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Rumour: No more bank runs?

Old 1st Feb 2016, 21:29
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Rumour: No more bank runs?

I heard a rumour today that ALL the bank runs out of YSBK are for the chop.

Is this the end of GA as we know it?

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Old 2nd Feb 2016, 00:08
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If it's true it's definitely the end of an era. There must be hundreds of pilots in the airlines who cut their teeth on bank runs.
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Old 2nd Feb 2016, 00:42
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I doubt there are many cheques used anymore and the rest of what they send goes on Startrack or similar.
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Old 2nd Feb 2016, 12:44
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I'd be thinking that GA bank runs are now sadly obsolete.

Upon the very rare occasions that I receive a cheque, I can deposit it in an ATM almost anywhere around the country. And once my bank and I agree on the payee and amount, there's perhaps no reason for it to be flown to a capital city for further processing?
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Old 2nd Feb 2016, 12:51
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Its actually amazing how many people still use cheques. I write so many myself it isn't funny.

For me as a COD business, its faster and easier for me to write a cheque. I sign it, the delivery comes and the office chick writes the rest. She doesn't have the access to do a pay anyone.

I have 1 supplier where the driver has a business eftpos card. In that suppliers case, we simply swipe it on the Jewish piano and they are paid via a 'refund'

I'm surprised bank runs have gone on this long with the cheque scanning technology the banks have. Totally no need to fly bits of paper all around the country.
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Old 3rd Feb 2016, 01:31
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Its actually amazing how many people still use cheques. I write so many myself it isn't funny.
Interesting comment Jas, if you were a supplier of mine and failed to list direct deposit details I would seek them out and your payment would be delayed.

If you were a client of mine and paid by cheque I would be vaguely annoyed as I would need to go out and queue at the bank or send an employee to do same. It is so long since someone paid me by cheque I forget. It is so long since I have used my cheque book I have forgotten where it is and how to fill it out.

The only thing that surprises me about this thread is that bank runs still exist.
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Old 3rd Feb 2016, 02:28
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Cheques jas24zzk? I thought panel beaters were all cash these days...?
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Old 4th Feb 2016, 07:50
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A lot of history in the old bank run business, goes back to the days of Wilson Aviation, Clark Film Services, Avtex, The Aviation Centre, Tamair, Newcastle Aviation etc. Lots of variety in aeroplanes everything from Mooney's, Piper Arrow thru to MU2's and the Metro.

A number of lives lost over the years, low time pilots high performance aeroplanes, pressure to get in at all ports regardless of the weather.

The old bank run roster of long days, split shifts and a hotel room in a country town.

Plenty of guys and gals spent the down time during the day studying for ATPL subjects, go to tech college in the larger towns and at least one guy got onto a run that allowed him to go and do his year 12 HSC.
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Old 4th Feb 2016, 08:03
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To paraphrase " rumour arrives whilst the truth is still putting on his pants"
Alternative rumour is that the mail run is still on and Horatio wants the tender Cooma Canberra.
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Old 4th Feb 2016, 08:08
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Is this the end of GA as we know it?

Well, if you are from Sydney and are too scared to venture west of the Blue Mountains where there are marauding natives, poisonous snakes and desert heat then it probably is the "end of GA as YOU know it.....".
Auspost is quite efficient these days-You can mail your dirty washing to your Mum and have it returned within the week. Katherine in the NT even has a bedwetting clinic
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Old 4th Feb 2016, 09:50
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Alternative rumour is that the mail run is still on and Horatio wants the tender Cooma Canberra.
Er gawd no thanks.

More interested in the potential for all my friends currently doing bankruns to desperately need to find other charter work for aeroplanes and/or further swamp the market of aircraft for sale.
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Old 4th Feb 2016, 10:10
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The axing of Bank Runs is just one change.

Think about Aerial Survey, drones will take much of this away. I believe one company already has a section for this.

Cheaper to operate. Pilots award doesn't yet apply and the company doesn't have to pay any allowances.
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Old 4th Feb 2016, 14:36
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Horatio Leafblower,


Maybe your friends can lease their aircraft out to operators in the outback.

I haven't been there for a while, but I imagine that there is still a need to fly doctors (specialists), nurses, engineers, out to the aboriginal communities from central hubs like Alice, Tindal...etc etc
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.......as an add on.....when I was out there, it appeared that a lot of the aircraft operating in that region were leased from all parts of the country.
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jas24zzk:

Here in civilized Los Angeles (and most of the rest of the world), the term "Jewish piano" is considered offensive for what I hope are obvious reasons.

cf. (and notice "slang, offensive"):
https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/Jewish_piano
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Eternity, the need to fly doctors, specialists, nurses out to remote communities is met by the Central Ops RFDS for emergency retrievals, hospital transfers and clinic runs.
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Old 5th Feb 2016, 01:59
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5000 metres, you're in LAX, this is an Australia/New Zealand thread. I'd suggest that you stop looking for things to be offended by. It makes life much easier You could probably achieve that by not coming to these pages, stick with the North American threads

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I'm in Aus and I'm pretty unimpressed with the term too.
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Stationair8,
Your post #8 took me back to my Bankstown days in the late 70s.
The operators, the aircraft, the pilots and the maintainers.
After-work drinkies, chats and laughs over at the High Flyer are fondly remembered.

Like others, though, I'm surprised that the need to shuttle paper around the countryside has lasted this long.
Of course the future of Bankstown itself, like other similar airports, is threatened by greedy developers and NIMBY new residents.
That subject, though, has been covered well enough on other threads.


p.s. Our interjecting armchair aviator, (above #16), might like to further study metacognition as it applies to his good-self.
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jas24zzk:
Here in civilized Los Angeles (and most of the rest of the world), the term "Jewish piano" is considered offensive for what I hope are obvious reasons.
Folks,
Get in quick, start an action under S.18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, it will probably pay better than any GA job.
Tootle pip!!
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