Sturgis City Airport has received a $ 1.2 million Federal Aviation Administration grant that will be used to build six T-Hangers.
“(Hangar) is very important because there is no more room for airplanes,” Planning and Licensing Director Dave Smith said Tuesday after the airport learned that they had received a grant. “We have them in every possible corner.”
He said the airport saw an average of 150 takeoffs and landings a week.
US Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Tuesday a total of $ 273 million in grants to 181 airports in 41 states and the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau and Puerto Rico, according to a press conference.
Other airports receiving grants in the state are in Pierre ($ 1.3 million), Vermillion ($ 998,000), De Smet ($ 804,000), Milbank ($ 646,000), Platte ($ 577,000), Britton ($ 398,000), Yankton ($ 353,000), Mitchell ($ 333,000) and Tea ($ 130,000).
The money will be used for “important infrastructure and safety projects,” from buying rescue aircraft and fire fighting equipment to repairing runways and taxiways, according to a press release.
At the Sturgis City Council meeting on July 8, council members agreed to an offer to build a hangar at the airport with this fund, which came from Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and CARE.
There are many reasons why many people choose to continue their lives in other countries: work, family, commitment.
But for many Australian expatriates, the news that it will be increasingly difficult to go home feels like the removal of a safety net.
Six Australians told their story to ABC.
‘I have financial and contractual obligations’
Tyson Waterman, an Australian teacher who lives in London, said he was forced to stay because of financial and contractual obligations.
“Many other Australian expatriates are in a position where they can pack and leave – whether it’s because they are in their early 20s working in hospitality or work they can do at home – but my job requires me to be with me. Students and give notice the term before resigning, “he said.
“I wish I could ride in London with income and a roof over my head – something that many other Australians don’t have when we are locked up.”
Originally from Perth, Mr Waterman, 28, said he always planned to return to Australia after two years, but felt the entry restrictions and quarantine fees he would now face were “very unfair”.
The mandatory hotel quarantine fee in Western Australia is $ 2,520 for one adult, $ 3,360 for two people and $ 5,040 for a family of four.
“Financially, this is a big problem – I can’t afford to move house, organize myself and pay quarantine,” he said.
“Some media comments claim that returning Australians have received ‘free holidays’ and ‘taxpayed holidays’, he added,” ridiculous “and painful. I am truly disgusted [by some of the commentary]”I said,” I never thought I’d find myself in a situation where I didn’t feel welcome to go home. “
“To be separated from my new husband will be very heartbreaking ‘
Thoughts separated from her new husband convinced Manasi Kogekar, 32, to step out of the pandemic in Kathmandu.
Originally from Sydney, Kogekar has been in Nepal working in the development sector for the past three years.
“It will be heartbreaking for us to be separated for an unlimited period of time, especially since we just got married a few weeks ago,” he said.
“We both will feel anxious and stressed because we don’t know when we will meet next and this will be a very difficult situation for us to enter.”
The newlyweds are planning to move back to Australia next year.
“Although it is easy to say from the point of view of someone who lives in Australia that we have plenty of time to return, this oversimplifies the situation of many expatriates living abroad,” he said.
“A lot of complicated people situations … make it difficult for us to go back to Australia.
Returning will mean ‘throwing away everything we work for’
For Luke Anderson, 32, going home means leaving the dormitory he founded together in Guatemala – and local staff whose livelihoods depend on him.
“I live to help keep the hostel alive – not only for us, but also for our local workers who depend on income from our hostel,” he said.
“I just hope the government has some kind of support for us here. Fortunately, I can access the pension fund to survive, but I’m quite angry I have to use that.”
Many Australians who remain overseas have done part of this to avoid going home just to access welfare payments and “burden” the government, Anderson said.
“They should thank us, not make it harder if we are forced to go home.”
‘I went up and out for my family’
Kate Miller, a high school English teacher from Warrnambool, was in a teaching contract in Oman when the coronavirus triggered extensive locking in the Middle East.
The 41-year-old man was initially worried that if he returned to Australia, a ban on international travel would prevent him from going to China for the next teaching contract. So when a repatriation flight to England was available in mid-May, he took it.
Miller knew he could ask for travel exemption – Australians could leave the country under certain conditions, such as if they usually lived elsewhere – if he wanted to return home. But he felt treated like an “irresponsible backpacker”.
“I feel very upset with the current discourse around people like me who still live abroad – I don’t like to be portrayed as irresponsible when my choices and actions now are the opposite,” he said.
“I am not complacent all over the world having fun, I go above and beyond for my family – don’t stop and say ‘It’s too difficult, I’ll just go home and go on roles and the Government can support us on’ change ‘ taxpayer.
