Tag Archives: Four Corners

But screw your courage to the sticking place,

07 Oct
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Essendon Airport in 1973. But screw your courage to the sticking place, – AP Forum version. Ref: http://www.auntypru.com/forum/thread-37-…ml#pid9391 Lady Macbeth used this phrase to steel the nerves and warm the ‘cold feet’ of her husband to murder the king. Rough justice in the old days. Machiavelli understood the need for direct action as well as any; and, […]

A Curiously Intriguing faerie story.

30 Sep
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A Curiously Intriguing faerie story. – AP Forum version. “The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, […]

Measure for measure.

23 Sep
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http://shakespeare.mit.edu/measure/full.html Measure for measure. – AP Forum version. Whether we weigh, or measure a thing, there needs to be some form of scale for comparison. Throughout history, there have been a number of ‘standards’ used and discarded; for example, when I was a boy the first ruler I ever had was marked in ‘inches’ and fractions […]

Dear DPM 21/09/18 – L&Ks BM. (AOPA Oz)

22 Sep
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Now to another issue that the miniscule is STILL being advised to ignore…  Via Wannabe off the AOPA Oz thread…  From Oz Flying… AOPA calls for Medicals Risk Assessment 21 September 2018 AOPA Australia today called upon CASA CEO Shane Carmody to release a risk assessment that showed it was safe for holders of Recreational Pilot Certificates to […]

Upon Return to Cloud Cock-up Land.

17 Sep
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Upon Return to Cloud Cock-up Land.– AP Forum version. Blimey, a bloke takes a few days off, comes back all peaceful and sanguine like, having (very determinedly) not looked at a screen for 10 days to find absolute chaos. Even Hitch has been party to one of the greatest coups ever engineered by the captured ministers […]

SBG delay – EAL on hols.

10 Sep
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P2 comment: Our EAL (editor at large) is currently swanning around QLD somewhere, so this week’s SBG will be delayed by a couple of days??  In the meantime outstanding industry issues and concerns don’t stand still for nobody. The following are some thread links extracted from the AP forum and off some of the PAIN_Net […]

Midweek on the AP – 29/08/18

29 Aug
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First from the miniscule’s thread: 4G McDo’Naut and the black kettle, pot?? Speaking of abuse, keyboards and shaming useless, self-serving, NFI Nat miniscules – that are all seemingly completely infected with “acquired institutionalised ostrichitis syndrome” (AIOS) on matters aviation – it would appear that miniscule 4G McDo’Naut, in an apparent attempt to water the accusations of duplicity of […]

13 Across – Cats fighting while the mice play havoc…

26 Aug
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Historical reference – i.e last 12 months in Australian politics: Comment: While the cat’s away  13 Across – Cats fighting while the mice play havoc…– AP Forum version “If there is one positive of this week, and these years of chaos, it’s that we can better see their true colours. We see our leaders standing beside a […]

What, will the line stretch out to th’ crack of doom?

18 Aug
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“Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ― Francis of Assisi Wise words from a kindly soul; I wonder, would our brand new Junior Minister heed them? Of course, to do ‘that which is necessary’ for the aviation industry would be a dirty, bloody, bitterly contested battle. […]

The Ballard of Ringling Aerodrome.

12 Aug
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The Ballard of Ringling Aerodrome. – AP Forum version.   Ringling, Ringling Slippin’ away Only forty people, livin’ there today Streets are dusty and the bank has been torn down It’s a dyin’ little town Church windows broken That place ain’t been used in years Jail don’t have a sheriff or a cell And electric […]

Come into my parlour; said the spider to the fly.

05 Aug
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STOP THE LIE – UPDATE THE ACT: DICK SMITH | A&R Aviation Australia  A&R Aviation Australia Come into my parlour; said the spider to the fly. -AP Forum version Do not react – Act. Angered one day by some foolish thing which troubles ‘teens’ TOM (bless) took the time to sit and listen; I rattled on […]

There’s two ends to a plank.

30 Jul

Shortage of pilots, engineers threatens aviation industry viability The Australian There’s two ends to a plank. – AP Forum version. No matter where the term originated; – or, how one manages it – there are always two ends to a plank. My great Grand Papa probably said it to his son, who said it to his […]

And so; down the rabbit hole.

22 Jul
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And so; down the rabbit hole.– AP Forum version. As the desperate struggle for the ‘reform’ of matters aeronautical completes the third decade of the battle – and the umpteenth go around; more and more, the tale of ‘Alice’s adventures in wonderland’ seems an apt parallel. “So she was considering in her own mind (as […]

The Audit prelude.

16 Jul
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Australia’s general aviation unites in push for reform – Australian … Australian Aviation Australian General Aviation Alliance (AGAA) summit delegates after agreeing to the communique to be… The Audit prelude. – AP Forum version. Just deleted a three page Wagga twiddle – by my reckoning, everyone has a very clear picture of how it all panned […]

One more sleep: wake up in Wagga.

