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AVV-ADL-AVV On Tiger

Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:30 am

Greetings again my most excellent friends.

This trip report is of a short trip I took to Adelaide for a cricket match. Being a short hop, and that I was not going for a long time, I didn’t need fancy features. I would have driven, but after looking at all the options (JQ, DJ, QF and TT) TT won with $9.95 each way fares including taxes. Flying turned out to be the cheaper option, even after paying for parking.

My friend and I were geared up for this trip. It was going to be a blokes weekend, beer, cricket and more beer. It did not disappoint (result of the match not withstanding).

Utilising the online check in facility (check in at airport is now $20, online is free) we had our boarding passes ready. With no luggage to check in, it was just a matter of getting to the airport. Easy. Of course, we were flying from AVV and not MEL, but that actually made life easier. Further, yes, but cheaper parking and no toll roads. Plus, we parked all of about 20 metres from the terminal, so we were quite quick on arrival.

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Heading towards AVV

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Air show advertising.

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Arriving at AVV

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MX hangers

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Canberra bomber (I believe)

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Car park and terminal. It’s quite a budget airport.

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The You Yangs. Only mountainous feature on the flat Keilor Plains.

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Exterior. Note the sculptures.

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Sculptures outside arrivals.

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It’s unclear what this is all about.

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Empty terminal.

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As you can see, it’s not a busy airport. Ours was the only flight for a couple of hours.

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If you look closely, you can see the tumbleweed.

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A handful of people checking in. Or perhaps dropping bags.

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Breakfast of champions!

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Ooohh...now these are interesting! Convair’s for firefighting. Have not been used yet due to a very wet summer. Their time will come.

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Close up.

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Our chariot through the skies.

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I think this is one of the old Aboriginal painted QF 744’s, but I might be wrong.

TT8243
A320
AVV-ADL
STD: 1230 (15 mins late) STA:1320 (5 mins late).
Load: about 90%

Whilst walking out to the plane I was taking some shots before I was told there was no photography allowed on the tarmac. I toyed with the idea of arguing the toss, but decided not to. Just grinned and said “rightyo matey” and squeezed off one more.

Boarding was via the rear stairs. As we passed one of the rear bathrooms, it had an “out of order” sticker on it. During the usual spiel, the cabin manager told us there were 2 bathrooms in the back and 1 in the front. Was the sticker a ruse? Or did she just not bother varying her routine to say “well, actually folks, one is busted, so expect a bit of a line up”?

Now, due to the online system not allowing you to pick seats unless you pay for the privilege, the system will invariably give 2 passengers 1 aisle and 1 middle, or 1 window and 1 middle. Luckily for me , my travelling companion has happy in the middle. Unfortunately, the outbound flight had me in an aisle seat, and the lady at the window did not want to swap. C’est la vie.

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Minimal leg room. Seat width was wider than I remember, it was actually pretty comfortable.

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Cabin shot.

Boarding was relatively orderly, though some people were clearly above the requisite size and weight for carry on. It’s also worth noting that for no checked luggage, you get 10kgs of carry on in 2 bags. Still, there was an awful lot of cabin baggage.

Push back was more of a pull forward, and we turned and headed for the runway. A bonus of flying from AVV is that there’s almost always no-one in front of you for departure, or waiting on incoming traffic. Just line up and go! Take off was smooth and to the south, before we turned left and headed towards Adelaide.

Flight time was a little over an hour. Flight was unremarkable really, as I’d hoped. A little bit of chop as we passed through some weather, but otherwise smooth sailing, and we touched down in a damp and humid Adelaide.

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DJ flight to Perth.

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One of the few international flights from Adelaide.

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Because ADL sees only a few international flights, a dedicated terminal for them is wasted. Instead, they have a system where they can shut off as many gates as they need with security doors for international purposes, or leave them open for domestic usage. Genius.

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One Rex and 2 Sharp airline planes

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RFDS base.

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Exterior ADL

Adelaide is quite a civilised place. The airport is not located in the boondocks, and you can get a public bus that takes you straight to the city in 20 mins for a measly $4.60. Good times.

Anyway, we checked in to our hotel, then proceeded to hit Hindley Street for a number of beers, and then headed to the Adelaide Oval. This part will no doubt be boring to anyone who is not a cricket fan, but hey, this was my whole purpose for going...so why not?

Adelaide Oval is one of the best venues for watching cricket in Australia. Small ground, lots of atmosphere, the classic scoreboard, and the two grassy hills perfect for lazing on.

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The classic scoreboard. There’s a bar underneath, and the grassy area in front is where the more “boisterous” crowd will sit. Being Victorians at an away match in Adelaide, we withdrew to the family area...but we still were mocked.

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The game in action. It’s sometimes called “Pyjama Cricket” for obvious reasons.

