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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. These are our thoughts; comment is welcome.

·       This journey is well over 3.000 nautical miles in length, and almost all aircraft will fly under VFR.  We will be lucky to do the whole journey without delay due to weather, so we need to build in a reserve of time so that we can try to arrive at Adelaide on the night of Saturday 21 March. 

·       We feel that the best idea is to plan to arrive at Melbourne on about Thursday 19 March if there are no delays, then progressively modify the time of arrival in Melbourne as delays occur. There will be a live website for this purpose.

·       We need to stop overnight at reasonably sized towns if possible. It may be necessary for slower aircraft to stop overnight at more isolated places.

·       There is also a problem in that aircraft will have varying cruising speeds and range. We have calculated the itinerary assuming an average speed of 120 knots, but slower aircraft may be able to leave early, arrive late, or take shorter routes or catch up during rest times.

·       If we follow the Smith route exactly we miss Brisbane, so we have included Caboolture to enable Brisbane visitors and for aircraft to join or leave the flight. This is especially appropriate as TAVAS at Caboolture has the replica Bristol Fighter reflecting the aircraft Ross Smith flew.

·       We are not averse to landing at other places, not on the Smith flight, if they are keen for this to happen and it convenient to the flight.

·       This draft is for discussion. Please let us have your comments. If you are going to fly a slower aircraft, please talk to us and we may be able to help.

Day

Overnight stops

Initial draft date

Approx NM

Notes, possible flyovers or stops

1

Tennant Creek

Tuesday/10/03

Katherine, Warlock Ponds (Elsey)

2

Cloncurry

Wednesday/11/03

 

Important stops Anthony Lagoon, Brunette Downs,  Avon Downs

3

Longreach

Thursday/12/03

140

Winton

4

Charleville

Friday/13/03

328

Blackall Tambo

5

Caboolture

Saturday/14/03

270

Roma  Kingaroy

6

Narromine

Sunday/15/03

437

Bourke (definite stop if possible)

7

HARS

Monday/16/03

220

Follow railway line, stop at Richmond, possible flyover of Sydney

8

Cootamundra

Tuesday/17/03

220

Leave HARS 1000 possible call at Mittagong, Goulburn, Harden,

9

Essendon

Wednesday/18/03

300

Henty, Wangaratta, Benalla

10

Spare day

Thursday/19/03

 

11

Spare day

Friday/20/03

 

 

12

Point Cook to Gawler

Saturday/21/03

420

Ready for 1000 start for Gawler, possibly via Hamilton, Nhill

13

Adelaide event

Sunday/22/03

 

Probable event ending at Aldinga

14

Actual anniversary

Monday/23/03

 

Possible small event at Adelaide airport

 

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.