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Old 06-12-2018, 04:50 PM   #77
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Reprimand from military base commander
I was to fly from Jendarata in the north of Malaysia to a plantation airstrip near Ceni in southern Malaysia. When I arrived it was necessary for me to go in person to speak to the base commander of a military helicopter base nearby.
How did you get there the man enquired. I flew outside controlled airspace (OCTA) I responded. He gave me a dressing down for not having lodged a flight plan. Very dangerous pilot I was. Could have had a midair if no one knew I was around. (Malaysian OCTA movements are nil but I didn’t tell him that and he knew anyway.)
It was only a few weeks later there was a midair. Two military helicopters, both on radio and right above the control tower. That is, in controlled airspace and in view of the controller. !!!
For the duration of my flying career all accidents have been CTA or pilots on radio. There is only one exception that I am aware of was in a cotton area in Northern NSW. It was a fatal and very sad especially for those in the ag business.
Whilst the above was serious and sad there was a humorous comment made by the surviving pilot. The engine had gone, the hopper had gone and the most forward part of the aeroplane was the rudder pedals and pilot’s feet. As the aeroplane descended ground wards in a waffling manner the pilot said, ‘shit this will hurt’. It did indeed. He had many months off work.
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