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Great colours over North Adelaide.

Victoria lost the match. The rest of the evening was spent sampling Adelaide nightlife and great South Australian beer (Coopers).

The following day, back on the public bus to ADL.

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A few more departures here.

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Inside of the terminal. Quite pleasant really.

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SQ A330.

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Looking across to Adelaide downtown and the Adelaide hills.

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Same aircraft as yesterday!

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A320
AVV-ADL
STD: 1010 (5 mins late) STA:1155 (on time.
Load: about 90%

I had a window seat this time!
Flight was otherwise about the same as the outbound; no surprised, nothing special, but quick and comfortable enough. No complaints; though an observation about Tiger most people make is the passengers tend to be a little bit more, shall we say, lower class. The people sitting in front of me were the epitome of such a belief. Im usually not so judgemental, but if you had to sit next to these people on a public bus, you’d probably move seats, and wonder why you didn’t drive yourself. Fortunately, though loud, nasal, and littered with profanity, they did settle down enough during the flight to not be a bother.

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View across terminal.

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NZ A320 from Auckland. A fair hike in a narrowbody.

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Taxiing.

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Airborne

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Adelaide Hills

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Somewhere over Western Victoria. My parents were driving back from another part of SA, so we must have passed over them at some stage.

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Geelong Road, just before touchdown.

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Nearly there!

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On the deck!

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Looking over to the You Yangs.

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Baggage Carousel.

So, overall, it was a more than pleasant trip. Given I paid less than $20 round trip, I have no reason to complain. Flights were acceptably timed, no great delays. Flights were comfortable, aircraft was clean, cabin crew friendly, but not overly so. The outbound Captain was South African, the inbound was a Kiwi. Apparently Tiger can’t hire Australians pilots (lol).

A lot of people bag Tiger. I go in to with the thought that they will get me where im going. It might not be on time, but they’ll get me there. Anything else is a bonus. But, people used to flying Qantas and to a lesser extent Virgin Blue (and maybe even Ansett) get used to a certain level of customer service and expectations you just can’t get on a $10 flight. And that is where the problem really lies. It’s not Tiger, it really is the passengers. Luckily on these flights there were no problems, but I’ve witnessed it with my own eyes, so I know the ignorance is out there.

Would I fly them again? Yes. In fact, a nearly carbon copy of flights in about 5 weeks. Between now and then though, I am off to India, so I promise I will write a TR about that!
 
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Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:20 pm

Nice report, I love the domestic Austrlian reports, great pictures aswell, cricket isnt my thing, change the cricket for some car racing and you've got the perfect weekend there  .
 
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RE: AVV-ADL-AVV On Tiger

Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:51 pm

Hi

Sounds like you had a nice time watching the cricket in Adelaide. I think when you fly TT, it's all about expectations. You just have to have a mindset that they will deliver you to your destination relatively cheaply and you can't really expect anything else.

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RE: AVV-ADL-AVV On Tiger

Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:35 pm

Love it - nice to see something from Avalon - looks like they have trouble spelling Rockhampton properly too on the departures board. Perhaps after all the floods in Queensland recently, Avalon Airport Authority will learn how to spell it correctly !

Thanks for posting your report. Nice pics too.

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RE: AVV-ADL-AVV On Tiger

Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:02 am

Cool report - I thought you were going to catch the Ashes! Didn't go so well for you guys   Glad you had a good trip! Definitely awaiting the TR of your trip to India - is will that be on Tiger as well?
 
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RE: AVV-ADL-AVV On Tiger

Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:51 pm

Thank you for flying Tiger so I'll never have to to see what it's like. Although to be fair it seemed ok for a short hop. Though being 6'2 I wouldn't bother unless I was guaranteed an exit seat.

Did they do any BOB sales or did people just ask on request if they wanted something?

Can't complain about the price and if it's not too much trouble to get to AVV then why not. Adelaide is a great little place too.
 
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Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:27 pm

Phew, dodgy trousers or what! Good report though.

I think the 747 you photographed was a -300 series (couldn't see any winglets).
 
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RE: AVV-ADL-AVV On Tiger

Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:52 pm

Great report.

For once Tiger seemed to be on time, or cancel the flight altogether.

Quoting RobMEL (Thread starter):
Whilst walking out to the plane I was taking some shots before I was told there was no photography allowed on the tarmac. I toyed with the idea of arguing the toss, but decided not to. Just grinned and said “rightyo matey” and squeezed off one more.

The one time I flew tiger, I experienced that too. Well, if 'security' is such an issue, why are we walking on the tarmac anyway?. Plus you can see what is going on on the tarmac from the terminal anyway.
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Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:15 am

Quoting 9W748Capt (Reply 4):
Definitely awaiting the TR of your trip to India - is will that be on Tiger as well?

