|Mon 07/26||YBRM - Broome, WA, Australia / UTC +08:00||YPCC - Cocos Islands, Australia / UTC +06:30|
|Departure||Enroute||Arrival||Distance||Avg. Spd.||Max. Spd.||Max. Alt.||Fuel|
|Estimated||07:00 (-1 23:00Z)||10:04||15:34 (09:04Z)||1,513||161|
|Actual||09:11 (01:11Z)||10:59||18:40 (12:10Z)||1,513||138||174||6,679|
The weather conditions in route from Broome, Australia to the Cocos Keeling Islands should again be under ideal weather conditions. The vast expanse of the 1500 miles will be over the Indian Ocean. In this region of mid to late July, The weather is usually storm free, with the average weather conditions at destination to be fair and warm.
Although cyclone season begins in October, there have been cyclones recorded every month of the year, and most if not all miss the island. The average precipitation for this island is over 6 inches for a month, so some afternoon shower or thunderstorm weather is suggested.
|Temperature in Cocos Keeling Island||Low: 75°F, High: 83°F|
|July Precipitation||6.3 Inches|
|Winds Aloft at 7,000 to 10,000 Feet||From the east at 17 MPH|
Monday to the airport for weather briefing, flight plan filing and off to Cocos. Initially strong tail winds then nil and finally some help. We had three 200 liter drums of Avgas to replenish the fuel we had burned. The price we had paid to have the fuel positioned for our use was $10.19 per gallon. We used every drop to top off our tanks this Tuesday morning. After fueling we settled the bill for landing and parking with airport manager Ken Flecknell. He apologized for the high price, 715 AUD. This translates to about $516 (USD). Ken was kind enough to give us a tour of the island. It is beautiful, a tropical paradise. We downloaded GPS data bases, Pacific to Atlantic. This will be used until we cross the South Atlantic to the Americas.