Guest airsick Posted July 30, 2008 Share Posted July 30, 2008 I don't recall ever needing an excuse to go flying but today I had one anyway. A mate of mine is riding his bike from Adelaide to Brisbane and then back again visiting many dirt tracks along the way. He dropped into Canberra on the way up and I suggested that his trip would be incomplete if he didn't go for a fly. He agreed and that was enough. A quick call to the office letting them know I wouldn't be in today and then into the car and off to the airport. In typical Canberra style it was cold. There was ice on the wings and frost in the air but today it didn't worry me. My mate was keen to wipe the aircraft down while I did the rest of the pre flight so I was more than happy to let him. A few wipes into the job and he had soon changed his tune but I told him he had committed to a job and it would be weak to pull out before it was complete. He obliged and a short while later we were ready to roll. We were cleared for a departure via 35 but denied an intersection departure which held us up but it gave us a chance to watch a few heavies take off including one of the Tiger guys. Rotated quite quickly and were told to commence and early right turn to take up our track direct to Moruya. The day was beautiful, perfectly still and blue skies as far as we could see. The flight was exremely smooth and after crossing the ranges we decided to alter our track slightly and take a look at the goings on at Batemans Bay before heading into Moruya. After landing we met one of the locals who was doing some work to his Jab and decided to take a look. He did likewise before suggesting we head a little further south for some more sight seeing, something that the Virus with its excellent visibility is ideal for. We had a quick drink in the clubhouse before heading to the bowser for a drink of another kind and then took off again. A little way south of Moruya there is an island that is apparently known for its seals. We dropped by but none of the wildlife obliged us with a visit so we ducked off elsewhere. On the way home we decided to check on the progress of a windfarm being built at Lake George just north of Canberra but there wasn't much to see. Just some massive foundations for the towers and a few workmen. Apparently when they go in the towers will be ~125 metres tall so it will be interesting to watch the progress of the build. We headed back to Canberra via Bungendore and were cleared straight in for runway 30. The wind was picking up a little by this time but the landing was a greaser. Smooth as silk, honest. :) My mate was happy with the trip and reckons it was indeed something that would make his 'epic' journey complete. I was just happy I could oblige! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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