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Old 10-11-2011, 06:31 PM
Finley Atherton Finley Atherton is offline
 
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Default Across Australia to a Fly-In

My wife and I are flying our 9A across the width of Australia to a fly-in at Langley Park Perth. The fly-in is being organized by the local branch of the Sport Aircraft Association of Australia (SAAA). Have a look at Langley Park on Google Earth. You will see that it is virtually in the CBD.
The park is being converted to an airfield for the weekend and about 100 mainly experimential registered aircraft will be there. The airfield is short with obstacles and we have to prove before hand that we are up to the task before being allowed to participate.

You can see where we have been and follow our progress at www.tinyurl.com/vhfla
If we are on the move you will see a blue dot that should update every couple of minutes. Click on my Public pages and you can see the trip starting from the first entry on 7/10/2011. Click on a blue dot and you will see position, speed etc. I fly at about 25 lt/hr regardless of height which translates to around 150 kts TAS at 8,500 ft and less lower down. The prevaling winds are from the west and we have had headwinds most of the way.


The photo quality is not great. They were taken with a mobile phone and the sky was very hazy from smoke/dust.

This is the desert in Central Australia from 8,500 ft. The lines are old sand hills that have been covered by vegetation



There has been rain in the desert over the last year


A welcome water hole at William Creek Central Australia.


Isolated beaches on the eastern section of the Great Australian Bight.


Impressive limestone cliffs that extend for hundreds of km on the western section of the Great Australian Bight. Nothing but open ocean between these cliffs and the Antarctic. Desert starts at the top of the cliffs.
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The next post should be the fly-in.

Fin
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:09 AM
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Very cool report Finley! Keep the pictures coming...
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:38 PM
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Thanks for posting your trip Fin.

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.

Looking forward to see some more photo of SAAA planes in Perth.
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:48 PM
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Very neat Finley!! My wife and I really need to get to Australia very cool
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Old 10-12-2011, 05:17 PM
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Getting ready to leave for the next leg in a few hours weather permitting.
I worked out that my total sight seeing flight to Perth will be about 2,200 nm (2,500 miles) and then I still have to fly back home although this will be a more direct route.

Fin
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Old 10-13-2011, 04:11 AM
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Relaxing at our motel after an awful leg from Esperance to Perth. Fighting a 30 kt plus headwind with strong turbulence, low cloud and showers.
If you look at our track you will see we had to turn back at one stage to a clear area to descend below the cloud. Heading west our ground speed was around 117 kts when we turned around it increased to around 190 kts!!

You may also notice our Spidertracks stopped for about 10 minutes. I accidently knocked the switch off in turbulence. Thankfully I noticed before before it was off for 15 minutes or the website would have sent out an automatic SOS alert

Our motel is perfectly located for the fly-in. This photo is taken outside or room looking across to Langley Park where all the aeroplane action will happen.

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Old 10-13-2011, 04:24 AM
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So that's who has the front room!

We are a few rooms back.

Can you keep an eye on mine too please?

Thanks!
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Old 10-13-2011, 04:41 PM
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Hi Fin,

Glad you made it to Perth ok. Last time I was at Langley Park, was for the Red Bull Air Race.

I have been following you on your web link, nice tracking software, I think I will do the same when I do my trip.

Can you please post some data of your trip. I would like to know how much avgas is out the middle of Oz. Its just under $2 a ltr here at YCAB.

My EST on your total flight time is around 18 hrs, would that be close ?

Have a great time, wish I could have joined you.
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Old 10-13-2011, 04:41 PM
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.... and pics too! Looking forward to more updates from your long trip!
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:29 PM
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Can you please post some data of your trip. I would like to know how much avgas is out the middle of Oz. Its just under $2 a ltr here at YCAB.
$1.77 at Parafield at the moment.

When I refueled at Forrest in January it was $2.92 per litre. Just had to suck it up, it's not like I was going to be shopping elsewhere for it.

Ceduna was actually worse, due to my own poor planning. Traveling without a carnet card I knew I'd need to pay a callout fee at YCDU. If I'd refueled on the Sunday evening when I arrived it'd have been $20, which is a punch in the gut but still within expectations. But idiot me made the call on Monday morning instead, without thinking about the fact that it was Australia Day, with a public holiday callout fee of $90. Ouch! Won't be doing that again.

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