Welcome to my first TR
- long time lurker, first time poster.
The opportunity came up for my wife and I to spend the night away from it all up in Shark Bay - specifically, Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, Western Australia
Booking was done in person at the terminal, simply because I was in the vicinity at the time anyway.
Check-in at 07h45, for a 09h00 departure.
Shortly before boarding time, it was announced that the ONLY flight for the day will be delayed by approx one hour, due to a late crew sign on... bummer.
At 10h00 boarding was announced, and my bird will be Dash 8-106 VH
-XFP, manufactured 1992 and with Skippers since 1999.
This photo was taken at Shark Bay, I was unable to get a photo of the aircraft at Skippers.
Please excuse the lack of photos here and there, I'm not used to photologging my flights yet, and I tend to forget!!
Service on board consisted of drinks and a cookie only - either water, apple or orange juice, tea or coffee.
It was a peaceful and uneventful flight, the pilot announced a flight time of 1hr 45mins, at FL190.
We landed at 12h20.
I made a landing video here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVLd7zvbD_0
And here are the other inhabitants of Shark Bay Airport!!
We stayed only 1 night at Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort - being winter, we anticipated rain, and thats what we got!! Never the less, being only one metre from a wild dolphin is a surreal experience.
The restaurant at the resort is of high quality, with excellent quality meals.
The following day we made our way back to to the airport.
We were greeted by VH
, a Dash 8-314. Manufactured in 1993 and flying for Skippers since 2006.
Boarding was at 13h20 today, for a total flight time of 1hr 40mins.
Recorded take off - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3koQETa_dc
In flight service was identical to the previous flight, however the coffee was made a lot better
As you can see, the load was quite light, perhaps 60% at the most.
In flight shot, I wonder about the propeller distortion - is that something to do with the iPhone camera, or the window glass?? We were again cruising at FL190 at that stage.
We landed at 15h00 - perfect timing.
Landing at Perth International Airport - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOr1N9yPUdA
Thanks for reading, I will endeavor to improve my photography and reporting skills at time goes on