The Outback Scenic Route to Mount Isa REX SAAB 340 Part 1

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The Outback Scenic Route to Mount Isa REX SAAB 340 Part 1

Postby Ryan Hothersall » Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:17 am

After the flight to Thargomindah back in 2014, I had always wanted to try the big one out to Mount Isa.

The flight to Thargomindah in 2014. That was the appetizer, the marathon flight out to Mount Isa is the main course.
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forum ... in/265462/

Fellow airliners.net trip reporter, palmjet did this flight in 2011 when Skytrans had the contract for the Queensland Government subsidised outback routes.
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forum ... ain/187557

Will be interesting to see how REX compares now to when Skytrans had the contract.

This will be a report full of big red desert, blue skies and views of big empty spaces, without a business or first class seat, or lounge to be found anywhere, so if you are the sort of person who demands those comforts, stop reading now.

For me these type of flight are a relatively easy way to see parts of Australia that would otherwise be very difficult or impossible for me to get to see.

Date: Thursday 12 November 2015
Airline: Regional Express
Aircraft: SAAB 340B VH-ZRH
Seat: 8C
Flight No: ZL5662
Stops: Brisbane-Toowoomba-Charleville-Quilpie-Windorah-Birdsville-Bedourie-Boulia-Mt Isa

Map and route information
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=BNE-WTB-CT ... =wls&DU=km
ImageMap-BNE-ISA by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Part 1 Brisbane to Toowoomba
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toowoomba

Dad and I got to the airport in plenty of time, so early Regional Express check in wasn't open. This is one flight we do not want to miss.
By the time we had a drink it was time to see if check in had opened yet.

When check in opened at 6:30 am dad and I were the first to check in.
Check in staff said we are probably the first that they knew of to fly all the way to Mount Isa on this flight.
No issues with checking in our main suitcase. Also checked in my camera bag as there is limited space for bags on board. Dad took his camera bag on board.

No issues going through security.
After that got some breakfast and then was time to head to gate 26 for boarding.

Our aircraft being towed to the gate.
ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-2 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

After getting our boarding passes scanned,it was an orderly walk across the tarmac to our waiting SAAB 340.
No one stopped me from taking photos.

ImageBrisbaneBNEterminal by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageBrisbaneBNEterminal-2 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAllianceFokker100-VH-FKG by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-3 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-4 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Found out seats and settled in.
ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-6 by Ryan Hothersall, on FlickrSince

There was a short delay on the ground, water was handed out.
Load would be about 30-40% on the first leg to toowoomba.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-5 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-7 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Qantaslink 717-200.
ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-7 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-9 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-10 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-11 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Was bit of a wait for our turn to take off.

Bit of a rough takeoff with a bit of swaying from side to side. Bit bumpy in the air too.
Was a bit bumpy all the way to toowoomba.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-12 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-13 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-14 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-15 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-16 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-17 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-18 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-19 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-20 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-21 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-22 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Water was again offered on the 20 minute leg.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-23 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-24 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-25 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-26 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Was a tad turbulent on approach to the new Wellcamp airport.
Landing here was a bit bumpy but not too bad.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-27 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-28 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-29 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-30 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-31 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-32 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-33 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-34 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-35 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-36 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-37 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-38 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-39 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-40 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

To be continued.
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Re: The Outback Scenic Route to Mount Isa REX SAAB 340 Part

Postby Ryan Hothersall » Wed Dec 02, 2015 11:08 am

Part 2 Toowoomba to Charleville
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charleville,_Queensland

Since this is only a transit stop passengers continuing onto charleville were asked remain onboard. 5 passengers joined us here.
Took off for Charleville and since this sector is 1h 20 minutes, tea coffee, water and snacks were offered.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-2 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-3 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-4 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-5 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-6 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-7 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-8 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-9 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-10 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-11 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-12 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Dad and I had the savoury snack while dad has a cup of tea as well
Flight did get a bit rough in places.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-13 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-14 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-15 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-16 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-17 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

The toilet on the SAAB 340 would have to be the smallest aircraft toilet I've seen.
ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-18 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-19 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-20 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Landing in Charleville wasn't too bad.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-21 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-22 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-23 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-24 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-25 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-26 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-27 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-28 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-29 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-30 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-31 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-32 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-33 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-34 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-35 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-36 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-37 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-38 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-39 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-40 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-41 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-42 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-43 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-44 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-45 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-46 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

This would be an extended stop requiring everyone to disembark while the aircraft is refueled.
A very short walk to the terminal.

