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When we came to Alice Springs airport the morning after our city tour ...

... we did not expect anything uncommon.

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In contrast to ActiveSky, which knew what would be coming.

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The footwalk to the apron already indicated something...

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... and if we would have been routined, we´d have guessed as well.

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When we were allowed to go out of the terminal for boarding, a veritable sand storm had started (not tasting well).

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Creepy!

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And now the pants of the pilot got tested.

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At least mine: On the speedtape you can see that it might already be time to rotate...

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... did it. Not too early...

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OK, the real pilot did it better.

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Approaching Ayers Rock airport the weather had cleared up.

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Deboarding for a short tank stop.

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To be continued. Even though I don´t have a 717 in my virtual hangar.

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5 hours ago, BradB said:

That must have been fascinating the "Haboob" striking while you were at the airport . Here is a freeware 717 for you Gerold : https://www.rikoooo.com/downloads/viewdownload/55/748

Downloaded as we wrote... thank you for the comment and the link, John!

 

1 hour ago, adambar said:

Soom really cool shots Gerold! :)

Thanks Adam!

 

41 minutes ago, lifejogger said:

I like  these shots Gerold!!!!!  Great job of interspersing the screenshots with real photos.

Thank you John. Sometimes it is really difficult to find comparable perspectives. The airport personnel won´t let you go... :D

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3 hours ago, Jack Sawyer said:

That was excellent Gerold.  I'm curious why they take off in a sand storm as the sand can literally sandblast the blades of an engine and take years of its life.

I thought the same, Jack. However the storm was short, basically just around our departure.

Surprising that ActiceSky got it so precisely (at my first virtual trial I had calculated the time zone incorrectly and the sky was clear).

 

2 hours ago, VH-KDK said:

Another excellent instalment in your Red centre trip Gerold.

Just another one of the pleasures of outback travel.:)

Thanks for your comment, mate!

I call it "experiences". And yes, this was another experience on our outback list.

 

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