Helicopter rejected by Tongan authority welcomed in Samoa

    A helicopter Tongan authority could not give its owner a license to fly in Tonga had its maiden flight in Samoa last week.

    According to Samoa Observer, Caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, met with the Company’s principal and founder, Rodger McCutcheon early last week before he granted approval for the copter to fly in Samoa.

    “When it comes to private investments where lives will be saved then government must take decisive action,” Tuilaepa was quoted by the website as saying.

    “It is utter nonsense and ridiculous for any government to discard a service of this nature”, he added.

    The helicopter was brought to perform life saving emergency work, sightseeing flights for tourists and commercial work.

    McCutcheon told Kaniva News the Eurocopter AS350 helicopter arrived in the kingdom last month and because Tongan civil aviation authority could not allow them to fly it on their Australian licenses they decided to transfer and send it to Samoa

    He said another helicopter was on its way to Tonga but still they do not have a license to operate it in the kingdom.

    McCutcheon said the civil aviation authority needs “up to 3 months to bring in experts to assist them with approving us to fly in Tonga”.

    Tonga’s civil aviation authority would not respond to our request for comment but the manager of Tonga International Airport Viliami Ma’ake said he was approached by McCutcheon about the helicopter. He said he told him to talk to civil aviation authority.

    Tonga’s aviation safety rules came under strict scrutiny since 2013 after the kingdom accepted the  controversial Chinese MA-60 aircraft in 2012.

    The aircraft, which is based on an old Russian design, has been involved in several accidents in different countries. In the worst accident 27 people died.

    The New Zealand government released a travel advisory warning that New Zealanders flying in the Real Tonga MA60 did so at their own risk and withheld $10 million aid for Tonga’s Tourism industry because of concerns over the aircraft.

    In 2014 the International Civil Aviation Organiation demanded Tonga to fully respond to its request to submit a report on Real Tonga’s controversial MA60 aircraft.

    In his response the former Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano promised the international body he would revise Tonga’s civil aviation rules and regulations within 60-90 days, commit to meet New Zealand aviation standards and replace the Real Tonga with a New Zealand operator during the revision period.

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    1 COMMENT

    1. Kuo talitali lelei ‘e Ha’amoa ‘Apia ha helekopeta ne ‘ikai tali ‘e Tonga ke puna ai koe’uhi he ‘oku ta’efakalao ka puna ai ‘o ngaue’aki e laiseni mei ‘Aositelelia.

      ‘Ikai ko ia pe ka ne fiema’u ‘e Tonga ke haea mai ha kau mataotao mei muli ke nau mu’aki sivi ‘a e vaka ni ke fakapapau’i ‘oku malu pea hao kae toki ‘oange ha’ane laiseni.

      Fakatatau ki he fakamatala ‘a e Samoa Observer na’e foaki ‘e he Palemia ‘o Ha’amoa ‘i he uike kuo ‘osi ‘a e ngofua ke puna ‘a e helikopeta ni ‘i hono fonua ke fai ‘a e ngaahi tokoni ki ha fakahaofi fakavavevave pehe ki he ngaahi ngaue fakatakimamata.

      Kaekehe kuo pehē naʻe tūʻuta hake ʻa e fuofua helekopeta ʻa e kautaha Tonga Helicopter ki Tonga he mahina kuo ‘osi ka ne pehē ʻe he tokotaha ʻoʻoná Rodger McCutcheon kuo nau loto ke fakafoki ā ia ʻo uta ki Haʻamoa koeʻuhī ne ʻikai tali ʻe he kau maʻu mafai ʻo e potungāue fepunaʻaki sivile ʻa Tonga ke nau fakapuna e vaká ʻi Tonga ʻaki ʻenau ngaahi laiseni ʻAositelēliá.

      Naʻā ne pehē neongo ‘a e fakafoki ko ‘eni ka ʻoku ʻi ai ʻa e helekopeta ʻe taha ʻoku fakafolau atu ia ki Tonga taimi tatau fakatatau ki heʻene laú ʻoku teʻeki pe foaki haʻanau laiseni ke fakalele helekopeta ʻi Tonga.

      Pehē ʻe McCutcheon ki he Ongoongo ʻa e Kanivá ʻoku fiemaʻu ʻe he sivile ia ʻa Tonga ha taimi aʻu ki he māhina ʻe tolu ke ʻomai ai ha kau mataotao ke nau tokoniʻi kinautolu ʻi hano vakaiʻi pe ʻe tali ke puna e helekopetá ni ʻi Tonga.

