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PART TWO


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  FLIGHT 23: December 27, 2002 - 10:40
Port Hedland Intl Australia (YPPD)
Broome Intl, Australia (YBRM)
It's December 27, 2002 and we spent a great Christmas holiday in the Port Hedland area. The people were very friendly. But it's now beginning to rain cats and dogs. So, I have a great idea - let's do the smart thing and get out of Cyclone Alley and head north to Broome Intl - the gateway to the Hamersley Ranges and Karinjini National Park. It's a little after 10:30 in the morning and we'll be cruising at 7,000 feet for about 3 and one half hours. So, let's top off the tanks and get on our way. We'll spend the next couple of days in the area and press onwards the day after tomorrow!


FLIGHT 24: December 29, 2002 - 11:57
Broome Int, Australia (YBRM)
Wyndham, Australia (YWYM)
It's time to bid adieu and press onwards to the east. I have some friends that live in Wyndham, where a 60 foot-long crocodile statue welcomes you to the town. This tiny port town exhibits the pioneer spirit that thrives in a dramatic backdrop of the Bastion Range and the Cambridge Gulf. It's coming up on noon on December 29, 2002. The flight is about 3 hours 30 minutes, and we'll be flying at 9,000 feet. We'll be flying in puffy clouds for a good portion of the trip. The runway in Wyndham is rather unique - kind of a cobblestone look and feel. So, let's get on our way!


FLIGHT 25: December 30, 2002 - 09:00
Wyndham, Australia (YWYM)
Darwin Intl, Australia (YPDN)
We had a great time amplifying long-standing relationships in Wyndham and now we're off to Darwin Intl. We'll fly a 5,000 feet so we can enjoy the water-ways. It's approaching 9:00 AM on December 30, 2002. Our flying time will be about 2 hours 30 minutes. There have been reports of pretty severe thunderstorms in the Darwin area. We'll top off the tanks in Darwin and head on further east as the day wears on.


FLIGHT 26: December 30, 2002 - 13:01
Darwin Intl, Australia (YPDN)
Weipa, Australia (YBWP)
We'll top off the tanks and head on down-the-road to Weipa. We'll be flying at 9,000 feet and should arrive about 7:30 PM. The weather in Weipa is reported as being clear and calm. When we get there, we'll decide whether or not we want to press onwards to Cairns International - it would make for a hell-of-a long day!


FLIGHT 27: December 30, 2002 - 20:06
Weipa, Australia (YBWP)
Cairns Intl, Australia (YBCS)
What the hell - it's been a long day, but we've elected to keep on going! It's already dark here, there isn't a lot to see, so we might as well travel by night and take turns at the helm. It's a little after 8:00 PM and we'll be cruising at 9,000 feet in good weather. We should arrive in Cairns a little after 11:00 PM. I've already called ahead and made reservations for us at the Tradewind Esplanade hotel. So, let's rock!


FLIGHT 28: December 31, 2002 - 05:48
Cairns Intl, Australia (YBCS)
Hamilton Island, Australia (YBHM)
Well-it's New Year's Eve and I really want to get down to the Gold Coast to bring in the New Year with some great friends of mine - Mike and Kay. We'll fly into the Coolangatta airport that is close by. Hence, we need to get an early start. It's just coming up on 6:00 AM, we'll be flying about 2 hours and 30 minutes and we'll grab a great breakfast on Hamilton Island at the renowned Reef View Hotel. We'll be cruising at 7,000 feet over the islands. So, let fill up our wild mustang and hit the friendly skies!


FLIGHT 29: December 31, 2002 - 10:26
Hamilton Island, Australia (YBHM)
Coolangatta, Australia (YBCG)
We had a spectacular breakfast on Hamilton Island. Now let's top off the tanks and head on down to Coolangatta. We'll be flying at a comfortable 9,000 feet and should arrive a little after 4:00 PM - just in time to meet up with Mike and Kay and get ready for a New Year's Eve celebration!


