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Placo closes down

Unread post by Bearcat » Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:40 am

It seems that Placo is closed / closing down.
Their hangar at Rand is pretty much empty of equipment / aircraft
Anyone have info?
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Placo closes down

Unread post by Bearcat » Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:02 am

Placo Hangar at Rand
27 Oct 2018
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Re: Placo ?

Unread post by GL » Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:55 pm

If true - the end of one of the great institutions of South African GA.
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Re: Placo ?

Unread post by FLYGUYS » Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:59 pm

According to some old staff members, been liquidated :( :( :(
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Re: Placo ?

Unread post by Cornell Blok » Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:06 pm

I can't believe it :( Our 235 was parked in their hanger and I was truly impressed with the operation
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Re: Placo closes down

Unread post by jimdavis » Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:28 pm

Very sad. The end of a once great company.

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Re: Placo closes down

Unread post by happyskipper » Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:28 pm

An old institution gone - not surprising in our current politico-economic climate, though...... :?
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Re: Placo closes down

Unread post by Spoke Eagle » Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:28 pm

Its like another pillar falling :(
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Re: Placo closes down

Unread post by savas » Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:33 pm

Is it always blamed on the Political /economic situation......or can it just be shoddy service etc etc
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Re: Placo closes down

Unread post by Airwayfreak » Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:47 pm

savas wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:33 pm
Is it always blamed on the Political /economic situation......or can it just be shoddy service etc etc
Or changing dynamics of GA in South Africa with the proliferation of NTCA not serviced by PLACO. 20 years ago PLACO would have stocked spares and components for a large portion of aircraft flying in SA. Not the case any more.
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Re: Placo closes down

Unread post by Oldlae » Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:52 am

Spoke Eagle wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:28 pm
Its like another pillar falling :(
Amen to that. :(
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Re: Placo closes down

Unread post by Ray W » Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:46 am

Spoke Eagle wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:28 pm
Its like another pillar falling :(
Unfortunately I have to agree with you.
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Re: Placo closes down

Unread post by Jel » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:45 am

Business has changed... all over the world... without adapting to this there are going to be many more casualties... I am not saying this is necessarily the case here but Placo will not be the last unfortunately...

Already seen the aviation industry change dramatically in SA and globally....
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Re: Placo closes down

Unread post by cage » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:54 am

Jel wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:45 am
Business has changed... all over the world... without adapting to this there are going to be many more casualties... I am not saying this is necessarily the case here but Placo will not be the last unfortunately...

Already seen the aviation industry change dramatically in SA and globally....
All industries are changing, you are right there.
you have to try continually adapt else become extinct, this can't be blamed on anyone else.
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Re: Placo closes down

Unread post by lawotschkin » Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:02 am

.. first and last time I interacted with them they surely burned their margin and made a loss on the job ..
I asked them to re-skin an airleron for a 172 - what I got back was an aircraft where one aileron (the old one) was perfectly shaped to align with flaps & wig tips - the one they did was straight as a brick and did neither align with flap nor with the wig tip - to fly straight I had to hold the control joke around 20 degree off center .. so it went back and I asked then to do it again / properly - then they simply wanted to brutally bend it into shape - and I lost it completely .. finally they did it again properly but surely at a loss for them .. I was not impressed at all .. and I am not surprised about this news ..

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