Chinese government gifts MA60 aircraft at Fua'amotu hand-over

Jul 7, 2013 Full story: Matangi Tonga 370

In an emotional speech he said that it was the first of its type in the region but, "It is sad that the United States even New Zealand have not accepted this aircraft."

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yeni

Jakarta, Indonesia

#236 Jul 30, 2013
Fly with ma60,you will go to heaven or hell

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#237 Aug 4, 2013
Overseas Tongan wrote:
77 was right, the Chinese know who to bribe, this gift is solely intended for the people in power not the common people. Rumors are out that Tonga may cede land or lease land to China. Our forefathers would turn on their grave if they knew. These new leaders are greedy and corrupt. Many of you Tongans living overseas should come back and help Tonga.
Hello Overseas Tongan,

Dude, you are just as your handle says, Overseas Tongan, you don't know anything about Tonga at all. Your source of information came by way of your own imagination (or lack of it) and hearsay. You said they were RUMORS and that's just that, rumors.

There is a Tongan proverb "fakaanga mei lalo niu" perhaps you should look it up since you knew so much about us who actually live in the reality of Tongan life in Tonga.

Our forefathers in their wildest dreams would have never foreseen a democratic elected government in Tonga. They would have never foreseen commoners elected into the highest positions in the government. They would have never foreseen the commoners' advancement in the field of education, technology and economics. But I will tell you this, our forefathers would've been rolling out of their grave (if they could) when King George Tupou V on his own accord gave up the Crown's direct involvement in the governing of the Kingdom.

Tell me, if these new leaders were so corrupted why did the People of China gave Tonga a gift for $24.0 Mil? It was because the People of China had confidence in the current government to manage resources properly . It was not only China that came to the aid of Tonga. The governments of Australia and New Zealand give Tonga millions of dollars to help the government made up the short fall for our annual budget. This is indeed a vote of confidence in the ability of the Tongan elected officials to run a shipshape government.

Every day on the news high public and elected officials were paraded in front of the cameras in disgrace and in handcuffs from the so-called developed economies for collusions, briberies and corruptions.

There are still some levels of corruption in Tonga and the Attorney General's office are going after the culprits according to the Law of the Land. One noble was found guilty and stripped of his title and estates for trying to bring in a container of liquor without paying custom duty. Two nobles are awaiting a date with the court for illegal possession of firearms and drugs. Another noble was fired from his job as the speaker of the House and stripped of his seat in the House. Although, he was found innocent in the Court of Appeals but this is just a few examples of how the Tongan society evolves for the better.

I am not so sure though as to whom among the so-called civilized and developed countries we should be duplicated as none of them are perfect. ALL governments are ran by human thus subjected to human greed so none is perfect. What you are expected of Tonga is a government that could only exist in Utopia.

You should be keeping your eyes in your own country and try to root out the corruptions over there before you are eying the splinter in our eyes.

I am not being disrespectful or belittling your comment in this forum. I want to point out that people who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

Ofa atu,
makahunu

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#238 Aug 4, 2013
boruone77 wrote:
We shouldn't accept these aluminium flying Coffin's from China
The same people who had said that spoke of Toyota, Honda, Datsun (Nissan), Hyundai, Airbus, Embraer, China Aviation Ind., etc., in the same way. Look who has being eating their shoes, yep, the critics. The MA60, AKA Modern Ark 60, will be the Honda Accord or the Toyota Camry of the sky.

I am wondering what did you refer to as "We" because WE, the people of Vava'u has been waiting for this type of air transportation for a very long time. We've got it AND it was a gift...end of a wonderful story.

malo
makahunu

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#239 Aug 4, 2013
Dumb Chinese wrote:
If you don't want we will take it. Tonga is too dumb and lazy to repair and maintain this plane anyways. In six months at most it will fall apart. In Samoa this plane will last 50 yrs bc we have ppl who can take good care of this plane. Your Tonga is a weak nation fill with dumb and lazy ppl who do not want to work. but you do have a lot of land that Samoa can use, we will take over Tonga one day,bc Tonga is our land.
Yep, perhaps you were right BUT the fact is Samoa doesn't have one of them beauties. Tonga has one because we know how to ask the good people of China nicely, so be nice and sit down and maybe we'll let you work on our tail pipe, LOL. Stop being a brute all the time and show your inner, hmmm or your outer soft parts, you'll see we'll give you a 1% discount to ride in our brand new airplane. Remember the 1% discount applies only if you show us your soft part first...deal?

