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Old 3rd Nov 2013, 01:26
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How'd all the new guys go in the dry this year? Operators employ many? Starting to get nervous for mid Feb when I make the trek myself
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Old 3rd Nov 2013, 05:36
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How'd all the new guys go in the dry this year? Operators employ many? Starting to get nervous for mid Feb when I make the trek myself
Get up there, make yourself known, be polite, work hard, enjoy the journey. You'll be fine.
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Old 3rd Nov 2013, 10:29
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Cheers mate. Don't get me wrong I can't wait, but you do get nervous when your getting close to something you've been dreaming about for so long!
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Old 3rd Nov 2013, 10:51
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Hey Jagd, all your AirBro'town regionals are employing back in EnZed, why not slip an online CV in there with your time?
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Old 4th Nov 2013, 04:06
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February might be too late....
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Old 21st Jan 2014, 07:27
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Hey guys, any updates for the dry season up top this year?
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Old 22nd Jan 2014, 04:09
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Just completed my CPL and MECIR last week and plan on packing the car and heading north within the next couple of weeks....safe to say i'm both excited and extremely nervous about where I'm going to end up over the next few months, I also have a trade so hopefully I can find some form of income if things are slow
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Old 22nd Jan 2014, 23:09
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Hey guys, anyone got any tips on the route from Melbourne to Broome. Leaving on the 28th of Feb and want to get there as quickly as possible (pending rd conditions). My planned route through port augusta to alice springs is over 1200km through the desert and from looking at google maps there will be no place to refuel. In a bit of a situation!
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Old 23rd Jan 2014, 02:40
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Cooper Pedy as said above.

But worth carrying a 20 litre fuel can anyway for emergencies.
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Old 23rd Jan 2014, 02:54
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Hey guys, anyone got any tips on the route from Melbourne to Broome. Leaving on the 28th of Feb and want to get there as quickly as possible (pending rd conditions). My planned route through port augusta to alice springs is over 1200km through the desert and from looking at google maps there will be no place to refuel. In a bit of a situation!

You'd lose the charter with that sort of research

Pimba/Woomera (Spud's Roadhouse 08 8673 7473)
Glendambo (08 8672 1092)
Coober Pedy (08 8672 5830)
Cadney Park (08 7007 6591)
Marla (08 8670 7001)
Kulgera (08 8956 0973)
Erldunda (08 8956 0984)
Stuart Well (08 8956 0808)

http://goo.gl/maps/GcGs1

Suggest you plan 1000km's a day and skip the Tanami Highway and instead go via Katherine as the road is sealed, with more fuel stops and more charter operators to hand a resume Roads are generally better once you get out of Victoria, and you should really only need to check they're not flooded before heading off.

Something like Melbourne, Port Augusta, Kulgera, Three Ways Roadhouse, (turn left at Katherine), Kununurra, Broome. http://goo.gl/maps/vXViX

Avoid sunrise/sunset, do not drive at night. Make sure your first reaction is to brake not steer to avoid if you see something on the road.
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Old 23rd Jan 2014, 03:49
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Thanks or the info guys. Think I've settled on coober peedy to alice then north through tenant creek, Katherine, kunners, halls creek most likely derby then finally broome. Probably take a week to do!
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Old 23rd Jan 2014, 04:02
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Good luck and pray you don't get a late wet dump in Feb !
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Old 23rd Jan 2014, 04:05
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Thanks! And so do I haha
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Old 23rd Jan 2014, 04:47
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Make sure you hit up everyone on the way through, don't get settled on having to reach Broome, there are a lot of operators on your route worth checking in with.

Hell, right out of training, anyone willing to give you a start is worth it.

Remember its hard, at times you will question why your doing this, but stick it out. Your time 'remote' will be some of the best flying memories you'll have

Good luck, have fun and enjoy yourself.
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Old 23rd Jan 2014, 04:50
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Wish you all the best Rookie! Have fun and enjoy.

Might bump into you whilst you're on the way up here.

Good Luck

T&G.
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Old 24th Jan 2014, 00:14
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And watch out for flooding

I second the sentiment about the Tanami. Anyway it's closed. DO NOT try and challenge Ma nature with water courses, this time of year she will always win.
Check the weather pages, BoM site is doing well. There is a low remnant out in the Tanami at the moment and a monsoonal trough leading north-east from it dumping all over that part of the world. If it looks too wet, it IS. Stop!

Lots of luck. at least it's cool(ish) with the rain.
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Old 3rd Feb 2014, 09:46
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Hey guys,

Can anyone please tell me the charter company up in or near the top of WA somewhere that's run by some kiwis? Think they may have floats too but not sure.... Cheers
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Old 5th Apr 2014, 22:13
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Old 6th Apr 2014, 12:42
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Hi Guys,

Im a Kiwi heading up north ideally in the next few weeks (410TT, IR, Instructor, Tail exp etc)
how late is too late? is there still slim chances heading up north and making myself known might pay off? or does hiring come to a dead halt...

at the moment I'd be happy with anything, already tried vast majority of NZ companies, they all want over 500
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Old 7th Apr 2014, 01:23
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Pick a town, get a place to live and a retail/hospitality job. Hiring will have slowed by now and companies will often tell you "We have done our hiring for the year" but if/when people leave, those spots will need to be filled and the guys living in town, settled into the lifestyle and popping in once a fortnight will be the ones who get the call.
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