It was great to spend time with members of the East Gippsland Aero Club who really helped us out. We got down to the Bairnsdale Airfield early & we were ready to leave around 9.30 am.
It was great to also meet a talented flyer, Chloe Higgins. At 9 years of age, she has her goal set to get her pilot’s license as soon as possible. Thanks to Chloe & her father Martin for seeing us off in their RV. They could only follow us down Lakes Entrance as she was running late for school.
John & I swapped caps so now I have an East Gippsland Aero Club cap!
Heading up to Merimbula
We had perfect flying conditions today – blue skies & light winds. We were even lucky enough to get a tail wind traveling east & then a slight northerly as we turned north up the coast to Merimbula.
When we stopped at Merimbula for lunch, it was awesome to meet Neil Bourke & other members of Frog’s Hollow Aero Club. They put on a lunch for us & we all had a chance to chat. We did this all in Rex Koerbin’s hanger where he has Merimbula Aircraft Maintenance.
I felt so relieved to be heading north & I was already feeling warmer. I felt a lot better today after getting so cold yesterday & I think I was a bit dehydrated too as its a challenge to drink enough water in such a cold environment as Tasmania.
Arriving in Wollongong
After leaving Merimbula it was a case of just following the coast to Wollongong. We were fortunate that Nowra military base restricted areas were inactive so we could then go coastal all the way instead of having to head inland avoiding these areas.
Today was the easiest day of flying so far which is great. I could really enjoy the experience & the beautiful coastal views. I’ve been playing around with my GoPro cameras & tried some different shots (see here).
We landed at the Illawarra Regional Airfield (Wollongong) around 3pm, & refueled the planes. We were lucky enough that Gordon Griffin offered us hanger space during our stay. We even managed to fit all 3 planes in which is fantastic. We caught up with members of the Illawarra Flyers for a quick snag before we headed to our accommadation in Kiama for an early night.
With Wings Over Illawarra on Sunday, we will need to get to our planes at the airfield early & depart as soon as we can as this leg on this day is one of longest: from Wollongong to Caboolture. This is around 6 hours flying time.
Looking forward to a rest day here tomorrow before leaving very early Sunday.
Over & out,