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The proposed Itinerary

Stops have been determined by three factors
  1. Stops on the original route
  2. Historic points not used in 1919 that have an interest in history.
  3. Availability of fuel, overnight accomodation etc
  4. Local enthusaism to participate.
Thel ast factor is the most important!:

 

Planning this itinerary is not easy, but the route below seems to be the best option. Exact timing is still being worked out and of course will be  but the journey will take about a fortnight.

·       The key date is arrival in Adelaide on Saturday 21 March, with an event to be planned on Sunday 22 March, This journey is well over 3.000 nautical miles in length, and almost all aircraft will fly under VFR.  Time for rest and relaxation en route will also allow for catching up on time lost due to weather.

·   The itinerary assumes that aircraft will cruise at about 120 knots, but we hope that slower aircraft can also participate, perhaps by leaving early, arriving late, taking shorter routes or catching up during spare days.

    

The final route for March 2020 flight (as at 20 October 2019)

The major parts of this are fully agreed ‘in principle’ but there is a lot of work to be done to firm in the detail. Informal approaches have been very promising. While it is (just!) possible for us to operate without local help, we appreciate people who can assist aviators when they arrive at an airfield, and most places have indicated that it is easy to arrange a common place for eating the evening meal where interested local people can join the travellers. We will also have to alert accommodation providers and assist the aviators with bookings etc. This will be fully worked out in coming months. The enthusiasm of the en route hosts is truly inspiring.

DAY

ROUTE

ARRIVAL DATE

NM

NOTES

1

Darwin to Daly Waters

(YPDN to YDLW)

Sunday
8/03/20

200

Stop at Katherine (Tindal RAAF) (YPTN), overfly Warlock Ponds (Elsey)

Possible alternatives for slow aircraft: short cuts in route below or south to Tennant Creek, then Barkly Roadhouse, Mt Isa, Camooweal, Cloncurry to be investigated

2

Daly Waters to Cloncurry (YCCY)

Monday
11/03/20

555

Stops – AACo stations Anthony Lagoon (YANL), Brunette Downs (YBRU) and Avon Downs (YAVD). These were significant Smith overnight stops

3

Cloncurry to Longreach (YLRE)

Tuesday
12/03/20

270

After-lunch departure from Cloncurry: Morning at John Flynn Museum etc Cloncurry

Evening at QANTAS Heritage Museum

4

Longreach to Charleville (YBCV)

Possible SOTA (School of the Air) visit

Wednesday
13/03/20

235

After lunch departure from Longreach: Morning at QANTAS Museum, Stockman’s Hall of fame etc

5

6

Charleville to Caboolture (YCAB)

Thursday
14/03/20
Friday
14/3/20

368

After-lunch departure from Charleville; Morning at RFDS hangar, US base etc

Day for Brisbane events

Possible short cut from Caboolture direct to Richmond slow aircraft tba

7

8

Caboolture to Narromine (YNRM)

Saturday
15/03/20
Sunday
16/3/20

594

Via Bourke (YBKE) (otherwise 444 NM), late arrival

Sunday event at Narromine

9

Narromine to Wollongong (HARS) (YWOL) This is its current designation, it will shortly change to YSHL

Monday 16/03/20

265

Via rail line, stage at Richmond (YSRI)  then V1 to HARS Albion Park (YWOL)

Landing at Rose Bay (YRAY) by amphibians and flying boats tba

10

HARS to Cootamundra (YCTM)

Tuesday 17/03/20

203

Mittagong (YMIG), Goulburn (YGLB) Harden (YHAE) or Temora (YCTM) possible en route to Cootamundra YCTM

11

Cootamundra to Melbourne (YMEN) This is the designator for Essendon

Wednesday 18/03/20

250

Henty (No code for Henty) definite, Benalla (YBLA) a staging point and departure point for direct flight to Gawler (YGAW) via Nhill (YNHL), Saturday 21/3/20

12

Melbourne

 Thursday 19.03/20

 

 Contingency days and Melbourne events

13

Melbourne

 Friday
20/03/20

 

 Melbourne events

Darwin to Adelaide aircraft land at private airfields in the Little Plain area, others at Essendon or elsewhere, eg stage at Benalla and fly to Nhill / Gawler on Saturday. Also this is an option for slower aircraft. Details tba

14

Point Cook (YMPC) to– Adelaide (Gawler)

Possible mass take-off of Darwin-Adelaide aircraft plus Point Cook Aero Club and other

Saturday 21/03/20

445

Nhill tba as staging point fuel etc

15

Adelaide

Sunday 22/03/20

Adelaide event Gawler to Aldinga (YADG)

 The final draft will iteself need to be modified as weather affects the flight plan and in the event itself the most up-to-date information will be found on this page.

For the 1914 Melbourne to Sydney commemoration flight a pilot handbook was prepared by consultant Tony Coleiro and a similar handbook will be prepared for the proposed flight. A.pdf copy of the 2014 handbook is here.

When the event is actually run, an up-to-date record of what has happened will be kept here and the itinerary will be modified as required.