Unlike driving a car an endorsement is required for a pilot to fly after dark and before dawn. This includes navigating by radio aids (as you cant see so many landmarks) and using instruments more to ensure the aircraft is not actually upside down or some other precarious position. Also avoiding low terrain is high on the list of things to get right.
After an oral theory test the flying got underway. The trip was supposed to be from Warnervale to Maitland, Singleton, Scone, Warkworth, Cessnock, Mt McQuoid to Warnervale. However a en-route diversion meant not getting as far as Scone. However the time saved in journey time was spent on demonstrating the recovery of unusual attitudes, navigation aides and orbiting 360 degrees whilst making sure my altitude did not vary by any more than 200 ft.
Two and a half hours later and the test was complete and I'm now happy to be able to fly at night.
|This picture taken just south of Scone.|
|The hills and valleys of NSW.|
|Following the railway line through the Williamtown military area.|
Warnervale is almost the complete opposite of flying from Bankstown, my previous airfield. There is no control tower, there is only one rather narrow run-way, rather than than the three wide stips at Bankstown.
I've now signed up with the Central Coast Aero Club so I can continue to work closer towards my goal of obtaining a Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL).
My initial lesson was some basic familiarisation training and circuit revisision. As I'd not flown since May, I was a little rusty so it was good to get back in the air. I flew with Wayne Young, the CFI.
I've collected a number of useful aviation/flying related links, particularly if your like me and have come to Australia from another land and wish to fly here.
Here they are:
128km Sydney Radar
Aeronautical Information Package
Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Civil Aviation Advisory Publications - CAAP
Civil Aviation Orders
CIVIL AVIATION REGULATIONS 1988 - List of Regulations
Fly in France
Last 72 hours from Bankstown Ap
Last 72 hours from Camden
Last 72 hours from Canberra Airport
Last 72 hours from Sydney Ap
Mal's Storm-Severe Weather Page - Links
National Airspace System
OziPilots Online Forums - powered by vBulletin
Pilot Briefing Service
Sydney flying tour by Germans
Sydney weather - f2.com.au
Weather Underground Sydney, New South Wales Forecast
Weather Watch Radar
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