Added 3 more days Flight around NT Australia 48.9 hrs, 4478 nm and 14 days of fun

Hi Everyone

The above map is of a flight by 2 601 XLB.s completed in the the first 2 weeks of June 2010Some facts about Australia,
Population Aust 22 mil USA 309 mil3
States Aust 8, USA 50,
Land area Aust 2,969,907sq mil USA 3,717,813 sq mil
% of world Land mass Aust 5.2% USA 6.5%
In other words, both countries are

Here are the 2 601 XLB's We built our Zodiacs about the same time and did the Mods about the same time also. Eddie lives in Sydney NSW and I live in Bendigo Vic.

Below is the flight log from my Garmin 196, the time away was 14 days I logged 4478 nm and 48.9 hrs

Day 1 was the 28 May 2010 and we flew from Bendigo-Swan Hill-White Cliffs 379nm 4.4 hrs. The weather was marginal but once in the air and heading north the cloud lifted and within the hour we had broken clouds.

Day 2 saw and early start it was going to be a long day

White Cliffs-Cameron Corner-William Creek-Oodnadatta 515 nm 6.2 hrs. All day we had head winds 15-20kts the landing at Oodnadatta was a welcome relief knowing the longest day was at last over.

Day 3 Oodnadatta-Dalhousie Springs- Curtin springs 290nm, 2.7 flight hrs

After the last day this was nice and short with an unexpected surprise at Dalhousie Springs

A great days flying blue skies and tail wings

Day 4 Curtin Springs-Ayers Rock-Tilmouth Well 301nm 3.2 flight hrs
This was a day for the sights Ayers Rock, the Olgers, Kings Canyon and the McDonnell Ranges
Tilmouth Well One to the best overnight stop with food well worth the days of flying.

Day 5 Tilmouth Well - Rabbit - Wolf Creek Crater - Halls Creek 436 nm 4.5 flight hrs
As they say in Queensland beautiful one day, perfect the next. The flying conditions where just perfect
Overcast with a cloud base of 6000ft and a small tail wing

Day 6 Halls Creek - Bellburn - Kununurra 224 nm 1.5hrs flight time Nice Tailwind today.

We fly to the Bungle Bungles and land at Bellburn Airstrip for a day of sightseeing in a Bitumen Boeing there are times that you need to see things from the ground.

Day 7 was a day for rest.

Day 8 Kununurra - Emkaytee (Darwin NT) 137 nm 2.7 hrs flight time
Just a short days flying but a lot of sightseeing as we are flying up the coast to Darwin for a 2 night stopover
Great weather

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Comment by Eddie Seve on July 8, 2010 at 6:21pm
Hey Allan,

We'll have to post the entire story (its turning into war and peace) here once it's all done.

Comment by Jared Morgan on July 7, 2010 at 2:11am
Comment by Rick Morris on July 4, 2010 at 5:59pm
Great flight and photos Allan. Hope it tempts some of our American friends to come fly in Australia.

Comment by Bob Pustell on June 27, 2010 at 9:05pm
Great story, great pictures, fond memories. I flew C-141A transports for the USAF in the early seventies. One of my favorite missions, in five years worth of flying that global transport, was to Australia. The people were wonderful, the country was lovely and the flying was spectacular. Several of the fields we landed at in the Outback (to resupply satelite tracking stations) were uncontrolled and we were directed to make a low pass on the runway (to check for stray animals or unexpected objects) before landing. A license to steal -- take this jet and go make passes! My favorite part of the whole memory, however, is how I was treated while in that wonderful country. I was an American GI in the Viet Nam era, and I was treated with courtesy there at a time when I was spit on and called a baby killer when I was home. One old Australian told me that he and his countrymen had not forgotten that they would be speaking Japanese if we had not helped them. This old GI will never forget the return favor. Thanks, guys and dolls of Australia!
Comment by Jim Belcher on June 27, 2010 at 6:11pm
Thanks for sharing! Your photos bring back a lot of memories. When I was a student pilot at Alice Springs in 1970, one of my cross countries was to Oodnadatta.
Comment by Sebastien Heintz on June 27, 2010 at 9:08am
Allan: Fantastic trip! Thanks for the great report.
Comment by Stephen R. Smith on June 26, 2010 at 10:42pm
Looks like fun. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Robert Pelland on June 26, 2010 at 10:30pm
Thank's for sharing and for taking the time to post the photos and document them. It look's as though this turned out to be a great trip/adventure, and I consider you very fortunate.

Comment by Bob McDonald on June 26, 2010 at 9:12pm
Flying under identical conditions, a good chance to evaluate the Rotax 912ULS vs Jabiru 3300 in the same airframe. Does the Jabiru 3300 really benifit fron the 120 hp vs the Rotax 100hp?
Comment by Ronald Steele on June 26, 2010 at 1:43pm
Beautiful. Thanks. Its the sort of trip many of us dream about.


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