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This is a collection of my blog entries and experiences with flying, and learning to fly. Something I had been wanting to do for quite a while.
You can find all the pictures I've taken here, and read below for my experience.
Specifically, I have a page for my Trips to Oshkosh, the mecca for pilots

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2017/10/15 Oz Day 09-11: Alice Springs
π 2017-10-15 00:00 in Australia, Flying, Ozsafari2017, Trips

After Ayers Rock, we flew to Alice Springs, where we had 3 nights (2.3 days). The flight there was also scenic, across lake Amadeus and then Kings Canyon








Later, we got to Gosses Bluff and impressive meteor impact crater, and eventually overflew Standley Chasm and Simpsons Gap before landing at Alice Springs.

Gosses Bluff
Gosses Bluff




Simpson Gap
Simpson Gap

this looks like fun :)
this looks like fun :)

Alice Springs had the first controlled airport we landed at, which really was no big deal when you're used to flying around san francisco and on flight following all the time :) Interestingly, there is no radar coverage over most of Australia, so the controllers vector us entirely based on position reports. Oh boy, that feels like 1980's and prior :) Thankfully now that planes are adding ADSB, the controllers are starting to get some airplane positions based on ADSB aircraft self position reports (my aircraft had both ADSB in and out, so I could also see other equipped aircrafts around me).
The controller nicely agreed to give us a tower tour, which was awesome:



ADSB planes
ADSB planes




In Alice Springs, we were at the doubletree hote, which was nice, even if kind of out of the way from downtown:


it almost came to me
it almost came to me

no luck with jennifer either
no luck with jennifer either

After arriving, we went to check out the reptile centre, and we got lucky, it was the day they fed snakes:







the thorny devil is very cool (albeit small)
the thorny devil is very cool (albeit small)







Snake feeding:




I think the mice lose out in that display...
I think the mice lose out in that display...

The next morning, we went to the original telegraph repeater station that caused Alice Springs to be founded (first telegraph route from Darwin to Adelaide):





Next, we went to check out the Royal Flying Doctor Museum. While they could do without the "royal" part, they are an impressive organization that brings medical care to people who need it in the outback. People live sometimes in small towns with a few as 10 or 20 people, so when they need medical care, the flying doctors can come to them (all those towns have small airports or roads that can be used as landing strips), which is very cool. They use modified pilatus PC12 planes with a hospital like treatment center right inside the plane:


an idea of scale, Australia is bigger than Europe
an idea of scale, Australia is bigger than Europe

patients can be treated in the plane
patients can be treated in the plane



Next, we went to the nearby (small) aviation museum:



and the (better even if not super big) natural history museum of central australia:













this one looks like a cartoon character from ice age :)
this one looks like a cartoon character from ice age :)





Next door was an aborigines art museum:






We then went back to downtown to check out its shopping street:




Dinner:




The next morning, we went to Alice Springs Desert Park:




termite mound
termite mound

thorny devils
thorny devils












Piou!
Piou!


We went to a talk on aborigines. While I knew there were over 100 tribes, it was still hard to visualize and comprehend how so many people could have diverged so much in culture and customs, and speak totally different languages. Europe did the same, but with 15 or so languages, not 100+



those are eaten as a delicacy
those are eaten as a delicacy

Clare then drove us to Standley Chasm, a nice formation:



we were not allowed to proceed further, the local aborigines say it's sacred land
we were not allowed to proceed further, the local aborigines say it's sacred land



I found a friendly chicken walking around :)
I found a friendly chicken walking around :)

Next, Clare drove us to Simpsons Gap:







Last, we went to Anzac Hill for nice views:





Most people then went back to the hotel, but I went back to downtown for a walk:






From there I went to the nearby botanical garden:





I then had to wait until 19:15 for the night tour at Alice Springs Desert Park where we got to see endangered species that lived happily in an protected enclosure and came to see us because the guides feed them. Sadly, we were forced to only use red light:


rat wallaby with a joey, very cute.
rat wallaby with a joey, very cute.

echidnas enjoying dinner
echidnas enjoying dinner


some kind of mouse rat
some kind of mouse rat

the echidnas were curious and came to our feet. One came to sniff my hand with its little wet nose
the echidnas were curious and came to our feet. One came to sniff my hand with its little wet nose

and starry sky to be had of course
and starry sky to be had of course

And that was it for Alice Springs, a fair amount to see, but I think we saw it all :) (not counting the small museum of transportation that closed so early that we couldn't get there in time).

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