Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 372 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2925 times:
Pakistan's largest city in the North west is to get a brand new airport just outside the city at Badaber, the present one is an Air Force base also serving as the civilian airport, PEW is served by Qatar Airways, Gulf Air and Emirates besides the three local carriers, Ariana Afghan will be flying to the city soon too.
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2924 times:
I operated quite a few flights for PIA (a PanAm 707 leased to PIA) in the 1970s, and often landed in Peshawar...
This airport had a strange feature... a railroad line crossing its runway. and the tracks seemend quite active... who would have right of way... the choo choo train or the plane...? - Really a unique feature...
Can you imagine this- "Pakistan 123, line up and hold, train crossing the runway"... CABIN CREW, APNI APNI, JAGAH PUR TASHRIF RAKHAIN... (that is the extent of my limited Urdu language proficiency).
For you, aviation buffs, this is the airfield where Francis Gary Powers took off with his U-2 for his fateful mission, to be shot down near Sverdlovsk, in the Soviet Union... - Interesting place, Peshawar, not far for the Khyber Pass...
Happy contrails, Pakistan - Kood Aafis...
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 372 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2911 times:
Now the entire province is under the Islamic governance which was approved a few days back, they've started smashing hoardings featuring women, what next? I wonder if they'll be able to rid the place of its rampant bisexual subculture.
KHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1613 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2888 times:
B747skipper.....what ever little you know in Urdu is quite impressive and so too your knowledge about Peshawar and Pakistan..i read another reply by talking about Saudi Arabia so it seems you are quite familiar with that region...so you were a pilot for PIA?
PIA747 From Pakistan, joined Apr 2003, 624 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2866 times:
From what i understand he used to fly the leased Aircraft from PanAm, hence he was on the PamAm payroll.
B747skipper: You have done a contract with Air Atlanta, are there any other contracts or airlines that you have flown for?
Mandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6397 posts, RR: 74 Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2853 times:
Imagine this... "ladies and gentlemen, sorry but we had to go around because a train was slow in crossing the runway" or "sorry we had to return to Karachi because a train had broken down on the runway"
When losing situational awareness, pray Cumulus Granitus isn't nearby !
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2837 times:
Other airlines, yes... PanAm constantly leased airplanes to other carriers, and provided crews, I often asked for such assignments based overseas. The PIA contract was just an example of such type of ACMI contract.
To mention other contracts, during several furloughs in the 1970s, PanAm assisted pilots for contracts overseas, I did several of them, as an example with Saudia (through TWA crewing contract - or with ONA) as well as with Air Afrique, with LAP Paraguay, with Air Panama as well - Some were short term contract, some were long term...
In the more recent years, since PanAm demise in 1991, I tied with Samsita, which supplied crews to Cargolux and Air Atlanta, finally ending up here in Argentina - I occasionally have taken leaves to perform other short term assignments, such as with MK Cargo (UK) when they needed pilot instructors to train their DC8 pilots to fly the 747, or with Aeromar, when they had acquired a 747 ex-Argentina...
What I sometimes do also is "ferry" airplanes for leasing companies, i.e. from their desert storage in USA to companies overseas, that acquire them - the 747F of the Dubai Emirates is one of these...
It is not that I am "that popular" as a 747 pilot - is just that I have extensive international experience, well educated on foreign culture and traditions, and as you may notice, I speak fluent French and Spanish, definitely a plus in Africa for one, or South America for the other, and I can work my way with 20 to 50 words in many other languages... Besides, being constantly active with pilot training, I often meet people from other companies...
My main attraction with my pilot career is travel, and make friends all over the world, and learn about their country... I do not eat at McDonald when I travel overseas, and I am playing tourist everywhere I go... call it Lhassa, Ulan Bator, Port Moresby, Baalbek, Iqaluit, Khabarovsk or Manaus
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2749 times:
Good food, by the way in Pakistan... chicken tikka, chicken shashlik... it was a pleasure to see that food more common in the USA since the 1980s, thanks to many expatriates settling there... Here Argentina, Indian food unknown.
Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19022 posts, RR: 53 Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2708 times:
Tried lots of 'proper' Indian food from within India (I can't wait to try those thalis again!), but never Pakistani. Are Pakistani dishes relatively similar to Indian? What do Pakistani dishes comprise?
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