FLIGHT 30: January 13, 2003 - 05:29
Coolangatta, Australia (YBCG)
Tontouta, New Caledonia (NWWW)
Happy New Year. We've had a blast on the Gold Coast of Australia over the past couple of weeks. It's now time to wander around the South Pacific. It's Monday the 11th of January, 2003 and we're heading on to Tontouta airport in New Caledonia. Our 780 nm flight will take about 6 hours and 45 minutes. We'll arrive at about 1:15 PM local time because there's a one hour time difference. We'll be cruising at 9,000 feet - an altitude that our Baron seems to enjoy and where it gets great fuel economy. So, buckle-up!


FLIGHT 31: January 17, 2003 - 08:32
Tontouta, New Caledonia (NWWW)
Bauerfield, Vanuatu (NVVV)
We've had a real nice stay at the Isle De France hotel in Noumea, New Caledonia. As a Canadian, it was fun brushing up on my French. It's 8:30 AM on Friday, the 17th of January, 2003 and we're heading to the Bauerfield airport in Vanuatu. We'll spend the weekend there. We'll be flying at an altitude of 11,000 feet and we should arrive at Bauerfield airfield just about 11:00 AM. According to the weather reports, we'll be flying in cloud cover most of the way, but since we're traveling over water all of the way - who cares? We've filed our flight plan and we're on our way!


FLIGHT 32: January 21, 2003 - 08:34
Bauerfield, Vanuatu (NVVV)
Henderson, Solomon Islands (AGGH)
We've had a real nice stay at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Port Vila, Vanuatu. On Saturday afternoon, we took a VFR run over to White Grass on Tanna Island. Wow - what a volcano! And, the people live like it was hundreds of year ago - really interesting. We spent the night there and came back Sunday. Anyway, it's now 8:30 AM Tuesday, the 21th of January, 2003 and we're heading off to Henderson airport in Honiara in the Solomon Islands. We'll be flying at 9,000 feet all the way and we should arrive a little after 1:00 PM. Incidentally, when you are instructed to descend to 6,700 (or thereabouts), make your approach through the V in the mountains - otherwise it could get messy!


FLIGHT 33: January 22, 2003 - 07:36
Henderson, Solomon Islands (AGGH)
Nauru (ANAU)
It's Wednesday the 22nd of January 2003. We spend a pleasant evening at the King Solomon hotel and enjoyed some great Melanesian cuisine. On this leg of our trip around the world, we'll fly to Nauru International airport in Nauru. We'll be flying to Nauru at an altitude of 11,000 and we should arrive just before 14:00 local time - there'll be another 1 hour time difference. We'll grab some lunch, top off the tanks and head out to the Marshall Islands. You may ask, "Why go all of the way to Nauru for lunch?" The answer is simple. We want to touch as many countries as possible on our Around The World Trip.


FLIGHT 34: January 22, 2003 - 15:33
Nauru (ANAU)
Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands (PKMJ)
We had a spectacular lunch at the Menen Hotel near the airport. The indigenous people of Nauru are a mix of Polynesian, Melanesian and Micronesian descent. Their native language is Nauruan, though we had no problems communicating in English - great people. The waitress told us there were about 10,000 residents on this island republic - most living on the perimeter of this tiny island that is only 12 miles in circumference. Fun place! Anyway, now we're off to the Marshall Islands. We'll be flying at 9,000 feet and we should arrive about 20:30. We've got reservations at the Gateway Hotel in Majuro. We plan on staying in the Marshall Islands until January 31. Then, we'll be on our way to the Bonriki International airport on Tarawa Island, Kiribati.


FLIGHT 35: January 31, 2003 - 12:33
Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands (PKMJ)
Bonriki Intl, Tarawa Island, Kiribati (NGTA)
We're on our way to the Bonriki International airport on Tarawa Island of Kiribati. We've made reservations to stay at the Lagoon Breeze Motel because, besides the great ambience, they have Internet connectivity - ha! We're departing at about 12:30 in the afternoon and we have about a 360 km trip ahead of us. We'll be flying in cloud cover a great part of the way, however, for the most part we'll be on top of the clouds. We have been told that we will experience some choppy air as well. We should arrive about 15:45 local time. The approach to this island is a breath-taking view of massive coral. A note of interest: the most recent change in the International Date Line was in 1995 when Kiribati moved a large segment of the country to the east, so that the entire nation would be on the same side of the International Date Line.


