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The next tour from Cairns is another obvious one: Out to the Barrier Reef, as long as it is there.



With the AW-109 it takes only 5 minutes...





... to discover that the AU scenery is already complete with excursion boats, kajaking and snorkeling tourists.Fz3k1Nb.jpg


Let´s visit Michaelmas Cay. John V. has recently shown us some great teasers of AUv2 reefs with great improvements, I´m keen to see that!




Jumping over to Vlasoff Cay, where I recognize my wave setting is a bit wild for swimming.




So I head back to the mainland, giving Green Island a short visit.







But not forgetting to stop at the official heli tour providers. So sorry there is only one seat left in my chopper...



My favourites. One is busy on the phone and the other on the glass.



Downtown Cairns, with the famous saltwater pool.



If there is a heli platform, use it!



Back again. Indeed Cairns has some sights.

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On 12/22/2018 at 3:20 PM, Ripcord said:

Nice, I love it.  Definately need to explore those helipads there.

Merry Christmas Gerold!

I hope I have covered all helipads around in this flight... but a waterplane would also be usable here!

Thanks Mark, and have a happy Christmas, too!


23 hours ago, BradB said:

Tremendous shots Gerold , AU2 can't come soon enough for me . :):D



I´m with you John. But I doubt it will be released this winter, before the migrating bird in me gets up north again.


22 hours ago, bernd1151 said:

Fantastic exploration, Gerold

Thank you Bernd. Without Plan-G I would be lost over these atolls.


17 hours ago, TerribleT said:

Another great set of shots and narrative, thank you!

Thanks TT. I´ll be doing this tour next year again... which could result in a real life - AUv2 comparison post.


16 hours ago, Neptune6 said:

Hi Gerold

With ELIO is amazing you go anywhere ....

Gracias Patrick. One should always have some helicopters in the hangar...


16 hours ago, Jack Sawyer said:

That was so darned cool Gerold!  Man did I like these!

If you´d do this tour in a 747 I would not be too surprised, Jack :D.


13 hours ago, VH-KDK said:

A very pleasant tour of the reef and Cairns with a few other attractions in between.

Thank you Martyn. The reef slowly goes away with the increasing water temperatures. And the other attractions are even more likely to move.


10 hours ago, adambar said:

Haven't been to the reef yet, but i'm going to now. :D  Fantastic shots Gerold! :)

Thanks Adam. Perhaps you even have some of the island add-ons that were created by @Richard Bui ? His Lady Musgrave island pack is outstanding.


4 hours ago, RichardLouis said:

Wow great set ! Thank you for sharing.

Merci Richard!

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35 minutes ago, Captain Lars said:

Awesome heli tour, Gerold. A lot of things you don't see from Everest altitude. I hope you're well after the tsunami hit. ;)

Maybe this was the reason for the huge waves? If so I would lift my hat for the weather program.


17 minutes ago, mikee said:

Great Set Gerold ! All of them are perfect :)

Thank you Mikee!

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1 hour ago, jankees said:

Been there, done that, though not with a chopper, and a long long time ago...

Nice shots!

The longer ago, the better Jankees!

We all can see the increasing (over)tourism (in all big cities) and coral bleaching (in the tropical reefs).

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2 hours ago, Iain Emms said:

Fine set of shots.



Thank you Iain.


11 hours ago, Rodger Pettichord said:

Hey Gerold. You just took me through half my "bucket list." Thanks much!

Merci bien, Rodger. I hope I can eat something from the other half as well, maybe even in my next flights?

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