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Coasting : Coastal Life 17th Dec 2009
central coast tourism Summer 2010 COASTAL LIFE 5 Beadventurous Choose from a selection of well-organised mini-adventures, or games, spread over a full or part day, with the emphasis being on fun and safety. The 200-marker paintball field at Kulnura is rated as one of the best in NSW, and attracts paintball enthusiasts from all points of the compass. And for a high-speed buzz on the water, book a ride aboard the jet boat Cheeky Bee with Jet Buzz (4972 1777). Jet Buzz operates on Lake Macquarie, at Pelican, just off the Pacific Highway near Belmont Golf Club. Strap yourself in for some awesome thrills as the Cheeky Bee pilot launches into a heart-stopping combination of high-speed slides and turns, 360-degree spins, power brake stops and fish tails. The Cheeky Bee welcomes adults and children thrill-seekers, and discounts for family and group bookings apply. Beadventurous NEED FOR SPEED: Hitch a ride aboard the jet boat Cheeky Bee with Jet Buzz, on Lake Macquarie. FREE AS A BIRD: Microlight Adventures offers tan- dem flights that take in some spectacular scenery. AIRMAN: Len Birger. Q&A: Len Birger of Microlight Adventures Q: What led you to get involved in flying microlights? A: I was taken on an introductory flight and was amazed by the feeling of freedom that flying in an open aircraft, with simple and easy-to-use controls, gave me. Q: Coastal Life noticed that people wear helmets when they ride in a microlight. Should we be nervous? A: Helmets are worn mainly because the intercom system and visor are attached to the helmet and this is more comfortable. We are travelling through the air at 100kmh and beetles, flies or mosquitoes could be painful if no helmet and visor were worn! The safety record of recreational aviation is excellent. Our aircraft are fitted with GRS recovery systems for extra safety. Q: How would you describe the sensation of flying in a microlight? A: It gives you the freedom to escape the mundane routine of life, the traffic jams and the confines of conventional flying. In the air, the views are breathtaking as you skim past the clouds. The sense of freedom is complete. It is you flying! Q: Yo u must have seen some amazing things from up there? A: Schools of fish, sharks (including a great white once), dolphins, stingrays and, in Africa, lions, elephants, crocodiles, hippos and many other animals Q: What sort of reactions do you get from your clients? A: People are amazed at the peaceful feeling while flying, and how safe the aircraft is. When they take control of the aircraft they get a real feel for flying and most participants want to return. Q: What can you tell me about the aircraft? A: I have one aircraft which is an Airborne 912 Tu ndra. This is the top of the range and is manufactured by the only Australian manufacturer of microlights, Airborne Windsports. They are one of the leading manufacturers in the world. It is a two-seater tandem (pilot plus one) and is capable of flying for about 600km on a full tank of fuel. Q: What can people expect when you take them up? A: The recommended route is from Somersby then east to The Entrance, south along the coast to Avoca, west over Brisbane Wa ter, then back to Somersby. The flying time is about 40 minutes. 31 DECEMBER 2009 6pm Mariners v Wellington Phoenix Fireworks after the game www.gosfordnye.com.au 9 JANUARY 2010 7pm Mariners v North Qld Fury 22 JANUARY 2010 8pm Mariners v Gold Coast United 6 FEBRUARY 2010 6pm Mariners v Newcastle Jets c 8657166-17Dec
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