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Mark A

Milford Sound to Martins Bay

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Hi all,

Have just picked up NZMF and have really enjoyed the job done on this spectacular region! The shots below show an early morning flight from Milford Sound to Martins Bay the hard way, i.e. Inland via the Homer Pass and the Holyford Valley. This is a great flight and more so in a low-and-slow aircraft like the A2A cub. Also, I'd recommend getting hold of a copy of the relevant NZ Visual Navigation Chart in 250k scale. This really helps with planning and navigatign a flight in this mountainous region!

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Airborne from NZMF, I fly down the sound and then execute a 180 degree turn. This allows me enough time to get up to 4500ft to clear the Homer Pass.

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One last look at NZMF as I head into the valley.

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The terrain is rising steeply but I already have the height to cross the pass. There is quite a bit of turbulence from the southerly here.

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Looking south as the clouds roll over the ridgeline. I hope it doesn't close in on me before I cross!

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Crabbing over the Homer Pass

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Made it!

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Turning north at the top of the Hollyford Valley, the most challenging part of the flight is behind us.

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About to overfly Lake Alabaster, this was a slight detour as I hadn't been down to Big Bay before.

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Overhead Martins Bay to set up for my approach.

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Final Approach to Martins Bay, little bit of a crosswind.

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Backtracking to the lodge

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Looking for a parking spot!

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All shut down and ready for a coffee.

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Thanks gents, you're very kind!

The great thing is I could do dozens of these flights and still not have explored every pass, valley, lake and strip.

Will plan out my next adventure soon, I'm thinking back up the Hollyford valley, south to Lake Manapouri and across to Doubtful sound.

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I have really got to start exploring NZ some more. After viewing these shots I'm about ready to pack up and move there.

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