Tuesday, March 29, 2016
23rd March saw SNW,SAL,SSF heading South for Omarama on our way to Wanaka Warbirds
Rob here living the dream as we just hit Cook Strait.
Just to prove here's a Ferry
First stop Kaikoura
Also Yak in attendance
Rob & Wayne talking what where why & how
Bang just like that after stopping Rangiora some others stopped else where first then came back to Rangiora and off we all went.
Then we arrived OMARAMA
Great spot and then some
Nice and sunny Bloody hot
Some refreshments were in Order
Rob about to put SAL to bed
On our way to downtown Omarama
Hotel cat decided to join us
Town just round the Corner
Cat trailing behind
A nice Hot Choclate at the Wrinkly Ram Cafe
Some Vintage & Classic trucks bound Wanaka
Thats a Leyland Comet & ye Scammel
Fella heading home with his Chilly bin full of Beer as ya do
Yup MaCaw Country lives just down the road Kurow way
Just in case one gets lost on the way home
Out and about over Twizel and Pukaki Airfield
Wayne enjoying himself over the big country
Gary hanging on at our 7 O'Clock
Then at 9 O'clock
Wayne & SNW playing in the Sun.
Big Country just Awesome
Next day not so good so just had an even better look around Omarama. Were gonna go Ashburton but it was not to flash so we didn't. Went for a fly later and got back and covered up berfore it hosed down
Local Pawnee heading in just ahead the rain
Thats rain there
The Country Time Hotel excellent spot and one can park ones plane out from ya room.
Gary out for a bit the next day
More of the locals out
The other Motor Glider like Brett's one
Heading for Ashburton via Oamaru Wayne had done the pathfinder thing as we had checked out Burkes Pass etc but this way better option.
Thats ya Spider tracks there
Oh we didn't get Wanaka in the end as the Cloud base was 2500 ya need 5000 to get over Linis Pass. Us and Cherokee crew deciding to go somewhere' else also.
Ashburton this here Harvard waiting to get Wanaka
Some pic's of the Awesome Ashburton Aviation Muesuem
Yours truly trying out the Canberra
Lotta respect for the guys flying these back in the day not a lot of room.
Squeezing up the nose of the Camberra
Gary checking out the Harrier
Sheryl also checking out some of the displays
The Nav station right behind the pilot
Extracting one self from the Canberra
Yes arrangements have been made for the Canberra to be at our 85th so you will be able to check it out.
Now down South they can't afford Buses so they make them outa trucks.
Nice Devon in the Second Hangar.
Odd bit of fire power about
Gary & Sheryl checking out some of the Displays. One suprise was a Gloster Meteor
Gary admiring the go fastness of the Skyhawk.
Some more of the Display
More of the Display
Walking up to the cockpit in AMY quite steep
Cockpit lay out
Link Trainer IFR
Check out that Propellor very nice
Some more of the dispaly
Probably got more power from the Airhorns than the motor
SACSF's new trainer
Nice panel work
Great paint job AMY
Still checking out the displays
Now look here you lot play the Game or you'll get a 40mm Boffers up ya person
If I not there Rob will apply said Boffers
Rob checking out the Hunter
One of Mr Peasre's machines
One of the AAM chaps had his Aussie Ferret Scout car out
The lads gathering round for a look
She was a tight fit for me & yes that is the Steering wheel
Gary trying the Ferret out Ideal size for him
Thinking how he can get in the back of SSF
Awesome Motel we stayed at Adcroft Motel great people ran us everywhere even dropped us down to where we had dinner at no cost including out to the Airfield in the Morning of our departure.
BOTH HIGHLY RECOMMENED
Also a shout out to the Coronation Motel who were full and found us the Adcroft and also ran us down for no cost.
Dawned a nice day for our trip home.
Also no landing charges at Ashburton for Private Aviators
The aircraft with a light dew around 10am
Getting ready to pack our Aerial machines and dry out the canopy covers
One of a kind Tractor DTR made in Hungray. Chap said found in shed when he bought farm.
On our way up the coast heading for Banks Peninsula
Wayne & Pauline with SNW just up ahead
Approaching Banks Peninsula
Still approaching BP
Over the top just approaching Lyttleton you can see the Starship Dash in all it's glory
Lyttleton of the Port wing
Christchurch & the Port Hills (Thats where those big rocks fell off in the last shake) tracking for Kaikoura. Interesting to see CH-CH as we went past looks normal from the air but then one see's some of the stuff going on etc.
Kaikoura town of the Starboard wing about to join
Time for some more gas. Didn't need it but always get gas when ya can
Some refreshments before setting off again.
Rob has a drink system like you get in racing cars works well. Where it's mounted is out of the Sun as well.
Tracking up the coast
More info there than one could ever use and yes we kept to the right of the RED stuff
Passing Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku 9465 ft is the highest Peak in the
North East of the South Island
The Salt Flats
Awatere Valley wine country
We had decided to track for Stratford ex Kaikoura which was our longest leg at 2.30 a bit past Bum endurance but not bad. Once set up in the Cruise best speed and fuel usage SAL drinks 13 litre's an hour at 5000rpm so she has rather long legs.
Mount Taranaki/Egmont just about home.
Down and done only the unpacking to do. With a good wipe down for our flying machines.
Gary & Sheryl arriving with SSF