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Date From To
Tue 07/20 NVVV - Port Vila, Vanuatu / UTC +11:00 YBCS - Cairns, QL, Australia / UTC +10:00
Departure Enroute Arrival Distance Avg. Spd. Max. Spd. Max. Alt. Fuel
(NM) (KT) (KT) (FT) (USG)
Estimated 08:00 (-1 21:00Z) 08:38 15:38 (05:38Z) 1,296 138
Actual 08:41 (-1 21:41Z) 10:06 17:47 (07:47Z) 1,339 133 179 8,598

Expected Weather: Vanuatu to Cairns, Australia

By Steve Pellettiere

From Vanuatu, the flight route .west over the Coral Sea should be generally dry with little weather concerns. At Cairns, Australia, some of the driest weather so far will be encountered.

Averages

Temperature in Cairns, Australia Low: 60F, High: 80F
July Precipitation 1.3 Inch
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.

Tuesday morning cleared customs and immigration by ourselves and off to Cairns. We have a 10:11 ETE with light and variable winds. The Queensland AM radio station came in loud and clear 400 miles out.

We are looking forward to staying with Ed' old friends Norton and Margaret Gill. Norty is a captain with the Royal Flying Doctors Service flying physicians and patients to and from the outback. Margaret is Deputy Mayor of the city of Cairns.

After a quarantine inspection, customs and immigration, we taxied from the international terminal to the general aviation area where we were met by Norty. Whisked off to their new condo overlooking the bay. Pure luxury with view. Champagne with neighbors Hans and Hillary and a delightful dinner and off to bed.

Wednesday AM off to airport for oil change and HF radio checkout. Lunch with Norty. He has pilot standby this PM so Ed and Dick rent a car to explore the Tableland area to the west. After a winding road crossing the Karanda range we were there. Agriculture with abundant bananas, sugar cane, coffee, corn and veggies.

Norty was called to fly so we had a delightful surprise dinner, kangaroo steak cooked up by Margaret..Positively delicious.

Photo Courtesy of Ed or Dick
About to land at Cairns airport
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Quarantine inspection
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Our hosts, Margaret and Norton Gill
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Norton flies for the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia
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Beech King Air fully equipped for medical evacuation
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Oil change and routine inspection
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Once more, Ed and Dick act confused to charm the locals, here in the Kuranda train
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Like all mountain trains, it winds
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It is, after all, a scenic train
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See
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View of Cairns airport in the distance
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View from the Gill's apartment
From: Broome, Western Australia
Date: Sunday July 25, 2004 at 03:01 EDT
By: Ed Galkin and Dick Sollner

Wednesday to airport to arrange for oil change and HF repair to be done next day.

Thursday took old time railroad to Kuranda (which we had driven by on Wednesday) via twisting railroad. Lunch and shopping and back down on a cable car with spectacular views. Meanwhile the oil was changed and the HF radio repaired. A loose connection had caused all our grief. Fortunately we had the satellite phone. Dinner that evening with Norty and his friend retired Navy Commander Dennis Jones. Neat guy.

Friday AM Norty drove us up the coast to Port Douglas for sightseeing and lunch. Port Douglas is great access to the Great Barrier Reef. Nice homes and shops. Dinner that night was with the Gill's friends Max and Lorraine. Max is a pathologist with whom we had a long discussion on FOP. Great wonderfully fresh seafood and great Australian Shiraz wine.

Continued on next leg page.
Photo Courtesy of Ed or Dick
Riding the cable car in Kuranda
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Terry Close, of ACS, posing in front of his toolbox on wheels. How about calibrating computer users too?
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From Port Douglas, a nod to Bobbie, a Century 21 broker in Metuchen, NJ
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Captain Sollner at the controls in a Cairns Internet Cafe
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