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Old 8th Mar 2006, 23:06
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Thanks OzEx, thought it was BS.
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Old 14th Mar 2006, 00:25
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VALE: DEAN DARCEY

Very sad news in that Dean Darcey, Air Traffic Controller ex Lae and Port Moresby known for his 'Joe's Jolly' and "Moresby Gliding Club' prose, a great golfer, tennis/squash player, poet, friend to all(even pilots) collapsed and died whilst playing a game of tennis in Brisbane last Saturday 11th March.

The funeral is to be held at Centenary Memorial Gardens, 353 Wacol Station Road, Sumner, next Friday 17th at 10:30 am.


Message from fellow ATC Graham Dew to Malcom Douglas.

I thought that you would like to know that Dean Darcey died last Saturday (11/3). He was playing his usual Saturday afternoon game of tennis with a group of friends on a private court in Boscombe Road, Brookfield. He collapsed on the court and despite the immediate CPR efforts of a retired cardio-thoracic surgeon, one of the group, could not be revived. There is to be an autopsy, so we expect the funeral to be toward the end of the week.

I believe all relevant the ATCs have been informed but do you know of any other aviation identities whom you think would like to know of Dean’s death?


Vale a great golfer, tennis and squash player, musician, poet and laconic wit.
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Old 15th Mar 2006, 22:58
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Wing in ground effect too difficult for me Tinni;
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Old 18th Mar 2006, 22:48
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Is there anybody still out there.?? Thread seems to have died a bit.!
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Old 19th Mar 2006, 05:58
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We are still out here Taildragger.

It seems that some of us are busing in retirement, keeping out of the way of 'She Who Must Be Obeyed' and enjoying yacht racing and the frivolity that goes with it, not devoting the usual hours dreaming up schemes or themes to upset Chuckles.

Kia Ora.
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Old 19th Mar 2006, 09:06
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Say 'uncle'?
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Old 19th Mar 2006, 09:06
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Right On Sharpe........couldnt have said it better myself Hi Hi Hi ....sad news about Deano Darcy.....trouble is....we are all headed thet way ...like it or not !!
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Old 19th Mar 2006, 21:39
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I ain't going. I am going to hang around like a bad smell.
Talking of which.......
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Old 20th Mar 2006, 05:05
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2006 PNG Reunion

Paul Bolger is organising the 2006 PNG Reunion.

To be held at the, Southport RSL Memorial Club, 10th. June 2006.

RSVP 26 May 2006

$39 per person.

Accommodation has been arranged at a special rate at various locations.

Contact Paul at, Phone/Fax. 07 3889 6805

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Old 24th Mar 2006, 21:38
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Can't let the thread go under, so I am bringing back to the top again
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Old 25th Mar 2006, 00:07
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Swiss pilot killed, 3 hurt, in PNG crash

A Swiss missionary pilot has been killed and three passengers injured in a light plane crash in Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands.

The Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF) Cessna 206 aircraft went down near the town of Tari early on Thursday afternoon.

MAF general manager Mike Jeliffe said it was not known at this stage what caused the crash but officials from MAF Australia would come up to head an internal investigation.

The pilot had reported entering the circuit area around Tari airfield and operations appeared normal but the six-seater aircraft did not make it to the airstrip, he said.

The 42-year-old Swiss pilot, whose name was not released, had been in PNG with the Swiss Mission for 12 years and leaves a wife and four children who were in the country with him.

The three PNG national passengers, two of them seriously injured, were taken by helicopter to a hospital in the Western Province capital Mt Hagen.

They were expected to survive, Jeliffe said.

MAF staff were shocked by the crash after having lost two New Zealand pilots in the crash of a Twin Otter aircraft in the Star Mountains of western PNG in February last year, he said.

The airline has suspended flights of its 10 single-engined aircraft and four Twin Otters apart from flying in investigators.

Last year's crash killed Captains Chris Hansen, 37, and Richard West, 40, but the cabin attendant and eight passengers escaped with only minor injuries after the plane hit trees as the pilots tried to land at an airstrip.