      ʻI he māhia Sānualí naʻa mau pulusi ai ha ongoongo ʻo pehē ko e taha he fuofua helikopeta ʻe ua maʻa Tongá ʻe tūʻuta hake ia ʻi he ʻaho 6 ʻo Fepuelí.

      Naʻe fakahā mai ai ʻe McCutcheon kia kimautolu ko e vaka ko iá ko e Eurocopter AS350 pea kuo fakanaunau kakato ‘o kau ai e ngaahi naunau hikiʻanga ʻo ha taha ʻoku faingataʻaʻia pehē ki ha lifi mo ha afo lōloa mo ha kupenga pehe ki he kane tāmate afi.

      Ne ne pehē ne ʻikai ke nau loto ke toe tuku ʻa e vaká ʻi Tonga ʻo moʻutuʻua ia ai peá ne pau leva ke nau uta ʻe kinautolu ki Haʻamoa ʻa ia ko ʻene tau atu pe ʻana ʻo puna leva.

      Ne ne pehē ʻoku ʻi ai ʻa e helekopeta ʻe taha ʻoku toe mālohi ange ia ʻoku lolotonga fakafolau atu ki Tonga pea ʻoku ʻamanaki ʻe tūʻuta ki ai ʻi ha uike ʻe nima mei heni.

      ʻOku fiemaʻu ko ā ʻa e helikopeta ia ko iá ki he ngaue fusi koloa ‘oku fiema’u ke fai mo fakahoko leva, ko ʻene laú ia.

      ʻOku ʻikai ko ha toki taimi ʻeni ke taʻehoko ai e tukupā ʻa e tangatá ni ke fakaaʻu ʻene tokoniʻi ʻa Tonga ʻi he fetuʻutaki fakahelekopetá. Ne ne ʻuluaki tuʻuaki ʻi he uepisaiti ko ehttp://www.tongapacific.com ʻe kamata ʻene fakalele helikopetá ʻi Tonga ʻi ʻAokosi 2015 ʻo vaka ʻe taha ki Vavaʻu pea taha ʻi Nukuʻalofa. Ka ne ʻikai hoko ʻa e tukupā ko ʻeni.

      ‘Oku te’eki foki ke ne fakaha ko hai ‘oku ne fakapa’anga ‘a e ngaue ko ‘eni ‘oku laulau miliona hono mahu’inga pea ko e ‘u ta ‘oku ‘omi fekau’aki mo e helekopeta ni kuo fakamahino ne ne ngaue’aki ‘a e polokalama sofitiuea ko e photoshop ke toki tohi’i atu ‘aki pe ‘a e hingoa ki he vaka lanu kulokula pea ko e la’ita ‘e taha ‘oku tohi ai ‘a e hingoa ‘o e digicel ‘o hange ia ko ‘enau siponisaa ia.

      Ko e helekopeta ko ʻení oku lau ‘e tau atu ki Tonga ha uike ‘e nima mei heni ʻoku lanu kulokula pea fakanaunau kakato ke ne malava ʻa e ngaahi ngāue fakahaofi moʻui mo fakahoko aki ʻa e ngaahi ngāue fakatakimamata tatau mo e helekopeta ko ʻeni ne toki fakafokí.

      Kae taimi tatau ʻa hono fakafolau atu ko ʻeni ʻo e vakapuna hono uá ki Tongá ʻoku teʻeki pe foaki ʻe he potungāue sivile ia ʻa Tongá ha ngofua ki he tangatá ni mo ʻene kautaha ke nau fakalele helekopeta ʻi Tonga.

      Ka ʻoku pehē foki ʻe he tangatá ni ko e lahi taha ʻo e ngaahi fonua ʻi māmaní ʻoku nau tali lelei pe ke nau fakalele helekopetaʻaki ʻenau laiseni ʻAositelēliá ʻi ha ngaahi taimi, ka ʻoku ʻikai tali ʻeni ia ʻe Tonga ʻo nau pehē ko e lulafua ko ē ʻoku siviʻaki ʻa e ngaahi ngofua fepunaʻaki ʻi Tongá ʻoku māʻolunga pea lahi ʻene fiemaʻu ʻana.

      Kuo fai ʻa e fetuʻutaki ki Tonga ki he kau maʻumafai aí ke fakapapauʻi mai ʻa e ngaahi fakamatala ko ʻení ka ne ‘ikai ma’u mai ha tali hono pulusi ‘o e ongoongo ni.

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