No, thank God! I'm flying TG to India.

Quoting BNEFlyer (Reply 5):
Did they do any BOB sales or did people just ask on request if they wanted something?

Yeah, they did. One run; then they announced that it was all closed so they could do a rubbish run. Few people bought anything. I guess on a short hop, they can't be constantly offering BOB; on a longer flight I took to MCY a couple of years ago, they did two runs.

Quoting Delboy (Reply 6):
Phew, dodgy trousers or what! Good report though.

I think the 747 you photographed was a -300 series (couldn't see any winglets).

Hey, don't knock my shorts! They're awesome...very comfortable (and it was 34c in Melbourne that day). I call them my Golf shorts.

Quite probable I got the airframe wrong. I could have looked it up, but decided to take a stab in the dark instead. Whatever it is, it's been sitting there for some time.
 
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Sun Jan 16, 2011 11:14 pm

The blue 747 mentioned is indeed a 743 it's registration was VH-EBU other wise known as nalanji dreaming, being the predominatly blue aboriginal paint scheme. The aboriginal artwork has been removed but the base blue remains. The other two in QF's fleet are Wanula Dreaming 744 (unsure of rego) and yananyi dreaming which is a 738 VH-VXB

EBU has had its engine stripped and now just appears to be rotting away on the deck at AVV. Who knows maybe they are getting some parts of it. Might try to get a closer look when the airshow comes around.

Next trip from AVV to ADL try Sharp Airlines. They fly pencils via Portland to Adelaide and their service is absoloutley outstanding. Their friendly shuttle bus driver who takes you out to the plane even scored us a free parking voucher. And best of all the flight was only $40 return.

In case anyone asks, No I do not work for Sharp Airlines. I was just impressed beyond belief by this great little known airline.
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RE: AVV-ADL-AVV On Tiger

Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:48 am

Hi Rob,

very nice report with many great pictures. I also flew Tiger in October (BNE-MEL), report to follow soon. I had known in advance there's not much to expect, but it was a new carrier for my log...

Quoting RobMEL (Thread starter):
Whilst walking out to the plane I was taking some shots before I was told there was no photography allowed on the tarmac. I toyed with the idea of arguing the toss, but decided not to. Just grinned and said “rightyo matey” and squeezed off one more.

The same happened to me after disembarking at MEL...what's up with these Tiger guys?

Quoting RobMEL (Thread starter):
Great colours over North Adelaide.

Great shot!

Quoting RobMEL (Thread starter):
Baggage Carousel.

They also had an open air carousel at MEL...


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RE: AVV-ADL-AVV On Tiger

Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:38 pm

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
The same happened to me after disembarking at MEL...what's up with these Tiger guys?

Who knows...a little power corrupts people. It's not actually Tiger employees, but airport employees, especially at AVV, and they're all outsource emploees anyway.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
They also had an open air carousel at MEL...

Oddly, facilities at AVV are much nicer than they are at MEL for Tiger. The carousel at AVV is at least enclosed! It doesn't look it, but it is inside.
 
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Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:04 pm

I'm sure you looked Mr Cool in your shorts.
 
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Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:55 am

Quoting high_flyr69 (Reply 9):
And best of all the flight was only $40 return

How?

Quoting RobMEL (Reply 11):
Who knows...a little power corrupts people. It's not actually Tiger employees, but airport employees, especially at AVV, and they're all outsource emploees anyway.

They are all Aerocare employees, Virgin is their biggest contract followed by Tiger.
 
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RE: AVV-ADL-AVV On Tiger

Wed Jan 19, 2011 6:11 am

Seems like you had an acceptable trip with Tiger.

You said comfort wasn't too bad (wider seats than before, etc.), however, do you feel like it would be acceptable for a longer flight, say MEL-PER?

I flew PER-MEL years ago, and it was horrible, but for all I know, Tiger might have changed a lot.

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Wed Jan 19, 2011 7:40 am

Quoting high_flyr69 (Reply 9):
Next trip from AVV to ADL try Sharp Airlines. They fly pencils via Portland to Adelaide and their service is absoloutley outstanding.

Yes I have flown Sharp Airlines and like other regional airlines, I found I was treated like a human being, rather than self loading cargo.

I flew between Adelaide and Port Augusta return.
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Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:56 pm

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 14):
Seems like you had an acceptable trip with Tiger.

You said comfort wasn't too bad (wider seats than before, etc.), however, do you feel like it would be acceptable for a longer flight, say MEL-PER?

I flew PER-MEL years ago, and it was horrible, but for all I know, Tiger might have changed a lot.

