I headed out of Wilmington with the plan to work on some landings. KOQN, Brandywine airport is close by and really requires me to focus on my airspeed and wind corrections with a narrow runway compared to the monster wide at Wilmington. I entered direct KOQN on the 530 but tracked to the Modena (MXE) VOR on NAV 2 so I could practice.
I entered the procedure turn for the VOR A, did my one lap and headed for the airport. It felt good tracking the VOR and keeping the needle so steady. Inbound on the 054 radial, cross the VOR and adjust for the 052 radial and a descent to @1100 feet. I broke the approach off a bit early and set up to enter a right base for RW 9. Winds were blowing but I managed an ok landing setting one main down at a time into the crosswind.
I taxied back for the short hop to Chester County (KMQS). No approach work here, it's getting way to hazy to play around Modena (MXE). I made the call for a 45* for left downwind runway 11 since winds were from the south east. I kept this one real tight working on my circle to land but didn't have enough to set myself up on final. A bit hot, some balloon and mains down then up in the air. Full power, going around, shesh....let's try this again.
|Two shots of New Garden N57|
I taxied out for runway niner followed by two T6 Texans, sweet planes. I was climbing out and making my last call headed towards the south east. I listened on frequency for a bit since there was a helicopter that departed in front of me heading south and I wanted to hear which direction the two T-6's were going. The haze was brutal and from 10 miles out Wilmington was non-existant. I managed to take a few shots of New garden (NB57) along my route home.
|Wilmington...are you out there???|