Saturday, August 11, 2007

The Waiting Game

Here we sit on Saturday morning waiting for Visual Flight Rule (VFR) Conditions. The truck is loaded and we could depart Wilmington (KILG).

KILG 111127Z 111212 35010KT P6SM FEW015 SCT025 OVC040 TEMPO 1214 SCT015 BKN025
FM1400 35010KT P6SM FEW040

KOXB - Ocean City, Maryland Updated at 12:53 PM GMT on August 11, 2007 (8:53 AM EDT): METAR KOXB 111253Z AUTO 02006KT 10SM BKN020 OVC024 21/16 A2998

Why scud run, we can't get into our destination anyway, so here I am wishing I had my Instrument Rating (IR). Speaking of a new rating, I'm working on completing the ground school portion and them I will begin flying/simulation work.

Mary is taking a nap on the couch and I am burning up the weather pages and wearing a path in the carpet walking out front to confirm what I am reading online. I guess I had to post just to vent! Very frustrating!

We finally launch for Ocean City around 11am into the following conditions. SPECI KILG 111500Z 35005KT 10SM SCT024 22/13 A3003 There was a nice opening over Wilmington that I really wanted to go "over the top" but reports at Ocean City didn't look good for an opening to drop back down. So instead we cruised along under the layer as it slowly cleared. WE started out at 2000' and by Dover Delaware we were holding at 2800' - 3000' Flight following gave that extra feeling of security even though it was see and avoid at all times. I actually had traffic pass in front of me from left to right maybe 5 to 10 miles out with no call out by Flight Following.
Ocean City (OXB) was busy but everyone seemed to play nicely. We entered on a 45* for left down wind runway 20 and got a nice look at the golf course. I had a bit of a cross wind to contend with but it makes it fun. METAR KOXB 111653Z AUTO 07010KT 10SM BKN023 OVC033 23/15 A3000.

The folks at the terminal were super friendly as always in OC,MD. Pam and Ted were there in no time to pick us up as we loaded our bags and climbed in. We made a stop at their condo to unload baggage and kick back for a few. We then piled back in the explorer and headed out to Seacrets for lunch. After lunch we got the tour of the town and made our way back to the condo. We had a nice afternoon and evening catching up and sharing laughs.

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