Dude, Tonga is too far to paddle in your canoe. Try Manu'a Islands, plenty of land there but then you prefer noodles and canned fish to the real poly food. Unfortunately, you can't grow noodles and the tin fish so why do you need land for, I asked? Just go and get them from the Chinese or the Korean stores. Yes, yes you have to pay for them too like everyone else.

If you still insisted on more land, maybe you should ask the REAL Samoans to let you lease a little piece of land in Savai'i...there are plenty of stones over there for all your personal needs.

maka...the irony, LOL

stopit

Australia

#240 Aug 4, 2013
Lets fly maka...koe ki'i sole fkpuli mai koe Tonga..heku 'ohovale pe ku fetongi hingoa ia pehe mai tonu ke 'ave e vakapuna ma'a ha'amoa hihihi ko bolu77 ia fa'a taimi ni'ihi ku ngalo fe folo 'ene fo'i 'akau.

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#241 Aug 4, 2013
gengis khan wrote:
get your facts right comrade.
Tonga has accepted the aircraft MA60 to fly domestic. CAA from NZ and FAA from USA will not certified these plane, yet Tonga is willing to take a big risk on the MA60 aircraft. Latest on the MA60 is that the MA60 came to Tonga with a airworthiness certificate from Civil Aviation Administration of China. Tonga will not be using CAA from NZ but have decided to just use the certificate from China. History of these planes, since 2009 till the latest crash which was last month is 11 crashes all together. Two crashes out of the 11 was just last month. Tonga has agreed to these planes and have also decided to just use the airworthiness certificate from Civil Aviation Administration of China. Remember that the MV Princess Ashika came to Tonga with a seaworthiness certificate from Fiji and we just went with it. What the hell is Tonga thinking with these MA60 aircraft.
this is from radio Tonga,, google it
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gengis khan,

What is your interest in Tonga that made you so passionately speaking against Tonga flying the MA60? The issue of the MA60 and whether we want to fly or use it as decoration of our nice airport is our business. Do you live in Tonga or plan to visit us any time soon? Give me a break, you are speaking like an idiot who knew nothing about the aircraft or the needs of the people of Tonga. The certification process was designed to suppress competition in the aircraft industry by the Western governments. China and Japan the second and the third largest economies in the world couldn't manage to certify any of their aircrafts. WHY? Because the Western economies set the rules...it is the economy Stupid.

The government of China has already certified the MA60 and so a dozens of countries who flew this model of aircraft. Why the hell Tonga needs the FAA or the CAA when the most populous country in the world gave this aircraft their stamp of approval? Do you think that a Chinese life is less precious than a Kiwi life or an American life? Perhaps you ought to check your keenness for bigotry and prejudice against the Chinese people and government and look yourself in the mirror.

Review your facts and speak within your limited knowledge of the issue. If your argument holds any logical facts, than Boeing shouldn't be allowed to certify the Boeing 737, 747, 767, 777, and 787 and the Airbus should be allowed to certify the A320 (59 accidents includes 24 hull lost and 789 lives lost) and that's just one class of aircraft. Look into the similar size and makes of aircraft like the MA60 and they too have long history of accidents.

Among the 11 accidents involved the MA60, how many contributed to the aircraft manufactured? ZERO. You cannot blame the aircraft for pilot's errors. Tongan pilots are smart and experienced and they are trained and prepared to fly this piece of fine tuned and well crafted airplane in the service of the people of Tonga.

