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Old 23rd Aug 2009, 06:44
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Find a camper van in MEL.(NOT VW!)
Drive up
Sleep in van(theres nowhere else)
Earn good bucks stacking Coles/Woolies
Real pain and poverty comes when you get the flying job.
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Old 23rd Aug 2009, 07:02
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Soseg, don't waste money flying up for a visit, if you want to be a charter pilot, make the move north. Unless you have some sort of experience I wouldn't bother with Darwin, better move to Kununurra or Broome and get a day job.

Chances of finding a gig before March-April next year are slim, even then it will take a bit of good timing and luck to land a job. People on here can be pretty optimistic when it comes to giving advice to newbie's. With no regionals employing, movement in GA is going to be very slow for some time yet.
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Old 23rd Aug 2009, 11:08
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Chances of finding a gig before March-April next year are slim, even then it will take a bit of good timing and luck to land a job. People on here can be pretty optimistic when it comes to giving advice to newbie's. With no regionals employing, movement in GA is going to be very slow for some time yet.
I was told getting there in like early Jan would be good - end of the wet season... and most guys end up going north later on like march etc... so I'd get there before them?

I'm still really undecided what I'll do after my CPL... my original plan was to find an instructing job... and it would be sweet and easy I could live at home... but I gotta really find out how many positions are realistically available for example in melb... and compare that to up north...

another thing is... I'm thinking of just moving out of my comfort zone and challenging myself into something completely different - ie moving up north would do that, instead of the comforts and luxuries of living at home with mum and dad while instructing as the airport is 25mins away...

I gotta talk to more people who've experienced the north so I can gauge a better understand of what life and flying is like up there more realistically
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Old 23rd Aug 2009, 12:03
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Find a camper van in MEL
Nah , fly to Adelaide and buy a ute and a swag
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Old 23rd Aug 2009, 14:16
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IF I was to make that drive over... I'm sure my old car would prove reliable

just make sure that spare tyre in the boot has air in it

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Old 23rd Aug 2009, 20:53
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I was told getting there in like early Jan would be good - end of the wet season...
A bit of research on local seasonal weather may be beneficial

Remember that thingamy they talked about in ATPL met ? The ITCZ?

(or did they?)
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Old 24th Aug 2009, 01:05
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A bit of research on local seasonal weather may be beneficial

Remember that thingamy they talked about in ATPL met ? The ITCZ?
Hahah I know I know... but I meant more getting there a tad early as it very slowly would begin to draw to an end... maybe early jan not being optimal... but maybe just a few weeks later
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Old 24th Aug 2009, 02:17
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Quote:
A bit of research on local seasonal weather may be beneficial

Remember that thingamy they talked about in ATPL met ? The ITCZ?
Hahah I know I know... but I meant more getting there a tad early as it very slowly would begin to draw to an end... maybe early jan not being optimal... but maybe just a few weeks later
You'll find that the wet aint over until April
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Old 24th Aug 2009, 02:37
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Ohh to be a fly on the wall when this young lad comes across his first water crossing at the "end of the wet" (ie. late January), .

I think you really need to do a bit of research into the wet season pal. It starts at about October with the buildup, then around Christmas/New Year is normally the first monsoon, and all finishing up around April if it's a normal wet.

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Old 24th Aug 2009, 03:00
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Wet.. GOOD

Build-up.. Baaaad


I really don't know if I can take my 25th or so build-up...
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Old 24th Aug 2009, 11:09
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Ohh to be a fly on the wall when this young lad comes across his first water crossing at the "end of the wet" (ie. late January), .

I think you really need to do a bit of research into the wet season pal. It starts at about October with the buildup, then around Christmas/New Year is normally the first monsoon, and all finishing up around April if it's a normal wet.
Yeah I know I know, my wet season theory isnt the sharpest atm its been a while since I've done any MET theory. Dont worry I'm not stupid enough to just get in my car and blindly drive north without thoroughly doing my research... thats still months away... and these are just possible ideas going through my head deciding whether I even want to choose that career path...
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Old 24th Aug 2009, 11:11
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I really don't know if I can take my 25th or so build-up...
Going troppo tinpis or already there ?
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Old 24th Aug 2009, 11:39
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my wet season theory isnt the sharpest atm


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Old 24th Aug 2009, 12:53
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Old 24th Aug 2009, 13:35
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I really don't know if I can take my 25th or so build-up...
no easier when you've gone through one every year of your life.

at least that means i don't need my silly pills
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Old 25th Aug 2009, 02:56
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lol green goblin ...nice vid, love the accents!
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Old 25th Aug 2009, 08:17
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Not sure if any info on this site is still relevant as it's now almost a decade old, but hopefully some of it is still useful for anyone thinking about heading up north:

The Adventures of Robbo the Yobbo!

cheers

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Old 25th Aug 2009, 08:49
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Old 25th Aug 2009, 11:39
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Jex - Best site I have seen in years. The last 12 months in the top end for me have given me some of the best memories, and awesome mates.

Looking forward to getting back up there....
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Old 26th Aug 2009, 09:16
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oh what timing... was just looking for that website like a day ago!
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