Bumpy ride to Chesterfield County


If the last few times we were spoiled, by the unusually mild weather with sunny skies and in general smooth air, this flight was good reminder, as well as, practice in flying through low to moderate turbulence, taxi and landing practice in stiff crosswinds!

There are 64 airports in Virginia, but only  a handful of these have  a restaurant on the field. Richmond Executive Airport: Chesterfield County(FCI) happens to be one of those. King’s Korner restaurant is fairly popular among pilots for it’s Sunday brunch.

FCI_3After a delayed start, we set off in relatively calm winds, although winds were expected to pick up as the day progresses. As we pointed south, the winds were already gusting along our route and destination. There was a stiff 33knot headwind. Crabbing into the wind all the way, we made it to FCI without incident except for some good practice with crosswind challenges, go-arounds, and finally a less than stellar landing 🙂

FCI_2If you are a vegetarian like me, then the buffet has limited choices to offer: salad, fries, potato salad and dessert.  But if you are a big meat eater, than this restaurant will definitely appeal to you. It offers a different main meat dish each day and an array of assorted sides.

FCI_1

3 thoughts on “Bumpy ride to Chesterfield County

  1. Steve January 20, 2014 / 10:23 pm

    Small world! That’s where my plane gets its annual inspection – I just picked it up about 6 weeks ago. It’s a great place to practice landing in crosswinds since the wind is almost always out of the southwest, perpendicular to the one runway…!

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    • flynthings January 20, 2014 / 11:37 pm

      Small world indeed! I did get the impression from some of your earlier responses that you were out there in the Richmond area 🙂
      Glad to hear, it is just not me… That the winds out in FCI are wierd!

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  2. flynthings January 21, 2014 / 12:41 am

    BTW the wind sock was smack perpendicular to the runway 🙂

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