FLIGHT 36: February 2, 2003 - 06:43
Bonriki Intl, Tarawa Island, Kiribati (NGTA)
Funafuti Intl, Funafuti, Tuvalu (NGFU)
We enjoyed our first night so much, we decided to stay another day. It's now 6:45 AM, Sunday the 2nd of February and we're heading out to the Funafuti airport on the island of Tuvalu. It's about a 700 nm trip and we'll be flying at 9,000. We have reports of thunderstorms in the Tuvalu area with thick cloud cover at about 11,000. I estimate we'll arrive in Tuvalu a little after noon. Even though the Flight Simulator reports the 5,000 foot runway as gravel, it was paved in 2002. We'll grab some lunch at the VIP lounge at the airport, top off the tanks and head out to Wallis and Futuna.


FLIGHT 37: February 2, 2003 - 14:41
Funafuti Intl, Funafuti, Tuvalu (NGFU)
Hihifo, Uvea Island, Wallis and Futuna (NLWW)
It's coming up on 3 o'clock in the afternoon on Sunday the 2nd of February, and it's raining cats and dogs! We had a very pleasant lunch at the airport, we'll fill up the tanks and we're on our way to Wallis and Futuna - where there is a very modern airport. We'll fly at 9,000 feet once again. The flight is about 340 nm, so we should arrive just before 20:00. We are not planning a stay in Wallis and Futuna - we'll be pressing on to Samoa. So why stop here? Because we can!


FLIGHT 38: February 2, 2003 - 21:28
Hihifo, Uvea Island, Wallis and Futuna (NLWW)
Faleolo Intl, Apia, Samoa (NSFA)
We got here as scheduled a few minutes past 20:00, we've had a few cups of coffee and a bite to eat at the airport restaurant. We've also dispensed with the unnecessary and excess bodily fluids and we're on our way to Faleolo airport in Apia, Samoa. It's about 21:30 and we should arrive at our destination about midnight - however, IT WILL BE YESTERDAY. Why? Because we are going to be traversing the International Date Line! We have ample fuel left so there's no need to fill up the tanks. I've called ahead and confirmed our late night arrival at the Seaside Inn in Apia. We'll be flying at 9,000 and there's ILS approach facilities at the Faleolo airport.


FLIGHT 39: February 3, 2003 - 08:41
Faleolo Intl, Apia, Samoa (NSFA)
Pago Pago Intl, Pago Pago, American Samoa (NSTU)
It's Monday, February 3, 2003 at 8:45 in the morning and we're off to Pago Pago International airport on the island of American Samoa. It's about an 80 nm flight and we'll be climbing to 5,000 feet. We should arrive in about an hour from now. Pago Pago has one of the best natural deep-water harbors in the South Pacific Ocean, sheltered by shape from rough seas and protected by peripheral mountains from high winds. We'll spend the day there and leave early tomorrow morning for Rarotonga International airport in the Cooke Islands.


FLIGHT 40: February 4, 2003 - 06:05
Pago Pago Intl, Pago Pago, American Samoa (NSTU)
Avarua, Cook Islands (NCRG)
We spent a pleasant evening at the Rainmaker Hotel. It's Tuesday, February 4, 2003 at about 6:00 in the morning and we're off to the Cook Islands. We'll be cruising in our wild mustang at an altitude of 11,000 feet. The weather is always dangerous and unpredictable at this time of year - especially on long flights. But, we've been assured that despite some moderate winds and some scattered clouds, we should have a pleasant and safe flight. So, here we go partner - let's top off the tanks, pack a lunch and head towards the rising sun! This will be about a 750 nm flight and if I have it figured properly, we should arrive about 15:15 hours, taking into consideration a one hour time shift to the east.


FLIGHT 41: February 4, 2003 - 17:15
Avarua, Cook Islands (NCRG)
Moto Mute, Bora Bora Island, French Polynesia (NTTB)
We're not going to stay in the Cook Islands today. We're going to press onwards to Bora Bora - a place you have been anxious to visit. It's just after 17:00 in the late afternoon on Tuesday, February 4, 2003. Our flight will be about 540 nm and we'll be cruising at 9,000 feet to stay just above the main cloud layer. Our tummies are full, we've unpacked some snacks, the tanks are full and we're on our way! We should arrive in Bora Bora about 22:00 on a pleasant evening. We've already made our reservations (before we left California) at the 5 star Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort and we've taken care of our visas for the French Polynesia island hopping while we were in New Caledonia - can't wait to see Bora Bora!


