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Rumour: No more bank runs?

Old 6th Feb 2016, 09:53
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In 1979 and 1980 I flew bank runs for Purcells Air Service from Sydney. We had three brand new C310 aircraft. Routes were all ports to Coolangatta, south coast Nowra, Moruya, Merimbula. Another went Goulburn Canberra, Cooma. And the shorter one was around Pelican, Cessnock and Cooranbong. My goodness it was hurry, hurry, hurry at Sydney each morning all jostling for a rapid departure before all the other companies.[IMG][/IMG]
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Old 6th Feb 2016, 22:25
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Nice photo, Aye Ess.

Must have been a good job flying a brand new C310R, plenty of hours for the log book.

Must be a few stories in PPRuNe land about the bank runs?

When did they start?

The runs that GAM do out of Essendon, are they bank runs or a combination of bank documents and freight?
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Old 7th Feb 2016, 07:38
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Bank run flights may not be restricted to bank documents. Overnight courier companies packages, medical specimens for testing, legal documents from solicitors offices, urgent spare parts and even film from traffic cameras goes along as well.

Theses runs are a communication link to smaller distant towns. The question of whether they could survive without the banks business and how necessary they are in the age of high speed internet is up for discussion.
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Yes, Stationair..... bank runs in brand new C310s was a dream come true. I was getting valuable IFR twin time rapidly, many instrument letdowns for real. No screaming passengers. And every weekend and bank holiday off. I was like a dog with two tails.
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And the C310 on the right was still flying Bankruns out of BK in the mid-90's.
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Old 9th Feb 2016, 13:35
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Tough Times ahead

Aye Ess dam top photo that bloke

Flying a C 310R back then would of been like driving a Fully Sick WRX now !

Some are saying the END OF AN ERA is closing in on us with these bank runs ending soon

How many pilots have built a career out a start runs docs around the State

Who / what is responsible for this change & who holds THAT MAGIC CONTRACT of demise

How will a large company like GAM manage this coming news
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