Welcome to 2017!

Well – the new year is here at long last! With it, it brings me to some little items of high importance…

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Bring on Saturday March 18, 2017!

I will be travelling to Brisbane in March to spend a week relaxing and see this amazing duo from Ireland in concert – this trip will complete the trifecta of capital cities on the east coast of Australia.

I still have a few little things to sort out for this trip – going to visit Sea World on the Gold Coast and do one of their amazing Animal Adventures…. I have not chosen which one as yet as they are all amazing! Then I have to book my flights – will be flying with Jetgo Australia again.

Aviation Passenger Experience

I was inspired to share my passenger experience in aircraft – here it is as follows:

Name: Joseph Hupp
Location: Dubbo, NSW, Australia

Aviation Experience (Passenger): I have experience in many different aircraft types (rotary wing/helicopter and fixed wing) – aircraft I have flown in as a passenger are as follows:

Rotary Wing (Helicopter):
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III

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Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III – the JetRanger III was the first helicopter I had ever flown in….. the smell of burnt Aviation Turbine Fuel (AvTur) is one thing I will always remember!

Robinson R22/R44

TIF in a Robinson R22 – it is harder than it looks!
Robinson R44 Raven II VH-RIZ. This helicopter is the helicopter that keeps me in the air!

Eurocopter EC120B

Fixed Wing:
Bombardier Dash 8 (Q300/Q400)

QantasLink Bombardier Q400 VH-QOK

Embraer ERJ-135LR/ERJ190-100IGW

Embraer ERJ-135LR VH-JZG
Jetgo Australia Embraer ERJ-135LR VH-JZG

Boeing 737-800

Which aircraft is my favourite? If I had to choose one aircraft out of the above, I would have to say the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 is my favourite…. quiet, fast and fuel efficient, the Q400 is the best choice from a passenger’s viewpoint!

How I got into aviation – a long, long story

I was inspired to share my story on how I got into aviation (predominately helicopters) from this story from a friend in the States, Maria Langer: An Eclectic Mind: Flying With The Mustache Kid

I was over visiting family at their then house in Tallawang, a municipality between Gulgong and Dunedoo in New South Wales, Australia. The Mudgee Small Farm Field Days (Mudgee Small Farm Field Days) were on at the end of the week I was there. We all piled into the car on the Friday morning and headed over early on Friday. We arrived at the site and got to take a look around – we checked out all the different things and met back at a relative’s site for her kennel club (Cudgegong and District Kennel Club) for lunch. While I was having lunch, I watched the helicopters taking off – I finished eating and my aunty must have seen me watching them as she asked me if I wanted to have a go…. I said I did so we went over and found out how much they were. I was A$10 short so I went back and borrowed it off my other aunty – this time, my uncle accompanied me. I went over, paid and signed the paperwork. As company policy, they required a minimum of two people so I waited (and boy, was I packing it! Anxiety does that to you!!)…. someone did end up coming over and it turns out it was another person from Dubbo – talk about small bloody world! We went up and did our flight – I can remember the first four words I said after coming back down: “That was bloody awesome!”. We all laughed and that was that – that first flight was all it took to get me hooked!

Fast forward to 2010 and my first flight in a Robinson R44 Raven II (like the one in Maria’s blog)…. I was at a vintage truck show in Dubbo and noticed a helicopter sitting at the back of our harness racing track infield. I couldn’t figure out what it was at first so I walked over and recognised it as a R44. I asked the pilot who was there how much the flights were – they were A$50 – so I started to walk away. Craig Murphy, the pilot, consulted with Andrew Pearce, who was on helper duty that day, and Andrew called me back and asked if I wanted to go up as Craig hadn’t had the helicopter running that morning. I said yes so paid and signed in – Craig got me seated in the left front seat then came around and got into the right seat and fired the R44 up. He then did all his pre-takeoff checks and we got airborne – what an experience that was! We went for a fly up through the housing area behind the showground then I noticed my work over in the distance so I asked if we could go over and check it out – he said he would but we would more than likely have traffic (yes, we did end up having a Bombardier Q300 fly ahead of us so we held back for it to go past) to contend with. We ended up flying over the plant and I grabbed a quick couple of pics for reference then we made our way back to the showground following the Macquarie River and downtown Dubbo.

2013 saw me reacquaint myself with the JetRanger through an amazing business over in Coffs Harbour called Precision Helicopters. I had an amazing opportunity to fly over the country music capital of Australia, Tamworth, in their amazing 206B-3 JetRanger III…. what an experience that was sitting “shotgun” with the forward door off. This particular JetRanger has a multitude of roles apart from doing scenic flights – one of it’s most important roles is as a “Firebird”, wearing Firebird number 276 for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service during the Australian fire season (first weekend of October to the first weekend of April – our fire season coincides with Daylight Savings). I also did flights with Precision Helicopters at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2014 and this year. 2014 also saw me do a Trial Introductory Flight with Precision Helicopters over at Coffs Harbour…. what a hoot!

What does the remainder of 2016 bring for me helicopters wise??? Not too sure – so stay tuned for another story from this year!

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Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III – the JetRanger III was the first helicopter I had ever flown in….. the smell of burnt Aviation Turbine Fuel (AvTur) is one thing I will always remember!
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This is one rear end I can never get sick of seeing – a Bell JetRanger III’s ass is so sexy

 

Embraer ERJ-135LR – early impressions

Embraer ERJ-135LR VH-JZG
Jetgo Australia Embraer ERJ-135LR VH-JZG

The Embraer ERJ-135LR regional jet is one very unique bird! It’s the only RJ able to land at and take off from Dubbo City Regional Airport in Dubbo, NSW, Australia. It’s a smaller RJ with a 36 seat seating capacity but fits into the confines of the Bombardier Q300/400 and Saab 340 turboprops – I can’t wait to fly on this big bird in August!

Disclaimer: My early impressions of the ERJ-135LR are only what I am seeing – use this info at your discretion! A more in-depth review will come after I get back…..