Friday, 19 March 2010

Qantas it ain't*

But fun it was - an early morning flight up to the Hume Region Principals' Conference in Wangaratta took a bit longer than intended - we had to go round a storm (!) but was very enjoyable - they are doing cool things up in Wangaratta and it was nice to be able to suggest more...

Flight back was a bit delayed when a tractor parked in front of the plane for a while... By the way, this is a Life Saver Rescue plane - they use it to rush along the wonderful beaches and spot dangers - swimmers in difficulty, sharks, etc. But the service is being phased out to be replaced by a helicopter service - much more expensive to run. With the plane the pilot simply talked to the Lifesavers, who quickly took action. Sometimes systems find it really hard to cope with effective collaboration between folk and build autonomous solutions controlled by a hierarchy - exactly the polar opposite of where this people's century with it's collaborative mutuality is headed. I liked the little plane and its radio...

* thanks to Muartin Luevins for pointing out how to spell Qantas correctly - I'd initially added a U. His comment explains, below.

2 comments:

David Warlick said...

Stephen, I only just got to Austrialia and it looks like all I'm seeing is the Olympic park. I did take a long walk around the park this afternoon. Pictures to come...

-- dave --

Martin Levins said...

QUANTAS??

there's no "U" in Qantas - one of the curious exceptions to this otherwise excruciating Scrabble problem. Stands for Queensland and Northern Territory Air Service, yer know...

Cheers
Muartin Luevins