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I'm determined to fly all the legs this year, so got the first one in this afternoon - YBCS-YPMP. A flight of 283nm.

We're cleared to go at Cairns

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And the GAAR is underway as the tower waves us off

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Climbing to cruise altitude of 8,500ft

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There are a few clouds up here, but nothing serious

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Hot hot hot

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There is some great scenery along the way, thanks Orbx

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Airfield in sight, time for the circuit

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I'll be glad to get down, the weather at pattern altitude is quite bumpy

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Now, where can I get a roo-burger

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After a night on the town with some other GAAR entrants, it was time to get back into Dizzie and take to the skies for Leg 2. This looked like a lonely leg as most of it was over water...

Engines nice and warm, lets go

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The water looks nice and inviting, maybe I'll come back another time

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Not much to see over the land due to the clouds

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Picking up the Great Barrier Reef

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You've got to be kidding me!

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I have no fear

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Safely down, anyone flying leg 2 make sure you cross the threshold at virtually a stall

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Emma was going to be home late, it was a quiet day at work so I snuck off home early to get let 3 done...

Barely making it out of Murray Island

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Clouds, rain & sunset, sound like my kinda flight

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The colours enroute were fantastic

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Wipers working hard to clear the windscreen - had to stick my head out of the window to see where I was going

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Over-flying AYPY

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Turning to finals, almost there now

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Safely down just before the AI LearJet lands

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That's me done until Friday

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After what seemed like an endless week it was time to hop back into Dizzie and take to the skies for Leg 4

We left Port Moresby without much of a fanfare...

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...and climbed out just as the sun was rising, which helped us avoid the mountains

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Clouds are becoming a feature of this adventure

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Yup, the airport we are making the touch and go at is in that lot

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There it is!

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Touch

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And go, climbing back up to get over some more pesky mountains

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Almost there now, SDR runway in sight

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Thanks for flying, see you tomorrow for leg 5

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I wasn't expecting great things from this leg but was only .46 mins late, which is about 28 seconds! If only EasyJet were that good

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The snow may be falling outside my window, but in PNG it's red hot

Leg 5 is by far the toughest so far, up and down and up and down over the mountains.

Steep climb out and a couple of circuits to gain height. We have to get over the mountains and quickly down for a T+G

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T+G Complete, it's back up and over for a landing at AYAG to refuel

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Clouds rolling in

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Uh Oh

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The last photo reminds me a bit of this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd7ALKWFEsc

The next phase of the flight was a bit easier

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Mendi in sight, commencing final approach

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Landed a little harder than usual, but it's a landing

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Flight time 126.58 dai

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As you can tell by how quickly I'm getting through these flights, I'm loving this year's GAAR.

Leg 6 takes us from Mendi to Tabubil with a touch and go at Tari...

Departing Mendi, had to take care not to chop the camera man up with the props. There is a rumour of canibalism around here, so he would've been cleared up quickly!

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Making the short trip to Tari, nice weather again

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Runway in sight, maybe a touch low

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Cameraman stayed well clear this time during climbout from Tari

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Onwardto Tabubil, lovely terrain and great weather for it

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A view of an airfield surrounded in clouds is becoming a feature of this adventure

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Heading along a valley to our destination

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Carefully setting her down

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And so we move on to leg 7...

Deapture was a bit tricky, had to weave through the hills

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Managing to stay above the clouds but still stuck in the rain (?)

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Makes for some good pictures though

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Destination in sight, time to slow her down and enter the circuit

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Nicely lined up

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Think I got a bit too close to the tower

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Leg 8 of the rally and we are given a warning 'one of the shorter runways'...

Climbing away from Morehead

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Enroute to our first stop at Saibai Island we pass this strange formation

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Landed, fueled up and ready to go to our final destination of Coconut Island

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Climbing out, the weather is perfect

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Clouds make for excellent screenshots

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Flying over YCCT, this flight just got interesting...

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...very interesting

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There's nothing left to do but try to avoid getting wet. My flippers are packed just in case

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Crossing the fence (I like this one)

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To say we just made it is an understatement!

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After allowing the brakes to cool I decided to take to the skies again

I was glad to see the back of Coconut Island

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I'll miss these excellent weather themes when I get back to flying in Europe

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First sight of the mainland

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Lockhart River in sight, time to join the pattern

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Turn to finals

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Nice lined up and configured for landing

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Where's the BBQ?

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After 10 fantastic flights, over 2,000 miles and over 18 hours flight time it was time to bring this year's GAAR to a close...

For the last time we are cleared for take-off

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Rumbling into the blue skies

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This was a nice and easy flight, a welcome break from the mountains of PNG

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Afternoon began to change to dusk

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Brilliant weather textures

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Dusk turned to evening as we approached Cooktown, I was expecting a bit more of a fanfare to welome me

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Seems I caught them by surprise, the fireworks started just after I passed overhead. Good job really!

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I think I'll fly a little to the left on approach

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View from the ground as we are almost there

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Thank you Andrew for a fantastic event

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