It’s our first weekend back after the trial flight. I’m finally getting rid of my chesty cough that’s been plaguing me since Christmas. With much sleep, I’m finally recovering!
Firstly, yesterday I received an unexpected call from a stranger saying that they wanted to meet me as they had made something for me. As anyone would be, I was quite surprised & nervously intrigued!
Today, I met with Paul & Christine Lucas from Mornington (VIC). Paul had created for me a papertole of my recent Herald Sun front page article. I was absolutely stunned! We heard from his wife Christine, that Paul makes these & enjoys the look on people’s faces when he gives them as a gift.
It was a lovely surprise & thanks Paul for creating something special for me that will definitely be going in the pool room!
It was also great to hear them proudly talk about their 12-year old grandson, who is so passionate about planes & is currently learning to fly at Moorabbin. He will surely become a pilot before he gets his driving license. Well done! Great to hear about someone so young & passionate following their dream!
Secondly, just a quick update on some of the challenges we are facing with our planning…
Since March 2012, I’ve been communicating with CASA to try to get an exemption to allow me to fly through controlled airspace during the Round Australia Flight. The main reason why I’m seeking this, is that it would give me greater safety as I’d have more options with places to land. This would also allow me to fly a more direct route with the support planes as they are General Aviation & permitted to fly through controlled airspace. By doing this, I can stick to the coastline as much as possible, rather than traveling inland at times.
Hopefully, I can get this exemption. It would really help us out. Currently, I’m waiting on CASA to give me a date for an operational check of my aircraft & determine if I can fly it. Then I will still need to undertake training to fly in controlled airspace before the flight starts April 29. I will let you know how it goes. Fingers crossed.
Over & out.