May 27 Bali,
Indonesia to Broome, Australia
6hrs 10 mins flying
This flight was
short in duration but entirely over water. Getting through Bali,
where once again we elected to handle ourselves, was relatively
easy. Some low cloud provided light turbulence but this all cleared
about forty miles off shore and we leveled off at 5500 feet, a
level we would maintain until reaching the Australian FIR (Flight
Information Region) boundary.
us to contact Brisbane centre on HF radio but it was to be about
30 minutes before we found a frequency that they could hear us
on. We had made contact with them by telephone the previous day
so they were expecting us and we were comfortable entering Australia
without radio contact. From the entry point at the boundary to
Broome it is 470 nautical miles direct. It was great to hear Australian
voices on the air again.
into Broome was started at thirty miles out to join a five-mile
final onto runway 10. On arrival we were greeted by customs, agriculture
and immigration, all of whom we had informed prior to our arrival.
Australia is very concerned about the possibility of disease arriving
from overseas so we where handed a spray, told to spray inside
the aircraft, shut the door and wait for five minutes. With all
the formalities complete we moved PH-SMD to the southern side
of the airfield where it will remain for the next 10 days until
we are ready to fly to Darwin.
We have been
very warmly received here in Broome. It began with the airport
radio controller welcoming us both back to Australia. Our accommodation
is being sponsored by Moonlight Bay (email: firstname.lastname@example.org),
thanks to Martin and Kim and Michael Mullen for arranging everything.
We have had a number of interviews by telephone to newspapers
through the country. Local radio is very interested in our visit
here and to date. We visited the local ABC Radio station and Calgari
PH-SMD will remain
in Broome for maintenance while we travel to Adelaide. Our flights
are being sponsored by Virgin Blue (www.virginblue.com.au)
, who operate a weekly direct service to Adelaide.
In Broome we
are having a 100 hour check carried out on the aircraft. For this
check the aircraft is opened up and taken apart for inspection.
The engine is examined, cylinders compression checked, spark plugs
changed in all six cylinders, oil and filter change. The airframe
is checked for cracks and over stressing.
We got a head start by doing some of the work ourselves, taking
the seats out, removing the HF radio and ferry tank and unscrewing
access panels for the maintenance guys inspection. During the
check we so far found that the voltage regulator was on the way
out causing the amp metre to wildly fluctuate and our battery
to overcharge. Better to change the regulator now before it failed
onroute and we had to rely on the battery (which would only give
us 4-5 hours of electrical power). Also the right tire was badly
bulged and has to be replaced.
PH-SMD parked for the next two weeks in Broome while we have a
break and she has her 100 hourly checkup.
picture by Simon Wilson