Captain Solo & Gazelle Girl; Maiden Voyage

The plan was simple, pick a good day, pack a picnic lunch and fly Tweety down the coast to Moruya, our first trip away together with Greg as pilot in command.

We had a few false starts when the weather wouldn’t co-operate but finally  all the planets lined up on Sunday and we were good to go. Packed up with our map and assorted navigation essentials, Ipad, GoPro and us, we pretty well filled out the cockpit of the Gazelle! Lunch was packed in the boot, fuel in the wings, a steady windsock before us and we were off!

Our coastline here on the east coast, is simply stunning. Dotted with lakes of all shapes and sizes, there are tributaries that spread out like fingers, secluded beaches with aqua water, alongside dark green rugged ranges and pockets of towns like handkerchiefs and bigger towns lazily sprawling over the land. Magnificent!

We arrived in Moruya in an hour and twenty minutes – we had a headwind of 10-15 kts. After refueling we enjoyed our picnic lunch and a cuppa at the clubhouse and went for a walk on the beach. It was sheer bliss, we couldn’t wipe the smiles from our faces :)

Then it was time to head home. A lovely 10 knot tailwind saw Tweety speed home in an hour and although it was a bit hazy, it was an equally spectacular trip back. What a great little aeroplane, she’s a beaut.

What an awesome trip:) It was such a joy to do this trip together – its been our goal since we started learning to fly  to  go off and explore this great country in our little aeroplane  and here we are doing it, what a privilege – wooohoooo!!!

P.S. this was the first time we used the GoPro and we didn’t quite have it working properly – sigh – so I can’t share those images with you. Looks like we’ll just have to fly down there again  ……. :)

 

Sporty flies Home

In February, Alex invited me to fly the mighty Sportstar home to its owners  in Gladstone Queensland with her.  What an amazing opportunity and privilege!

The journey took two very full flying days and nearly 13 hours total flying time. We  flew over spectacular coastline, islands with aqua blue ocean, endless sandy shores, small towns and big cities.  Day one covered Jaspers via Victor One to Cessnock and Port Macquarie via the Lane at Williamstown, then Coffs Harbour to South Grafton and Lismore overnight. Day two took in Lismore to Caboolture via Stradbroke Island to Bundaberg via Hervey bay and finally to the mining town of Gladstone. And then on a commercial flight home.

The trip was an awesome adventure, just what flying is all about – exploring new places with good friends; it was inspirational and set me on a dream to see as much of Australia’s coastline from the air as I can.

Thank you Alex, it’s a joy to fly with you, you’re an awesome pilot and you’re great company.  I really felt like a pilot by the time we got back :) )