Again, most of our critics are from far off land and have no real connection to the reality of life in the Kingdom. We'll take any constructive criticisms and we would welcome reasonable argument. That's the only way we could improve but when we heard too many voices without form is just too loud and too chaotic to tune into any specific needs. As you said, get your facts together and your facts my good man is not altogether there...they are just hot air.

With respect,
makahunu

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#242 Aug 4, 2013
Overseas Tongan wrote:
It will be used mainly by the Lords and the royalties. It is not for the ppl. Tongans on Tonga are too poor to fly by plane. Most Tongans do not live in Tonga, they live overseas. We need more Tongans to come home and help us right our country.
Overseas Tongan wrote:
It will be used mainly by the Lords and the royalties. It is not for the ppl. Tongans on Tonga are too poor to fly by plane. Most Tongans do not live in Tonga, they live overseas. We need more Tongans to come home and help us right our country.
Overseas Tongan,

LOL@you...you so so funny my little pinky is laughing too!

Are you sure you're Tongan? You know, we may be related and would join you in the family reunions but we are so far between in mannerism and traditions that we might as well be as solas to each others. You shoot from the hips and open your mouth and the noise is just deafening.

If we are too poor, why are we living in fat and honey while your people are begging for food on the street. The homelessness in your country is an epidemic? Hundred percent (100%) of our country folks have roofs over their heads, food and all their medical needs are provided for.

The level of poor and/or wealth is relative because the measuring scale was based on the palangis' eyes. If I have no western style of furniture and a falepapa I am poor even though my 'api 'uta is fully utilized to take care of my sister's children. My obligations or fulfilling my customary obligations cannot fit into the palangi's scale thus has no value. You don't know us as you think you do.

Palangis wrote all the books and mastered your destiny but the Tongans are proud people with values that cannot be measured in a scale of poor or rich.

You folks of the like skin often underestimate the resilience of the Tongan people. We survived when you were here, we survived when you left, we survived when you came for a visit and would still survive when you are gone bye bye to pulotu, oh, only if you have a soul.

Don't worry about us whether we'll be able to fly or not because there is the brand new MV 'Otuanga'ofa to take us to Ha'apai and Vava'u. By the morning, we are still a happy people and you are still scraping from the bottom of the barrel to meet the monthly bills.

Me just thinking!
makahunu

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#243 Aug 4, 2013
stopit wrote:
Lets fly maka...koe ki'i sole fkpuli mai koe Tonga..heku 'ohovale pe ku fetongi hingoa ia pehe mai tonu ke 'ave e vakapuna ma'a ha'amoa hihihi ko bolu77 ia fa'a taimi ni'ihi ku ngalo fe folo 'ene fo'i 'akau.
stopit wrote:
Lets fly maka...koe ki'i sole fkpuli mai koe Tonga..heku 'ohovale pe ku fetongi hingoa ia pehe mai tonu ke 'ave e vakapuna ma'a ha'amoa hihihi ko bolu77 ia fa'a taimi ni'ihi ku ngalo fe folo 'ene fo'i 'akau.
Hey Stopit,

I would rather have a lap dance, LOL. Sus soaking! Let's fly, Dude! I tell you, I was there when the plane arrived...test flying around Tongatapu. One word, AMAZZZING!

I was at Vuna Wharf eyeing them fine tau'olunga Miss Heilala but they didn't show up so me and my buddy walked outside disappointed when me friend pointed at this aircraft flew low just off the shoreline. But funny thing was, we didn't hear the engines at all. I told me friend, it was because the aircraft was flying against the wind so the engines' noise must've carried away by the wind so we should wait until it turned south and it did but guess what, NADA! not a sound.

If you are familiar with the layout of Nuku'alofa, we were at the Vuna wharf, the aircraft was flying low along the shoreline and was turning south over Queen Salote Wharf and then was turning west above 'Apifo'ou College and was flying at about 500 ft above the Waterfront Restaurant towards the Dateline Hotel and finally over Pangai Lahi where the Tonga Defense Forces were in full parade. We heard the military band but we didn't hear the aircraft...and this was no joke.

