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Old 31st May 2020, 06:21
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Couple of hired Bell 212s, donít think they have got anything else running. They got in a bit of hot water a few years ago after it was found that they were operating a CASA 235 with time ex components. The report is on the AIC website.

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Old 31st May 2020, 09:00
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And running a few "fares and freight" trips around the country.
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Old 10th Jun 2020, 05:18
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A slight digression; I was going through some old papers ect a few days ago and found my old Douglas Airways One Way strip book.

Which got me wondering just what is the current set of documents used there these days? The old Club dero had a version which contained a few strips not covered by the Dz version. Had one but lost the damn thing!

Wouldn't mind a copy of any updated versions, purely for nostalgia!
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Old 10th Jun 2020, 05:34
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Check your PMs pinky
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Old 10th Jun 2020, 21:32
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Was Omkalai on Biscuit Ear's list Pinky?


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Old 12th Jun 2020, 06:49
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Was Omkalai on Biscuit Ear's list Pinky?
Not in my copy Taily, and as far as I'm aware, not in any of the copies I ever saw.

Seem to remember that it was in the version sold by the Club Dero though.

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Old 12th Jun 2020, 10:32
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Welcome Pinky, Iím sure he will help as he has a heart of gold.
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Omkalai (now closed) was the steepest at 14% or 15%. Keglsugl under Mt Wilhelm was the highest. From memory........

Keglsugl corrected!
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Old 13th Jun 2020, 22:22
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Omkalai (now closed) was the steepest at 14% or 15%. Karimui under Mt Wilhelm was the highest. From memory........
Keglsugl under Mt Wilhelm
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Old 17th Jun 2020, 08:54
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Role Call

Iím interested to know the where abouts of the following ex/maybe still current PNG aviation professionals;

Adrian Kerr - Shakey
Doug Taylor
John Rocks
Tony Skelton
Anthony Thernbeck? - Big Foot
Mike Foley - CASA AWI Kiwi good guy
Rodney Roach
Rod Marsland - 🚀
Mick Jasney
Phil Anstey
Steve Cook
Mick Dwyer
Mick Bingham - Helicopter Engineer
Phil Dunn
Mark Dunn
Tom Karlsborn
Tom Gleeson
Ray Ross
Ross Fielders - Shaggs
Rob Bradbury - Brow
Wilson Belraj??? - Ex Pacific/Helifix
Greg Bill - Good guy
Nick Gorogo
Jim Smith
John Sovereign
Joe Tripp
Ken Blain
Joe Saba
Jim Moresby Birrel
Chris Tewson
Charles Pooley
Nick Messit
Andy Smith
Frank Ryan

Plenty of others, need to check my logbooks.



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Old 17th Jun 2020, 20:49
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Shakey, Bones and Chris Tewson's wife regularly post on Facebook.

Shags is retired on the Gold Coast.

Lost track with the rest on your list, although a few including Big Foot were at the last Talair reunion.
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Old 17th Jun 2020, 23:03
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Last heard of Shakey was slightly west of Townsville. Woodstock region.
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Old 17th Jun 2020, 23:35
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Thanks, great to hear that these great people are still around. Certainly good memories of the past.

Has or is anyone writing anymore books documenting the history of aviation in PNG? Last book was Balus 4 I think and I seem to recall hearing that the author passed away a few years ago.




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Old 18th Jun 2020, 00:18
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The "Balus" series was a trilogy; James Sinclair passed a few years ago.

Vol 1: The Early Years
Vol 2: The Rise of Tailair
Vol 3; Wings of a Nation

Additionally by James Sinclair

Wings of Gold
Sepik Pilot; story of Gibbes Sepik Airways

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Old 18th Jun 2020, 00:21
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A fairly reliable source in POM told me that Tony Skelton was retired from PNG and was heard flying an 'Islander' aircraft in Victoria during the early 2020 bush fire season. Just heresay......???
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Old 22nd Jul 2020, 22:56
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For those that knew Jasper Maskelyne. (or his father) ??

An interesting article in today's BBC News:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08l3...is-with-magic-





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Old 23rd Jul 2020, 08:23
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Ha - very interesting and it looks like some magicians are as snarky as some pilots
Why else would you want to bring this up from the depths of obscurity...
Anyway Jasper didn't appear to have inherited much of his predecessors talents as when he got me to shut down an engine in an Aztec even he couldn't get it started again
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Old 24th Jul 2020, 04:45
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A fairly reliable source in POM told me that Tony Skelton was retired from PNG and was heard flying an 'Islander' aircraft in Victoria during the early 2020 bush fire season. Just heresay......???
Not rumour, fact. Bones lives in COVID Country (Victoria). Easy to find him on Facebook - look for the "Talair" page or the "I used to live in Papua New Guinea (PNG)" page. Shaggs doesn't do Facebook but lives on the Gold Coast. Big Foot is on Facebook.
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Old 4th Aug 2020, 07:15
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Wondering if Heliniugini is still operating. Web page keeps coming up expired. Thought it was bought by Steamies
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Old 4th Aug 2020, 07:22
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Hopefully it is just a glitch with their ISP.
They are actively trying to shed MIL8, Bell 206, Bell 205 and a BK as a minimum.
Not sure if they have any 'active' contracts at present.
Finger crossed they survive the Covid and Resources down turn.
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