MAF has operated in PNG for more than 50 years, flying people and supplies to the remotest airstrips in the country.

© 2006 AAP
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Old 6th Apr 2006, 02:04
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MAF will fly on

MISSION Aviation Fellowship (MAF), the longest aviation company serving rural Papua New Guinea, has assured it would continue to serve the country. It also pledged to maintain its safety standards, despite three plane crashes in the last 12 months. MAF general manager Mike Jelliffe gave the assurance after a Swiss missionary pilot was killed and three passengers injured in a plane crash in Southern Highlands last month. The MAF Cessna 206 aircraft crashed near Tari town. In February last year, MAF lost two New Zealand pilots in a crash of a Twin Otter aircraft in the Star Mountains of Western PNG. Last week, the airline suspended flights of its 10 single-engine aircraft and four Twin Otters apart from flying in investigators, while staff were attending to the funeral of the Swiss pilot. Mr Jelliffe was asked if the public in PNG who used MAF aircraft could be assured it was still safe to fly with the airline. “MAF seeks to maintain its standards at the highest professional level, in full compliance with Civil Aviation requirements and the fact that accidents still happen is an indication of the nature of PNG operations,” Mr Jelliffe said. He said although MAF was aware that last year two New Zealand pilots were killed in one crash, and just in a year, one more pilot had been killed, he still assured MAF would continue operating in PNG after 50 years. “Our pilots from overseas come to PNG knowing there are dangers. The loss of our pilots in these circumstances does not change the reason we are in PNG- to serve the churches and communities with air transport, and to serve God by doing so,” Mr Jelliffe said. When asked if the sort of planes MAF uses (and had used) were still conducive to flying in the PNG environment, Mr Jelliffe said the kind of planes used in PNG had proved to be the best kind of aircraft in the world.
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Old 18th Apr 2006, 13:49
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VALE. "Mac" Drew

Ashwell Macleod "Mac" Drew passed away peacefully after a short illness, on Thursday 23 March 2006, aged 74.

Mac, was RAAF trained, saw active service in Korea, joined TAA in 1960, was Chief Pilot of Crowleys in Lae, then went to Ansett APNG, back to Oz. in 1973 and retired as a B737 Captain in 1988.

A good bloke, Wantok Tru.

Apinun Mac,

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Old 21st Apr 2006, 03:05
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Solomons Islands.
Fish, forests, gold, bauxite, phosphates, lead, zinc, nickel , its gotta be about that? Surely we not getting a warm fuzzy feeling about law and order and domestic harmony?
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Old 21st Apr 2006, 03:21
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and the next one on the slippery slide in melanesia...fiji
it takes them all about 25 years post independence
i know my pidgin is ratshit but how do you say it??
"wanim taim masta bilong ol kam bak?"
how many days til the election?
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Old 24th Apr 2006, 00:17
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Three killed in helicopter crash

Two Papua New Guineans died instantly while a third died at the Iagifu Ridge Hospital when a Hevi Lift helicopter on contract to Oil Search Limited crashed on approach to the Moran 5/7 helipad in the Southern Highlands. The tragic incident happened last Thursday at 5pm. It was the first major incident of such disastrous proportions involving Oil Search this year. On board the helicopter were seven passengers — six Papua New Guinean welders and their Australian pilot. From the surviving four passengers, a critically injured patient — believed to be the Melbourne-born pilot — was medivaced to a hospital in Cairns, Australia, for special medical treatment in the early hours of Friday morning. The remaining three passengers were airlifted to the Pacific International Hospital in Port Moresby where they were being treated for their injuries. The trio was reportedly very traumatised by the incident and medical officers attending to them would not allow visitors, including the media, to speak to them or take photographs. “A swift and efficient response by the Oil Search field response team assisted in rescuing the passengers and bringing the critically injured to the Iagifu Ridge Hospital,” said Oil Search managing director Peter Botten. He said while the company regretted the tragedy, a full investigation involving Oil Search Limited, Hevi Lift and the Office of Civil Aviation Authority was already underway to determine the cause of the incident. “Oil Search is doing what it can to assist the injured and support their families at this difficult time and is also providing counselling to other people affected by this incident,” he said. Hevi Lift said on Friday they would issue a statement regarding the incident later.

