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I'm back into the Left Seat! We've been asked to fill in for two weeks at Milingimbi whilst the pilot normally based there does a Language & Culture course. It's a good relief from the sometimes dull office days, that are nevertheless exciting in their own way. Don't get me wrong I love my new job as Crew Training Manager!

 

 

And so I fly passengers again. The first flight is the return of Aboriginal kids from a trip to Darwin. These kids excelled in their sports competition at schools in the various remote communities, and got granted a trip to some celebratory event in Darwin. They are brought by bus as far as the roads take them and it's my job to return them to their homes over the last stretch where there are no roads.

I fly to the airport where the bus is to arrive. No passengers. A few phone calls later and we find out the bus has been delayed by almost an hour. Now begins another important part of the job: waiting for passengers.

 

Eventually the bus arrives. I do the weighing and it turns out I can take the seven teenage kids, but not all their bags. Overweight! And another important part of the job begins: telling the passengers we can't take everything! Fortunately it's easily fixed. The bus will take the bags for some kids to another community where we fly regularly. MAF will make sure that the bags get on the next flight across, back to the kids.

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