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Date From To
Mon 07/12 NTAA - Tahiti, French Polynesia / UTC -10:00 NCRG - Rarotonga, Cook Islands / UTC -10:00
Departure Enroute Arrival Distance Avg. Spd. Max. Spd. Max. Alt. Fuel
(NM) (KT) (KT) (FT) (USG)
Estimated 09:00 (19:00Z) 04:07 13:07 (23:07Z) 618 66
Actual 11:23 (21:23Z) 04:57 16:20 (+1 02:20Z) 653 132 171 8,502

Expected Weather: Tahiti to Rarotonga, Cook Islands

By Steve Pellettiere

The weather conditions on this leg are subject to conditions in the east central Pacific. Generally a dry area, this leg of the trip should have few weather related issues. Most rains are from afternoon thundershowers.

Averages

Temperature in Rarotonga, Cook Islands Low: 60F, High: 82F
July Precipitation 4.1 Inches
Winds Aloft at 7,000 to 10,000 Feet From the east at 10 MPH

reports

From: Rarotonga
Date: Wednesday July 14, 2004 at 17:36 EDT
By: Ed and Dick
Continued from previous leg page.

In the morning at the airport we had to taxi the airplane across the runway to the general aviation area for fuel but to locate the fueler took a while. UTA Aero Club was the provider at $5.10 per gallon. We were happy to be accommodated. Oh yes, we found out there was no Avgas in Rarotonga. Fortunately Samoa our next destination was close enough so that we could fuel through Raro to Samoa. No problem.

Took off midday landed at Raro five hours later in some pretty good rain showers requiring an instrument approach.

We were met by Agnes, handler from Air New Zealand, whisked through an empty terminal and off to the Edgewater Resort Hotel. Very nice accommodations, amenities and included a buffet breakfast. A double room for a hundred US cannot be beat. Tuesday morning a guided tour with Raro Tours was rewarding. Shopping, dinner nearby and off to bed.

Today, Wednesday we are checking the downtown area and making this report. Tomorrow Samoa, a day early.

Pix to follow.

Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
Our fuel source
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
Air Tahiti taking off, the island of Moorea in the background
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
Ready to swim, just in case...
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
Papeete's airport, Faa'a
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
Facing Papeete, the island of Moorea
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
On final at Rarotonga
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
Instrument weather
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
It all cleared up the next day
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
You must try Noni Juice when in Rarotonga
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
This bank features high rates of interest and return! Rarotonga must have low inflation
From: Apia, Western Samoa
Date: Friday July 16, 2004 at 21:54 EDT
By: Dick Sollner

Back to the Edgewater after doing the main town Wednesday afternoon for a Thursday morning departure from Rarotonga to Samoa.

Continued on next leg page.
From: Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Date: Thursday July 22, 2004 at 06:44 EDT
By: Ed Galkin and Dick Sollner
Photo Courtesy of Ed or Dick
Dick went south in more than one way...
Photo Courtesy of Ed or Dick
... way south
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