ou toppie wrote:..........
Concur with every word. I was there mid to the end of the 70s in Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Java visiting logging camps, mines and oil rig installations using everything from Apaches, Islanders/Trilanders,Twotters even the Goose. Plus the S58, 206, Alouette 11s and 111s and the UH1. BUT only in the R/H seat ( or L/H in the helicopters). Even had a couple of wheelbarrow landings on the F28s. Every trip out was an adventure in itself. The flightmaps for Sulawesi had a large area in the central highlands clearly marked NOT FULLY SURVEYED.
I loved that R/H (or L/H) seat and what a learning curve regarding bush flying. Often wished I had taken up flying instead of Mech Eng.
Wouldn't have missed it for the world and it was a great country to live in.
Airwayfreak-- your comments 1,2 and 3 are a good reflection on what was happening in the video but put that into context with what JK ( and the pilots who flew me around ) had to contend with using the steam gauges of the 70s.
Sorry for the rant but, unless you've been beyond the point of no return, in a 206, flying over forest with 100feet high trees, looking for a logging camp which has your next refuelling stop, you havnt lived.
Buenos días señor
The world could not be that small could it.?
I was flying a C185E "Carryall" and an Islander in the initial years. ( a C402 in the last year (1979) - and would wander to Kalimantan)
If you visited the operations of BCL or the Gold mining in Enga or Lihir / or the initial exploration sites of Freeport / you have quite a high chance of having flown with me.
We were there at the behest of the Dutch government (Or so we were told - hence my old man "donating" me to gain "experience" / and liberating himself from me at Rand ......
....) and a Evangelical society (which was probably a "cover" to keep track of what was happening in Papua / and to the Christians after the annexation by the Indonesians.) We flew material - supplies into the craziest strips to support the locals ....
It was an exiting time - also a tad tricky.
We were seen as the "Dutch" and albeit that a large part of the population opposed the annexation by the Indonesians - we had to deal with those that saw us as "remnants" of the "colonial oppression".
You certainly had to keep your wits about you with the flying though .... I once had 2 pax threatening each other with knives in the back of the 185 .........That sort of thing could really go haywire in seconds and the buggers were all carrying knives - spears and some small bows with arrows - and blowpipes .... They would also "expropriate" anything shiny..........
What it did teach you was flying - and making decisions - with not much more than map / watch and compass and very sparse Navaids.
You also learnt that getting into trouble was "easy to do" / yet you made sure you at least had thought about it / and had an "out" ....... be that climbing out / flying race track patterns in situ - or finding water to descend over - but you never went anywhere without preparation and having thought about your "potential options".
Back on topic - (before the Green Guy's
The relevance with the crash in Kenya is that Airwayfreak and myself agree on one thing.
We both have some issues with the current Pilot groups (and their "new" way of thinking about flying and relying on technology.)
I am of the opinion that too many young pilots have forgotten how to fly / and maintain situational awareness - and that their reliance on technology and the information they receive from such is causing a breakdown in preparation / and simple basic checks that go with flying in difficult terrain or weather - especially VFR.
Too much technology is being allowed in basic flying training and these kids no longer have to "think" and make judgement calls that could kill them ......and others .....
In the past - we learnt the hard way - and then grew into technology (jets) - but had the basics under our belts - that is - in my opinion - no longer the case .........
I however often refrain from commenting on flying issues - there is a new generation and they have to find their way - and perhaps our "antiquated" methods are just that. So - I hope they stay safe - and try not to "interfere" too much.
I do get a tad irked when comments about Jim and his LCC are made ...... we flew and happened to survive in conditions that probably would be a bridge too far for a lot of the current "experts", and luck had very little to do with it.
Can the magic of Flight ever be carried by words ....