PX Boeing in ‘tail-strike’

Air Niugini’s Boeing 767 aircraft has suffered a tail-strike on landing at Jackson’s International Airport in Port Moresby, delaying an undisclosed number of international passengers from leaving. The flight —PX 004 — had arrived from Brisbane, Australia, around 5.30pm yesterday when the incident occurred as the aircraft was landing. Air Niugini’s corporate affairs manager Eva Arni told the Post-Courier yesterday that as a result of the mishap, the aircraft could not operate the PX 005 flight from Port Moresby to Brisbane and Sydney in Australia. Acting chief executive officer of Air Niugini Wasantha Kumarasiri said last night: “It was not an emergency landing . . . the aircraft on (normal) landing suffered a tail-strike.” He said following the incident the airline took the necessary steps to ensure normal Boeing procedures were followed and the aircraft will now go for a service. He said all passengers for Brisbane who were to travel on PX005 yesterday were airlifted to their destination in a Fokker 100 series aircraft. Mr Kumarasiri said while the tail-strike would disrupt Air Niugini’s services to Australia, the airline will do its best to provide the best customer service. He said alternative arrangements would be made for passengers who wish to travel with Air Niugini out of the country. Mr Kumarasiri could not confirm how many passengers were affected and when repair work would start on the Boeing 767 aircraft.
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Old 26th Apr 2006, 12:22
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Early PNG Film Footage

Came across this link today - has some great early PNG film clips including aircraft and airfields - complete with sound/commentary - well worth looking at.
http://www.pngair.com/?q=node/1042
Enjoy
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Old 26th Apr 2006, 21:26
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sheesh...bulolo ain't changed much in like 70 years... Sunday afternoons on the brown bottle at the swine lodge were great
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Old 27th Apr 2006, 23:20
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The clips at PNGAIR are taken from a video the Commonwealth Film Archives sent to my cousin with the original reels my uncle took before the war.
With a couple of conversions to get the footage into my computer, to work on some sort of stories, there was a loss of resolution which was pretty sad to start with.
The original is hundreds of two to twenty second quick clips taken over two years.
I collected disjointed clips into some semblance of order, so you'll see the wrong type of wing in some aerial shots from the aircraft type that taxis.
My uncle flew Junkers F13s, W34s, G31s, Ford Trimotors and Gypsie moth whilly nilly in that time. He was killed in a Guinea Airways Lockheed 14 crash near Darwin in 1942. Would have been either kicked up into the Flight Department to shut him up, or been high up in the Federation if he lived, as he was a bit of a stirrer.
I'm going to drive to my cousin's place (6 hrs) and pick up the original 16 MM reels and bring them back to Bris to have them converted from 16 MM straight to DVD and re-do them in a hi resolution. They should be considerably better then and hopefully download faster.
I'm busy at the moment with planning a "barnstorming trip" from Sydney to Perth in a DC-3 a couple of cousins are buying and will operate from Perth.
We decided to drop in at a number of country towns to give the locals a look at a DC-3 and a ride if there's enough interest, rather than sit up there droning all day to Ceduna and then Perth the next day.
CASA is having fun with the transfer of ownership and a departure date keeps moving along a few weeks at a time.
The aircraft was East West's flagship EWA then EWF. Ken Jarrold showed me his logbook where he flew it out of Moresby when it replaced one of the Patair 3s when it was doing a major for a couple of weeks.
I also am re scanning the black and white photos that are on a PNGAIR and couple of other sites with a better scanner and will have them available... one day.
Did you get those discs I posted you SHARPIE??
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Old 27th Apr 2006, 23:47
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sheesh...bulolo ain't changed much in like 70 years... Sunday afternoons on the brown bottle at the swine lodge were great
Had my honeymoon there in 1965!!! Was Ted Ferrie the man in those days?
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