08 Jul
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One more sleep: wake up in Wagga.– AP Forum version. Wagga set to host aviation leaders from around the nation | The … The Daily Advertiser Wagga to host the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia’s aviation summit next week When you awake on the morning of a hunt, you have choices. You may […]

Tacitus, Titanic and Tactics.

10 Jun
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Tacitus, Titanic and Tactics. – AP Forum version Well, we believe we have solved two of the aviation oversight safety systems big puzzles. The urgent need for much more funding and a very serious safety drive. ‘Tis true; the agencies have consultants working overtime to find crew with large thumbs – for the sticking into dykes […]

Of urbane Daemons and great deceivers.

27 May
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Of urbane Daemons and great deceivers. – AP Forum version. Lesser Daemons, those of the urbane, common or garden variety are not too difficult to spot when one knows where to look; they all owe allegiance to the same Master and willingly do his bidding. Belial Belial (also Belhor, Baalial, Beliar, Beliall, Beliel) is listed as […]

Twas on the bridge at midnight.

20 May
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Paul Revere midnight ride | Paul revere midnight ride poem “Listen, my children, and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere” Twas on the bridge at midnight. – AP forum version. “I wonder” say’s an aviation savvy visitor “why more of your GA industry isn’t on this list”. It was one of those […]

Dick Smith – Master Orator post #10.

18 May
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kharon Wrote: The Reform Plate. A punters guide:- ( AP Forum version – Post #10 ) There is a little while to go before ‘they’re off’ in the fifth running of Reform Plate. For those not familiar with such events, while we wait, AP will provide a little background and after the commercial breaks – present a […]

Dick Smith – Wagga Wagga Aviation Oration.

04 May
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kharon Wrote: The invisible minister has little worthwhile to say – while ducking behind the cover provided by bureaucratic double talk and tested time wasting strategy. But Dick Smith does and once again tries to lead an ailing industry toward political recognition, administrative sanity and sustainable development. Dick Smith – doing what he does best […]

Dick Smith – Damage to Australian Aviation.

24 Apr
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 Dick Smith‏@DickSmithFairGo I’m giving a public presentation on the damage inflicted on Australian aviation by consecutive governments this Thursday 26.04.18, Wagga RSL 11am-1pm. I am also happy to answer any questions related to the Fair Go campaign. See details here: Dick Smith Public Presentation April 23, 2018 Dick will be making a public presentation in […]

Well; just a little rebellion then?….

22 Apr
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Well; just a little rebellion then?….  – AP Forum version “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions indeed generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation […]

A cabaret in the temple of doom.

15 Apr
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A cabaret in the temple of doom. – AuntyPru forum version. We managed to get ‘back stage’ at the rehearsals for what is touted to be one of the most expensive shows ever staged. It easily rivals, in cost, Barmy-baby Joyce’s top pick of the Pirates of the Caribbean ($378.5 million), although the Hobbit trilogy ran […]

Discontinuity – disconnect and misdirection.

02 Apr
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Discontinuity – disconnect and misdirection. – AP Forum version. In air operations a ‘discontinuity’ error is a thing you find on your Flight Management System (FMS) or Flight Management Computer (FMC). Say you are headed for Kickinatinalong – from Big Smoke – there is a promulgated ‘Airway’ (read motorway); but, before you can join the motorway […]

Aye: Needs must, when the devil drives.

25 Feb
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Aye Needs must, when the devil drives.– AP Forum version An interesting ‘phrase’ in common use since 1420 (ish). John Lydgate’s Assembly of Gods, written about 1420: “He must nedys go that the deuell dryves”. Ref: https://absoluteshakespeare.com/pictures…s_well.htm Shakespeare, a little later –  “My poor body, madam, requires it: I am driven on by the flesh; […]

Of webs; woven, tangled and broken.

18 Feb
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Of Webs; woven, tangled and broken. – AuntyPru forum version. “Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.” – Walter Scott, Marmion. It is not very often that I get moved to saying thank goodness for the heavy weight bureaucrats, but the performance of our senior government ministers and parliamentarians over the […]

Lost – perhaps in translation.

28 Jan
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Napoleon Bonaparte in Paris  Lost – perhaps in translation. – AP Forum version. This, from Wiki rang a bell. As the ‘third’ is one of my all time favourites, I followed up. Oh, the parallels – “I was the first to tell him the news that Buonaparte had declared himself Emperor, whereupon he broke into a […]

Delusion, Illusion or Quandary?

26 Dec
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Delusion, Illusion or Quandary? – AP Forum version. If you have the time to spare and an interest in ‘magic’ or ‘illusion’ an article by Robertson – on the life and times of ‘The Great Lafayette’ is worth a coffee. The article speaks of a forgotten time when the masters of illusion were household names […]

The trick that wins the rubber.

