Mary wasn't feeling well this past week so we canceled our typical beach run and instead made it an overnight. I filed for OXB trying a new route that would allow me to maintain above 4000, Dover always drops us down when we go inland on V29.
|Some clouds but not a bad flight south|
|Looking across the bay at the layer over south Jersey|
The route was simple and efficient, ILG ATR Direct, sadly, it was a no go. I copied as directed radar vectors to join V29 SBY KOXB, but I did get 6000. The difference in altitude directly relates to the difference in temperature and makes the flight comfortable on us and our Maggie girl. The weekend was enjoyable all be it to short.
|turning direct to the hold at PFAIR|
|The hold (racetrack)|
|Descending out of the hold and in the clear for a short while|
It was a lazy Saturday but we did manage to make it out for dinner. We tried a new place, OC Steamers. It was great food and good service despite the crowds. We plan on making this stop again soon. As we left the restaurant and started across the RT 90 Bridge west back to the Motor Home I snapped this picture, over the Assawoman Bay.
Sunday July 29, 2012
It's departure day and the terminal area forecasts look great! We decided to stay and cookout, enjoying dinner off the grill. I had just said to my Bride I guess we'll head to the airport and head out around 4:30 when we heard a loud rumble of thunder. I grabbed my iPhone to check wx and went outside for a visual. Both the phone and visual confirmed, it was getting dark and lightning was just off to our north.
|This storm cell popped up over our Motor home location on departure day|
|The view to the NE, the building clouds are pictures on the GPS shot above around 15-18 degrees|
|Cape Henlopen state park at our 3 o'clock|
I had filed for the flight home but decided to make the flight VFR, having the IFR flight plan handy if I needed a pop up into our destination. We launched into very good VFR conditions and quickly identified the new cells we were seeing miles off in the distance moving into KGED, Georgetown, just west of our route. This was a slow mover so I worked my way to the coast of the Delaware Bay around Lewes DE., and followed the Delaware shore line home.
|The visual to match the GPS shot above|
A gradual descent that was timed right. As we got closer I started to descend to 1500 to give myself clearance, I was maybe a half mile off shore. Fly the plane first so I started down as as soon as I broke 1900 Dover asked to advise Altitude. I responded out of 2000 descending to 1500 for a layer will get back to 2000 as soon as I clear, Dover acknowledged.
We dipped under the layer and then climbed right back to 2000 to continue the last 14 minutes or so into Wilmington. Dover called out two targets heading west at our one and three o'clock, five hundred high, we never saw them and if they were at that altitude they were in the cloud base flying VFR, bad mojo.
Dover turned us loose and we contacted Wilmington tower as we crossed the C&D canal, our ten mile marker from the south. I was cleared straight in runway one, report four mile final, I acknowledged. I set up for the ILS RWY one on the Garmin 530 and reported four miles as directed. I made a nice landing, a bit long on purpose, in order to speed up my exit to the taxiway for the twin holding short for my arrival.
Mary and I went through the routine and had 08R secured in short order. We made one stop for dinner to go at Bertucci's and headed home.