March 2016 Newsletter

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AIR CHARTER NEWS March 2016

Lake Eyre - air charter news March 2016

LAKE EYRE & TASTE of the OUTBACK

With strong interest generated by media coverage of the recent rains, our first Taste of the Outback tour for the year departed in February. Our party of five, plus pilot Tony, got to experience fantastic coverage of the Lake and greenery along the Diamantina River from Birdsville to Lake Eyre north. Birdsville Hotel on way to Lake Eyre air charter news March 2016The picture above is approaching Lake Eyre from the North and right is our group in front of the Birdsville Hotel.
However, will the water last? No one knows as it depends on further rains. It is obviously evaporating and now the water is really confined to the Warburton Groove and the SW corner at Belt Bay. The Lake Eyre Yacht club always has the latest status. The Bureau of Meteorology predicts a 55-65% chance of above average rainfall in the next few months with a decline in El Nino, so time will tell if this falls in the Lake Eyre catchment. We’ve just heard Birdsville had 50 mm last night!
BUT… our Taste of the Outback tours are still stunning, regardless of water levels, as they include much more than just the Lake and we often say the Lake is amazing  even when dry.

BESPOKE AIR TOURS CONTINUE TO PROVE SUCCESSFUL

Bespoke Air tour to Ayers Rock NewsOur Bespoke (design your own) tours continue to be popular. We have a number of these in the planning stage including the Kimberley and one to Ayers Rock. By special request, pilots Darron and Peter hosted a private tour for a couple who wanted to see the Outback on a tight time-frame, making the King Air the obvious choice. Bespoke Air Tour NewsThey visited Broken Hill, Tiboburra, Birdsville, Muloorina Station on Lake Eyre, Coober Pedy and Arkaba Station in the Flinders Ranges. They were all highlights!
Bespoke Air Tour - Kimberley
   

MAINTENANCE AND SAFETY

Kirkhope Aircraft Maintenance air charter news March 2016You may not be aware how regularly our aircraft undergo compulsory maintenance checks. These are heavily regulated by CASA and while aircraft may not be “new” they are extremely well maintained. Our piston fleet, the Navajo and Chieftain, undergo inspections every 100 flying hours. Panels are opened up, cables and wiring checked, engines, propellors, wheels, undercarriage and the whole airframe are included. It can be quite a sight to see the process. The picture shows the King Air currently undergoing its 200 hour check which can take 2 – 3 weeks. Aircraft maintenance plays a huge role in your safety.

Lord Howe Island photoLAST TOUR TO LORD HOWE ISLAND BEFORE WINTER

Includes Cessnock winery ($7,990 pp) Enjoy 4 days relaxing and touring on the island. We are changing the April date from 23rd to April 26th for our 6 day tour. However this date is still negotiable. First day is at Cessnock and the wineries to get you in the mood before 4 great days on  the Island. Please email us if you are interested in this tour or other dates  between April and May. More details

SEATS STILL AVAILABLE ON “TASTE OF THE OUTBACK” TOURS

lake Eyre on Taste of the Outback ToursBirdsville, Lake Eyre & the Flinders Ranges (from $3295pp) These tours have been selling well. Many are now fully booked but the dates below still have space….don’t miss out. Birdsville, Lake Eyre and the Flinders Ranges are waiting for you! 25th Mar 4 days..see special discounts page 2nd May 3 days. 8th Jul 4 days. More details          Email an inquiry

DON’T MISS THE KIMBERLEY/TOP END & CAPE YORK TOURS

Kimberley and Top End tourKIMBERLEY and TOP END 14 days ($15,750 pp) A stunning way to see rock art, crocodiles, barramundi, gorges, bird life in the Kimberley and Top End. We have 4 tour dates scheduled this year. Apr 30th, May 28th, Jul 16th and Aug 13th More details CAPE YORK ($11,950 pp) 12 days Is the Tip of Australia on your bucket list? If so, only one trip this year on the 25th June More details

GREAT FOOD & FUN ON RECENT TASSY BASS STRAIT TOURS

Clients on Tassie Bass Strait TourOur clients enjoyed a successful 4 day trip to Flinders Island, over Cradle Mountain, Strahan (the wilderness steam train and boat cruise) then a great tour of King Island. The seafood meal was perfect! They had great weather and a super time.

SNIPPETS

Successful charter to Bathurst 12 hour race….Unfortunately our clients had bad luck in the race.

OUR PILOTS

Video Man doing vacuuming at homeAs many of you know, we did have a female pilot (Kirsty) but she has gone to Virgin. We now only have male pilots and even though males are often attributed with the comment that they “can’t do two things at once” we are sure they are much more capable than this chap on Youtube trying to do the vacuuming at home!!! Click on the picture.

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