17 Dec
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The trick that wins the rubber. – AP Forum version. Occasionally, one meets people with ‘real’ money, clever folk who know how to make a goose  jump through hoops and land safely without a ruffled feather to deliver a golden egg. Those with connections, influence and know how. They do exist, some even have a passing […]

Quantity v Quality.

10 Dec
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Quantity v Quality. – via AP FORUM “It is quality rather than quantity that matters.” – Seneca. A quick dip in the chequered history of Australian aviation safety management shows a steady but significant decline in ‘the quality’ – for wont of a better descriptor. You can define it yourself through the everyday things we use; […]

“When the hurlyburly ‘s done, when the battle ‘s lost and won”

02 Dec
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“When the hurlyburly ‘s done, when the battle ‘s lost and won” – AP Forum version. Macbeth Act 1, Scene 1: In this opening scene, the three witches, or Weird Sisters (possibly Shakespeare’s version of the Fates?) convene and decide when to approach Macbeth and Banquo with their prophecy.  “Compromise cannot be allowed in cases where the exact truth […]

A Tragic Situation Blossoming.

12 Nov
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A Tragic Situation Blossoming. – Aunty Pru Forum version ATSB chief commissioner Greg Hood, right, and Transport Minister Darren Chester. ‘Promoted to a level of incompetence’; a phrased coined by L.J. Peter. “It states that the selection of a candidate for a position is based on the candidate’s performance in their current role, rather than on […]

A Galah event….

28 Oct
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A Galah event…. Cue Gabby – in three, two, one – you’re live. “Welcome, welcome, one and all to the hallowed turf of the Parliament playing field. Today’s event is a classic, the Senate Snooze Club (SSC) v the Sleepy Hollow Gambles (SHG).  It has been a close run thing at the bookies, the odds […]

The Bankstown Chronicles : Chapter 14.

21 Oct
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NB. notes only: – The never ending saga of Dominic James. “Why never ending?” howls the mob – “the ‘new’ Pel-Air report is due shortly, then we shall have all the answers”. “No” say’s I. “No you bloody well won’t; the ‘report’ is compromised to the shithouse and back, rendered nugatory by stupidity, arrogance, deceit, […]

When you wish – upon a star.

15 Oct
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When you wish – upon a star. It may well be that I have genetically acquired some of P7-TOM’s cynicism although, to be fair, he ain’t cynical by nature; but he is a student of history. Oh, what’s that bloody line  – Google? Quote:“‘[H]e that filches from me my good name / Robs me of […]

All together now – “I’m forever blowing bubbles”

07 Oct
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All together now – “I’m forever blowing bubbles” Many ways of blowing bubbles. Mostly, for adults, the personal favourite is kept within the confines of the bath tub; unless of course you are a politician or a top dog aviation bureaucrat, then you can blow smoke filled bubbles all day long. Grand Mamma had the […]

Bell, book and candle.

01 Oct
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#SBG: 1 Oct ’17 Wiki – “The phrase “bell, book and candle” refers to a Latin Christian method of excommunication by anathema, imposed on a person who had committed an exceptionally grievous sin.” For those who actually ‘believed’ in that faith and, that their ‘god’ could, through mans judgement, condemn them to purgatory, excommunication must […]

Legerdemain – a handy skill.

23 Sep
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Hitch – “But is this really the dawn of a new attitude within CASA, or is Shane Carmody just a very good illusionist? Like CEOs before him, Carmody has promised a sunset on the reform program and told the industry how important consultation is.” “..I am not an irretrievable skeptic. I am not hopelessly prejudiced. […]

Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares!

16 Sep
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Pure whimsy of course; but, I can picture myself sitting on a high stool by an old fashioned desk, lit by a candle, reaching over to a shelf and lifting down a heavy, leather bound tome, placing it on the desk and blowing the dust and cobwebs from its surface to read the title – BRB […]

BRB verdict – 6D Chester is ‘Our Greatest Aviation Disaster’

11 Sep
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Referencing the SBG – “Will you walk into my parlour?” – & today’s Ferryman post #136 off the Alphabet’s thread… The worm turns. Legend has it that Marie Antoinette kicked off the French revolution by telling the hoi-polloi to bugger off and eat cake. Conversely, great leaders like Churchill understood the people and could manage to move […]

Of cleft infinitives and them as use ‘em.

02 Sep
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  I reckon the vast majority of folk just want to live a peaceful life. It’s a tough enough job for most folk, making a living, bringing up the kids and surviving the things which occur that spoil the plan. There’s enough trouble and strife, in one form or another, encountered during a ‘normal’ life […]

Bad news has good legs.

26 Aug
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Image from JDA article: Aviation Safety: No News Is Good News Or as noted British author, Richard Llewellyn put it in his book, How Green was my Valley, “Bad news has good legs.” – Journalists find it hard to write about good news; nothing sells newspapers like a gruesome murder or corrupt politician. It is […]