Sunday, 3 April 2011

April 1 Echuca

Following a cereal and/or cooked breakfast put on by the RAAF I quickly headed off on the train to Tullamarine to collect Mum/Nanny Milly from her flight from Tasmania.  The train/bus journey took longer than expected and I was a bit late to meet her but with a quick turn-around we jumped back on the Skybus back to Southern Cross Station and then on the train again back to Point Cook Airport station. 

Arriving back we were collected by Brett, a lovely Point Cook staff member, who had lent us his car and been so helpful with any request over the Pilgrimage.  We also were met by John Bassi, a South African helicopter pilot friend of Jude’s (WA friend), who wanted to interview us to enable him to write an article on the Stinson.  John, his sister and family were very interesting and lovely people. 
Lineup at

beautiful Pt Cook

We helped Mum aboard the Stinson and departed beautiful Pt Cook and headed for Echuca.  The properties under our wings were magnificent houses surrounded by lush gardens and then the terrain moved onto rolling hills to steeper river cutaways.   We spotted a few private airstrips set amongst the hills and ate our lunch as we cruised along.  With Avalon, Point Cook and Tullamarine airspace in the vicinity, all g.a. local flying must surely be very controlled.

I flew some of the way through lots of smoke haze and arrived at 2.42pm.  We were parked in the front row and after tying down the craft we caught the bus into town to our accommodation at the Caravan Park chalet.

By time we got settled in the chalet it was quite late but Kev walked back into town and bought bread and pies/pasties for an easy dinner.

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

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