[VIDEO] Melbourne City Orbit and Overflying Avalon – first solo Melbourne flight

After moving to Melbourne a couple of months ago and doing a couple of practise flights with an instructor to get familiar with the airspace, the time had come (and more importantly the rain had gone) for me to take my first solo flight around Melbourne.

The weather has been pretty lousy recently so this was my third attempt at this flight, but a calm morning before another cold front pounds through the state meant conditions were good for an anti-clockwise sightseeing loop of Port Phillip Bay.

Flying in VH-MRX, a Piper Cherokee from the Royal Victorian Aero Club (RVAC) I departed Moorabbin Airport tracking to Albert Park Lake for an orbit of Melbourne’s CBD. Then out West via Station Pier to the Laverton BOM Tower (a big golf ball on a tee) to Werribee Racecourse before transiting through Avalon’s Airspace.

As a huge fan of the brilliant Avalon Airshow it was a real treat to finally overfly an airport that I’m so familiar with from the ground. I had to deviate off track slightly to give way to a departing Jetstar A320 at one point so I got to watch him take off from 2,500 feet as well. A great experience.

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