A couple of other aircraft seen and views of the terminal.

ImageMooneyM20C-VH-WTN by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAerocommander500S-VH-YJJ by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-2 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-47 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Out the front of the small terminal in Charleville.

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-3 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-4 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-5 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-6 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-7 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-8 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-9 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-11 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Various commemorative signs around the airport.

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-12 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-13 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-14 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-15 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-16 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-17 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-18 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-19 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-20 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

This is where things want downhill.

The aircraft had developed an engine fault so we won't be going anywhere for a while.
Not much info on what's going on, but I heard a replacement aircraft might be brought in from Brisbane.

Replacement aircraft is due about 2:30 PM and arrangements made with the cafe so passengers could get something to eat.

The replacement aircraft is being sent from Townsville, not from Brisbane. Due to arrive into Charleville approx 4 PM.

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-21 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Look at me! Look at me!, stuck in Charleville for the afternoon.
ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-10 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

While we were there, Qantaslink Dash8-300 arrived.
ImageQantaslinkDash8-315-VH-SBT by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageQantaslinkDash8-315-VH-SBT-2 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageQantaslinkDash8-315-VH-SBT-3 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageQantaslinkDash8-315-VH-SBT-4 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageQantaslinkDash8-315-VH-SBT-5 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageQantaslinkDash8-315-VH-SBT-6 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-10 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-23 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Saw this flying around.
ImageBell206-VH-JZB by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-24 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

It's Here!
ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Doubt Charleville hasn't been this busy for a while.
ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-25 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAerocommander500S-VH-YJJ-2 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Time to head over to the terminal to hopefully get out of here.
ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-26 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-27 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-28 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-29 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-30 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-31 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-32 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-33 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-34 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-35 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-36 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-37 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL-38 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

The offending heap of Swedish &^%(
ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZRH-48 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

To Be Continued
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Re: The Outback Scenic Route to Mount Isa REX SAAB 340

Postby Ryan Hothersall » Wed Dec 02, 2015 12:00 pm

Part 3 Charleville to Quilpie
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quilpie,_Queensland

After the arrival of the new aircraft at approx 4 pm, boarding started soon after. Time to get out of here.
ImageCharlevilleAirportCTL by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Take off was fairly smooth with a few bumps in the climb.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-2 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-3 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-4 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-5 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-6 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-7 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-8 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-9 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-10 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-11 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-12 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-13 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-14 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-15 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-16 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-17 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-18 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-19 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-20 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Snacks and drinks were offered. Had a savoury snack and water.
Flight time was about 35 mins.

Still plenty of greenry, but red soil was very evident.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-21 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-22 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-23 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Now it is starting to look more like desert.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-24 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Clouds but no rain in them for drought affected south western Queensland.
ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-25 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-26 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-27 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-28 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-29 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Approach and landing was quite smooth

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-30 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-31 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-32 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-33 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-34 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-35 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-36 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-37 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-38 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-39 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-40 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-41 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-42 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Out on these shorter runways the aircraft usually rolls all the way to the end of the runway to turn around to taxi back.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-42 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-43 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-44 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-45 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-46 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-47 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-48 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Again since this is only a short stop here those continuing on had to stay on board. To keep turnaround times short, the No 2 (right hand) engine was left running. Since no new passengers joined us here, a shortened and quicker safety demo was given, although I don't see what use a life jacket would have out in the desert, apart from puncturing a inflated one and hoping the pop it made sounded a bit like a gun shot to scare the hungry dingoes away.
Couple of passengers got off here.

