July 10, 2011FROM : Archie PerincheryEMAIL : email@example.com
Perth WA Australia
Hi there, I am a commercial student training out of Jandakot (YPJT), and I am planning to do a big trip to build my command time. I intend to travel along the coast, past Adelaide, to Lilydale and through Tasmania and back up to Parafield and along the coast back home. I got the inspiration from your Bass Strait Safari, I enjoy looking through your website, I find it very useful and informative. I was wondering if I could get some guidance and advice for my tour, things I should be looking out for, and good ideas/tips along the way. I was an AWPA member, but my membership ran out, and I haven't renewed it as of yet. Would you recommend getting in contact with other AWPA members from the area?I eagerly look forward to hearing from you.
Warm regards, Archie.
Thanks for your contact – I’m glad you’re enjoying the website and getting a bit out of it.
I think any pilot will tell you the same thing – prepare, prepare and prepare before you set out. Work out your itinerary by looking at your necessary fuel stops. Then ring around to make sure you can actually get fuel there, and that you have accommodation. Make sure you work out a way to get yourself from the airport to the accomm if there are no taxis. Order all your WACs, ERCs, VTCs early so you can mark them up well before you go.
Pay particular attention to how you are going to stay connected whilst away – both by phone and by internet. Telstra Next G offers the best coverage by far. You’ll need a way of getting your weather every morning, and NAIPS is fantastic if you can get internet connection wherever you are. If all else fails, I find most accommodation providers are happy to lend you their computer for the purpose of getting weather, that’s usually not a problem. The weather along the Bight, as you’d know, needs careful attention as it’s so exposed. Same goes for Bass Strait. Swap up on your over-water skeds procedures from the back of ERSA before you set out.
Have in place a workable Search & Rescue option. Either do it by filing a formal flight plan, or at the very least let someone reliable know when and where you’re expecting to be landing that day, and what to do if you don’t check in with them.
If you haven’t flown into the Parafield airspace, or any other Class D for that matter, go to “OnTrack” on the CASA website (www.casa.gov.au) and look up Parafield and it takes you through, step by step, all the inbound and outbound procedures and what it should all look like. It’s a brilliant resource.
The folk at Lilydale Airport will be a tremendous help with tips for flying around their area once you get there – their number is 03 9739 1019. And yes, sure, get in touch with AWPA members along your track. You’ll find addresses in your Members Book if you still have it.
Few questions: When are you going? Are you travelling alone? And in what sort of aircraft?
Anyway Archie, hope this helps. Keep me posted on your planning.
June 27, 2011FROM : Noel Jones, Minyama, QLD AustraliaEMAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org
I have just returned from the fourth Air Safari that I have done with Aussie Fly-Aways and hopefully it won't be my last.Tony and Angela Read run a first class operation visiting interesting places with good acommodation. Highly recommended
June 2, 2011EMAIL : Spiderwebb77@bigpond.com
Congrats on the Website - looks great.
I've done quite a few trips with Aussie FlyAways. Angela and Tony Read are wonderful organisers and the tours have been well thought out and planned. They cater to a wide range of flying experience and aircraft types, and have tried most of the venues before the trip and so can offer lots of help.
Angela seems to love organising them (can't imagine why) and my guess is that they barely cover their costs so it must be the best value around. Tony flies a twin Comanche but the tour crowd who range from Jabiru to Lancair have all enjoyed the flying experience. I highly recommend this team for an outback (or coastal) tour.
Spider Webb VH-DUG