Chopper Nut - featured March 2019

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Re: Chopper Nut - featured March 2019

Postby deaneb » Wed Sep 15, 2021 7:52 pm

Zac will love it too :rockon:
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Re: Chopper Nut - featured March 2019

Postby chopper_nut » Sun Jul 31, 2022 11:19 am

For those that are interested, I won't be around much for the next two months. Starting a new job next week in Indonesia back flying the 500. Won't have my sim stuff with me this time but I'll try to put some pics up every now and again.
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Re: Chopper Nut - featured March 2019

Postby cowpatz » Mon Aug 01, 2022 8:44 am

All the best for the new adventure Nick.
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Re: Chopper Nut - featured March 2019

Postby deeknow » Mon Aug 01, 2022 12:06 pm

chopper_nut wrote:Starting a new job next week in Indonesia back flying the 500. Won't have my sim stuff with me this time but I'll try to put some pics up every now and again.

nice one !!! keep us posted, looking FWD to some pics.
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Re: Chopper Nut - featured March 2019

Postby chopper_nut » Mon Aug 01, 2022 8:44 pm

Thanks guys. I'll be lurking a little probably.
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Re: Chopper Nut - featured March 2019

Postby emfrat » Mon Aug 01, 2022 10:54 pm

Nick - the best jobs are the ones where you get paid for doing something you would happily pay to do :thumbup:

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Re: Chopper Nut - featured March 2019

Postby chopper_nut » Fri Sep 23, 2022 3:36 pm

So, I've been in Indonesia for a six weeks now, a month in Jakarta for exams, medical etc and now a couple of weeks in the field. All on the 500 at the moment although we're trying to tee up some Longranger time to get me comfortable in that too. Most of the work has been telecommunications related. The Indonesian government is building a huge network of cell towers all over Papua and eventually, the country will have satellite internet. I flew way out to the PNG border the other day and I had better internet than I do at home in Nelson...

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A couple of machines at Wamena

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Cramming our worldly possessions plus four of us to go to Oksibil

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On the pad at Oksibil

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All of the materials lined up to build a couple of towers

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The engine runs the whole day

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Two machines working that particular job to get it done quicker

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Landing at a repeater station at 10000ft. Highest landing to date

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Pax and cargo arriving to service the towers

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The New Guinea border is literally 100ft to the left

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Sentani is a huge cargo hub. An enormous number of 737 freighters, MAF Caravans and Kodiaks and Susi Caravans and Porters. Quite an eclectic bunch of aeroplanes

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Re: Chopper Nut - featured March 2019

Postby deaneb » Fri Sep 23, 2022 7:30 pm

Great pictures Nick. What an adventure you are having!
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Re: Chopper Nut - featured March 2019

Postby cowpatz » Sat Sep 24, 2022 10:28 am

A very interesting update thanks Nick. Great pics too.
I live 20 km from the centre of Auckland and 5 km from the Waitakere ranges peak; and we don't even have a reliable ADSL line.
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Re: Chopper Nut - featured March 2019

Postby chopper_nut » Sat Sep 24, 2022 3:00 pm

deaneb wrote:Great pictures Nick. What an adventure you are having!


Thanks mate, more to come.
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Re: Chopper Nut - featured March 2019

Postby chopper_nut » Sat Sep 24, 2022 3:02 pm

cowpatz wrote:A very interesting update thanks Nick. Great pics too.
I live 20 km from the centre of Auckland and 5 km from the Waitakere ranges peak; and we don't even have a reliable ADSL line.


Internet in NZ is disgraceful but it's not just NZ.. my missus is in PHX as some of you know and her internet is pretty average as well. There are heaps of dark areas around there where there's no signal.
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Re: Chopper Nut - featured March 2019

Postby Splitpin » Sun Sep 25, 2022 8:20 am

Keep the reports coming Nick , great photos.
Nice to see an old long-engine 737 still working .
Take care young fella :thumbup:
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Re: Chopper Nut - featured March 2019

Postby deeknow » Sun Sep 25, 2022 9:10 am

Great pics Nick, defo keep em coming. Fascinating range of aircraft by the looks.

Feel sorry for that poor old 737-300 there in a pretty sorry state. It had quite the history by the looks
https://www.airfleets.net/ficheapp/plane-b737-24300.htm

Those machines your flying look the businesses tho, pretty smart in that blue livery too :rockon:
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Re: Chopper Nut - featured March 2019

Postby chopper_nut » Sun Sep 25, 2022 12:08 pm

Splitpin wrote:Keep the reports coming Nick , great photos.
Nice to see an old long-engine 737 still working .
Take care young fella :thumbup:


Standing right alongside the runway when a -200 departs is pretty amazing. No hush kits of course. Takes me back to my childhood
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Re: Chopper Nut - featured March 2019

Postby chopper_nut » Sun Sep 25, 2022 12:10 pm

deeknow wrote:Great pics Nick, defo keep em coming. Fascinating range of aircraft by the looks.

Feel sorry for that poor old 737-300 there in a pretty sorry state. It had quite the history by the looks
https://www.airfleets.net/ficheapp/plane-b737-24300.htm

Those machines your flying look the businesses tho, pretty smart in that blue livery too :rockon:


They look.good until you try to spot them against the jungle. Really hard to see
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Re: Chopper Nut - featured March 2019

Postby chopper_nut » Tue Oct 11, 2022 6:29 pm

Back off tour now. Just a few more pics from Indo.

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802 used as a bulk fuel carrier

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One of three Long Rangers. All with aftermarket Van Horn blades and the bigger C30P engine

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Tidy early Jet Ranger will a big motor

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The helipad at Tanah Merah

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Did six or seven trips to this site because the pad wasn't ready

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Worked in pairs for most of this tour

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Pile of material to shift
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Re: Chopper Nut - featured March 2019

Postby chopper_nut » Thu Dec 08, 2022 11:53 pm

Bit of a slow start to this tour with there being one less helicopter than expected but into it every day now. I have been based in Timika for most of the time so far. Those familiar with the UK program 'Worst Place to Be a Pilot' would recognise most of the places that I have been frequenting.

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Some of the spectacular topography in the mountains north of Timika. Up to 14000ft.

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Waiting on the ground for a hill to open

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Crowded pad early in the morning

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Flying cement into a bridge project

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Flying crews into repeater towers. Managed to get stuck with the weather for about an hour.

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Infamous Lion Air at Timika

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Indonesian military is frequently in and out. A Herc arrived as I was departing.

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Difficult being an enthusiast here. I feel like airport security is going to arrest me as soon as I try to take photos so this will have to do.
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Re: Chopper Nut - featured March 2019

Postby cowpatz » Fri Dec 09, 2022 9:00 am

Nice shots. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Chopper Nut - featured March 2019

Postby deeknow » Fri Dec 09, 2022 2:44 pm

wow what a place, great to see those machines, they look odd being so cool and clean and hi-tech parked up in the jungle like that

those big bluffs in that valley shot look spectacular, is that snow up on the peaks?
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Re: Chopper Nut - featured March 2019

Postby chopper_nut » Fri Dec 09, 2022 2:47 pm

Couldn't work out if it was snow or not. There is a glacier on the back side but I think it might just be layering in the rock. The geology here is pretty cool
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