Little late on the updates, but here we were a couple days ago when we arrived at Rockhampton.
We parked in front of the RFDS hangar for a reason. We've been tasked to carry an additional ton (US) of non-perishable medication and supplies to Brisbane after the end of the rally. Our VA will have an MD-11F standing by on our arrival Monday morning with additional aid and once we load up this last bit of cargo, we'll be flying to Fiji to assist with the recovery efforts. We're scheduled to make 4 deliveries in the next 2 weeks, and then we'll begin our trek home with the Metro.
Then today, we made it to Hervey Bay. Because of the need to leave early in the morning for Brisbane, we decided to fly the last leg before everyone else to ensure we got a good parking spot to get out without making the rampies have to move a bunch of birds. Got a good shot of the Boyne Island Smelter on the way down.
Guys, As the GAAR 2016 draws to a close, I must say that the screen shots for the event have been fantastic, congrats to all that have submitted. This type of response makes all the flight planning and effort involved worthwhile. We at Bluegrass VA thank you and hope you enjoyed your GAAR.
As I mentioned earlier, keep an eye out for the 2nd NZAR around September, and naturally a new GAAR in 2017.
leg 10 kind of sad although the tension still is up and I'm glad my cam is working,....due to the help of my Australian Flying Doctors' friends,....a few more beer helped and so I'm again in a delay..... knowing this again will be a night VFR.... startup in rain....
my working place with all systems : go
airborn for the last leg this year.....
I'd like to see somewhat of this country, but next time; leaving early....
on final to Hervey Bay ( have to cruise here tomorrow to see the nice area )
touch down within phantastic timing.....
perfect end of a great night flight and another magnificent GAAR,...although Urs was not here, but in Africa.....but met a lot of you "old" friends....cheers to you all!!!! looking for a parking place,....Virgin Air just deloaded,...so everybody is busy with arrival passengers....
next early morning view.....
the first thing to do: calling Urs and telling him all the news... :-)
yeah, welcome to you friendly people here!!!!
sunrise and up for a cup of coffee....
another GAAR member?
btw thanks to the people at ORBX for the great scenery here!!!!
all the best to you from Urs he'll keep up for the next GAAR 2017 !
thanks to all of you again for this phantastic adventure and: hasta la vista, I'll be back!
Last Leg for the DC-3 .... loaded up with another load of beef sausages and the best Rockhampton beef steaks for our last BBQ at Hervey Bay. I got a few passengers from the Railway Museum who accepted a flight on the DC-3 to HB. I love Train People haaaaaaa and they love a beer and a BBQ just as much as we do.
I'm leaving early .... I'm the advance party and will set up the BBQ so it will be ready for everyone when they arrive. Good luck and see you at the BBQ.
Just waiting for the Butcher to bring the goodies.
Wot rain again ..... I've never seen so much rain.
off to Gladstone then Bundy
I may be wrong but i think they are mud flats.
now on to the final leg .... i'm ahead of time here.
actually a real nice town.
here we are .... Hervey Bay
It's bigger than you think.
rain again ..... this better not keep up for the BBQ. I'm early so I can do a circuit around town and land after the QANTAS Dash 8.
time to get in the pattern
I still have time .... i can see a long roll out coming haaaaa
still looking good baby
Time is good ..... lets get this BBQ fired up and get the ice for the beer. Now it's up to you guys to get here and watch the fireworks (pity it didn't work for me)
Great shots, Shorty, Thom and capflyer ! I very much enjoyed following your Rally on this forum.
Here are my last pics... Leg 10, night flight from Rockhampton to Hervey Bay. Some screenshots have been quickly edited as they were too dark.
The Qantas Dash 8 is here again !
Now it's gone... I wonder if we're going to meet this guy again in Hervey Bay...
This is a great cockpit !
We're on time : Shorty prepared the BBQ and Thom is welcoming GAAR participants by firing some rockets...
Wow, he probably spent a lot on these fireworks - let's get closer...
Hmmm, I think this is close enough and I'm sure Thom bought the whole stock ! Not only heavy on the Rally's budget, but also on system resources : got a CTD during approach - luckily I have an automatic flight saving utility...
Isn't that noisy ?!? Can't hear ATC anymore...
Let's take some distance
Downwind leg for Rwy 11
Taxiing back to the parking...
Parked - let's get a beer or two with our friends, and then to bed !
Thanks to the team for this cool event, I enjoyed it very much !
Last leg for the F-27, The route is part of the old TAA schedule, but it actually stops in Gladstone and Bundaberg. Pity the fireworks did not work for me in P3D as they looked impressive in Raphaels screen shots. OK lets get get going on the last leg and get to the BBQ.
Harvey Bay is the place for whale watching on the East Coast.