I emerged from the phone booth cape securely....oh wait, wrong story. I got out of the SUV and with flight bag in hand entered my double secret access code and entered the ramp area. 08Romeo was just about ready to go except for a problem with the garmin 496 not acquiring information. Mike did an online reset with his iPad and within fifteen minutes we were once again looking at wx information.
I picked up our clearance to First Flight; DQO ENO V29 SBY V1 CCV ORF ECG NORTN. We climbed out of Wilmington heavy with fuel and 08Romeo made her way at 500 fpm to eight thousand. Temps were cool at altitude and Mike had us following our course. I handled communications and took pictures taking advantage of the opportunity to just enjoy the view.
|Delaware Bay off Left wing|
|Chesapeake Bay off right wing|
|Cape Charles and across the Chesapeake|
|outlet bay and fisherman's island|
|about to cross the mouth of the bay|
|Fire TFR (red box)|
|Back Bay refuge south of Virginia beach|
|Abemarle Sound covered in smoke|
|getting upwind of it all|
|Great sunset view|
|Afterglow on my home|
A fun trip! Great play time with the new Garmin 530 to 496 data transfer and a big sigh of relief to know how much that frees up my flying not having to enter info on both units. I'll get some photos posted on the new switch and a better write up on the flight review soon.