian's book has been published?
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Old 24th Aug 2010, 10:05
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Sorry to hear this sad news...Brian was the first person I met on arrival in POM on my first trip to PNG, Mach 1991 after arriving on the A310 and clearing customs at the old PX terminal building (what a mess that place was) I walked outside to the hear my name being called (in very load voice) by this Talair pilot Mr Brian McCook,who then drove me to the Talair mess up on the hill,at the time a curfew was in place and after 7:30pm the place was very quite no traffic on the road except for a few curfew breakers....probably a few expates coming from the dero....I'am sure he had a son who was a aircraft engineer and may have worked for Talair too. RIP Brian
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Old 26th Aug 2010, 02:24
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P2 Register

I have put together a register of P2 a/c, almost 1200 entries, and is about 95% complete. I will endeavour to answer any 'what happened to' questions. Lists:- reg/type/c.n/date reg/last owner/date canx/fate.
Have a couple of questions:- who was the operator of Cessna 180, P2-ARO?, Cessna 185A P2-CCD?, Cessna 180A P2-DEQ?, Cessna 310K P2-DKY? BN2A P2-EDI?, BN2A P2-FHC? Beech A36 P2-FMY?, Mooney M20C P2-FRO? Beech 200 P2-KCA?, Cessna U206F P2-KSG? Cessna 402C P2-KSR?, Beech 200 P2-MML (ex P2-KCA), Beech 58 P2-MTD?, Cessna TU206D P2-OFM?, I will more later, any help, much appreciated, thanks.
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