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Flight to the Isles

A sleek turbo-prop powered Fairchild Metroliner at Melbourne's Essendon Airport was my 'Road to the Isles', if you will.

That marvellous array of hi-tech instruments looked very reassuring as I stepped aboard.

Very soon we were in the air with a bird's eye view of Melbourne on the horizon.

The 19 window-seats Metroliner is a nice airplane to fly in, comfortable and fast - Speed 250 knots / 450 kmp/h.

We were soon over Port Philip Bay heading south towards Flinders.

Sixty five minutes later we were taxiing to the terminal at Whitemark.

The XZ-2 in action again!
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Re: Flight to the Isles

Quite simply - these are great shots Mark

Well done fella
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Re: Flight to the Isles

Thanks for the feedback, Greg.

It was a fantastic trip, more scenics later.
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Re: Flight to the Isles

WoW Mark, lots more space than our de Havilland Short on the Mahe' - Praslin route
So where is Whitemark ?
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Re: Flight to the Isles

Good record of your flight out, Mark, that looks a very comfortable mode of transport.
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Re: Flight to the Isles

Ooh err, it looks a bit claustrophobic, reminds me of the Viscount I flew in to the Isle of Man many years ago, only more so.

On that occasion the stewardess gave the usual pre-flight safety talk, after which my friend, Chris, commented that a life jacket wouldn't help much in the Irish Sea at that time of year (it was November) unless they could rescue us within 20 minutes and there were several worried faces amongst our fellow passangers. When we touched down at Ronaldsway the pilot cut the engines and Chris said, "Oh look, they put in just the right amount of fuel." More worried looks!
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Re: Flight to the Isles

A great set of images Mark. I've known about that small island down south that's called a state ( ) but we (up further north) don't think about all those other islands in between. We do have some nice little islands around Australia. Be looking forward to seeing some (more) photos of Flinders Island.

Your XZ-2 images just makes me look forward all the more to Christmas when Santa will hopefully bring me a toy OM-D (Stylus 1) with that same sensor (as the XZ-2).

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Re: Flight to the Isles

Great shots Mark. I'm with John as that looks rather too claustrophobic for me, but very interesting. Love the Ariel shot.
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Re: Flight to the Isles

That's a great insight into travel in a small plane Mark. Lovely sharp shots too, I can see why Ross is starting to get excited if the Stylus 1 is this good with a long f2.8 lens - wonder if my wife fancies a new camera
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Re: Flight to the Isles

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WoW Mark, lots more space than our de Havilland Short on the Mahe' - Praslin route
So where is Whitemark ?
I'm unfamiliar with your de Havilland Chevvy but I can tell you that in the body of the aircraft you must stoop until you get seated. I really didn't mind it. Powered by twin turbo-prop Merlins its aerodynamic 'cigar-shaped' body (Havana, of course ) accounts for its high speed.
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Good record of your flight out, Mark, that looks a very comfortable mode of transport.
Indeed it is very comfortable, img1 - and rather expensive too I might add!
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Ooh err, it looks a bit claustrophobic, reminds me of the Viscount I flew in to the Isle of Man many years ago, only more so.

On that occasion the stewardess gave the usual pre-flight safety talk, after which my friend, Chris, commented that a life jacket wouldn't help much in the Irish Sea at that time of year (it was November) unless they could rescue us within 20 minutes and there were several worried faces amongst our fellow passangers. When we touched down at Ronaldsway the pilot cut the engines and Chris said, "Oh look, they put in just the right amount of fuel." More worried looks!
Thanks John I love that story! (Both )
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A great set of images Mark. I've known about that small island down south that's called a state ( ) but we (up further north) don't think about all those other islands in between. We do have some nice little islands around Australia. Be looking forward to seeing some (more) photos of Flinders Island.

Your XZ-2 images just makes me look forward all the more to Christmas when Santa will hopefully bring me a toy OM-D (Stylus 1) with that same sensor (as the XZ-2).
Ross, my son - I will have you know that "that small island down south" as you call it is more than a State - you should think of it more of as a jewel in the sea, a kingdom apart from the birthplace of bogans, the mainland!

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Great shots Mark. I'm with John as that looks rather too claustrophobic for me, but very interesting. Love the Ariel shot.
Thanks Amanda, I really didn't find it claustrophobic, but then I don't suffer claustrophobia. The great thing about the Metroliner is that each of its 19 seats has its own window and I love to have a window seat in all modes of travel.

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That's a great insight into travel in a small plane Mark. Lovely sharp shots too, I can see why Ross is starting to get excited if the Stylus 1 is this good with a long f2.8 lens - wonder if my wife fancies a new camera
What you really mean Phil is that you are wondering whether your wife would fancy your camera, the one you would be replacing with a Stylus-1
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Re: Flight to the Isles

I am a bit with John Mark, being a bit claustrophobic I would feel very uneasy in that plane.
I do like the propeller shot though.
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Re: Flight to the Isles

Not to worry about claustrophobia unless you wake up in a coffin, Lyn.

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Re: Flight to the Isles

Stunning pictures! And a lovley looking plane it is. It has been a while since I've flown somewhere, but I am pleased to notice some changes in saftey rules. I would have expected barbed wire and some kind of auto-tazer-gizzmo separating cockpit and passengers
The polished nacell really adds to the prop shot
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Re: Flight to the Isles

Thanks Falk. Don't worry about it - the Metroliner has a pedal-operated trapdoor at the door to the cockpit that the pilot can activate to dispose of a troublesome passenger.
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