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What does a 'Head of Delivery' actually do? Here a little report of today:

Monday morning. I sit down with Julie, our administrator to discuss a number of training enquiries from future pilots. Julie handles all our incoming training requests. We also discuss how we can better use our flight school software to increase administrative efficiency.

At 11 I have a fifteen minute phone call (in Dutch!) with a Fleet Manager of a large aviation company in Papua New Guinea.

Today, I flew the line. My first flight was to drop off some school teachers at the Aboriginal bush community Gan Gan. They will spend the week there teaching the kids. We will pick them up again on Friday.

We've planted some bananas in our yard in Nhulunbuy. In Milingimbi, we left before we saw the fruit of the trees. Hopefully we'll see some fruit this time. According to the man at the nursery, these were the last banana plants for sale in all of the NT until October. This because of a destruction order that came out from the government to destroy all banana plants in large areas of the Northern Territory. Apparently there is a disease they are trying to get rid of. We feel sorry for the banana growers.

We have boarded the plane from Darwin to Gove in Arnhem Land. The flight takes over an hour in the airliner with seating for 76 passengers. As usual most of the passengers are Caucasian, with one or two Aboriginals on board. The Caucasian people are all connected to the bauxite mine located at the Gove peninsula.

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