Homework Day

Trip Start Mar 06, 2013
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Trip End Apr 04, 2013


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http://thewharfrussell.co.nz/

Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Saturday, March 9, 2013

Today's main goal was to study for our NZ BFR (biennial flight review), This is the required check for validating our US licenses so we can fly a NZ registered aircraft in the Air Safari.  However we started by doing a temperature check of the bay at 7:00 am. We beat a hasty retreat to warm showers followed by a great breakfast on the balcony.Then we tackled the 7 pages of questions (all specific to flying at the North Shore Aero Club) for the BFR. Acronym hell. "What controlled airspace will you fly through, flying at 5,500 feet direct from NE to WH to GB." Much Googling later, we had figured out most of it. Like the fact that the route was from NZNE to NZWH to NZGB. Once you add in the NZ you can figure out that this course is listing airports, rather than waypoints or navaids. Of course everyone here knows that, so they just leave out the bits that everyone knows. Enter the tourists.

 For a break we went into town and visited with the dive shop to negotiate the amount of neoprene we would need to be warm diving.  Fortunately our SCUBA certificates are accepted at face value and no additional tests or fees are needed.  We will go diving tomorrow.

From there we drove up to the Waitangi Treaty grounds (the place where the natives signed over the lease  of the whole country to the Europeans). On the way in we were surprised by a one-lane, two-way  bridge. Fortunately, there was a 2-car wide spot for us to use in the middle for dealing with the fact that you couldn't see the far side from either end. On the Treaty grounds we discovered an incredible view, made even more dizzying by Doedo's new trick of placing the camera on a long stick. We were also surprised to see that most of  the place has been converted into a golf course.

 We did finally finish our homework and treated ourselves to a ferry ride to Russell and a sunset dinner on the Wharf. http://thewharfrussell.co.nz/
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