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The developing Itinerary

Stops will be determined by three factors
  1. Stops on the original route
  2. Historic points not used in 1919 that have an interest in history..
  3. Local enthusaism to participate.
The third factor is the most important!:

Draft Itinerary for Darwin-Adelaide flight March 10-22 2020

Planning this itinerary is not easy, but the route below seems to be the best option. Exact timing is still being worked out 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, The s 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 die 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.

·        We are inviting comments and hope to have the route and timing finalisied within the next few weeks.

DAY

OVERNIGHT STOPS

NM

ROUTE

1

Daly Waters

200

Katherine, Warlock Ponds (Elsey)

2

Cloncurry

545

Stops - YANL, YBRU and YAVD

3

Longreach

270

Winton

4

Charleville

235

Blackall, Tambo

5

Caboolture

368

Roma, Kingaroy

6

Narromine

594

Via Bourke (otherwise 444 NM)

7

Wollongong (HARS)

265

Via rail line, YSRI then V1 to YWOL

8

Cootamundra

203

Mittagong, Goulburn & Harden

9

Melbourne

250

Henty, Wangaratta & Benalla

10

Point Cook – Adelaide

445

Nhill

11

Adelaide

 

 

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.