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Old 10-23-2011, 01:37 AM
Finley Atherton Finley Atherton is offline
 
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Got back home yesterday after about a 4,400 nm round trip. As expected the RV performed perfectly.

Some more sightseeing photos (the fly-in photos can be seen at http://www.aviationwa.org.au/# with more to be added soon).

Perth next to the Swan River. Langley Park is just the other side of the wharf.
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Looking back along Final for Langley. Base leg was heading for the tall building and we turned on to final around and hopefully above the height of the tower so that final was between the buildings and the tower. Then we had to do an obstacle clearance landing above the Palm trees.
On departure CASA gave every pilot approval to do a low level turn to the left at about the Palm trees to pass this side of the tower.
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Planes lined up at Serpentine Airfield before departing to Langley. Pilots nominated their desired inbound speed and aircraft departed Serpentine at one minute intervals with the fastest going first.
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Coastal scenery at Esperance on the south coast of Western Australia.
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More to come.

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Old 10-23-2011, 02:12 AM
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More sightseeing.

Western Australia is known for it's impressive and unique spring wildflower displays.
This was at a beach near Esperance.
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This is in the beautiful Perth Botanic Gardens and will give you an idea of the range of wildflowers.
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After the fly-in the local SAAA members took us around the SW of Western Australia on a 'South West Ramble". This is our group looking out over the Indian Ocean near the Margaret River wine growing district.
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After Margaret River we flew to Albany on the south coast. Our hosts took us on the Tree Top walk through the magnificent giant Red Tingle trees. These trees can live up to 400 years and measure 16 m around the base and up to 60 m high.
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From the lookout at Albany.
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:31 AM
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Last photos.
Coastal scenery between Albany and Esperance on the first leg home.
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Weird lakes/salt pans?? between Esperance and Forrest before we got to the Nullarbor Plain.
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Over the southern end of Lake Eyre. As stated in a previous post this is a huge inland salt pan that has been filled by recent rains. The water is now receding. This was taken from 7,500 ft and the water really has this pink colour.
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Old 10-23-2011, 03:42 AM
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Could you please tell me the price of Avgas at the stops you made, as I hope to fly from Brisbane to Perth maybe next year and would like to get an idea of the best way to go.
Hi Jamie,

As I am sure you would know, fuel is more expensive in the remote locations.

Thargomindah $2.35 lt
Forrest $2.75 lt
Esperance $2.05 lt
Coober Pedy $2.12 lt
Bunbury $1.99 lt
William Creek about $2.70 lt (I think).
Can't find the receipt for Ceduna but I think it was around $2.00 lt.

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Old 10-23-2011, 05:16 AM
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Fin

Thats right I was, someone got kicked by a cow. I would like a 9A or a 7A but do not have the skills to build it. Looks like you had a good trip.

cheers

Magnus
If your the Magnus i think you are, then just get Langdon to help after he's finished the Glastar

Reminds me, I must check out how he's going!

Cheers!

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Old 10-23-2011, 01:49 PM
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Default Welcome home Fin and Lisa..

... and WELL DONE with the long journey!

Great write ups and great photos!
Interesting to see how it looks in the differnet part of your big country...

The wifey and me have been following you along and sometimes live too, and it sure is a strange feeling sitting by the pc in Norway watching you guys flying along "down under"...

Thanks alot for sharing!
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Old 10-23-2011, 03:58 PM
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Thank you for your great post Fin !

Im still working on my trip From YCAB , Caboolture to YBLN Busselton, the most direct route I can.



Caboolture to Brocken hill, one stop ( Burke for fuel if needed) Day 1

Brocken Hill to Ceduna, via Port Augusta west for fuel, Streaky Bay Day 2

Ceduna to Esperance , via forrest for fuel Day 3

Esperance to Busselton direct Day 4.



Day 1, 5hrs, 1,200km

Day 2, 3.5hrs, 780 km

Day 3, 5.5hrs, 1,300km

Day 4, 3hrs, 600km



17 hrs, 3880 km. = 2095nm ( one way )
round trip 34 hrs = 4190nm

Your info on fuel prices will help with my fuel planing. Glad you had a great trip, I hope to do the same very soon.
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:20 PM
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Hi Jamie,

Three hours is about our comfortable limit for a leg so Bourke would be an appropriate place to stretch the legs on day one. We got fuel from Bourke but I can't find the invoice. I guess it would be a little over $2.00 lt.

Streaky Bay is a nice stop over but the airport is a fair way from town. The Streaky Bay Hotel/Motel will pick you up and take you back to the airport for free and their price also includes a continental breakfast. We had a nice room (#12) in the Hotel which opens to the balcony overlooking the bay.

There are other airstrips on the Bight that have fuel but we opted for Forrest with it's bitumen runways. Keep a sharp eye out for birds (including eagles) on the Forrest airstrip.

Esperance airport is a fair way from town so the taxi would be expensive. Hire cars are available at the airport.

Depending on the time of the year and the weather you may want to consider say, Tibooburra, Coober Pedy, Forrest etc especially if the weather is worse to the south.

Have a good trip

Fin
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:21 PM
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Great trip write up. I'm sitting in the NT at the moment but heading home in a couple of weeks and getting my -4 back in the air. I've thought that if I get a more long term contract here in Aus i may just crate her up and ship her over here.
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Old 10-24-2011, 04:00 AM
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The cool thing about Lake Eyre is its size.

Its about 5,000 sq miles.

I flew over it in a 747 on the way to South East Asia last year and it took 30 minutes from one end to the other, and its just out there in the middle of absolute no where.

No mountains no features nothing, just flat deseart for thousands of miles then this HUGE salty lake.

Just like seeing water on Mars.

Really something amazing.
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