FLIGHT 42: February 10, 2003 - 10:05
Moto Mute, Bora Bora Island, French Polynesia (NTTB)
Fare, Huahine Island, French Polynesia (NTTH)
Well, we spent 5 fantastic days at the 5 star Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort - it was the best! It's Monday the 10th of February, 2003 and we're off to yet other dreamlands - Fare and Tahiti. We are only going to spend a few hours in Fare. Why? Because we can! But, before we left California, we also took care of making reservations at the famous Beachcomber Intercontinental Resort in Tahiti. It's only about a 45 nm trip to Fare, so we'll be flying at 5,000 and expect to arrive about 10:40.


FLIGHT 43: February 10, 2003 - 15:39
Fare, Huahine Island, French Polynesia (NTTH)
Faaa, Tahiti (NTAA)
Before we left California, we made reservations at the famous 5 star Beachcomber Intercontinental Resort in Tahiti, for Monday the 10th of February, 2003. And, to get there ASAP, we'll be climbing to 12,000 and cruising at that altitude for about an hour - we're about 100 nm away from paradise! This island of Fare is very interesting as well - maybe next time we can stay here.


FLIGHT 44: February 17, 2003 - 06:41
Faaa, Tahiti (NTAA)
Rarotonga Intl, Rarotonga, Cook Islands (NCRG)
What a spectacular place Tahiti really is - we had a real nice relaxing stay. But, all good things must come to an end. So, we're continuing our trip around the world by departing this Monday, February 17, 2003 at 6:40 in the morning - destination: Niue. The starting leg will find us cruising at 11,000 feet on a 620 nautical mile flight to the Cook Islands - roughly a five-hour flight. We should arrive in the Cook Islands about 10:30 local time, because we'll gain an hour. We'll grab some lunch in the VIP lounge at the Rarotonga International airport, top off our fuel tanks, check out our Baron's other essentials and hit the friendly skies once again for Niue.


FLIGHT 45: February 17, 2003 - 12:30
Rarotonga Intl, Rarotonga, Cook Islands (NCRG)
Niue Intl, Niue (NUIE)
We've filled up our tummies at the VIP lounge at the Cook Islands Rarotonga International airport, and we're ready to carry on to Niue Island. It's about 12:30 local time, we'll fill our fuel tanks and hit the friendly skies for Niue. We'll be flying once again at 11,000 on this 480 nm leg of the trip. We should arrive in Niue about 15:45 local time, because we're going to gain yet another hour due to a time zone change. We'll be flying through some heavy cloud layers for the first half of the trip. Otherwise, it should be pretty smooth sailing!


FLIGHT 46: February 19, 2003 - 07:34
Niue Intl, Niue (NUIE)
Fua'amotu Intl, Nuku'alofa, Tonga (NFTF)
We spent a couple of days at the Niue Hotel located about 3 km from the main town of Alofi that rests at the top of a solid coral cliff overlooking Alofi Bay. We enjoyed some great local cuisine and now it's time to head on to the Fiji Islands via the island of Tonga. We'll be flying at our customary 11,000 feet. There are reports of gathering scattered clouds turning into an overcast ceiling of about 3,000 - 4.000 feet with light rain upon arrival in Tonga. We're departing at about 7:45 AM on Thursday February, 20, 2003, but we will arrive about 10:15 AM Friday February, 21st as we will cross over the International Dateline once again. We'll fuel up, grab some brunch and head out for the Fiji Islands about noon.


