March 31st, Rhiannon’s 4th birthday.
We had early start arriving at Archerfield Airport at 7am. Geoff had to perform all the preflight checks and we took off at 7.45. He said he was a bit nervous as we were his first passengers. Flew out over the western suburbs, University and could see the city, which was a bit hazy, then over Samsonvale and headed to Redcliffe Airport. Landed there just long enough for a toilet stop. Took off again and headed for the Sunshine coast.
Geoff was busy most of the time talking to the towers and writing down lots of information. He pointed out the landmarks so I knew where we were. Rhi was very quite, taking it all in, with a big smile all the time. We were able to talk to each other via the mics and headphones. Headphones were necessary as it was noisy especially during take off.
There was no in flight entertainment but we had in- flight snacks!!!!!!! , we needed Davey with his trolley.
Before we could approach Maroochydore airport we had to go up around Mt Coolum for the approach. Geoff did a touch and go at Maroochydore airport then flew out over Somerset and Wivenhoe dams. There is so much water everywhere; after having 2 years of rain the landscape was very lush. We could see water skiers on Wivenhoe, and could also see all the water being released from the dam.. Flying over lake Manchester was very pretty as there was lots of blue-green algae around the edges. Flying low over the Ipswich highway gives you a different perspective of the road structure with all the flyovers and underpasses. Touched down at Archerfield after 1¼ hr. What a wonderful experience for the 3 of us.