Tuesday, 17 April 2007


Leaving Merimbula coastline Canberra Parliament House Canberra City in sight!

Awoke to a bright sunny “beachside resort” type day. The sun shone down on the town ship below us. We walked up to a local IGA and purchased fruit/snacks for the day’s flight as well as the essential easter eggs. It was Easter Saturday and Easter Bilby was due that night. After breakfast, Sarah and I took a lovely ½ hour leisurely walk from the town all the way to the airport whilst Kev took the taxi, fuelled and loaded up Lady Bird for the next flight.

We were very reluctant to leave this town which looked so pretty from the air. Departed at a leisurely 10.54 am and tracked to Dalmeny. We could not call Melbourne or any other centres but someone on the ground at Moruya could hear us so we knew our radio was working. Finally an Airvan heard our calls so cancelled our SAR time for us. The hills were very imposing on the West ward flight to Canberra for an estimated arrival of 11.35am. The entry into Canberra was interesting as we had to stay below 1500 to avoid controlled air space but the hills were at 1800!

Kim Jones met us and took us to his home for a lovely cold meat and salad lunch with Pam. An enjoyable hour chatting away about family and life with Pam was great whilst Kev and Kim “tinkered” in the shed admiring Kim’s nearly finished aircraft as well as building a “possible fix” for the transponder problem.

Back at the airport we took to the skies once again for the hour long flight to Goulburn. The hills changed into open valleys and down over dry Lake George. This lake has been dry for so long that it is fenced and farmed!

Met upon arrival by Dick who seemed a little over awed by the size of the Stinson – he couldn’t find a hangar large enough to house her. We told him that she has lived outdoors on this trip and would be fine.

An evening with Dick and Margaret chatting over a great meal was followed by hitting the hay and sleeping very soundly.

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Stinson Reliant SR8C VH-UXL

Stinson Reliant SR8C VH-UXL
over Perth city (Photo: Greg Hill)

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