FLIGHT 47: February 21, 2003 - 12:26
Fua'amotu Intl, Nuku'alofa, Tonga (NFTF)
Nadi Intl, Nadi, Fiji (NFFN)
It's 12:45 Friday, February, 21st and it is still raining in Tonga. We've had our brunch at the airport, given our Baron a thorough going over, filled up the tanks and we're on our way to the Fiji Islands. The flight will be about 425 nm and our flying time will be about 3 hours and 30 minutes at an altitude of 13,000 that should get us above the storm activity and gain us a ground speed of about 140 kts. We should arrive at the Nadi International airport, Fiji a little after 14:00 hours, since we will once again gain an hour by traversing another time zone. We have confirmed our reservations at the Tokatoka Resort Hotel, just 5 minutes from the Nadi airport. It's a convenient hotel to use as a dayroom before an international flight or for a short visit like ours. We'll get an earlier start tomorrow morning for Norfolk Island and then down to Auckland, New Zealand.


FLIGHT 48: February 22, 2003 - 05:50
Nadi Intl, Nadi, Fiji (NFFN)
Norfolk Island, Australia (YSNF)
We spent the night at the Tokatoka Resort Hotel. It's just coming up on 6:00 AM and we're getting an earlier start this morning for our trip to Norfolk Island. This is about a 850 nm voyage and we will once again be cruising at 10,000 feet. On this leg of our Trip Around The World, we had better make sure we have the mixture and prop tweaked just right - it's a long way to Norfolk Island. As it is, the LO FUEL indicators will likely be seen on approach. We'll be continuing down to Auckland, New Zealand from Norfolk. This is going to be another long day - we should arrive in Norfolk Island just after noon. We've topped off the tanks, made sure we have our snacks, treated our bodies well, and we're ready to mount our wild mustang.


FLIGHT 49: February 22, 2003 - 14:11
Norfolk Island, Australia (YSNF)
Auckland Intl, Auckland, New Zealand (NZAA)
We have confirmed reservations at the Chancellor Hotel, only a five-minute drive from Auckland International and Domestic Airports. We'll use this as our home base for our stay in New Zealand until our departure on March 1, 2003. Once again we'll be climbing to 9,000 on our trip to Auckland and except for some reported choppy air as we approach the Auckland airport, the flight is expected to be smooth as silk. We'll be airborne by 14:30 and we should arrive right about 19:00 local time. During the next week, we'll execute numerous VFR trips around New Zealand checking out what is celeb rated as a very interesting country.


FLIGHT 50: March 1, 2003 - 06:15
Auckland Intl, Auckland, New Zealand (NZAA)
Lord Howe Island, Australia (YLHI)
We have had an unbelievably great time in New Zealand. The people were extremely friendly and we visited many cities during our stay. It's 6:15AM on March 1, 2003 and we're on our way back to Aussie-Land. We'll do that by heading for Lord Howe airport, approximately 850 nm from Auckland - another LONG day. Here again, we had better pay close attention to fuel consumption. We've got an 8 to 10 nm tailwind to start, such that at 12 GPH, we are obtaining an airspeed of about 105 knots and an effective ground speed of about 145 knots at our 10,000 foot cruising altitude. The winds will shift to headwinds later in the flight and we'll drop to about 130 knots ground speed. The flight should take about 6 hours or so, and I think we'll get there about 12:00 local time. So, let's fuel up our wild mustang, pack a brunch and hit the skies.


FLIGHT 51: March 1, 2003 - 13:40
Lord Howe Island, Australia (YLHI)
Kingford Smith, Intl, Sydney, Australia (YSSY)
It's March 1, 2003 at about noon hour and we just arrived from Auckland, New Zealand. We'll be here long enough to fill up our tanks, empty our bladders, grab a couple of cups of coffee and hit the road for Sydney. We'll be flying at 10,000. We have about a 430 nm flight ahead of us and we should arrive about 17:00. We'll spend a week in Sydney and we'll be staying at the Sydney Park Lodge Hotel - I believe it to be one of the nicest hotels in Australia.


FLIGHT 52: March 8, 2003 - 05:50
Kingford Smith, Intl, Sydney, Australia (YSSY)
Hobart, Tasmania (YCBG)
It's just coming up on 6 AM in Sydney, Australia and we're on our way to Hobart on the island of Tasmania. We've had an incredibly good time in Sydney - the people of Australia are a blast. Our flight to Hobart is about 575 nm and, after climbing for about 30 minutes, we will be cruising at 8,000 feet. We'll be flying for a little over 4 hours and should arrive in Hobart about 9:45 (taking into account the time shift) - just in time for our full breakfast.


