My route across the northern territory of Australia. I flew past many enormous cattle stations (up to 4 million square acres) spread out across the desolate outback.
To maintain a aircraft communications across the outback, air traffic control requires pilots to blindly broadcast position reports on shared multi-frequency repeaters located near the cattle stations.
Perfect weather, moderate winter temperatures, and substantial tail winds at 10,000 ft over the outback of Australia. One could not ask for better flying conditions.
The vast outback of Australia. Jon Johanson, (a famous Australian aviator and a mentor) who flew around the world three times in his experimental RV4 (east, west, polar) reminded me to not underestimate the outback. If you are forced down, you may never be found if your ELT and PLB are destroyed in the crash. He equated the risk to that of the north Atlantic crossing. My plane carried extra water and survival equipment for polar, desert, and marine environments.
Tennant Creek. I finally visited an authentic outback town in the northern territory of Australia.