To Be Continued.
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Re: The Outback Scenic Route to Mount Isa REX SAAB 340

Postby Ryan Hothersall » Wed Dec 02, 2015 12:40 pm

Part 4
Quilpie to Windorah
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windorah

Again smooth take off and climb.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-2 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-3 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-4 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-5 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-6 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-7 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-8 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-9 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-10 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-11 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-12 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-13 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-14 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Surprisingly there's still plenty of trees out here and the late afternoon sun makes the colours really stand out.
ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-15 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-16 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-17 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Snacks and drinks offered. Flight time about 30 mins.
ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-18 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-19 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-20 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-21 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-22 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-23 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-24 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-25 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Also noticeable out here are the many dried up creeks criss crossing the landscape. This area is known as The Channel Country
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channel_Country
ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-26 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-27 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-28 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-29 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-30 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-31 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Smooth descent and landing.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-32 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-33 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-34 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-35 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-36 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-37 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-38 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-39 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-40 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-41 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-42 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-43 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-44 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-45 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-46 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-47 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-48 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-49 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-50 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-51 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-52 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-53 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

About 6 passengers got off here. No new passengers boarded. Looking empty now.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-54 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Legroom. Not bad.
ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-55 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr\

The rapidly emptying cabin.
ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-56 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

To Be Continued..
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Re: The Outback Scenic Route to Mount Isa REX SAAB 340

Postby Ryan Hothersall » Wed Dec 02, 2015 1:17 pm

Part 5
Windorah to Birdsville
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birdsville

Since no new passengers, no need for the full safety demo.
Only on ground for about 15 mins.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Smooth take off and climb.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-2 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-3 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-4 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-5 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-6 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-7 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-8 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-9 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-10 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

View of Windorah Airport.
ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-11 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-12 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Windorah isn't on the electricity grid, so relies on solar power.
ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-13 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-14 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-15 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-16 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-17 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-18 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

As the sun set it was good to watch the colors of the desert change.
Flight time on this sector was about 50 minutes, so the full drinks cart with, tea, coffee, soft drinks and alcohol was brought out.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-19 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-20 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-21 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Another legroom shot.
ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-22 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-23 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-24 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-25 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-26 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-27 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-28 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

As we approached Birdsville, there was some water lying around.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-29 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

A smooth approach and landing in birdsville. It was just about dark on arrival.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-30 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-31 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-32 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-33 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-34 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-35 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-36 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-37 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-38 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

The iconic pub can be seen in the distance.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-39 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-40 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-41 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-42 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-43 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-44 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-45 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-46 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-47 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

One person got off here.

To Be Continued.
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Re: The Outback Scenic Route to Mount Isa REX SAAB 340

Postby Ryan Hothersall » Wed Dec 02, 2015 2:54 pm

Part 6
Birdsville to Bedourie
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bedourie,_Queensland

2 people got off here leaving four. Myself dad and two other people.
At night there is little turbulence, so the take off is quite smooth.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-2 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-3 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-4 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-5 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Again water and snacks were offered.
ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-6 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

A bit bumpy into Bedourie.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-7 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-8 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-9 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

One person got off here.

To Be Continued.
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Re: The Outback Scenic Route to Mount Isa REX SAAB 340

Postby Ryan Hothersall » Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:02 pm

Part 7
Bedourie to Boulia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boulia,_Queensland

Only three passengers now.
Take off and climb was smooth but a bit rough in the cruise.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-2 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Snacks and water offered. Nothing but black outside, only on landing do you start to see a few lights of the small towns.

Flight time about 30 mins. Landing in Boulia was a rough landing.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-3 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-4 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

The other passenger got off here. leaving dad and I plus the crew.

To Be Continued.
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Re: The Outback Scenic Route to Mount Isa REX SAAB 340 Part

Postby Ryan Hothersall » Wed Dec 02, 2015 6:50 pm

Part 8
Boulia to Mount Isa
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Isa

After the last passenger got off in Boulia, was just dad and I left. Felt a bit eerie being the only two on the plane.
Took off for Mount Isa and flight time about 35 mins.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-2 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Very empty cabin.
ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-3 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Again snacks and water were offered.

Landing was ok.

The lights of Mount Isa
ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-4 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-5 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-6 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Once at the bay, quick chat to the crew and flight deck visit.
Since we arrived so late the airport had nearly closed for the night and it was just our flight they were waiting for.

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-8 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageREXSAAB340B-VH-ZLO-7 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

It was a very long day due to the break down in Charleville, but was an interesting day.
Pretty much straight to the motel and off to bed as we were doing it all again tomorrow.

Will be continued in Part 2, the return to Brisbane.
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