FLIGHT 53: March 8, 2003 - 13:52
Hobart, Tasmania (YCBG)
Launceston, Tasmania (YMLT)
We've enjoyed visiting Hobart. This is truly an island of warm and friendly welcomes - people always took time to chat. But it's time to move on. It's early afternoon and we're on our way to Launceston. We'll be flying at 8,000 feet and we are likely to encounter headwinds 30-40 knots. We should arrive in Launceston around 15:00. We'll spend a few hours there and then head onwards to Melbourne International airport on the mainland.


FLIGHT 54: March 8, 2003 - 16:54
Launceston, Tasmania (YMLT)
Melbourne Intl, Melbourne, Australia (YMML)
We spent a couple of pleasant hours in Launceston, Tasmania and now we're off to the mainland - namely Melbourne. The trip is about 260 miles and we'll be flying at 10,000 feet. We will be facing 30-40 knot headwinds right on the nose most of the way, so our ground speed will be pretty much the same as our airspeed. Nonetheless, we should arrive in Melbourne about 19:45. We have reservations at the Windsor Hotel - located on Spring Street opposite the Parliament House and Treasury Gardens, in the heart of the central business district. We'll stay in Melbourne for a couple of days and leave on Monday, March 10, 2003 for Adelaide, Esperance, Albany and Perth.


FLIGHT 55: March 10, 2003 - 05:40
Melbourne Intl, Melbourne, Australia (YMML)
Adelaide Intl, Adelaide, Australia (YPAD)
March 10, just before 06:00 and we're heading for Adelaide, then on to Esperance, Albany and ending up in Perth where we will spend a couple of days. The distance we will be traveling on this leg is about 350 nm and we'll be at a comfortable 10,000 feet. We should arrive in Adelaide a little after 09:00. We'll be fighting headwinds of about 30-40 knots most of the way.


FLIGHT 56: March 10, 2003 - 11:17
Adelaide Intl, Adelaide, Australia (YPAD)
Ceduna, Australia (YCDU)
It's March 10, 2003, we've topped-off our tanks and we're carrying on to Ceduna. We'll be flying at 10,000. We'll depart about 11:15 and arrive in Ceduna about 12:45 local time, because we'll gain an hour due to the one hour time difference. We won't stay very long in Ceduna - we'll press onwards to Esperance - a long trip.


FLIGHT 57: March 10, 2003 - 13:32
Ceduna, Australia (YCDU)
Esperance, Australia (YESP)
It's March 10 and it is coming up on 13:30. We've filled up the tanks and we're about to hop into our wild stallion and travel about 610 miles to Esperance - another long trip! We should arrive just before 19:00 local time where we will take care of our bodies and our aircraft and hit-the-road for Perth where we will spend a couple of days. So, here we go into the wild blue yonder!


FLIGHT 58: March 10, 2003 - 19:29
Esperance, Australia (YESP)
Perth Intl, Perth, Australia (YPPH)
Got fuel? Yup! So, let's carry on to Perth. We'll depart about 19:30 and arrive in Perth at the parking area about 21:30. We'll be flying at 10,000 feet again, for a couple of hours. We have reports of choppy wind on approach into the Perth area. It's been a long day - I can't wait to get to Perth to kick back and relax!


FLIGHT 59: March 11, 2003 - 06:17
Perth Intl, Perth, Australia (YPPH)
Port Hedland Intl (YPPD)
We spent the last couple of evenings in Perth - a very nice city with many things to see and do. And, the people were very friendly. It's coming up on 06:30 Wednesday March 12, 2003 and we're on our way back to our original port of entry into Australia - Port Hedland. This flight will complete PART TWO of our Trip Around The World. We'll be flying at 9,000 feet and we should arrive in Port Hedland about noon hour. It's raining pretty heavily, however, the storm is just in the local area and once we get to our cruising altitude, it should be smooth sailing. Reports have us fighting headwinds for the first part of the trip, switching to tailwinds on the last half. If we don't get favorable tailwinds, we can always stop in Meekatharra and fill up again. So, up-up-and-away!


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