This happened on a Thursday and I was due to fly to Vavau Friday afternoon. The flight was cancelled and rescheduled for Saturday afternoon. It was just brilliant because when I got to the airport the new MA60 was on the tarmac. Unknown to me, I came just in time for the inauguration. The MA60 was on the tarmac so I knew my flight would be delayed which meant I would have a good look at this piece of equipment. And soon enough, I saw His Majesty King Tupou VI, the pilots and a small crowd walking towards the airplane and then all entered. We heard the engines came alive but just whispering and then the plane was moving forward, no torrential wind or high bitching noises like the Convair deafening screaming. The MA60 took off and landed a few minutes later still the engines noise or lack of it was the most amazing thing to me.

When we moved to LA in the early 70s, we lived in Inglewood, on the landing path of airplanes arriving at LAX. I hated aircraft's noise since and have been keeping track on any noise reduction technology from the Hushkits for the old Boeing to the modern noise suppression of today. If you are curious as to why is this aircraft is such a technological marvel go to www.wyle.com and look up noise suppression. The aircraft is the future of the urban airports.

Even in China with a 1.3 billion population most of the airports had being overran by the fast growth of residential and industrial developments. The airports that were used to be miles outside the city boundaries are now in the middle of the city. The people will demand aircraft with less noise or equipped with noise suppression.

Honest to God, if I have money of which I don't I would find this company and buy all the shares I could buy. The company will go places, its just a matter of time. From a novice point of view this aircraft beats Dash 8 or the ATR 72 by a 100 miles.

Let's fly man, see ya!
makahunu

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#244 Aug 5, 2013
Hey ya folks,

I am wondering whether New Zealand foreign minister, Mr. Murray McCully had shot New Zealand on the foot by being publicly vocal about his distaste for the Chinese's gift to Tonga, the MA60 Aircraft.

Mr. McCully arrogance has cost New Zealand's farmers a big chunk of their export revenue. I'll tell you what, the New Zealand exporters lost more then just 10.0 Mil because Mr. McCully was wrong and personally responsible for embarrassing the Chinese government that her certification of the MA60 was not good enough.

The dairy farmers should throw this government in the forest...they are better environmentalists than politicians.

Dang, did Mr. McCully did not get the memo not to play with the dragon? Didn't he realize that 95% of China's powder milk import came from New Zealand?

Read the article below...but you may already knew...connect the dots folks.

makahunu

(Reuters)

"China has blocked all imports of milk powder from New Zealand, a New Zealand minister said Sunday, after bacteria that can lead to botulism was found in some dairy products.

Trade Minister Tim Groser said the ban was "entirely appropriate", after global dairy giant Fonterra said some exported whey products including infant formula may contain bacteria that could lead to the potentially fatal illness.

China has not officially announced an import ban.
In Beijing, the Food and Drug Administration said it had met officials from three companies importing Fonterra products and instructed them to "immediately stop selling and to recall all food products" made with questionable material.
China has increasingly turned abroad for milk powder including infant formula after a series of domestic food scandals.

About 95 percent of its milk powder imports in January-March came from New Zealand, according to a government website, raising the prospect of a shortage if the alert continues.
Andrez Lopez

