The total trip is just over seven hours and eight hundred thirty miles. We could make the flight in one day with an early departure from Wilmington arriving at our destination around three or four. We will need a fuel and nature stop at some point so I figure on midway or about four hours. We are also exploring the possible two night stay in the Myrtle Beach area and a full day of beach and fun. With an early departure from Grand Strand we could make the leisurely 5 hour flight with one stop along the way arriving in time for lunch. I guess this will hinge on me taking an extra day off, giving it some thought, ok works for me!
Ok on to the fun stuff, the flight planning. Below is my plan B, the overnighter in Grand Strand (KCGE) and the five hour hop to Gulf Shores (KJKA).
FBO's along the way will be investigated. We visited Grand Strand back in 2007 and Ramp 66 provided excellent service. I read through all the AirNav remarks as well as doing a "cheap" fuel search prior to the final plan. The FBO at our final destination will be Gulf Air Center with discounts and service prearranged with the BACFest group.Our reservations are secure at the Island House Hotel and we are looking froward to sitting on the beach sticking our toes in the warm gulf waters.