A true Bushie – Ron Entsch.
Ron, age 20, joined Bush Pilots Airways in 1959 as Assistant Company Secretary when the fleet consisted of Auster J5Bs and a Cessna182 contracted to the State’s Flying Surgeon, based at Longreach. He was appointed Secretary in 1960 and promoted to General Manager in 1966, overseeing the expansion to a fleet of F27s, DC3s, Metros and Twin Otters operating throughout the State and to the Northern Territory. When he resigned as Group General Manager in late 1984, after 25 years with the company, Ron had seen it grow from a small charter operation, to a commuter airline, and to the ultimate goal – full airline status.
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