El Paso, TX

#245 Aug 5, 2013
Do not look a gifted horse in the mouth!
eagger

Tonga

#246 Aug 5, 2013
makahunu wrote:
<quoted text>
<quoted text>
Hey Stopit,
I would rather have a lap dance, LOL. Sus soaking! Let's fly, Dude! I tell you, I was there when the plane arrived...test flying around Tongatapu. One word, AMAZZZING!
I was at Vuna Wharf eyeing them fine tau'olunga Miss Heilala but they didn't show up so me and my buddy walked outside disappointed when me friend pointed at this aircraft flew low just off the shoreline. But funny thing was, we didn't hear the engines at all. I told me friend, it was because the aircraft was flying against the wind so the engines' noise must've carried away by the wind so we should wait until it turned south and it did but guess what, NADA! not a sound.
If you are familiar with the layout of Nuku'alofa, we were at the Vuna wharf, the aircraft was flying low along the shoreline and was turning south over Queen Salote Wharf and then was turning west above 'Apifo'ou College and was flying at about 500 ft above the Waterfront Restaurant towards the Dateline Hotel and finally over Pangai Lahi where the Tonga Defense Forces were in full parade. We heard the military band but we didn't hear the aircraft...and this was no joke.
This happened on a Thursday and I was due to fly to Vavau Friday afternoon. The flight was cancelled and rescheduled for Saturday afternoon. It was just brilliant because when I got to the airport the new MA60 was on the tarmac. Unknown to me, I came just in time for the inauguration. The MA60 was on the tarmac so I knew my flight would be delayed which meant I would have a good look at this piece of equipment. And soon enough, I saw His Majesty King Tupou VI, the pilots and a small crowd walking towards the airplane and then all entered. We heard the engines came alive but just whispering and then the plane was moving forward, no torrential wind or high bitching noises like the Convair deafening screaming. The MA60 took off and landed a few minutes later still the engines noise or lack of it was the most amazing thing to me.
When we moved to LA in the early 70s, we lived in Inglewood, on the landing path of airplanes arriving at LAX. I hated aircraft's noise since and have been keeping track on any noise reduction technology from the Hushkits for the old Boeing to the modern noise suppression of today. If you are curious as to why is this aircraft is such a technological marvel go to www.wyle.com and look up noise suppression. The aircraft is the future of the urban airports.
Even in China with a 1.3 billion population most of the airports had being overran by the fast growth of residential and industrial developments. The airports that were used to be miles outside the city boundaries are now in the middle of the city. The people will demand aircraft with less noise or equipped with noise suppression.
Honest to God, if I have money of which I don't I would find this company and buy all the shares I could buy. The company will go places, its just a matter of time. From a novice point of view this aircraft beats Dash 8 or the ATR 72 by a 100 miles.
Let's fly man, see ya!
makahunu
Surely Makahunu, if it is such a technological marvel why was it so hard to have NZ experts to check it with their eyes and provide hard proof that its safe or not? If I was confident in its safety, I'd invite the critics and let their experts check it out, that way we don't throw away the millions in NZ aid and settle most of the fear.. It should investigated transparently. That short delay in bringing the plane into service is definitely worth a couple million and the NZ not warning their countrymen and women of flying this plane, because of the tourists that fly into our islands NZ is clearly our main market for tourists. More than half if the data I read is accurate.

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#247 Aug 5, 2013
yeni wrote:
Fly with ma60,you will go to heaven or hell
Yeni, we'll see you in Vava'u. I'll throw a pig or two on the barbie for you.

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#248 Aug 5, 2013
Hi ya folks,

What did I say? The dragon is pissed and tiny New Zealand is drowning. Mr. Key, the PM is ready to pick up the broom to cleanup Mr. McCully's mess. Well, we'll see what China holds for you, partner. WHERE IS THE QUALITY CONTROL? LOL, I love it.

Here is the message decoded for you, Mr. McCully you just shoot yourself of the foot. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. China has just dropped a boulder on your roof because you were throwing pebbles at her without a cause. You had insulted one of your biggest trading partners by flagging your little CAA certification on her face. Read the article carefully and connect the dots, it spells MA60.

WELLINGTON, August 5 (Xinhua)-- "A high quality free trade agreement" the term has been a catchphrase of New Zealand ministers in recent administrations when they talk of overseas trade.

But with yet another trade imbroglio, this one Fonterra's botulism scare, surely it's time to ask the New Zealand government: "Where's the quality control?"

Fonterra might have come away with some credit had it moved quickly to isolate the affected produce and implement a recall, but when such a problem takes more than a year to come to light, it's elevated from an industry event to a national issue.

New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser has promised "a thorough investigation," and surely one of the first questions must be why Fonterra apparently felt no legal onus to inform the public and the authorities sooner?

After another communications failure over chemical residues from the fertilizer dicyandiamide (DCD) in dairy products and the certification problems that saw New Zealand meat sitting on Chinese wharves earlier this year, Groser told Televison New Zealand in June: "The more you trade, the more likely it is that things will go wrong in terms of the detail."

