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Vale Tony Kingham

In the Adelaide Advertiser death notices today:

Tony (Ian) Anthony Pilot Passed away Friday 29-11-2019

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Old 30th Nov 2019, 11:34
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In the Adelaide Advertiser death notices today:

Tony (Ian) Anthony Pilot Passed away Friday 29-11-2019

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Unusual format though
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Oh bugger!!

Another great Instructor gone! Did all my Flying training with the TKFS and never ever regretted my choice.

The number of Students who flew in that smoke filled cabin of the Seneca 1 VH-MEP are many. And the stories we all could tell would probably fill a reasonable sized book!

Fair Skies 'Grumbles'

Unusual format though
Indeed.
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Unusual format though
Yes. Think it might have been put in quickly by his son.

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I worked with Tony at CFS in WA in the late 1960's - always a great companion and a fund of stories. His tale about the FIA Beech 18 in the hailstorm was a classic. RIP Tony.
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Oh that's sad -( Did some contract driving for him years ago when one of his drivers guts'ed a PA31 up at YOLD.Tony was great, his wife however?....hmmmmm, pass!-)RIP Tony.
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I was very sad to learn of Tony’s passing. My sincere condolences to Christine, Jim, Sam and their families for their loss.Tony was a great instructor and mentor who not only taught many pilots the mysteries of instrument flying at TKFS, but later as owner of a third-level airline and charter operation, gave many an aspiring pilot their first full-time job in the industry. Always one for a good anecdote from his wealth of experience both in Australia and the UK, he was entertaining, and readily imparted his knowledge to those who were prepared to learn. My few weeks at Waikerie all those years ago spent in the simulator and in the Seneca with Tony (and the clouds of cigarette smoke) were some of the most memorable of my flying career and gave me a thorough grounding for my subsequent flying.Vale ‘Tony’ Kingham
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Sad news indeed. Tony gave me my first flying job,1968 C172 ARK VFR charter out of Mascot for Avis Air Charter based out of the Avis A frame, he was the chief pilot for Avis in Sydney. Remember well the SYD-BNE-SYD Australian paper mats flights,the lobster flights to and from St Helens,the 2SM shark petrol,had a siren on arky sharkey,them were the days.
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Vale Tony

In 66 to 70 I was with Helicopter Utilities / Airfast Charter as an engineer/ pilot. Through Tony ' I did a lot of charter work for Avis in VH-ARK,( a deal between Avis and H.U./A.C) I also flew VH -ARK on the
2SM Shark Patrol during the summers of 67/68/69 and early 70. In March 70', I got a job with Ansett as an F/O on F-27's in TPNG, then Melbourne.
I thank Tony most sincerely for all the flying hours I amassed, doing all the flying in,, ARK the SHARK. (My nickname for the Cessna, which is still flying )
A true Gentleman and Friend, Thank You.
Condolences to his Family
As we said in TPNG,

Apinun Wantok

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Was Tony Kingham involved with Augusta Airways and the RASS mail contract to Birdsville in the 1980s? I think that is where I may know him from?
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Was Tony Kingham involved with Augusta Airways and the RASS mail contract to Birdsville in the 1980s? I think that is where I may know him from?
Yes
Also mail out of Boulia to stations north of Birdsville.
Not sure exactly when Augusta Airways started doing it and I believe they took it over from PAGAS.
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Not sure exactly when Augusta Airways started doing it and I believe they took it over from PAGAS.
They did indeed take that run over from PAGAS and ran it for quite a few years under the Augusta Airlines name.

After they took over Lincoln Airlines in around '98 they renamed themselves Airlines of SA (the second incarnation of that name!) and continued with the mail run out of YPAG through to YBOU and return.

I wound up doing 36 runs as second Pilot in Chieftains on that service, in '03/04, and loved every minute of it!!

Hamish, Johnno, Troy, Daniel, Arpad, Anna et al; Those were the days!!

Anyone have any info re the Funeral?

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Originally Posted by Pinky the pilot View Post
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I wound up doing 36 runs as second Pilot in Chieftains on that service, in '03/04, and loved every minute of it!!


I'm not sure how many of the runs I did but I got lucky. When ACZ went off for repairs after that little incident at Clifton Hills I got to do the run once in AWS and 5 times in MEP.
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I think you will find the RASS mail flights in South Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland originated with lobbying Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies by Bob Norman Snr, one of the founders of Bush Pilots Airways, in the mid 1950s.
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Originally Posted by Pinky the pilot View Post
Anyone have any info re the Funeral?
No not as yet. Most unusual.

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I got to do the run once in AWS and 5 times in MEP.
In (J)AWS maybe no so bad, (did my 401/411 series endorsement in that one) but 5 times in MEP???

Struth!! You deserve a medal for that!
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Sad to hear this. I remember Tony as a very pleasant fellow, we first met in the early 70s when I was doing my CPL subjects and he his ATPLs at Roy Garthwaite's school on North Terrace, our paths also crossed when I was doing CPL flying training at Ansett General Aviation and he was flying Chieftains on the Moomba run. Fast forward 15 years, having been overseas our paths cross again when Tony gave me some tuition on MEP so as to convert my overseas licence to an Australian one. He was a great instructor with a practical and relaxed attitude.

Blue skies and tailwinds, RIP Tony!
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No not as yet. Most unusual.

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There will be no funeral by his request.
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There will be no funeral by his request.
Ah well, his call I guess. Must respect that.

But bugger ya TK! You could've at least let all of us who were privileged to have benefited from your training a chance to have paid our respects!

CK, Jim and Sam; Thinking of you all.

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There will be no funeral by his request.
Thanks for that. At least we know now.

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