Once landing at KLHZ we saddled up for the trip north. I had taken on enough fuel to bring me to fifty gallons, 08Romeos belly was full. Flight plan was showing two hours fifty-three minutes....close, but the headwinds ate up some additional time and fuel.
I picked up my clearance with Clearance and Delivery on the 800 number then launched for the north. The sky was beautiful and smooth. My routing was BEXGO LVL RIC TAPPA PXT ENO DQO N57, (313 Miles). Approach hand-offs were seamless and the flight was hands in the lap take pictures and enjoy.
Monday was a busy day with our return flight finally getting off the ground at 3:50. Approved route; DQO V29 ENO V16 PXT V213 HPW V615 MEYER (319 miles). Once again a smooth flight and great comm work with multiple approaches. I turned up the 70's hits and, after moving my mic, sang along with the tunes. Once we landed I had the tanks filled back to an on board total of fifty gallons.
Time was passing quickly and I was I faced with the decision of a night flight to KOXB, Ocean City. Most pilots say no problem, what's the issue. Well, I haven't been night current since November 2013. Now I know that means no passengers and I could make the flight and even knock out the three full stops and once again be safe from turning into a pumpkin.
It's a cool morning and the sky looks good for my hop. I flight plan for the just shy of two hour flight to Ocean City at five thousand, keeping ahead of what's crawling up the coast. I pick up my clearance; DUFFI FKN CCV SWL and launch to the north east.
|The fleet at Norfolk|
|Fisherman Island off the tip of the Delmarva peninsula|
|xm wx view|
Tuesday late afternoon and all our errands are complete. Mary took me out to lunch so I was set until dinner back at the north home. I hate leaving, it stinks. We said our goodbyes and I took the airport car back to the hangar for storage until Friday. 08Romeo was ready to fly but once again no Bride in the right seat. I didn't file for this hop, instead I enjoyed my flight time.
I took the time to reflect on the weekend events. I am truly thankful for my family and friends. Interesting insights the last few days on family and how they did for others quietly, under the radar. These things I know because they have been paid forward and people have stepped up to acknowledge. I also know it's important that my generation should carry that thought process forward, I see that they do, each one of us in our own way. I am truly blessed.