Come Fly With Me

Dear Friends,

You know how much I love doing work experience. It’s great fun to walk in someone else’s shoes for a day.

When I went flying with Sam from Kingfisher Tours at Kununurra, I thought my secret ambition to be a pilot was about to be fulfilled.

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We were going to fly this six seater Cessna 210. It was such a small plane – how hard could it be?

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I had visions of sitting up front and maybe even taking over the controls under Sam’s watchful eye. We may have been in a tiny plane but it turned out size was to be my downfall.

I was too small to sit in the front seat next to Sam. This big guy sat there.

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I was even too small to sit in the middle.

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My seat was right up the back

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which turned out to be not such a bad thing. The view was fantastic.

So instead of piloting, I sat back and let Sam do his job. We flew over Kununurra and the mighty Ord River,

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along the vast expanse of Lake Argyle

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and over the ancient beehive stone formations of the Bungle Bungles at Purnululu National Park.

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Perhaps instead of being a pilot I should take up aerial photography.

Looking out the window was an easy skill to master.

Justin.

See more of our flight over the Kimberleys over at The Eternal Traveller

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10 Comments

  1. For even more excitement, you could be a “wing walker.” Unless of course, you don’t like heights!

    • Oh Debbie, why didn’t I think of that! I’m always up for a challenge. I love heights. I come from the Bavarian Alps so I was born up high!

  2. Justin! I have missed you! It looks like you have been busy though, having more exciting adventures. I think I would also have preferred to have a great view and take photos rather than flying the plane. The pilot probably had to keep his eyes on the controls most of the time (well, I would hope so anyway) and would miss the stunning views.

    • Sam was doing both but I suppose he’s had a lot of practice. I think you’re right Elaine, it worked out for the best this time.

  3. What model is this airplane? From my angle it looks like a cross between a Cessna C-208 and a Cessna C-206/T-206…two awesome airplanes by the way.

  4. C-210, is that the one called the Centurion?

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