-return to picture archive-The most memorable experience from the Australia fly-in was undoubtedly a system failure that happened to me during a flight from Fiji to Sydney. Having taken off from Fiji in Benedikt Stratmann's 737 everything was going smoothly when the unexpected happened. As I was cruising over the Pacific in the middle of the night, all the lights and digital instruments inside the plane suddenly went dead. The electrical systems had failed, and I was left with a bare minimum of analog instruments working. I still had my flight plan open in Goodway, so I flew the heading marked there and used the onboard clock to tell when to turn towards the next waypoint. I finally reached Australia navigating like this, but was of course nowhere near Sydney. Fortunately ATC came online early and guided me to Sydney, allowing me to land safely. The flaps weren't working, but the gear could be lowered without electrical power simply by opening the gear doors. The rest of the fly-in wasn't nearly as eventful - I explored the hills between Sydney and Canberra in a Cessna Cardinal.
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