“How about changing the subject to recognize the difficulties we face while we make the best choices for our families?”
‘Locking my toddler in quarantine is unfair’
Evie, who was heavily pregnant and living in England, was reluctant to enter her baby through a hotel quarantine ordeal for 14 days after returning to Australia.
“My daughter is two and a half years old – I find it unfair to let a child be locked in a hotel for two weeks without fresh air and outside games,” he said.
“I’m also 28 weeks pregnant. Some international airlines don’t allow women at 28 weeks to fly.”
Evie asked for her identity to be kept secret because she and her young family would be framed or bullied on social media for not returning to Australia sooner.
“Not all Australians have the freedom to package everything and go home in a matter of weeks or months,” he said, “especially if you have children.”
‘A once in a lifetime opportunity’
Brodie Pledge embraces the “once in a lifetime” opportunity in London when the coronavirus crisis hit.
The 26-year-old from Melbourne was reluctant to leave a job which he said would begin his career in international development and provide income, housing security, and access to health care. So he decided to stay.
“At home I offer myself with various charities, but never get paid, so I have to work on weekends to pay bills. My goal is always to move. [to London] and breaking the charity sector, “said Ms Pledge.
“I also can only hold this visa once in a lifetime – I want to take advantage of these two years.”
With her visa ending in September, Ms Pledge said that although she had booked flights to return on September 3, she was increasingly worried about flight cancellations and what she described as “ridiculous” mandatory hotel quarantine fees.
“I feel like I’m being punished for trying to go home when I have no choice but to do it,” Pledge said.
“Not once did the communication I received from the Australian Government through the High Commission in the UK say ‘you must go home’. That is:” if you want / need, go home “, he said. “Now that my visa is over, what should I do?”
Stephanie Capper is a freelance journalist from the Gold Coast, currently based in Europe. He has previously reported from Central America, Asia and Africa.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan-Nawaz Muslim League (PML-N) on Thursday demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan over the PIA pilot problem.
Parliamentary leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in the Senate Senator Sherry Rehman on Thursday demanded the resignation of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) officials and Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan.
“We demand the resignation of CAA officials and the flight minister after this disappointing meeting. We all do it when it’s needed. “The nation will respect the minister for acknowledging his mistakes and resigning,” he said while speaking to the media after attending a Senate Aviation Committee meeting on Thursday.
Sherry Rehman said that after two hours of interrogation, statements by the CAA and the Minister of Aviation were inappropriate and worried that no one was responsible for anything while the PIA remained grounded. He said no one could find out how many licenses were issued and where. “The Minister of Aviation insisted that he did the right thing. Although we have told them that this problem needs to be resolved wisely. Why is this done publicly, “he said.
Commenting on the fake title scandal, he said there was no certainty whether the license was fake or genuine because they had made conflicting statements from day one. “Today, we don’t even know who is actually investigating this issue,” he said. He said it was surprising that no one was ready to take responsibility. “For the past 15 months, we have asked the federal government to examine all of this but the federal government has easily ignored our concerns,” he said.
He said the government gave the wrong impression that the minister had fulfilled the committee. “When in fact the entire Civil Aviation division and the Aviation minister cannot satisfy anyone nor can they match their statement,” he added.
He said after this meeting he saw no hope from them. “I don’t think they can stabilize the PIA. Who is responsible for our pilot and downgrading of the PIA? Do they have an action plan? We have not yet been clarified. We even know there are problems that need to be resolved but what do they do? Nothing, “he said.
He said that instead of investigating the matter first, the minister first gave a statement and then said that we would investigate. “This has caused shame for the country,” he said.
Sherry Rehman said the PIA is our national flag bearer and should not be treated this way. The image of Pakistan has been tarnished, “added the Senator.
Highlighting the Roosevelt Hotel problem, he said the explanation offered for the sale of the Roosevelt Hotel was thin and useless. He said the committee’s claim was that profitable hotel sales “were only made after COVID-19 began, in anticipation of reduced business and profits, whereas, the task force to sell it was made in 2019.
He said after the recent public uproar, this famous task force was not notified and the relevant Aviation Ministry was included. “There is no contradiction from any quarter about the alleged developer interest in the Trump family and non-official people and various advisers in the federal government. The Aviation Minister stated weakly that there were no such plans on the runway, “he added.
He said this hotel brought cultural significance to Pakistan and we would not let it be like this. “This is not the time to sell Roosevelt Hotel New York, when because of the pandemic the property prices have dropped significantly and it will result in losses for Pakistan because we will not get the right price,” he added.
