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2017/10/07 Oz Day 00-02: Flying Air Safari over Western Australia, Brisbane and Prep in Toowoomba
π 2017-10-07 01:01 in Australia, Flying, Ozsafari2017, Trips
Jennifer and I first flew to Brisbane via Seoul, though 2 nice business flights we got from Korean Air via miles. It was not the quickest way there (12h + 9h), but it avoided the hellhole that is Sydney airport and its joke connection (or lack thereof from International to Domestic, and we got much nicer seats and amenities from Korean Air. The seats were got were actually first class like, only the food was ok not fantastic, however it didn't matter.

We started by checking out the Amex lounge in SFO that Jennifer got access to (sadly on the wrong side of security for us, so we had to go through security twice):


she liked the wine sampler/dispenser
she liked the wine sampler/dispenser

made it to Incheon/Seoul, and connected to Brisbane
made it to Incheon/Seoul, and connected to Brisbane

very nice seats
very nice seats

We then arrived in Brisbane around 06:00 to meet Clare from Air Safaris Int and the start of our tour. I have a few pictures on the Brisbane page.

We then took a bus to Toowoomba, about 2h inland from Brisbane, and got some briefings on how to fly in Australia, as well as check rides from the club that was going to rent us planes for the next 21 days. I'll sheepishly admit that I kind of sucked during that check ride given how little sleep I had gotten, but I guess whatever I had left was enough to pass:



On day #2, I was up before sunrise, fog to the ground, and then we got some very loud birds that all went off at the same time exactly at sunrise, despite the heavy fog:


more planning with Oz charts
more planning with Oz charts



this was the C172 I was going to use for the next 3 weeks, with a slightly faster engine and a G1000
this was the C172 I was going to use for the next 3 weeks, with a slightly faster engine and a G1000


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