It was really nice out this evening so I took extra time during the pre-flight to enjoy the sounds of traffic arriving and departing, even noting what types of aircraft were coming and going. I grabbed the plexus window cleaner and crawled in the baggage compartment to take care of the inside (dog rescue leaves nose prints)and made my rounds to complete the outside cleaning. Mike soon joined me at the plane completing his own walk around with my confirmation of sumping the tanks.
|On the ILS - Cell phone shot|
|Back taxi - cell phone shot|
Despite the distraction Mike made a nice crosswind landing planting the upwind side and riding it out then following with the other main and holding off the nose while listening to the stall horn moan. We back taxied on the runway as instructed and I grabbed my iPad to take a few shots of the newest ForeFlight feature geo-referenced taxi diagrams.
|To the ramp|
We were up and away flying runway heading opposite the neighboring hillside and towers. Over to approach for a quiet ride along until handed off to Philly. Mike requested the RNAV GPS RWY 19 approach into Wilmington and Philly cleared us. The sky was clear and I could see for miles, it was very relaxing. We each called out airport beacons; KMQS,Chester County - N57, New Garden - KOQN, Brandywine. I could also make out the red LED's atop the Delaware Memorial bridges and could see the individual lane LED's, big bright green arrows. I could not see the Wilmington airport beacon, it needs attention.
|Bridge lane LEDs - really poor shot with cell phone|
Mike got a few approaches in, we had a nice dinner and I got to log .8 safety pilot time. Oh yeah, I got to enjoy a great view both ways while looking for traffic which is always good for heart and soul.