Chair of the PPP Parliament in the Senate, Senator Sherry Rehman concluded by saying,
The PPP said the government had not yet considered threats by Ehsanullah Ehsan to PPP Chair Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
“Ehsanullah Ehsan has escaped from the hiding house but the government has not come out clearly when running away. This is the reason that people and PPP refer to Imran Khan as “Taliban Khan,” PPP Information Secretary Dr Nafisa Shah said during a speech at a press conference here Thursday along with Deputy Secretary of PPP Information, Ms Palwasha Khan, Haider Zaman and Nazir Dhoki in here thursday.
In a press conference, PPP leaders also claimed that the US passport for Water Resources Minister Faisal Vawda was still valid and the PPP would approach the Pakistan Election Commission (ECP) with this valid passport.
Dr Nafisa Shah said Prime Minister Imran Khan imposed on Pakistan an epidemic and hit Pakistan from crisis to crisis. He said that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had challenged elected Prime Minister Imran Khan to debate national issues at every forum including Parliament.
He said Bilawal had challenged the government to show even one hospital in Punjab and KP like the NICVD in Sindh. “PTI has not yet responded to its relationship with Abraj Group, which is the provider of Imran Khan’s funds,” he said, adding that the government had not yet answered questions about mega corruption in the BRT Project and Malam Jabba.
Dr Nafisa Shah said the PIA suffered billions of rupees in losses due to the irresponsible flight minister’s statement. “Now, Civil Aviation asks every country to recover Pakistani pilots because their licenses are not fake. “Even an enemy country cannot make so much harm to Pakistan as the Ministry of Aviation has done,” he said. He said that the PPP vowed to increase its voice for honest PIA pilots and employees.
Palwasha Khan said that the threat by Ehsanullah Ehsan to Bilawal was directly related to Imran Niazi. “The government when it failed to frighten Bilawal Bhutto Zardari from NAB so that terrorists were brought forward to threaten him,” he said.
He said the Imran government had begun trade with India and we asked Imran Khan that, by whose order, this trade would begin through the Wagah border. “The government has failed to answer the questions raised by Mrs. Judge Qazi Faez Isa. Imran Khan and his friends are a group of “Banarasi Thugs,” he said.
He said that every time Imran was questioned about corruption by the Abraaj Group and foreign funding from his party, threats were made by terrorists but he must not forget that Bilawal Bhutto was the son of a great leader who openly challenged these terrorists. He said that PPP will continue to raise the issue of Aleema Khan and Imran Khan’s corruption and that nothing can frighten us.
Haider Zaman Qureshi said that federal minister Faisal Vawda was a cowboy whose passport was still valid. “The passport number is 530572047 and on his birthday referred to as October 21, 1973 the issuance date is May 22, 2015 and ends on May 21, 2025,” he said. He said that Imran was the king of corruption and his entire family was involved in corruption. “Video of Imran Khan’s cousin doing a circle,” he said.
Qureshi said that none of the employees in the Murad Saeed ministry had been promoted despite cabinet approval. “All roads deteriorate rapidly and no work is carried out on any highway,” he said. He said that farmers in the country did not have seeds and fertilizer. “The price of a bag of flour has gone up by Rs300,” he said.
He said PPP would continue to expose this corrupt government corruption. “Ali Zaidi doesn’t even know the meaning of JIT. Issues like these are raised by the government to divert people’s attention from real problems, “he said.
He said PPP would not allow the sale of national assets such as PIA and Steel Mills. He said that on August 5, Imran Khan would hold a drama for Kashmiris while he had sold Kashmiri blood.
Meanwhile, PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif has called on Prime Minister Imran Khan to resign for damaging the image of a PIA-flagged airline, causing billions of rupees of losses and humiliating Pakistan internationally with his government statement which turned out to be wrong.
In a statement Thursday, Shahbaz said after the letter issued by the director general of the Civil Aviation Authority, there was no doubt that action had to be taken against Imran Khan and related ministers. He said Imran who was incompetent and his minister was responsible for the loss of billions of rupees to national airlines. He said the world would now question the authenticity of the report and the minister’s ability to read the report which had disastrous consequences for the PIA. He said the world would be confused in deciding whether to trust ministers who gave such scathing statements at the instructions of the PM or CAA director general. He questioned who should be punished for this false statement by the minister on the floor of the National Assembly. Who will pay financial losses, who will replace the damage to the livelihood of foreigners. He said it was not the pilot but the fake prime minister and ministers.
Collins traveled to England with his wife, Cathy and their children in early March to visit relatives.
“We have done everything we could financially to go home,” he said.
“Now it seems only if you are able to buy first class tickets or business class upgrades that are allowed.”
