Affably called "Gashy” by those who know him best, Peter Gash has been an inspiration to Cessna Caravan pilots all across Australia.
Howard Burgess, chief pilot for Pacific Relines, a specialist mine maintenance company serving mining sites in Australia and Papua New Guinea, has been flying caravans for 11 years on a fly in, fly out basis.
“I'll always remember one time when I landed at Gashy"s hanger and it was raining like a downpour. It had been one of those days of flying in the soup when you sort of think about maybe doing something else for a living. We were needing some fuel, and nobody seemed very anxious to step out into the rain, when out ran Gashy, opening up the left cockpit door, shaking my hand and telling me what a great job I was doing - saying 'Goodonya, Mate!’”
As an Australian colloquialism “Goodonya, Mate,” is loosely translated as, “Good job, Pal!”
Which is just another way of saying, Sure Thing!