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Old 26th Dec 2011, 06:04
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Hi Kippers

"After quite a few years of swinging a hammer I have achieved the goal."

I know there is a shortage of chippies in DRW, one option for you would be to jag a job in the building industry, whilst in pursuit of that first aviation job.

The vast majority of pilots that persist (don't give up after the inevitable knock backs) do succeed.

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Old 26th Dec 2011, 06:47
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From my own research I have been looking at making the move over to the Derby Broome region late Jan early Feb.
My advice would be go now, don't wait! The sooner you get there, the sooner you will get known.
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Old 8th Jan 2012, 10:08
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Hey mate, not sure about anywhere else for cheap places to stay, but in Kunners you can't go past the Kimberley Croc Backpackers. They have a weekly rate which I think is around $125 in the wet. I think the Kununurra Backpackers would probably have a good weekly rate too, but the walk to the pub is too far!
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Old 8th Jan 2012, 10:35
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but the walk to the pub is too far!
Now that is useful information!
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Old 8th Jan 2012, 10:40
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well i think thats gotta be the most valuable info in this thread - especially regarding the walk from the pub! priceless and cheers!!
good luck for the upcoming dry season every1 else at there.. i know im ready for a start this season... if not, f**k it, will jus drink the piss..
lol
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Old 8th Jan 2012, 11:02
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How good of an idea is it to book at those places? I imagine they will fill up pretty quick!
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Old 9th Jan 2012, 10:18
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Then get there early!
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Old 10th Jan 2012, 03:53
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"After quite a few years of swinging a hammer I have achieved the goal."

I know there is a shortage of chippies in DRW, one option for you would be to jag a job in the building industry, whilst in pursuit of that first aviation job.



This guy worked on this property as a builders labourer
Whats it got to do with aviaton?
He just sold the Airport Hotels for $70 mill.




Mansion tops sale prices | Real Estate and Property News | NT News | Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia | ntnews.com.au
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Old 10th Jan 2012, 09:43
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hey Spyder

don't be tempted to use your IFR rating in 'Territory VMC'...could get ugly..
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Old 10th Jan 2012, 10:40
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Lucky I'm already ugly then lol.

I am under no illusions it may be a while before I get to use it anywhere, let alone in that stuff
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Old 14th Jan 2012, 07:17
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Anyone know of the pub in kununurra that all the pilots drink at?
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Old 14th Jan 2012, 10:29
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No, but if you hum a few bars I'm sure we'll catch up
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Old 14th Jan 2012, 12:19
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When I was there back in '94 - '95 we drank at Gulliver's Tavern. Aka Tavern.
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Old 15th Jan 2012, 00:20
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While you are sitting on your collective arses waiting for a wonderful aviation career to unfold, why don't you put down a few tubs of home brew You will all be solidly on the piss in 5 weeks at THIRTY cents per stubby not $5-$10.
You could afford a stripper from Oombi
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Old 15th Jan 2012, 00:24
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Tinpis,

There has been a price correction since you were there last, two cans will get you a full fledged Oombi hooker.
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Old 15th Jan 2012, 03:45
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Oombi is shut down...a stripper from there would be a delicacy!
Places to drink: kununurra hotel on a wednesday night, Gullivers tavern on a friday night. Every other night wherever you can find the cheapest booze. Good luck!
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Old 16th Jan 2012, 22:12
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anyone know which would be the best place to find accomodation in kunas?

Kununurra backpackers? Kimberly Croc backpackers? elsewhere?
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Old 16th Jan 2012, 22:48
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I started off in a tent when I got there to save some money.

I then got a caravan at kona waters. Was $260 a week and you can share.

There is more comradery at the backpackers with all the crew, but after getting to work at 4am and leaving past 6pm most days the last thing you want to do is talk shop and dick wave with the Slingair boys.

I'd recommend getting on the waiting list for a van at kona now!
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Old 16th Jan 2012, 23:03
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so both slingair and alligator dont supply pilot accomodation?
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Old 16th Jan 2012, 23:16
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You can't have your cake and eat it too mate!

Alligator has two units above the freight hanger, a kitchen downstairs and a bathroom in the main hanger.

I crashed in there a couple of times when I was too pissed to walk home after a hanger party.

Sadly they don't happen anymore with the party police and drug and alcohol testing.

We used to get up to all sorts of mischief at night at the airport

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