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Date From To
Sat 07/17 NSFA - Apia, Samoa / UTC -11:00 NVVV - Port Vila, Vanuatu / UTC +11:00
Departure Enroute Arrival Distance Avg. Spd. Max. Spd. Max. Alt. Fuel
(NM) (KT) (KT) (FT) (USG)
Estimated 09:00 (20:00Z) 07:44 +1 14:44 (+1 03:44Z) 1,161 124
Actual 09:29 (20:29Z) 08:54 +1 16:23 (+1 05:23Z) 1,190 134 175 8,560

Expected Weather: Faleolo Intl, Samoa to Vanuatu

By Steve Pellettiere

The weather conditions on this leg are similar to the previous leg, that is over closer equatorial Pacific. Still during the slightly cooler dry season, en route and destination weather should be under weather free conditions.

Averages

Temperature in Vanuatu Low: 68F, High: 83F
July Precipitation 3.6 Inches
Winds Aloft at 7,000 to 10,000 Feet From the southeast at 10 MPH

reports

From: Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Date: Thursday July 22, 2004 at 06:44 EDT
By: Ed Galkin and Dick Sollner
Continued from previous leg page.

An early Saturday departure had us in Vanuatu arriving Sunday afternoon. Shortly after take off we had crossed the International Date Line and lost a day. There was no ground handler to meet us so we just did the formalities ourselves.

Port Vila, the capital city offered us the Melanesian Hotel at the edge of the city. Fairly nice. The Rossi's Restaurant was recommended. Its harbor front view and fine food were a delight.

Monday morning out to the airport to fuel the airplane, lunch at Rossi's, Chinatown shopping for Ed's sandals. No luck. But good souvenirs at the public market. Our chosen driver "Moses" suggested dinner at an elegant lagoon front restaurant. Fish du jour, excellent but pricey.

Continued on next leg page.
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
Our ground handler in Apia, Utine Ah Chong from Polynesian Airlines, posing in front of one of the company aircraft
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
Takeoff from Apia
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
Three and a half hour into the flight, we overfly our planned acquisition! Private enough
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
Final at Port Vila
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
Port Vila Airport Terminal
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
Street music
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
Dick shops for a new pocket book
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
Local food market
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
Local food market
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
Street Scene
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