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Old 27th Sep 2009, 06:32
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wrap [IMG] then [/IMG] around the full http address. the IMG doesn't have to be in caps btw
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Old 27th Sep 2009, 06:38
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I can't believe you've still got that thing!
I have, but the club folded due to lack of membership many years ago. Poor old girl is sitting on our vacant block sans 308 these days. Damn - I miss the buzz that thing used to give me!

DF.
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Old 27th Sep 2009, 07:24
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A quick few from my time in the Solomons.


Seghe



Gizo



Marau





Twotter with a nice tailwind! 213kt GS



Magical


more later....
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Old 27th Sep 2009, 09:19
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A few from the archives and some recent.









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Old 27th Sep 2009, 12:24
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Silver Eagle 340?
No, the conversion I saw in progress was for a single turbine on the nose of a C340.
I think that single engine Navajo looks really good, who knows how it flys.
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Old 27th Sep 2009, 12:51
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Nice ones Mynameisis. Your bottom one is the Boli Passage - sailed a yacht through it once. How's Fiji ?
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Old 27th Sep 2009, 13:02
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There was a company here in the states working on a similar conversion for the Cessna 340 also using the Walter 601 engine but I haven't been able to find anything on that for a few years now.
Does it look something like this?



Taken at Oshkosh 2005; looking for this pic reminded me how much I want to go back there.
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Old 27th Sep 2009, 13:41
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That would be the one Plow King.
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Old 27th Sep 2009, 14:16
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thanks frigatebird, here's some more.

Fiji.. not me, havn't been there in a long time.........


Jajao



Yandina



Kaghau



Gatokae



Choiseul



Santa Anna



Nana




Pilot's Accomodation.....

.....only whilst on leave!





Sanity
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Old 27th Sep 2009, 20:41
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You must be the young guy I heard about then that resigned to go chase Command time. Hope you're getting it. (heard you on the H.F. once from Gizo) You will have all the sprogs wanting to go there now for a co-pilot job !!!
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Old 27th Sep 2009, 22:58
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Ah... the Sols. so beautiful they're corny
The days of the Pommy Admin were wonderful . Panama hat , crumpled white linen suit with bottle of gin in jacket pocket....
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Old 27th Sep 2009, 23:24
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frigatebird, i think you've got me now. Hope you are well.

been logging multi command hours for the last year and a bit, so all is good there

I do miss the Solomons a bit though.



And some more photos

Munda



Ramata



Bellona



Rennell



Ballalae



Mono



Atoifi




Unloading at KiraKira





Nice isn't it?
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Old 28th Sep 2009, 00:42
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Looks like the old wartime Jap POW-built strip at Ballalae is getting a bit narrow for a 20 metre wide Twotter these days. Glad to hear it's all going well. Will pass it on.. Cheers Frigate
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Old 28th Sep 2009, 23:37
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This was prompted by my comment on another thread, to a young fellow to step off out of his comfort zone.

Flying without an aeroplane..

Preparation



Strapping up



Kids ( - or -Student with Instructor getting ready for first Solo)



Stepping Off



Full Stretch



RELIEF !! (A good landing is one you can walk away from..)




The Chiefs son jumped from the highest platform, one vine broke on the pull-up and he hit with a bit of a thud (hard landing-little flare),
but he got up with a little help to walk away, just as well he was in a "twin"!
Now he has Experienced an In-flight Failure

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Old 29th Sep 2009, 08:25
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MyNameIs, Tinny and Frigate - What are things like flying in the Sols? Been there a few times, just passing through though. Still lots of dramas with the locals? How does the Bongo go on some of those short strips?

Certainly one of the most beautiful places in the world... wouldnt mind working over there myself!
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Old 29th Sep 2009, 10:23
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Mynameis - Like I said, its happening..

Sunday, Bongos as you call them, and Twotters always go well on short strips, - that's what they were designed for.

Flying in the Islands is great, none better than Solomons and Vanuatu - not as demanding as the terrain in the Highlands of PNG. They have their own "special requirements" like anywhere, however. They tend to home grow their own Captains from the Copilots on the Twotter who have the local knowledge and have nowhere else to go. Not much turnover, I think, but sometimes N.Zed, Fijian, Tuvaluan, PNG, and Aus. trained Copilots get a look in with low time. Money low and management, am told, pretty selfish. Bit of crime that gets hushed up/ignored, even though there is not much of a tourist industry. The rest you can sort out for yourself if you're keen enough.
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Old 29th Sep 2009, 12:29
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Sunday99 - I never flew the Bongo in the Solomons (unfortunately/fortunately, i don't really know!) but it could do every strip the Twotter did- it generally didnt go past 100 or so miles from Honiara (no real need for it to go further unless it had to).

Its been a couple of years since i was there, things MAY have changed, but more than likely not- its the Solomons!!!!

Money is crap, but first job for a bit of time under your belt it isnt too bad. Get some time and move on/up if able to.

I was never once hassled in my time there- including walking around the streets on my own at stupid-o-clock after visiting the ATM to get a pocketful of $$ to go and spend on more Solbrew back at the hotel or club. Never felt uneasy or threatened etc.
I found it to be quite good- but thats not to say there isn't any trouble......

I did enjoy my time there and miss the place a little. One thing (amongst others) that I didnt get to see was the Kavachi undersea volcano spewing its guts, that would have been an awesome sight.


Anyway, more photos!


Fera, one of my favourites!

and from the other direction



RNZAF Herc visiting



Troop changeover



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Old 29th Sep 2009, 12:31
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and a couple more..







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Old 29th Sep 2009, 20:03
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Going down the M'Boli Passage again. Bet I know which captain you were with.. hush..
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About 1/10th of that little island spec there looks to be Tsumani proof. Hopefully it didn't get wiped out this morning.
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