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Old 6th Dec 2004, 14:39
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Angel Singsing belong dispela place

Changed my mind.

To the tune of "Bless Em All "

Written by QF Traffic Officers, in the Lae Mess.

Charlie "Q "

Oh , they say there's a Beaver just leaving the south,
Bound for the New Guinea shore,
Expected to do all the things that they did in Dragons and Drovers before,
There's many a frightened F/O in his seat, a frightened C.P. looking on,
But it's goodbye to the Drover, you've got to move over,
Or stay in the right seat for sure.


Charlie Q, Charlie Q,
Where the hell did I ever cross you,
I've cursed operations, the man with the plan,
But why did you leave me with only one fan.
Oh I know I'm the first of the few,
And I'm quite sure that one will not do,
I'd rather look over, the nose of a Drover, when one goes, your still left with two .

They gave us a manual to study and read, oh what a tale it tells,
Of fires and failures and ditchings and such, I think the bloody thing smells,
Just think of the Wampit, the Wau and the Snake, throw in a Memyamya as well,
I don't give one iota, I prefer a Tri - motor,
You can damn all your Beavers to hell.


Charlie Q, etc.

The Pilots decided they weren't paid enough, so they went to the courts recently,
Lawers, Barristers, Judges and such and when it was over they didn't get much,
So the company has had the last say, the Beaver is still on it's way,
So God help the boys, when they run out of noise, ' cause to walk, it's a BLOODY , LONG WAY.


Charlie Q, etc



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Old 6th Dec 2004, 22:39
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Ordered Balus 2 from

It arrived yesterday and is in mint condition.
Thank you QSK.
Boy did Junior really do all that stuff..?
Old 7th Dec 2004, 00:39
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Old 7th Dec 2004, 01:00
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Geeze, Mendi. The memories flood back........ The Clive Steele Club, Coecon, Ron Neville (RIP), Bernie's fish & chip shop......

Pinky asked me where he can get copies of the Balus books. I found a site here which is advertising the Balus series, but they aren't cheap.
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Old 7th Dec 2004, 01:13
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Balus II cost me $70 from Pacific books .

I have had a few chuckles so far especialy Junior in London with Bryan G trying to buy malarial tours from immaculatley suited London city types
Talk about the original Bazza McKenzie.

I am a foundation member of the "new" (1971) Mendi Valley Club.
I helped pour the foundations.
The Haus hepatitus is a term I havent heard for a while.
Acts of aviation cunning and bravery in Mendi , taking off in a Porter and turning right to climb out thru the quarry.
Old 7th Dec 2004, 05:46
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Robroy....tis 5 years since I left the land of the unexpected...and I'm not as fluent as I once was. Surely words like Lapun bloody wite puk are pretty easy? Olgeta tete = every day. Na can be and or but. 60 60 is 'very fast' or quickly. Pek pek bilong bulmakau is BS...

Feeney was the boss of PNG Accident Investigation and we spent many an hour drinking SP, all he ever drank was white wine, together at the Moresby Dero. Also spent some time together pulling bodies from a wrecked C185

Pottsie was with Talair and then a partner in North Coast Aviation...and still is as far as I'm aware...with Mike Tse, Chris Miles and Geoff Thiele.

Mendi was always fun....sometimes the Tari Gap not so...flew through it every thing from 185s to Dash 7s and everything in the Talair 'stable'...wonderfull memories.
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Old 7th Dec 2004, 06:34
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tinpis. The story about Junior and Bryan in London is accurate, but there's more to the story. Bryan wanted Aerial Tours at any price. Junior only wanted the assets at the lowest price as he was concerned with any undisclosed liabilities if he bought the company. Junior didn't think the assets were worth much and I'm inclined to agree with him on that. Mostly old, high time aircraft, very much a mixed bag fleet.

Talair wasn't too flush in brass at the time due to no air fare increases, Bryan's purchase of the first ICL computer ($200,000) and the three new Islanders. Bryan wanted to borrow brass, Junior wanted to limit his borrowings to preserve his debt to equity ratio.

What you read was really Junior's way of pulling out of a deal which in his mind was overpriced - and sticking it into a few Pommy suits.

I also suspect even at that early time, that negotiations may have been underway between Aerial Tours and PX, which lead to a coup for Biscuit Ears when he sold the airline and kept the staff accomodation etc., a fact PX were not aware of until it was too late.

History records PX eventually got out of that deal by putting Aerial Tours/Douglas Airways into Receivership.
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Old 8th Dec 2004, 06:53
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Simbu man... Last saw Mike Feeney when he was with MBA (Airlines of PNG) along side Tim G and Ken M. And the times we had at the Airways... no, don't go there.

Pottsie took over from me at Talair Tabubil... now that was an event!!
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Old 8th Dec 2004, 07:58
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Once again, after reading some of the preceding posts it has in no uncertain terms been brought home to this sad individual that I got to the land of the unexpected far, far too late and missed out on all the fun/mayhem (organised or not) and general really good times!
Life's a bitch, then you marry one, then you die!
Ah what the ****, there's always another good bottle of red around!
Thanks for the translation Chuckles.

