Sunday, July 31, 2005 

Karate Kid wannabe


Heh Poser


Basic star


Best buds


On a pole


Sometimes it's just fun to jump and try to reach as far as you can. More of the Fremantle trip pics.


Fremantle Trip Pics

Saturday, July 30, 2005 

Trusty vehicle of freedom. Managed to get us there and back, with a slightly leaky gasket, cracked tyres, starting to crack timing belt, steering misalignment, and various other creaks and groans.


My friend Jules and I, in front of one of the bigger rocks. They formed due to erosion. The area was eroded over time, and the harder substance just refused to be eaten away and formed these rock formations.


Pinnacles! Most of the rock formations are about a meter high. Some do go as tall as 5 meters though.


Just before the dirt roads going into the park.


Driving to Pinnacles Desert. Made a diversion that led us to the middle of no where. Far far from civilization with a roadworthy untested car. No houses, no phone reception, no extra fuel, water, or food!


Crop duster plane sitting still waiting for summer to come so that it can soar the skies again. They actually are flown to Jandakot to go through some maintenance work.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 


Today we did stalling and avoidance turns. Stalls are when the aircraft loses it's lift component. This is usually because the plane is flying too slow or too steep an angle. What happens is...the plane drops from the sky. We're trained to be able to recover in a few seconds. The 172s that I'm flying are quite stable, like a truck. hard to stall and easy to recover. That didnt stop me from going into a secondary stall though during the exercise! Basically I fell a thousand feet in the sky. By the end of the hour I was more competent though, with only a hundred feet drop which is good.

Avoidance turns was fun. It's a 90 degree bank angle turn. Which means the plane was flying sideways! You could really feel the g-force. Felt like I was in a fun fair ride. My instructor said if I liked that, I'd love it when we get to do unusual attitudes.

(Beechcraft Baron)

Saturday, July 02, 2005 

John Forrest

We went to John Forrest National Park the other day to better know what we're flying over. The park is on the outskirts of the Darling Range. There are some view point where you can see Perth. One thing about Australia that I find interesting are the trees and shrubs. It's like the pictures that I see in Dinosaur books when I was young. Makes me feel like a kid transported back in time to the Jurassic era.