Ten Year Anniversary


This past weekend marked 10 years since I moved my blog to WordPress back in October 2010. Here is a fun flight from 2010 to commemorate the joy of flying from November 2010. Enjoy!

Island Hopping in the Keys

I had been mentally planning this trip for almost a year. Since last December to be precise. So when the opportunity arose to visit Florida I went prepared: logbook, medical and pilot’s license in hand. The checkout at the local flight school was a breeze. An hour in the air and I was licensed (again) to fly in Florida.

 

It was a little closer to 10 o’clock the next day, when my friends and I set off. I had reviewed the route with my instructor the previous day. My instructor had indicated the previous day that the coastline clearance to transit Fort Lauderdale International Airport (KFLL) was usually at 500 ft. As expected, we departed straight out on runway eight out of Fort Lauderdale Executive (KFXE) and headed straight for the coast. I leveled off below a 1000ft. Once at the coast and cleared to transit the KFLL Class Charlie airspace we headed southwest at 500 ft.

The Class Bravo airspace of Miami airspace adjoins the Class Charlie airspace of Fort Lauderdale. With scattered clouds hovering above 2000 ft, flying around 1000 feet fortunately kept us out of the Class Bravo airspace and provided enough clearance from the clouds. We traced the coastline all the way to Homestead Air Force Base then followed highway 1 past North Key Largo, Key Largo, Isla Morada, Indian Key, Duck Key and Marathon Key. Tracing the highway all the way to Key West was the safest route for a single engine airplane.

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My Ten Favorite Flights


Flying is everything to me. After every new adventure, I start thinking and planning for the next one 🙂

There are some adventures, that are so out of this world, that I don’t mind repeating them… again and again!

Some time ago, I posted my Favorite Destinations!

Here are the latest ten of my favorite destinations, that I have done at least twice, if not more, so far!

#10: Monterey

#9: Santa Barbara

#8: Half Moon Bay

#7: Tangier Island

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#6 Kill Devil Hills

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#5: Key West

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#4: SFO: Up Close & Personal

 

#3: NY Hudson River Corridor

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#2: Bahamas

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#1: Oshkosh

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And, I will very likely do them again 🙂

 

 

 

Favorite Destination


Is there a favorite destination you love to repeat over and over again…

IMG_0589When the destination doesn’t matter, and it is all about the journey? Or maybe the destination is so complete, that it justifies the journey?

SouthermostPoint2Or sometimes, the journey or the destination is the least of your concern. They are only,the means to an end: the Joy of Flying?

exumas4There are a few destinations that come to mind… destinations I have flown repeatedly without question…

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  • San Francisco Bay Tour, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Santa Ynez, CA
  • Watsonville, CA
  • Monterrey, CA
  • Catalina Island, CA
  • Bahamas, The Bahamas
  • Tangier Island, VA
  • New York Hudson River, NY
  • Kitty Hawk, NC
  • Oshkosh, WI
  • Napa, CA
  • Key West, FL

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These are just a few that come to mind….

Catalina091104-0032There are many others I hope to make….what is your favorite destination?

Bahama, Come on Pretty Mama….


Aruba, Jamaica, ooo I wanna take you
Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego, baby why don’t we go Jamaica
Off the Florida Keys
There’s a place called Kokomo
That’s where you wanna go to get away from it

The song was ringing in my ears, and before I knew it I was grinning 🙂 The song has been on my mind the last 2 or 3 months. Ever since the first kick-off meeting actually. But I digress.

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Back in 2010, while visiting friends in Florida, I had the wonderful opportunity to fly down to the keys ( see Island Hopping in the Keys). After that fun-filled adventure, Donn had talked about his Bahamas flight and the fact that Bahamas was only 60 miles off the coast of Florida. Sounded absolutely exciting. Considering I have not flown outside the country yet, I was enthusiastic to plan a flight for my next visit. That was then.

Last year, a group of pilots in the Mid Atlantic had made the trip out to Bahamas. So when my flight school started the planning for the second annual Bahamas trip, I was intrigued. The kick-off meeting was right after Thanksgiving and 12 happy pilots in 10 aircraft were willing, committed and ready for some Bahama Mamas, kaleidoscope of oceanic hues from turquioise to deep blue, white sand beaches, sunshine and so much more. Who wouldn’t want to get away from the arctic freeze prevailing the area for paradise in the tropics even if for a week?

Those that had flown before, had the minute details down: what paper work was needed, what we had to do, where we would stop and the rest. Over three months we met, planned and prepared for the most exhilarating adventure.

Stay tuned for all the details…

Next up: The Adventure Begins

Island Hopping in the Keys


I had been mentally planning this trip for almost a year. Since last December to be precise. So when the opportunity arose to visit Florida I went prepared: logbook, medical and pilot’s license in hand. The checkout at the local flight school was a breeze. An hour in the air and I was licensed (again) to fly in Florida.

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