A Lack of Updates

Lately I’ve neglected my blog, as I’ve had a lot on my plate, and that’s quite unlike me. I simply haven’t been in the mood to write anything here, but I hope to change that with this entry (and a few more to help you get caught up). I’ve been very busy.

The first thing this blog missed out on hearing about was my proposal to Dee-Anne, who at the time I’d been dating for 23 months. We were flying down to Melbourne for AFF#8 and I had some help from the lovely P1 desk to get a special message printed on her boarding pass. It took her a few goes to see it, but the answer was yes.

In Late November I took Dee-anne to Longreach to show her the Qantas Founders Outback Museum and attend the AGM. Unfortunately, it was stinking hot there with a record set of the most number of days about 40º in November. Still, an experience.

I ultimately decided to just stick with 1 subject this session, finding it hard to concentrate on a solely online-based class. That paid off nicely in the first assessment with a Distinction. I’m waiting on results for the second and shall start work on the third and final assessment later this month.

Qantas held a family open day in Sydney in December and I was invited along by a friend who has family that works for them. It was a pretty special experience, being able to enter a hangar at the airport and virtually run amuck on a 25-year-old 747-400 and a 22-year-old 767-300.

This month RACV Royal Pines plays host to the PGA, though with no free tickets and humid weather I’m not in a rush to follow anyone around a golf course.

With Yvonne heading to Canberra for Christmas tomorrow, I officially take Chilli tonight for the break. Sze Sze arrives early next week and dad towards the end.

Qantas Family Day

You have no idea what time I had to get up for this event. My day started at 02:30 and I was on the road by 03:00. However I got to the airport just prior to the lounge opening to be greeted by a very welcome surprise, my operating aircraft would be VH-XZP, the newest 737-800 in the fleet and painted in a special livery from the past. Dubbed Retro Roo, I’m sure you can see why.

In Sydney I had another hour or so to kill before meeting up with James and his family, for the event in a hangar conveniently placed adjacent to the terminal.

Inside we were given the ability to virtually run amuck on VH-OGM, a 22-year-old 767-300 that will be retired from the fleet at the end of this month. In fact, I’m on the very last flight, appropriately named QF767. Next to her was VH-OJA, a 25-year-old world record holding 747-400. You see, back in 1989 this 747 flew the longest non-stop flight, LHR-SYD in 20 hours and 9 minutes.

So I met a #B767 Fleet Captain, thank you for having me @qantas

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It was an interesting day, getting to see AFP equipment, firefighting equipment, two planes and all their secret spaces, like crew rest areas, flight decks and doing it with people who enjoy it as much as I do.

QFM AGM 2014

As another year flew by it was time once again to make my pilgrimage to the outback and visit the museum. It was unfortunate this time more so because of the weather they’d been having: record length of days above 40º in November. The top was 43º and be there humidity or not, it wasn’t particularly nice outside.

I was also taking Dee-anne up for her first taste of the outback… it was just a shame it was so damn hot. Luckily our AC worked, probably a little too well though.

It was nice to see the Catalina was finally being coated in paint, the original colours it would have been painted during the war. The painter, on loan from Qantas in Brisbane, did an amazing job! When it’s finally complete, with turrets and blister and set up with some information I’m sure it’ll be a real draw. New information was the purchase of a Super Connie in Manila and the start of what will be a long process to restore it over there, before breaking it up to ship over here, and re-assemble. I can’t wait to see that at the museum. Overall I was quite happy with the financials, and even happier to hear that the new solar panels had to be dialled back from 100% draw due to an agreement with their power company on the amount they were to use. Seems they’re powering the museum very nicely. Lots of scope for future applications, even as the museum switches to LED’s and a new AC.

@chiickax says “what @qantas plane?” at the #QFOM in #LRE #747 #qantas #Longreach #Crumpler

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We did the Platinum Tour while out there, getting Dee-anne up on two wings, but not being particularly happy about that. She got a good tour of the aircraft though.

A Proposal

Today I proposed to Dee-Anne. It’s been a little over 23 months since we started dating and I’ve known for a while what my feelings were.

It wouldn’t be like me if I didn’t have some flying-related, Qantas influence on how it went down, so it’ll come as no surprise that I was assisted by the wonderful Platinum One team to get the proposal printed on the boarding pass. I wasn’t sure how it would go down, but thankfully it was a positive, and drinks followed in the lounge and plane, as well as several announcements congratulating us, much to our combined embarrassments.

Just proposed to @chiickax Thank you @qantas for printing the proposal on the BP! #qantas

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Session 2 Grades

As I was expecting, my grades for session 2 were two credits and one pass. This leaves me in a decent position as I start session 3 next week with 3 subjects and approximately 10,000 words to write over the period.

I’ve chosen to do Gender, Sexuality and Culture, Australian Politics and Introduction to Sociology.