June 1-8 Adelaide,
to cross the pacific from the east coast of Australia were changed
a few months ago because of the limited range of our aircraft.
Due to media and fund raising commitments we departed Broome for
Adelaide on a Virgin Blue commercial flight. Many thanks to Melissa
at Virgin for arranging everything for us. It was really good
to get back into an aeroplane and have someone else fly us somewhere.
Virgin Blue began a direct service between Broome and Adelaide
a number of weeks ago reducing the journey time to about 3 and
where we both did our flight training about four years ago. Helen
and Graham, good friends of Paul's invited us to stay with them
for the week. Being back here felt like we had never been away.
The weather was more home like and so far it has rained for three
of the days we have been here. We sat and watched the most spectacular
electrical storm last night, happy not to be flying.
Monday morning Paul went to visit St Dominic's College in North
Adelaide. The school presented a cheque for the Marie Keating
Foundation from money they had raised over the past few months.
Pam Tobin has been fantastic in organising media and fund raising
prior to our arrival and has raised several thousand dollars.
All monies raised while here are being directed to Canteen Australia.
A number of TV and radio interviews were carried out such was
the interest in WF2003 here.
A visit to Bae
Systems Flight Training Centre at Parafield Airport was an opportunity
to catch up with friends and again great interest was shown from
all the instructors and students we met up with. Hi to Mike Farrell
(from Birr in Co Offaly and who is just finishing his commercial
training) who took us on a sight seeing trip over the city? Thanks
Mike and good luck in your commercial test flight. Also hi to
Karen at the resource centre, good luck in your new adventure
in Vanuatu (still looking for that missing library book!) Alan
has been very busy over the past few days plotting our course
for the pacific crossing. All is going well and nearly everything
is in place. We have a few days in Darwin before setting off next
Wednesday. PH-SMD has been undergoing maintenance in Broome in
our absence. Our aircraft requires a new voltage regulator to
be fitted and thanks to DHL Worldwide Express for getting one
to us at very short notice.
Next update will
be from Darwin after we arrive from Broome.