But New Zealand's problems aren't mere "details" they're starting to look systemic.

One could argue the country is hostage to a blinkered devotion to laissez-faire market ideology. Many New Zealanders fell victim to this when the construction industry was deregulated two decades ago resulting in damp and leaky homes that quickly became uninhabitable.

While it's true the government isn't responsible for the contamination of Fonterra produce, it should be held accountable for the fact that nothing was done to identify the problem before it was dispatched to export markets and domestic customers.

However, to blame the succession of trade fiascos solely on free-market naivety would be charitable.

New Zealand Federated Farmers President Bruce Wills came closest to identifying the underlying problems when he said Friday: "The need is for government departments, educators and exporters, as well as farmers, to understand our customers. We need to understand their systems and ways of doing things a lot better than we currently do."

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Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#249 Aug 5, 2013
To start with, that means defining a "high quality" trade. Too often New Zealand's government appears to lay siege to perceived trade barriers, battering bluntly away until the doors swing open. And once open, it's open slather for those who can throw as much produce at the new market as possible.

Witness the infant formula industry. Possibly the authorities felt no obligation to register the industry's exporters for so long because of the dearth of actual New Zealand-owned producers.

Reports in the Chinese media of products being rejected and some of the dubious labelling finally prompted the New Zealand government in June to set up a brand register.

That China also requested brand information be included on export certificates was no surprise either, as the New Zealand government, which makes a great show of disdaining regulation at home, seems quite happy to let others regulate for it abroad.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key made that plain during his official visit to China in April, when he attempted to tackle a niggling controversy over foreigners buying New Zealand land and property.

It followed a heated public debate over Shanghai Pengxin's long court battle to purchase 16 North Island dairy farms.

The constant push for exports and foreign investment stems, New Zealanders are told, from the country's desperate need for inward capital, but rather than lay down standards and principles to build trust, the government appears to adopt the quality-free rationale of the foreign trade: sell in bulk while the window is open and move on to the next deal.

The country is set to become a major supplier of quality food to the growing Asian market, New Zealanders are told. In June, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said New Zealand could become a "fruit bowl for Asia."

Those visions can only be built on trust and trust comes from regulatory systems that work, as China and Fonterra found with the Sanlu melamine scandal in 2008.

Glib assurances that the problems are "details" or that they are a sign that New Zealand is a "victim of its own success" in trade just don't cut it.

The glibness is stalking other aspects of New Zealand's foreign trade, with the country's "100 Percent Pure" tourism campaign becoming a festering sore as experts claim that the country might not in fact be "100 percent pure."

John Key, who also serves as tourism minister, defended the campaign in April: "It's like saying 'McDonald's, I'm loving it'- I'm not sure every moment that someone's eating McDonald's they're loving it ... it's the same thing with 100 Percent Pure. It's got to be taken with a bit of a pinch of salt."

No, Mr Key, it needs to be fixed before your trading partners just stop "loving it."
puloa

Tonga

#250 Aug 5, 2013
koe fe a Uiha ??

“Is better than Dogma”

Since: Mar 09

Peking Duck University

#251 Aug 5, 2013
http://matangitonga.to/2013/07/08/chinese-gov...

Chinese government gifts MA60 aircraft at Fua'amotu hand-over

Monday, July 8, 2013 - 17:19
Tonga’s government celebrated the gift of a new MA60 aircraft from China at a handover ceremony attended by King Tupou VI at the Fua’amotu Domestic Airport on Saturday July 6. Deputy Prime Minister Samiu Vaipulu, who sought the aircraft from China, said in an emotional speech that it was the first of its type in the region, but it was sad that it had not been accepted by the United States and New Zealand.

**********

LMAO.

