Australia - May 2001


Flight from Coolangatta to Caloundra


After some training with a local flight school (Gold Coast Aviation Center) I took two private-hire flights in the local area. The first of these was to take Ian, Simone and Monique (my uncle and cousins) on a joyflight around the Gold Coast area. On the second flight I took Joe and a mate of his (Anthony) to Caloundra and back. When we got to Caloundra, another cousin Scott, and his son Joe came along for a quick trip over their home on Bribie Island. All in all I had a great time flying on the Gold Coast. The trip to Caloundra up the coast will be long-remembered.


The Gold Coast broadwater, with the magnificent Marina Mirage hotel in the foreground.

From the north, this picture shows the entrance to the Nerang River.

The Cavil Avenue area of Surfers Paradise.


My cousin Scott, his son Joe and the aircraft, VH-PYI (Piper Warrior), at Caloundra.


Looking down the barrel of runway 14 at Coolangatta.


Trying not to screw up the landing. Note the yoke-mounted GPS.