‘I was unable to improve so I bumped into that flight’
Rebecca Halligan is a doctor from Adelaide who has lived in England and worked in a hospital there for the past two years.
He told 7.30 he could not return to Australia earlier because at the height of the pandemic he was rehired to treat COVID-19 patients in the ICU.
“Initially I had booked a trip to Melbourne … but it was canceled with increasing cases there.
“So I was re-ordered to Sydney and then the hat was introduced with only 50 passengers allowed per flight.
“I was called by the airline and was told that … they prioritize business class passengers.
“I was unable to upgrade to business class so I bumped into the flight.”
The airline ordered it back on a flight to Perth.
“I have an offer to increase to business class seats,” he said.
“And I thought, I would only put this on my credit card so I could guarantee a place … that I knew not everyone could do.”
Dr Halligan arrived in Perth on Friday and is now in the hotel quarantine.
‘Pray that our flights will not be canceled again’
Australian filmmaker Katy-May Hudson said if her flight this weekend from the US to Australia was canceled, her only chance of getting another flight might be by ordering business class.
“The last time we checked that [business class] “$ 24,000 ($ 34,500) flights,” he said.
Ms. Hudson has lived and worked in New York for nine years. Her husband, Sean, is also Australian and they have a young daughter and another child on the way – Ms. Hudson is five months pregnant.
They booked flights in May but were canceled. Hudson said complications with her pregnancy meant she could only travel in the second trimester.
“It’s important for me to go home as soon as possible. For one, I’m pregnant and if I’m not traveling the following month, I have to have a baby here. And it’s not safe to have children – I already have one child here and I never want to have more children here. God bless America but … the health system is a big problem. “
On Monday, the family flew from New York to San Francisco, where they faced anxious waiting to see if they made scheduled flights to Sydney on Wednesday.
“We only hope and pray that our flights will not be canceled again and we are not trapped in this limbo where we are stuck in San Francisco where COVID-19 cases are increasing,” Hudson said.
“If I can’t get that flight to Sydney, I will be stranded in an unknown place with a high-risk pregnancy and no medical team and my little toddler.”
“This thing is dangerous and this is real ‘
Adding to the list of COVID-19 Australian cases was Melbourne’s Hassan Gudal, who tested positive last weekend.
The windshield technician has been vigilant throughout the pandemic, washing his hands several times a day, not touching his face and carrying hand sanitizers in his work van and at home.
“If I get a virus, I think many people will get it, because I always realize this is dangerous,” the 35-year-old man from Carlton told 7.30.
Mr Gudal suspects he contracted the virus while working in a suburban hotspot. The main symptom he experienced was loss of sense of smell.
“My scent is zero, I can’t smell anything. It’s very, very strange,” Gudal said.
Within ten days of a ban on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights by the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority, ticket prices for flights to Pakistan from the UK tripled, according to international reports.
The United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority on July 1 banned PIA from flights operating at home and abroad. The decision by Britain came soon after the European Union Aviation Security Agency (EASA) announced a similar ban. The PIA operates six routes to the UK: one to Birmingham Airport (BHX), three to London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and two to Manchester Airport (MAN), all of which are now banned.
Ticket prices have jumped by 300%
According to rates on Opodo, a travel agent website based in the UK, the cheapest return ticket from London to Lahore is offered by Emirates and British Airways at a price of £ 3,410 – equivalent to almost Rs 641,097. A return ticket from Islamabad to Lahore offered by Emirates on the kayak.co travel website costs more than £ 1156 – the same as almost Rs 242881. As reported, round-trip flights from London to Lahore, Islamabad used to cost an average of £ 500 -650, but has increased three times due to a PIA flight ban.
The United States has revoked permission to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to operate charter flights to the US on suspicion of a dubious pilot license. The US Department of Transportation reportedly cited concerns raised by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over Pakistani pilot certification.
European Union bans PIA flights
The European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA) has suspended Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to operate in Europe for six months after a fake license issue. The move was taken after Pakistan itself announced that 262 pilots had “dubious” licenses. “EASA temporarily suspends the authorization of PIA to operate in EU member countries for an effective period of 6 months on July 1, 2020, with the right to appeal this decision,” the PIA statement said.
June 26th Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan said 262 pilots in the country “did not take the exam themselves” and have paid others to sit on their behalf. He told us that the pilots had no flying experience and that the PIA had flown all of its pilots who had fake licenses immediately.
Knowing this problem, the CEO, PIA, Air Marshall Arshad Malik, has written a letter to the Secretary of Aviation to immediately list 141 names that are registered, while the remaining names produced by the government are allegedly not part of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) anymore or have been make details.