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Well worth flying over Mt Buller enroute to Millawa (Brown Brothers Winery) for lunch on a nice day with friends.....

 

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Well worth flying over Mt Buller enroute to Millawa (Brown Brothers Winery) for lunch on a nice day with friends.....

 

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Wow! So green at the airfield at Millawa.

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What a sensational day. Got to fly in SA. Couldn't get to fly our filed plan due to a huge cloud base building up over the coast but still a great 1.1h. I highly recommend Cape Town Flight Training Centre.

 

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I rocked up a bit early as traffic can be super thick. When there the lovely owners were sitting down at the table and wanted me just to keep talking as she loves aussie accents. The instructor they got in for me is their advanced training (IFR and Flight test) instructor. We had a quick chat and then he was super happy as he doesn’t normally do trail flights and said since you can fly we would go do this awesome area over to Robben Island and through class C airspace through the Airforce base around Table Mountain and then down nice and low along the coast line around the naval base and back. A check of the notams showed that one area we wanted to visit was active with rocket launches... so we did a bit of a change of planned route and then we filed our flight plan (needed to be 30min before flight minimum), we then went out to do our walk around and inspection. There are special rules for some of the areas (see link) Local PPG around Fisantekraal Airfield and Durbanville area

 

Other than that, the fight plan filing was not too bad, an online system. We called up with mobile on the ground to activate our flight plan and pick up our squawk code.

 

Once out and flying the clouds were building up a lot more than predicted over the coast line, as we had planned to transition though the military airspace at 1500’ but cloud base over the coast was below 800’ and the base was active (we had 2 jets scream past us while we orbited) so they wouldn’t transition us that low. But a great experience, Fisantekraal is an old airforce base so there are multiple runways but it is poorly maintained.

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Just back from our country NSW flying trip, day 1 Caboolture-Warwick-Narrabri, day 2 Narrabri-Mudgee, spent 4 days in Mudgee & surrounds, haven’t been there since the early 1980’s, would have to been one of the most beautiful country towns I’ve seen, we stayed at the hangar house which I would describe as 5 star, the host Alex was great, he even drove us into town to pick up our hire car, day 7 Mudgee-Maitland, spent a few days visiting parents at a retirement village, day 10 Maitland-Gunnedah (thanks to the friendly local pilots we meet & who drove us into town for brunch)Narrabri, day 11 Narrabri-Moree-Warwick-Caboolture (moderate turbulence & 15 kt headwinds, a long & uncomfortable day.

 

Was good to spend money in the drought stricken country & supporting the small family run businesses.

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Thanks good friend, my wife and I were priviledged to have a relaxing day as passengers on board a R44 for a round trip, Toowoomba, Bribie Island, Caboolture & return. We had two close calls with birds and short final at Caboolture and shortly after takeoff with a hawk/kite. It's hard to believe they actually located the Dump/Land Fill right next to the airfield. It was a nice day for flying with plenty of traffic in the Caloundra, Caboolture and Redcliffe areas with constant radio chatter. Here are a few photos taken today.

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Flying around the block near Lake Somerset

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An early morning trip

 

Flight home today took me past the Menindee Lake System in Far West NSW. Lake Wetherall (below) part of the Darling River system still with some water.

 

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Below. An empty Lake Menindee looking south with Lake Tandour off in the background

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The village of Sunset Strip on the edge of Lake Menindee have lost their water views with what looks like sand dunes forming on the Lake bed.

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Today we finally flew the Darling river between Menindee and Wilcannia today. Have covered it in each direction beyond that but for some reason had never done this short hop. Not much water in it around Wilcannia at the moment, mostly deep holes.

 

Wilcannia township from the East looking West with the Barrier Highway centre. The Wilcannia strip is top right.

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The Darling River has a river distance of around 400km between Wilcannia and Menindee but is only 130km direct. Below - taken not far from Menindee.

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Yesterday I took my first flight in a Cirrus SR20. What an amazing plane, so comfortable and fast. A big change from our little PA28. Apart from the cost, this is something I would love to fly often.

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Last flight was a test run over the Laguna Mountains in Southern CA to test a carb issue. RV-3 with 150hp climbs at 1500'fpm from 6500 to 9500'. What a plane.

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Hmm, I guess I posted to the wrong forum--sent some trip reports to 'Welcome' page. Oh well, here's one from this summer--

first fly-out with this plane, went to the Arlington, Washington fly-in. Great campout with good pilots all around.71077917_DSC01699(Large).thumb.jpeg.df792275e5c513638c8b10b2ac43c1a5.jpeg

Everything gets strapped in tight with shoulder harness and belt.

 

 

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Mini-Oshkosh, lots of experimentals...

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And big iron flying around, too...

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50th anniversary Reno shirt came to 50th Arlington--next year, they'll join a 50th year at Oshkosh shirt--the trifecta!

