Monday, March 23, 2009

4 Hours to Go!

4 hours till im meant to take off too Murray Downs. It always seems like a short flight, but its the same distance of Ayers Rock to Alice Springs, about 180 miles. In a 210 thats around 75 minutes. Im not looking forward to todays flight for a few reason. Its in a plane with a new engine so im probably going to have to sit in the bumps and heat. And most likely i will get the plane ready and be at work for a few hours for a no show passenger. But such is life.
Anyway, i thought i would post some photos of last friday. I had to do a flight with one of the blokes i live with. He was flying the passenger Cheiftan and i was in the freight 210. Was a good day. We both operate efficiently and managed to get home a few minutes early. In doing so we managed to get a few photos of each other landing. I had some good opportunities to get him taking off, however my battery died as i was about to snap. Again, such is life.

Some of our photos to people who dont fly much would think they are a tad dodgy, but it was an extremely windy day and i thought we both handled it well. Its good when you fly with a mate, just makes the day go by a lot quicker. And you can have some fun!

This is the windsock at Mount Davies. I cant pronounce the Aboriginal name, although it sounds a bit like "pip-il-jarra."

An action shot of me landing at Mount Davies. As you can see by the windsock photo above, i needed some crosswind technique.

Ever wandered how much dust is blown over from a departing aircraft at all these unpaved strips we land at? Well this is an action shot Phil took of me taking off from Mount Lindsay or "Wattaru." This also demonstrates why we have to clean our aircraft so often!

I believe this shot is of yours truely taxiing out at Amata. Its the only paved community strip we goto on this run, apart from Ayers Rock and Alice Springs Airport.

An inflight shot of me in the 210 taken from the Chieftan. We were inbound to a place called Nyapari. Anyway, hope you enjoyed the stories! feel free to comment.

Thanks for reading.


  1. Nice pics of the Navajo's. I flew these years ago and really enjoyed them.

  2. Thanks for reading Rand!!

    They are a good looking plane, but arent really suited as well as the 402's are to our operation.

    Glad you enjoyed it!