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Old 23rd Jun 2013, 01:41
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I know Niall Sullivan did it in an Electra!
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Old 23rd Jun 2013, 04:58
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Electra N. Sullivan

They were still talking about it when i arrived in Lae.
My kids would have loved it.
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Old 1st Jul 2013, 06:36
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Thumbs up Remembering

G,day guys just joined. I worked in Kiunga 88-89 and remember P2-ISK as well as COD? flyting us up to Tabubil. Also drank with a couple of pilots in the HHH Mike "somthing" and Simon Butler? do any of you know these guys>
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Old 3rd Jul 2013, 00:13
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Mike "somthing" and Simon Butler
You mean Mike "Jeeves" Butler?
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Old 3rd Jul 2013, 00:16
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Laurie Crowley RIP

I missed that earlier post.......

Laurie was a gentleman, something of a rarity in PNG aviation.

Another old timer sadly departed. Farewell mate.
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Old 3rd Jul 2013, 11:50
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I may be a little out of date but I believe there is currently a B205 driver who started with Crowleys still up there wandering the unexpected.....
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Old 3rd Jul 2013, 19:12
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Anyone heard about a C206 accident on a beach near Lae recently?
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Old 12th Jul 2013, 06:25
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For those who know him....

Simon Foo ( former deputy chairman ) has been appointed CEO of Air Niugini.
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Old 12th Jul 2013, 07:34
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Really? He was acting I had heard.

Hopefully the first thing he does is get rid of the Engineering GM - before something bad happens to an aircraft.

Not sure that is the best move - PX needs an experienced airline CEO.
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Old 12th Jul 2013, 07:48
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Politically acceptable, and should be able to hide the skeletons from his predecessor's reign. First big decision is when to start direct international services into Kokopo!
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Old 12th Jul 2013, 10:29
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Congratulations Simon, I think he has been around long enough to have seen all the damage done by the so called "Experienced" CEO,s and now has a chance to go forth....and multiply . The biggest hurdle as always will be the Politics running interference
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Old 13th Jul 2013, 00:50
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Tru tok... the so and so pollies!!! I remember Okuk!!!
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Old 13th Jul 2013, 07:55
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Animalclub - this Okuk !

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Old 14th Jul 2013, 03:05
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Yes, that's the man... barged into the Traffic Office at POM and called me an "inefficient white b*stard". I'd been with Air Niugini just two days and I'd never met him before!!!
Whilst he was out of office he is reported in the Post Courier as saying that he had to get back into politics to pay his debts!!
Then there's the PX man visiting East West Airlines in, I think, Tamworth where one of their executives asked about the Irish man that PNG had as a Minister for Civil Aviation!!
Oh yes I remeber Okuk.
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Old 14th Jul 2013, 04:38
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He bought those wonderful DHC-7 for ANG which gave me many hours of overtime fixing them; but at least allegedly he got a rosier outlook on life.
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Old 21st Jul 2013, 01:50
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Post #3910 C206 Beach Landing

Waghi Warrior,
Received the attached information from John Cheung of Island Air, Madang.

News Wednesday 17th July 2013

Plane crashes

A LIGHT aircraft has crashed on its maiden flight to a prepared airstrip on a beach in Yambo village in Bukawa, Morobe Province in May, 2013.
Eyewitnesses told Post-Courier last Friday that the plane — Cessna 206 — landed on Samwha beach on a Sunday in the first week of May.
The Cessna 206 was piloted by Bob Herchman and he was accompanied by his wife Julie to Yambo village.
Herchman comes from Las Vegas in America.
He is married to Julie from Umba village in Menyamya, Morobe Province.
He owns the PNG Minerals Exchange Limited, based in Bulolo town.
Eyewitness Yalu Alumbamtuyom confirmed that the Cessna 206 plane had landed on the prepared airstrip on Samwha beach.
“Its front wheel got broken, and the tyres sank into the sand, and the plane’s nose dived into the sand, and its propeller got broken, causing the plane to flip over,” Mr Alumbamtuyom said.
He said the occupants escaped unhurt.
Mr Alumbamtuyom said Herchman’s first flight to Yambo village was to assess the accessibility of the prepared beach airstrip to help the villagers.
“Our Bukawa road is deteriorating, and we are struggling to bring our cash crops, fresh garden produce and marine resources to markets in Lae,” he said.
Mr Alumbamtuyom urged the Civil Aviation Department not to penalise Mr Herchman.
Yambo village ward committee Yanam Tuyom reiterated that Mr Herchman should not be punished by the Civil Aviation Department.
“Mr Herchman comes to help us, when the Government and our Morobean leaders are blind to fix our Bukawa road,” Mr Tuyom said. Another witness Andrew Tuyom said when the plane landed on the prepared beach airstrip, its wheels struggled to move, as the wheels got sank in the sand. He added the entire Yambo villagers were at their church, and could not have witnessed what had happened.
Earlier in this month, Accident and Investigation Commission CEO David Inau and his team had visited the crash site.
“The pilot hasn’t reported the incident,” Mr Inau said.He said the pilot’s attempted landing on the badly prepared airstrip along the beach was illegal.
“The nose wheel of the plane sank in the sand, and the plane flipped over to its back,” Mr Inau said. He added that the occupants of the plane escaped unhurt.
“It’s an unauthorised landing strip.
“At this stage, the pilot operating at that prepared airstrip is illegal.
“There are rules and laws in civil aviation.
“It’s a regulated industry,” Mr Inau said.
Morobe Governor Kelly Naru told Parliament last week that the light aircraft nearly caused a mid-air collision with an Airlines PNG aircraft. He said the light aircraft was unlicensed, flown by an unlicensed pilot and was flying to an undesignated and unauthorised airstrip in Bukawa, from an unknown departure destination.
Governor Naru said everything that the light aircraft did was illegal and endangered the lives of many people.
Meanwhile, the Accident and Investigation Commission is trying to get in touch with the pilot to establish the facts involved in the crash landing.
The Post-Courier has attempted for several days to contact Mr Herchman but he was not answering the calls on his mobile phone.
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Old 22nd Jul 2013, 11:47
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Bulolo 206

There is also a similar article mentioning the beach crash as well as a near miss with an ALPNG Dash 8. It seems the aircraft has been all over the place with no flight plans or radio calls so tipping up on the beach may be one of the better possible outcomes. Has been seen based in Bulolo looking quite tired on the VH register. Worn light brown markings. Where the Avgas would come from to do all this is a mystery but maybe it was just gas, seems to have been operating well outside the box.
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Old 22nd Jul 2013, 12:24
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Few of the Lapuns are planning a '6 to 6' Check it out.My front page -
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Old 1st Aug 2013, 10:48
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Smile Can you really start an Islander with a rope?

Any of you Lapuns ever started an islander like this?
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Old 10th Aug 2013, 07:14
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Hi Wilsoni,

I was based in Kiunga and flew ISK from Nov 87 to Jul 88. I may have given you a ride. I knew Mike Butler well enough at the time.

Cheers Bozzo
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