Red China have to provide 60 Parachutes in addition to the gift
puloa

Tonga

#252 Aug 5, 2013
its ok, we take it as part of Tonga's Birth Control Project.
gengis khan

Auckland, New Zealand

#253 Aug 5, 2013
Cow Dung wrote:
http://matangitonga.to/2013/07 /08/chinese-government-gifts-m a60-aircraft-fuaamotu-hand-ove r
Chinese government gifts MA60 aircraft at Fua'amotu hand-over
Monday, July 8, 2013 - 17:19
Tonga’s government celebrated the gift of a new MA60 aircraft from China at a handover ceremony attended by King Tupou VI at the Fua’amotu Domestic Airport on Saturday July 6. Deputy Prime Minister Samiu Vaipulu, who sought the aircraft from China, said in an emotional speech that it was the first of its type in the region, but it was sad that it had not been accepted by the United States and New Zealand.
**********
LMAO.
Red China have to provide 60 Parachutes in addition to the gift
But who would trust the parachutes?
hahahahaha

“Is better than Dogma”

Since: Mar 09

Peking Duck University

#255 Aug 6, 2013
gengis khan wrote:
<quoted text>
But who would trust the parachutes?
hahahahaha
Son of the Gun

Made in China. Khakakaka :-)
stopit

Australia

#256 Aug 6, 2013
makahunu wrote:
<quoted text>
<quoted text>
Hey Stopit,
I would rather have a lap dance, LOL. Sus soaking! Let's fly, Dude! I tell you, I was there when the plane arrived...test flying around Tongatapu. One word, AMAZZZING!
I was at Vuna Wharf eyeing them fine tau'olunga Miss Heilala but they didn't show up so me and my buddy walked outside disappointed when me friend pointed at this aircraft flew low just off the shoreline. But funny thing was, we didn't hear the engines at all. I told me friend, it was because the aircraft was flying against the wind so the engines' noise must've carried away by the wind so we should wait until it turned south and it did but guess what, NADA! not a sound.
If you are familiar with the layout of Nuku'alofa, we were at the Vuna wharf, the aircraft was flying low along the shoreline and was turning south over Queen Salote Wharf and then was turning west above 'Apifo'ou College and was flying at about 500 ft above the Waterfront Restaurant towards the Dateline Hotel and finally over Pangai Lahi where the Tonga Defense Forces were in full parade. We heard the military band but we didn't hear the aircraft...and this was no joke.
This happened on a Thursday and I was due to fly to Vavau Friday afternoon. The flight was cancelled and rescheduled for Saturday afternoon. It was just brilliant because when I got to the airport the new MA60 was on the tarmac. Unknown to me, I came just in time for the inauguration. The MA60 was on the tarmac so I knew my flight would be delayed which meant I would have a good look at this piece of equipment. And soon enough, I saw His Majesty King Tupou VI, the pilots and a small crowd walking towards the airplane and then all entered. We heard the engines came alive but just whispering and then the plane was moving forward, no torrential wind or high bitching noises like the Convair deafening screaming. The MA60 took off and landed a few minutes later still the engines noise or lack of it was the most amazing thing to me.
When we moved to LA in the early 70s, we lived in Inglewood, on the landing path of airplanes arriving at LAX. I hated aircraft's noise since and have been keeping track on any noise reduction technology from the Hushkits for the old Boeing to the modern noise suppression of today. If you are curious as to why is this aircraft is such a technological marvel go to www.wyle.com and look up noise suppression. The aircraft is the future of the urban airports.
Even in China with a 1.3 billion population most of the airports had being overran by the fast growth of residential and industrial developments. The airports that were used to be miles outside the city boundaries are now in the middle of the city. The people will demand aircraft with less noise or equipped with noise suppression.
Honest to God, if I have money of which I don't I would find this company and buy all the shares I could buy. The company will go places, its just a matter of time. From a novice point of view this aircraft beats Dash 8 or the ATR 72 by a 100 miles.
Let's fly man, see ya!
makahunu
hehehe ta puna ta ua...lol daz smooth cruisin...tuku e lap dance ia,ha'u pe koe 'o huki kata puna ta ua fai mota a'u kihe koloo lol ... Let's fly ,Vava'u here i come!!!

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