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Jet Ranger Confirmed For Australia Day True North Workshop

22 Dec 2009 at 4:13am

All those who have booked on True North for the Australia Day function at Rottnest, I can now confirm that we have secured a Jet Ranger from Rotovation and the Pilot will be Dave Adminson. Dave has flown many a sortie for Mark when he was a Skydiving Santa and is a very competant pilot! This is not the chopper BTW, but it is the same sort of thing. They all look the same anyway, don’t they??

The costs are coming in at $190 per person for a 15 minute sortie around the island. We are only going to put 3 photographers in the aircraft at once and the doors will be off, so each photographer will get a total birdseye and unrestricted view of the island.

Of course you will be taking off an landing on the True North and that is an experience in itself!

The day will start with guests joining us at 1030 hrs to 1100 hrs at the latest. True North will then cruise off and the jet Ranger will join us as we leave the heads. On the way over we will conduct a short vessel safety brief followed by a heli safety brief.

Tutorials will start not long after we arrive at Rottnest and the heli flights will also start then so that we can get through the numbers should everyone want to take up the opportunity to have an awesome scenic flight over Rotto.

We will fit lunch in sometime around 1300 hrs, I reckon and then the day will just be more of the same. Rotating between the tutors to hear their words of wisdom, heli excursions, dinghy excursions for those who would like to go ashore and generally enjoying the ambience of True North.

Please either respond to Marks blog, or send him an email at mark@northstarcruises.com.au if you will be taking up the heli option so that I have an idea of numbers. Of course if there is not enough interest in the heli, we will can it and just run things from the vessel, so please let Mark know.

Not far now to Australia Day and some fun times on True North. Stay safe between now and then!!!

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  1. Hi Everyone,

    If you’ve never shot from a helicopter before, don’t miss out on this opportunity. It is stacks of fun, easy and you’ll get some amazing photos as well. Christian taught me some great tricks in less than 10mins and I got some of the most amazing photos I’eve ever captured from a helicopter.


  2. awe shucks Jamie!!! and yes it is amazing!!!

  3. Brenda Thompson says:

    Hi Jamie, Can you give us a hint about the tricks? Also, my biggest lens is only a 70-200mm. Would that be enough to get ‘amazing’ – what lens did you use?

  4. Hi Brenda,

    I think his best advice was ‘don’t fall out’. 🙂

    I’m not sure how high the chopper will be flying perhaps Mark can you let you know. We were flying at 1000ft most of the time and using a 50mm lens, so you’re 70-200mm should be more than good enough.

    I’m pretty sure CF won’t mind, you can see an example photo of the Ningaloo Reef that I took while we were flying at 1000ft.

    As you can see shooting from the air give you such a different perspective.

    Hope that helps Brenda,


  5. stakky says:

    i know Dave pretty well through work experience with rotorvation (owned by a family friend) small world eh?

  6. truenorthmark says:

    Well there you go Stakky!

    At this stage we won’t be having a heli as there has not been enough interest shown!

    Cummon troops, if you would like the additional attraction of a heli on board, I need to have an indication of numbers or I will have to can the idea.


    True North Mark

  7. stakky says:

    i recommend you all dig out the cash that heli is one sweet ride specially with the doors off and a landscape photographer as a pilot (Dave will get the shot you want!).

    Cant believe i forgot to book on the cruise.

  8. James says:

    Would,nt miss a trip like this count me in on the heli shots if it goes ahead. James

  9. I suppose its like a poker game …. all in!
    Why the helli not!
    Count me in for the helli ride also if it goes ahead!

  10. Pamela says:

    Please count me and Heather in for a heli trip. Would hate to miss such a great opportunity!

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