-CXfirst

The seats felt wider and more comfortable, but leg room was still pretty bad. Im only comparing them to what I'd normally fly, which are DJ 737's. I normally find those seats to be less comfortable and certainly fairly narrow. Would I fly them MEL-PER? Wellllll....perhaps. If the price was right. I'd probably fly either DJ or JQ first, but if TT had a ridiculously low price, I wouldn't rule them out based on seat comfort alone.
 
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RE: AVV-ADL-AVV On Tiger

Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:31 am

Hey Rob

Thanks for sharing this, nice pics, too!

How long would it take you to drive from, say, the CBD or one of the suburbs close to it, to Geelong? I remember the first time I went to Melbourne I rented a car to go on the Great Ocean Rd and I couldn't believe AVV was so far out!

At least the TT terminal there looks better than T4 at MEL. That one is more like a prison! Does TT or JQ fly to PER from AVV, and would it be cheap (e.g. close to AUD100)?

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RE: AVV-ADL-AVV On Tiger

Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:20 am

Thanks for the report and the pics! A fun read.

Quoting RobMEL (Thread starter):
It’s not Tiger, it really is the passengers.

It's nice that these passengers now have an airline to fly on. I remember as a student having to sit next to them on 12+ hour train and bus trips while they surreptitiously, but continuously, guzzled beer and smoked every stop.

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Small correction, but those are actually Alliance Air Fokker 50's pictured, not Sharp Airlines.
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RE: AVV-ADL-AVV On Tiger

Sun Feb 13, 2011 1:14 am

Quoting Coal (Reply 17):
How long would it take you to drive from, say, the CBD or one of the suburbs close to it, to Geelong? I remember the first time I went to Melbourne I rented a car to go on the Great Ocean Rd and I couldn't believe AVV was so far out!

Good/no traffic from the CBD it's about 60km - 35-40minutes.

Peak hour an hour or more, especially as you have to go over the West Gate.

Great report - I had a similar trip back in Jan 08 - except it was $40 return (pre all the other fees and that other gumpgf they now charge) except it was from MEL - TT are fine for hour long sectors, I once did MEL-DRW-SIN-DRW-MEL on them and it was god awful (overnight in both directions with buggar all leg room and I'm 184cm tall - not much fun at all), price was $500 return and even though that (at the time) was half the price of a direct service, I would not do that again - JQ's new direct flights however ($700) probably priced correctly and they're likely to get me as a customer in a few months time.



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Mon Feb 14, 2011 6:22 am

AVV-ADL-AVV Redux!

6 weeks later...and I did it again! No cricket this time, just a pleasure trip with my better half who has never visited Adelaide.

Timing on the outbound was different, now an early afternoon flight arriving about 2:30. Flight was more or less on time, a few minutes either way; but we got the 2:45 jetbus without a hassle. Flight was uneventful, almost a carbon copy of the others.

The return was different. The Tiger system on internet check-in allocated us seats 20C and 20F despite the fact we were travelling together; and despite the fact we checked in 3 days before hand, so we were not the last. In fact, 2 rows in front of us was an empty bay of 2 seats! Madness I tell you! An hour flight is not so long that we didn't need to sit next to each other, but it was a bit annoying nonetheless.

This was multiplied by the lateness of the flight. On our arrival at ADL, the flight was scheduled for on time. Then it was 20 mins delayed. Then 30. Then an annoucement of 45 mins. Then altered to an hour delay. In the end, a 1020 flight pushed back at 1205. The late arrival was really compounded by a gate change from 24 (far end of the Qantas end) to gate 12 (far end of the Virgin end). Not a big deal, but frustrating.

Oh, and arriving late meant I had to pay an extra days parking, as we were there for 48 hours and 58 minutes. $7 extra...not a huge amount I realise.

The lack of apology until the very end of the flight, and total lack of explanation from anyone was a bit grating as well. Maybe I'm turning in to a whingey-pants!

Upshot. Still ok, but I wouldn't want to depend on TT to get me anywhere on time.

Quoting allrite (Reply 18):
Small correction, but those are actually Alliance Air Fokker 50's pictured, not Sharp Airlines.

I stand corrected. It didn't quite sit right with me, I had a vague feeling I was wrong, but couldn't quite place what they would be!
 
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RE: AVV-ADL-AVV On Tiger

Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:10 pm

Hi Rob, a great report, photos very clear and concise, and your okker humour shows through, very entertaining, including the shorts (no wonder the vics lost - LOL).
Copy your comments re AVV. I have travelled with JQ out of AVV a few times. I live in Berwick (50km to the South East of Melbourne). When I travel to AVV - normally very early morning - I have 1, only one, traffic light to negotiate on leaving home, then its straight down the Monash, across the West Gate and down the "Geelong Road" - normally just over an hour in total travel.(for that hour of the morning). Parking is a breeze and very inexpensive.
Thanks again, a TR that I enjoyed. Cheers.
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