Finally back after a bit of a break although Grant has subbed out due to family reasons, being ably replaced by ATC Ben.
ATC Ben on the ramp at Karratha, Western Australia
Ben tells us about his recent slight change of job, and location, having moved from the world of en-route controller in Melbourne to tower controller in the remote Western Australian town of Karratha. He tells about the aircraft movement this predominantly mining based town hosts each day, including scheduled airline services through to multiple helicopter flights going out to the oil and gas rigs off the coast.
Ben then talks about his participation in the annual World Flight event, the Australian version of which raises funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Ben is a regular participant in this virtual around the world flight, using a fixed based 737 simulator in Hobart, Tasmania. More details can be found at http://worldflight.com.au/.
Grant’s been in the country flying hot air balloons and is recovering from early morning starts and long drives getting back home again. He passed out early & wasn’t around to record with Steve and it was too late to arrange a backup. Thus, it’s all Grant’s fault that we have no episode, sorry :(
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