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Old 30th Aug 2010, 21:09
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See Clarrie.. you DID know that..
That's why you had doubts about that 'e'..

(Some things just STAY in them ole brain cells....)
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Old 30th Aug 2010, 22:40
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I was not having a dig at anyone's spelling in particular....it is just that we see the word misspelt so many times in this forum that I figured it may make more sense to some. Some may have noticed the misuse of the word 'your' also.

I have to admit that if I see either word crop up in a reply then I make the assumption the writer is either a wannabe or worse.

Surely these guys are not Commercial pilots.... no way !..

As for the Aeromed operation, - it was a few weeks ago when I heard it was going smoothly. There may have been a fair bit of spin applied to that ball though.

I have to agree about the build-up and wet season, - things most certainly are not about to get any easier for the operators up here.
I feel it interesting that several operators are manoeuvring about and getting prepared for the next possible go at a contract.
Interesting times indeed..
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Old 30th Aug 2010, 23:06
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not for employees of said establishments.
Govt seem to like stuffing with lives........Pilots, nurses and the Top End people who need the service.
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Old 30th Aug 2010, 23:15
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Which set me 'thinking.. (dangerous for an old codger)
The trouble with 'ee's' (sorry thread drift)
'reminisceing then.. probably told this story before..

Was once sent to Toulouse to do a refresher on their sim because I hadn't flown the ATR for a year. (on French aid money, too, - Viva La France)
Was coming to grips with it again, but got distracted when the Italian sim instructor started hollering " EE A ESS, EE A ESS." Flying that pesky sim, with the airspeed not where I wanted it, and racking my brain for a procedure, either normal or emergency, I just couldn't think what he was on about. E.A.S. ?? Eventually the penny dropped, and things were sorted.
When I was settled back in on line, and had some spare time from the tech manuals again, I enrolled in local Alliance Francaise classes to learn a little about the culture and language that the English side is half descended from. So that was one way (my way), to resolve the difference between the 'ee's' and the 'eye's..
Understanding differences between cultures and pronunciations is no load to carry.
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Old 5th Sep 2010, 05:53
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Interim contract extended? Oh surprise surprise...
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Old 12th Sep 2010, 12:53
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Any news on the NT contract?
How are the current pilots enjoying the conditions etc are they getting looked after?
Are the night time ops happening out of Kathrine?
Who is now running the international medevac side of things out of YPDN?
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Old 20th Sep 2010, 04:13
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just out of curiosity, are Pearl Av still running the international/Interstate medical transfers? Have been watching a fast mover parked outside their hanger in DTown flying off at night for the last week.
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Old 20th Sep 2010, 04:21
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Aussie Nick, I believe that jet is actually belonging to Care Flight International.I may be wrong but if that is true then it is terribly sporting of Uncle Nick to be supporting the competition like that.

Gees he is a good bloke.
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Old 20th Sep 2010, 13:05
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DwD



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Old 20th Sep 2010, 21:59
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Out of/ten, is the service better/worse than the old days when it seemed to operate ok using...... NOMADS!
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Old 27th Sep 2010, 02:37
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Have heard that one of the pilots was flying the 200 with only a C90 Endorsement.
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Old 27th Sep 2010, 11:44
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Noticed when operating through Darwin today that the B200's ar not using the Careflight callsign now, just the aircraft reg. Anyone know why?
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Old 27th Sep 2010, 13:24
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Dogone - refer back to posting above explaining that Careflight have failed again to get the Kingair on their AOC and have had to sub-contract the fixed wing operation to Australasian Jet.

In regards to the others commenting on the Careflight International medijet operating from pearl aviation facility - this is the Queensland Careflight organisation, totally seperate from Careflight NSW who have the interim contract.
Careflight International (the QLD operator) is the medical and rotarywing partner to pearl Aviation in the main tender - makes sence that they should support each other in this way.
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Old 5th Oct 2010, 18:04
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Is it true that you guy's are doing top end airmed in Kingairs without Cargo doors and stretcher lifting devices? (Which NTAMS had) And in second hand aircraft? (Which NTAMS had) In the wet season? (Which NTAMS had) Without seasoned crew? (Which NTAMS DIDN'T have) and somehow thats's better than what Pearl had to offer? Government officials, if you can, please explain?

an update to this situation? MAXGRAD? where are you?
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Old 5th Oct 2010, 19:02
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Nadzab...Interesting points but you did not mention the word 'Management'.

Just an observation....!
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Old 5th Oct 2010, 22:25
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management .. which lot? the operator, the med staff or the government?

I hear not very good things about the present operator .. operating well below expectations and from what I hear government has been required to step in an support them.

NT can expect very noticeable reduction in services when new provider announced.
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Old 5th Oct 2010, 22:51
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The question I am still trying to get answered is why four perfectly capable and well suited Kingairs (with crew and infrastructure) got pulled off line in favour of newer kingairs with a different company.

I'm not having a go at the new guy's that tendered and won a contract.

I want to know who in Government decided that there needed to be a change and how they justified this. I want to know who it was in power that got upset because they didn't get more than they paid for.

No I don't work for any of the companies involved but just like you, I do have to vote for some of these Government types from time to time and it's only fair that they answer for their decisions occasionally.
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Old 6th Oct 2010, 01:36
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Pearl wanted out of what was essentially a loss maker. Easier to pull the pin and pay a penalty and then rebid for the next long term contract....[from a horses mouth..]
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Old 6th Oct 2010, 02:05
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shoot the horse or at least give it a good spanking!
May be truth but I believe not the full truth.

Is it true that you guy's are doing top end airmed in Kingairs without Cargo doors and stretcher lifting devices? (Which NTAMS had) And in second hand aircraft? (Which NTAMS had) In the wet season? (Which NTAMS had) Without seasoned crew? (Which NTAMS DIDN'T have) and somehow thats's better than what Pearl had to offer? Government officials, if you can, please explain?
Yep to almost all. Some are seasoned, some are still baking. Said it before and will say it again. The government has a lot to answer the community for, will they actually explain?.....yeh right!
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Old 6th Oct 2010, 08:34
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NT aeromed is a shambles. I been told it is worse in every respect now than prior to changeover.

From what I hear aircraft are flying with multiple MEL's that are not even looked at until post expiry.

Pressure is on the pilots to dispatch without a GPS and or weather radar- Great for remote strips in the middle of the night, during the build up.

Shifts are a minimum of 12 hours, the loading system (if you'd call it that) is a disaster waiting to happen for not only the patients but the poor bastard pilots that have to operate it drenched in sweat (air-con doesn't work even with engines running)

I was told that the loading system causes the pilots to be cut and bleed every time it is used.

Nice huh
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