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Darwin to Singapore Cairns to Darwin Vanuatu to Cairns

 

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Leg 7: YBCS-YPDN (Cairns to Darwin, Australia) 31 July 1998 4.6 hours

 

The vast and desolate Pacific gives way to the vast and desolate Australian continent. Australia is so sparsely settled that we must use the HF radio occasionally, even overland. In the outback, ATC is with Adelaide Center, over a thousand miles to the south. A light headwind gives way to strong tailwinds as we again approach the equator, from the south this time. We have carried a little ferry fuel, 400 liters only, in the event that the tailwinds don’t materialize. As usual, we land at Darwin with an extravagant reserve.


"awfully bleak terrain West of Cairns, Australia"

 

A few notes on navigation:

In general, we fly published routes wherever possible. There are several reasons for this. First, many countries, Egypt for example, only allow flight on airways. Overflight and landing permits for these nations may only be obtained after specifying your airway entry and exit points. Published routes give predetermined obstacle clearance altitudes and often allow good VHF communications. Finally, airways usually mean easier radio work. If we are traveling along J61 from Cairns to Darwin, it's much easier to report your position as "GULOP" intersection than to say "November 898WW was one five four niner south one four one five five east", the geographical coordinates of GULOP.


"enroute from GULOP to GUGUK, over Australia’s Cape York peninsula"

 

The photo above shows our normal navigation setup (apologies for the grainy picture, this is the best macro that we could get with the digital camera).

We enter the flight planned route into the KLN-90B (the box on top). The GC-360A graphics adapter (the box on the bottom) allows the waypoints of this route to be displayed on the radar display (the box in the middle). Here we are midway between GULOP and GUGUK, two waypoints along J61. GULOP is over the Cape York peninsula and GUGUK is over the Gulf of Carpentaria. The radar shows our heading to be 271 degrees vs. A course of 281 degrees. The ten degree crab angle is obvious from the tilt of the courseline. The wind direction is indicated by a green square on the left side of the display and the headwind component is shown in the text to the right as 4 knots. The radar itself is in a standby mode for clarity.


"enroute from GULOP to GUGUK, a view out the window"

 

Of course, all the information on the displays above is GPS based. We normally tune the associated VOR and NDB stations that define a route and display their output on the RMIs (which can NOT point to the GPS waypoints). However, our real backup is a second GPS built into the panel into which we input a duplicate flight plan and display its output on the copilots nav display. This way at each waypoint, we can compare the two displays to provide a check against (pilot) input errors.

As an aside, it’s interesting to note that many of the VOR and NDB stations along our routes are "on request only" (for a small fee of course).

 

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Click the following Legs for Progressive Reports

Departure San Jose, CA
Leg1 San Jose, CA to Honolulu, HI
Leg2 Honolulu, HI to Christmas Island, Kiribati
Leg3 Christmas Island, Kiribati to Apia, Western Samoa
Leg4 Apia, Western Samoa to Nadi & Matei, Fiji
Leg5 Nadi & Matei, Fiji to Port Vila, Vanuatu
Leg6 Port Vila, Vanuatu to Cairns, Australia
Leg7 Cairns, Australia to Darwin, Australia
Leg8 Darwin, Australia to Singapore
Leg9 Singapore to Male, Maldives
Leg10 Male, Maldives to Muscat, Oman
Leg11 Muscat, Oman to Amman, Jordan
Leg12 Amman, Jordan to Tel Aviv, Israel
Leg13 Tel Aviv, Israel to Valletta, Malta
Leg14 Valletta, Malta to Gibraltar
Leg15 Gibraltar to Cascais, Portugal
Leg16 Cascais, Portugal to Santa Maria, Azores
Leg17 Santa Maria, Azores to St. John, Newfoundland, Canada
Leg18 St. John, Newfoundland, Canada to Bangor, ME
Leg19 Bangor, ME to Danbury, CT (to see Doug's folks)
Leg20 Danbury, CT to Meadville, PA (to see John's folks)
Leg21 Meadville, PA to Boulder, CO
Leg22 Boulder, CO to San Jose, CA
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