You only live twice. Once when
you're born. Once when
you've looked death in the face.
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Old 9th Dec 2004, 07:14
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I wonder what future generations will say in a topic like this, when discussing "those old ECP days"?
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Old 9th Dec 2004, 07:37
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I have to ask...

Wonem ECP?
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Old 9th Dec 2004, 21:51
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Extra Careful Pilots ?
Old 10th Dec 2004, 07:14
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Extra Careful People, more like! But, no, I refer to the Enhanced Cooperation Program which, thru the courtesy of the Oz taxpayer, is progressively putting Aussie Federal cops on the beat with their PNG counterparts. The whole program is planned to run for 5 years and will ultimately involve all major centres in the country.

If they think that Port Morbid is bad, just wait until they get to Mendi!!!

We might all havta be a bit extra careful now that the real cops have arrived!
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Old 10th Dec 2004, 07:59
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OzExpat ... were you in Pt Moresby when they did a trial run on the breathaliser?

When they put the bag on you, you were given a number which was then printed in the Post-Courier with the indication of Al K. Hol in your system.

The locals loved this so much that it became a competition to see who could get the highest number!!!! Even bet money on the outcome!!!
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Old 11th Dec 2004, 11:54
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There have been some side-splitting stories come out of PNG regards booze and it's effect on the national nervous system.

I was a young didiman working in Madang Dustrict from 1961 to 1963, and witnessed - first hand - the first day of legal drinking at the old Madang Hotel. Think it was in Nov 63?

Anyway, they all lined up at the bar, had a few SP or GB starters, then proceeded to polish off the top shelf stuff - a shot of each!

Left to right, or right to left, it mattered not! They were absolutely smashed within an hour.

Then came the fun part. You have never, ever, seen the like of the performance as the intrepid lads attempted to mount their wiliwils. They were in the barets, thru the hedges and guts up on the rough coronas roads of that era. What a circus!!!

The local polis wagon was on hand, and they all gained a free ride home. It was all done without malice - nobody was locked up - just big grins! They passed out so fast that there wasn't time to fight anyone.

It was a great time to be up there.

happy days,
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Old 11th Dec 2004, 11:59
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Animalclub, I've been here since 1984...

RV6-VNE... you said...
The local polis wagon was on hand, and they all gained a free ride home. It was all done without malice - nobody was locked up - just big grins! They passed out so fast that there wasn't time to fight anyone.
Trust me when I say that some things really HAVE changed! But only as regards the fights!
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Old 12th Dec 2004, 01:52
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God if we hadda been booked for driving "wounded" in the olden days , I would be just eligible for parole about now.

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Mike Feeney whom I first met many years ago after a 'dog fight' over Ngarawhahia, is certainly in NZ. Worked for a few years in Wanganui and is now back in Wellington with CAA(again).

I recall another PNG character(still there) telling me that one day(somewhere in Oz) he was cropping in a FU24-225, when he noticed an aircraft shadow which was not his. Quickly looking on 'tother side, he found a FU24 wing tucked in very close and the Feen's smiling face grinning away!

Once a Jolly Chinbu was composed by a Kiwi working for Chansett Airlines of PNG and sung in the Gateway Restaurant many many times during the late 60's - early 70's.
Later on, this lad went on to fame as the 'Woolworths Bomber' and after his release, went back to NZ.

What about Cassius. A really great bloke with the girls? and if I
recall correctly received 'Cassius' after 'dropping' his bird into the gutter outside the Lae Club with a straight right to the jaw!

Any ex Ansett - MAL crew out there recall the Mt Hagen based P166B undergoing 100 hourly in GKA when the gingerbeards found the belly skin quite rippled and gravel worn.

It was believed that such damage could only be caused by overshooting from a wheels-up touchdown. (Where? Mendi, Ialibu, Kopiago, Wapenamunda?)

Then of course there was a Patair hero who did actually land a Pig with the gear up at Bereina. After digging three holes, it was the intention of lowering the gear and getting a gang of local troops to pull the aircraft out.

If the lad had used the alternate pump and gradually let the gear down to check the hole sizes first, he may have achieved his object. But I think that the gear was lowered under hydraulic pressure whereby the wheels jammed.
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RV6-VNE. I was in Port Moresby and remember when the locals first got drinking rights! Their drinking hole was "The Snake Pit" under the bottom pub.

At closing time the steel shutters were lowered (later welded in the closed position and holes cut to pass a drink through) and the fire hoses turned on!

Mention of tunes - anyone remember "You'll come a kaikai the buai with me" sung to Waltzing Matilda? That must have been late 60's and was very popular at the time.

Sharpie, here's one incident you may remember - I don't recall the details now. Shortly after the Gateway was built (either in the late Patair days or early Ansett ownership days) there was a debate between the Gateway manager and another patron regarding their cars. From memory one of the vehicles was an E Type Jaguar?

The arguement was settled around mid night with a drag down the runway at Jacksons. Caused a stir at the time.
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Old 12th Dec 2004, 22:05
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Am trying to think of the Woolworth Bombers name... he used to sing "Kai Kai the Buai" at the Gateway in Pt Moresby - downstairs... some German name of the restaurant/nightclub.... Weinkellar??

He recorded a tape with such titles as "Streets of Mt Hagen" to the tune of Streets of Toledo, and other take-offs (excuse the pun in an aviation forum). Can't buy it now.
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