This is the morning arrival from Darwin, which continues onto Broome in WA and then back to Kununurra. The C206 in the foreground is one of our mechanics station plane which his father flew from Kununurra to their farming property.
So a typical day consisted of an early morning scenic and a mid morning scenic. Each scenic lasted around 2 hours and 15 minutes. This was the round trip from Kununurra to the Bungle Bungles. We covered a lot of scenery in this time and we tried our best to be informative and give value for money.
Punters aboard my aeroplane. They wear headsets and have a running commentary either spoken by me or by a tape which some planes had. By the end of 6 months i had the tape memorized! The next photo shows us flying over Lake Argyle which is Australia's largest man made lake, and is around 54 times bigger than Sydney Harbour in the wet season.
Flying south of Lake Argyle we came to the Bow River diamond mine. This is an abandoned mine since 1995 due to Aboriginal land negotiations.
This picture shows the Wadeye community and airstrip. This airstip is serviced by Fairchild Metros that come from Darwin, so it has a fairly good runway.
After dropping my pax off at Mulan, i had to return to Kununurra with a refuelling stop in Halls Creek. About 10 minutes after takeoff i had a GPS failure in the airvan. It was definately a good thing i had the relevant aeronautic charts and had used maps for navigation semi recently. I eventually arrived at Halls Creek, with a cessna conquest behind me and a TB20 landing on the cross strip just before me. It was a good experience to say the least and happily after i shutdown and refuelled the GPS started working normally again. Who knows what the problem was, i was just lucky i had good visibility.
I departed Halls Creek and flew back to Kununurra. I snapped this picture of Halls Creek as i took off. I remember being frantic thinking i had left the fuel card at the bowser, but alas found it shortly after considering about the possibility of turning around to check.
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