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Why is no-one ever around to see that perfect landing. Had a short local flight over the local recreation dam this arvo, which finished with a straight in greaser. Made the hour or so to get out of the hanger worthwhile.

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Well worth flying over Mt Buller enroute to Millawa (Brown Brothers Winery) for lunch on a nice day with friends.....

 

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You got snow down there?! Thought only NZ had mountains like that. Gotta visit your continent one day...Cheers!

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Today we finally flew the Darling river between Menindee and Wilcannia today. Have covered it in each direction beyond that but for some reason had never done this short hop. Not much water in it around Wilcannia at the moment, mostly deep holes.

 

Wilcannia township from the East looking West with the Barrier Highway centre. The Wilcannia strip is top right.

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The Darling River has a river distance of around 400km between Wilcannia and Menindee but is only 130km direct. Below - taken not far from Menindee.

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Wow, we've got our dry regions too, but that just looks like Mad Max land all the way to the horizon! Great to be able to

fly over rather than trek on foot, eh?

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brinykraut it is mad max country! Mad Max filmed out near Silverton and some awesome trips and adventures still to be had in Far West NSW. Bourke and Wills did part of the Darling river and split their party at Menindee way back in the 1860s. You are right though, much easier to fly over! I learnt to fly Gyrocopters this year so want to fly the length of the Darling then the Murray as one of my first adventures. Planning to do the trip as a small group next year. That should be fun.

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I thank you for the background Waraton, afraid most of our understanding of down undah comes from cinema. Pretty clear why the Pommies viewed the continent as an ideal prison at first glance--no worries about escapes!

 

That said, many parallels to U.S. development--British/European colonists=rapid terraformers. Give us a century or two and we'll make anyplace productive.

Yeah, we drag the aboriginal inhabitants along against their will, but that seems to be the history of the HUMAN race, dunnit? Steamrolling along towards the future.

(BTW, we're currently binging the series 'A place to call home'--enjoyably nostalgic soap opera, does require some idiomatic translations for us, though!

 

Enjoy your 'magic carpet' and the adventure of exploring! Icarus' dream realized, hopefully without the hubris.

As mentioned, I always marvel at being able to expand my horizons from above rather than bobbing along on a camel or mule, enduring the horseflies and heat! I'm no T.E. Lawrence, that's certain...

 

As you may know, we have our own version of the Outback--the 'Great Basin', basically between the Cascade/Sierra Nevada range and the Rockies, pretty sparse.

 

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Not exactly our last flight, but our most recent trip.
Our stops were:
Dingo
Winton
Adels grove
Karumba
Gilberton station
Bowen
Yeppoon
And then home

There was some spectacular scenery along the way and some really interesting stops. Winton, Adels grove, Karumba and Gilberton station were amazing

 

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1 hour ago, cscotthendry said:

Not exactly our last flight, but our most recent trip.
Our stops were:
Dingo
Winton
Adels grove
Karumba
Gilberton station
Bowen
Yeppoon
And then home

There was some spectacular scenery along the way and some really interesting stops. Winton, Adels grove, Karumba and Gilberton station were amazing

 

 

 

Very impressive video work cscotthendry, like a professional movie!

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I just buzz around the mountains east of San Diego with my buddies for one hour then we return home for some fuel and ice cream.   Flight of four, three F-18s and my RV-3. 

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Hi Scott. . . I just finished watching your Gulf Safari and what a wonderful window onto a Starkly Beautiful Country it was. . . .  I flew the Gulf country in the 1970s, and landed at some of the places featured. . .  It used to scare the Poop out of me, wondering what would happen if the donkey in my C-180 decided to give up the ghost in the middle of nowhere !   I got lost a coupla times, but Darwin ( and other stations ) Flight Service ( and others ) on the HF got me out of the poop. . . .  No CTAF back then. . . Nor GPS, Nor Telstra. . .just  paper maps and Shortwave Radio. . . ( ! )

 

Made a comment about Tommy  Emmanuel's  Guitar playing on part of it too,. . it HAD to be him. . I recognised his style. . ( Lovely Bloke too ) .  The whole thing was  Most informative and educational.

 . . I Love your First Officer, She is very Switched on and I am sure you are proud of her input.

 

Phil.

 

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Hi Phil:
I saw your comment on the Gilberton video. When I saw the signature, I guessed it was the same Phil Perry from the fora here. Thanks for watching and thanks for your feedback.

Yes it is Tommy in that and other videos. Both versions of Countrywide in that video are Tommy playing, one with an orchestral backing and one solo.

WRT flying over tiger country and what it means for the "donkey in front" LOL, it can be a little scary at times, but flying with a group helps with the nerves a lot. I'm not brave enough to attempt these sorts of trips on my own and I'm very grateful for the support of my fellow Puk Airlines members.

Another upside of group flying, is that every night is like a party while we're on tour. Our core group is very close; like a family. We get along very well and have a really great time.

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