Mon, Jun 09, 2003
Cherokee-Six Lays Up In Broome, Australia, For Maintenance
Paul Ryan and Alan McMahon are on a 70-day mission to
circumnavigate the globe, starting and ending in Shannon, Ireland.
The money they raise in donations will benefit the Marie Keating
Breast Cancer Foundation. They're flying a Piper Cherokee-Six
PA32-300, which, as you can see below, offers a few challenges to
global navigation. Here's their diary entry for the week that ended
Sunday, June 8, 2003:
Original plans to cross the Pacific from the east coast of
Australia were changed a few months ago because of the limited
range of our aircraft. Due to media and fund raising commitments we
departed Broome for Adelaide on a Virgin Blue commercial flight.
Many thanks to Melissa at Virgin for arranging everything for us.
It was really good to get back into an aeroplane and have someone
else fly us somewhere. Virgin Blue began a direct service between
Broome and Adelaide a number of weeks ago reducing the journey time
to about 3 and half hours.
Back To The Beginning
Adelaide was where we both did our flight training about four
years ago. Helen and Graham, good friends of Paul's invited us to
stay with them for the week. Being back here felt like we had never
been away. The weather was more home like and so far it has rained
for three of the days we have been here. We sat and watched the
most spectacular electrical storm last night, happy not to be
First thing Monday morning Paul went to visit St Dominic's
College in North Adelaide. The school presented a cheque for the
Marie Keating Foundation from money they had raised over the past
few months. Pam Tobin has been fantastic in organising media and
fund raising prior to our arrival and has raised several thousand
dollars. All monies raised while here are being directed to Canteen
Australia. A number of TV and radio interviews were carried out
such was the interest in WF2003 here.
A visit to Bae Systems Flight Training Centre at Parafield
Airport was an opportunity to catch up with friends and again great
interest was shown from all the instructors and students we met up
with. Alan has been very busy over the past few days plotting our
course for the Pacific crossing. All is going well and nearly
everything is in place. We have a few days in Darwin before setting
off next Wednesday. PH-SMD has been undergoing maintenance in
Broome in our absence. Our aircraft requires a new voltage
regulator to be fitted and thanks to DHL Worldwide Express for
getting one to us at very short notice.
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