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Old 27th Jan 2008, 21:03
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Barra Base and Wildman - nope (well at least as I knew them way back then)

Barra Base became a commercial barra fishery which last year had a problem with Wilma and marauding sharks that got into the net cages .. oh and strong currents would wash them over the top of the cages - went bankrupt I believe.

Wildman I knew was a camp for wayward kids - and that's long defunct .. (they should bring it back! but that's another story)

I think that occasionally there are charters and stuff going on thru' the areas ..

confession time .. I guess my long held theory that Tinny = KP has been destroyed ..
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Old 27th Jan 2008, 21:09
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confession time .. I guess my long held theory that Tinny = KP has been destroyed ..
wash yer mouth out !

I knew KP when he was a bowser boy in Broken Hill

I deny whoever it is yer think I am

Tin did a lot of fishing with luminaries such as Alex J**** to see if the barra base could be a goer
Had me honeymoon at the Wildman not the norty boys camp either it was one of Wimrays projects

Edited to add I have never had connection in any way shape or form with Wimray.

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Old 27th Jan 2008, 21:43
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Jeeez Tinny, Even I would take offence at that connection!
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Old 27th Jan 2008, 21:49
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Barra Base and Wildman - nope (well at least as I knew them way back then)

Barra Base became a commercial barra fishery which last year had a problem with Wilma and marauding sharks that got into the net cages....
Used to enjoy Barra Base strip launching off over the bay.

The Voice, I thought that may have been the case when we were living up there, so I asked him outright..... nope.
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Old 27th Jan 2008, 21:56
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I knew I should have sought counsel .. oh well!

Hey OpsN.. how's life on the east coast?

I gave up trying to work out who Tinny was years ago and came up with the theory so as to not destroy my brain cells any further!
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Old 27th Jan 2008, 21:58
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Life is good, maybe not as "interesting", but good!
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Old 27th Jan 2008, 22:01
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Wouldn't mind catching up with Eddie K. I remembember scaring the crap out of him and Darwin ATC. I was coming back from MGD and had just got my clearance when I had an electrical fire in the panel. I had enough time to advise ATC that I was turning off all the electrics. Tried turning it on again but more smoke so started rereading ERSA on no radio procedures. Had my head down in the book when Eddie pulls up next to me in BOZ. He saw me with my head down and assumed I'd carked it! He was just about to tell the controllers when I looked up and gave him a wave! Nice to know they sent somebody out to keep an eye on me though.
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Old 27th Jan 2008, 22:17
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Last time I saw "Spinner" was when he was flying for Flight West as a B200 FO. He has done well for himself.

Front page of the NT News "Russian Sub spotted of NT coast", one of Ammans pilots reported seeing a periscope, coming in somewhere in the AC681.

Robert Amman got a fair old bagging but the guys that worked their reckon he was a good bloke to work for.

Where is Brett "Brol"Lewis these days ex Brolga and Manningrida Progress Association? That was a very nice C310R they imported in from the USA.

Wildman camp was Wimray little money spinner, flying the likes of Max "Tangles" walker out their in PA-32 for a bit of R&R.

How is Seven Spirit Bay going?
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Old 27th Jan 2008, 22:24
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Last time I heard of Brett he was flying the Dash 8 out to Macarthur R.
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Old 27th Jan 2008, 22:29
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Brett is back in Darwin flying the 717
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Old 27th Jan 2008, 22:39
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I don't feel so bad now that I have heard about Amman seeing submarines!
I saw a tidal wave (note the term tidal wave, i.e. not a Tsumnami) perpendicular to the Darwin-Croker track. I t must have been a couple of metres high, a standing wave due to the King tide. Pax saw it and there were boats in the area so I reported it to FS. Got to MGD and got told the ABC wanted to interview me when I got back to Dwn. Silly Fockers thought it was a Tsunami and evacuated Nightcliff and Casuarina schools. What a beat up. Caused a few surfers to drive north though looking for action!
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Old 27th Jan 2008, 23:25
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George Lucas stayed at Wildman as well
No one knew who he was...

We got our own aliens up here.
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Old 28th Jan 2008, 01:44
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This is a most interesting thread!!

I lived in Darwin from mid 1979 to early December 81 whilst working for a major Auto spare parts company. Left to go and work on a seismic company with the aim of earning enough to do a CPL.

For the last 18 months I shared a 'tree house' with a Pilot who then worked coastwatch and through him met more than a few other pilots who worked for some of the companies mentioned by various posters.

And one person that I can truthfully say I met back then was the person who now calls himself Tinpis!

But unfortunately, I would'nt have a clue which one of the blokes he was/is!!

Tinny's reminiscences of Darwin in post #101 certainly bring back memories!!
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Old 28th Jan 2008, 03:04
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well well Mr Spike ..

I have to tell you that report caused much mirth in the FSC! Even MORE the next time you flew, I recall you being asked if you could see any more big waves (or something similar) by the A-G operator!
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Old 28th Jan 2008, 03:08
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That would be Marak Rutoski, Pearl driver now on the M23. Used to drive Migs around eastern europe, there are some great stories out there about Sabres and bad weather.

Forget the Russians and the tidal wave, though that really did get a good laugh at the time, how about the F16 spotted just out of MGD. Caused all sorts of stir in the Air defence world.

Anybody else go looking for missing WWII wrecks, there a few around. 1985? saw the loss of a Mirage out to the west of Darwin Ian Davis or Davidson, tragic loss with I believe still no wreckage or sign found.

While we are out west how about Max and the boys on Dum-in-mirrie island, talk about fishing. My mum, a dedicated no hoper with a line, bought in enough fish to feed a small country on that day. Did Max ever get the aquaculture thing happening.

I think we all have our pet theories about Tinny, mine involves a guy who is a smooth operator and a pearler of a bloke.

Close, maybe - maybe not

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Old 28th Jan 2008, 04:35
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yer, I remember the day of the Tidal Wave...


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Old 28th Jan 2008, 04:58
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I do remember the question and don't worry I was having a chuckle as well! But I do have a sense of humour, after all I'm an ex FSO too
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Old 28th Jan 2008, 05:07
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The old Darwin Hotel in the city, before it was pulled down.

A few more names from the past:
Dennis Salter ex Airnorth got a job with Air Nuigini,
Sue McCaulis AirNorth C402 driver,
Ian "skypig" Drennan
The bloke that worked for Air North who would go play soldiers on his annual leave.

Airnorths C421c WGS/URT

How may hours would IBJ have in his logbook? And is their strip in the NT that he did not land on. Did they have a farewell for him, it should have been advertised on PPRuNe.

Good to see Brett move onto the B717, how many hours in C210 did that bloke log on the freight runs?
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Old 28th Jan 2008, 11:08
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Sue Michaelis is now in the UK. Writing, Film Making/Producing with her partner (Not TC) and very involved with these activities in fighting for recognition of the Toxic Air in Aircraft syndrom.

Ah, Marik R. What an interesting fella. Ferrying crop dusters in Africa...

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Old 29th Jan 2008, 09:20
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So did Kerry Provis take the casting couch when he left, or did he hand that over to the next Chief Pilot?

The tidal wave would have made the NT News day, after all you can only run so many stories on crocodiles.

Sue was dubbed big tits, for obvious reasons.

So no one knows how many hours IBJ finished up with? Last time I saw he was flying the Caravan on the Bathurst Island run and enjoying life in general and studying is ATPL's.

I think from memory Gorge Washington was one of first civilian pilots to land a landplane on Lord Howe Island when the strip opened in 1977. Somewhere Connair/Connellan Airways leased or operated a Heron on the run for some time.
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