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Sad demise of Perth DC3 Operator

Old 8th Apr 2008, 12:11
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skyways,

All the very best for your second attempt mate.

I assume that the red tape you are wading through is an application for your own AOC?

I look forward to hearing that you are off the ground once again.

Cheers,

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Old 8th Apr 2008, 20:03
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Good luck mate! Hope things work out for you.

Nothing like the satisfaction of firing up the 1830 without a backfire

Great feeling setting 48 inches and listing to the roar of 14 pistons trying to destroy themselves

and I always smile when I feel the rumble of the tailwheel touch after a greased wheeler

Although, trying to turn against 20 knots of wind

GO ZK-DAK (that's our DC3 in Auckland)
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Old 9th Apr 2008, 04:18
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Had the pleasure of flying with Classic Wings, even if poor CWS was U/S due to a bit too much hot air being directed its rudder from a 727.
Professional and friendly and Mrs Zep still raves about the meal we had on board. The man in the right hand seat sure knows about customer service.

skyways, I cannot wait for you to get back in the air - because we're coming back!
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Old 9th Apr 2008, 05:25
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I wish you all the best with it ! Me and my wife will definately be going for a ride when you start up again
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Old 9th Sep 2008, 07:59
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Well ladies and gents, its finally happened - the AOC is through and we can start flying the Dak again!

Its taken a lot longer than we thought, and its been a very interesting experience to say the least, but we have been lucky enough to get support and assistance from occasionally some rather surprising places (and those people know who they are) which has got us over the line. If anyone wants to hear the story, well, you'll just have to come for a fly and then sit down and have a drink with us after the flight....

The main thing for us to do now is to get her flying with people on board - if you had planned to come for a fly last time around, or have decided since then, please contact us to book. I won't deny that the time this has taken has taken a huge toll on us - nothing unrecoverable, but any help we can get to keep CWS in the air and doing her thing for another 65 years would be and will be much appreciated.

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Old 9th Sep 2008, 08:07
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Congratulations Skyways, and all the best. CWS is a magical and graceful old lady. I'll be looking for ya's next time I'm in the area.

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Old 9th Sep 2008, 08:11
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Good deal, great to see her in the air again, Round Engines Rock.
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Old 9th Sep 2008, 08:30
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Good luck Skyways. I had many an intersesting flight on DC-3s and, like many others here, love them to death.

An Air Force test pilot once told me that the aircraft doesn't actually have an airframe life, because when they were designed nobody knew how strong an airframe had to be. Consequently, the the main spar is enormous, the aircraft is rivetted to buggery and, in theory, it could fly forever - providing that you can keep the spares up with what's needed.

Nothing like two radials welded to an indestructible airframe.
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Old 9th Sep 2008, 12:10
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Skystar

The silly old goat in the middle is my old mate from PNG, a wantok tru , he and his family are mixed up with DC-3, and I wish them well, as I hope you all do.

As an F/O, in PNG in the 70,s I was lucky enough to get just over 550 hours on the DC-3 , a great old Bird to fly.

Cheers,

W4
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Old 9th Sep 2008, 13:12
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Another side to the story....

Hey Skystar,

What about the folks, like me, who did their money on your mob last time around when it turned turtle?

TCF
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Old 9th Sep 2008, 13:31
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TCF,

As far as I was aware we took care of everyone's refunds when we had to suspend before. But, if we missed you out, first of all my apologies, and please get in touch with us with the details so we can organise to sort that out!
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Old 9th Sep 2008, 13:32
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has anybody heard of the whereabouts of one Keith Hants? He used to fly for Ansett
Regretfully, Keith Hants died about three years ago in Melbourne.
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Old 9th Sep 2008, 13:38
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Best of luck! I cant wait for a spin in the old girl!
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Old 9th Sep 2008, 13:46
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Thankyou David.

SOOOO nice to hear - we will be your customers a couple of times at least when you resume.....

All the Best!!
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Old 9th Sep 2008, 13:50
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Capt. Keith Hants

When I was a junior F/O in Ansett in the 70's, Capt. Keith Hants, was one of the most respected Captain's in Ansett.


Cheers,

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Old 9th Sep 2008, 13:53
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Thanks Skyways, appreciate the offer, I will be in touch.

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Old 9th Sep 2008, 15:21
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Caught up with the DC3 at YMDG in Feb '06...
YouTube - Pionair C47A (DC3)

What an amazing aircraft she is - She looked and sounded amazing!
The bus driver that dropped the pax off told me that after that flight it was going to be flown over to Perth. If I ever am in W.A I will definitely have to go for a ride!
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Old 9th Sep 2008, 15:47
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I heard the old girl had some interesting times in Cunderdin whilst undergoing the AOC process. glad it all worked out. I'll be getting a seat aboard the old girl in the near future.
Good luck with the second round.
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Old 10th Sep 2008, 03:39
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Could the mods re-title this thread? Its a bit misleading the way it is.
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Old 10th Sep 2008, 04:02
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Good result.
Many happy oil leaks!

Nice Dak photo..
Makes me wanna be somewhere else..
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...gran_roque.jpg


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