Friday 10/3/2014Today started off on a bright note with wx looking good and even better for a planned Sunday return north. Saturday’s forecast was calling for rain, heavy at times in Wilmington, showers in OCMD. I figured it would be a good time to get a few things done at the beach home. At 3pm I made a run for the door, exiting work and heading to the house for a quick check since it had a showing earlier in the day.
I should have taken a few things with me but I just wanted to get in the air and pointed south. 08Romeo needed fuel so after a quick start up and shut down I had 30 additional gallons on board. The run up went smoothly, every item on my check list noted and acceptable. I put in a call to clearance delivery at Philly and noted my typical CRAFT report with some changes. I had figured on once again trying N57 DQO ENO ATR KOXB but I can’t seem to get that to pass muster. Instead, fifteen minutes later I copied the norm, MXE DQO ENO SBY KOXB. I did get six thousand and according to the Skew T diagrams that would put me above the IMC layer. As the saying goes…one out of two ain’t bad.
I announce and taxi for departure on runway two-four. Gusty cross winds but nothing 08Romeo can’t have fun with. I weathervane on climb out, announce my departure intentions and flip to approach. I checked in with Philly and they give me four thousand after a right turn climbing out on downwind. That was a first and I think letting me climb higher for longer or keeping me pointed away from the airport would have been safer. One never knows who may be on a forty-five for that same downwind…it’s funny how we process this stuff.
|SO close to the top I could see the sun light the clouds up|
I center the needles and keep on keeping on at four pointed for direct Smyrna (ENO). Eventually I’m handed to another Philly sector, 119.75 and then on to Dover 135.15. I notice there is traffic on my Zaon PCAS, a few miles behind and a thousand higher. We are each on with Dover approach and get called out to each other for traffic advisories. The Cessna 182 gets six thousand, I got nothing. I asked for higher but was kept at four thousand banging out the IMC time. On occasion I had ground contact, more south of Dover (KDOV) but gone by Georgetown (KGED). I was handed off to Patuxent 127.95 and advised I had the wx at my destination, which was VFR. Of course the 182 was headed in to OXB and he asked for the visual. I was following along thinking I would get a hold at PFAIR but I was cleared direct and lowered. Once I broke out I could see the coast no problem, so I canceled and went in VFR.
|Happy girl with her head resting on my tummy.|
Sunday was a good day for the boardwalk so Mary, Ziva and I did some walking. Mary had a soft ice cream, Ziva got plenty of attention from everyone passing by and I got a caramel apple from Dolle’s. We headed back to the house and settled in for the afternoon. My wx check looked great and as long as I was in the air by 5:30 I would be happy. Mary was dealing with a migraine headache Saturday and a slight headache again today. Mary wore dark glasses and soldiered through the boardwalk for a couple hours but I could see the squinty eyes and tired look. She had all the signs but she knew it and got comfy on the couch while I watched football. I refilled my ice tea and while I was up grabbed a blanket to cover my Bride. With my Bride tucked in and Ziva sound asleep I sat back and watched the Eagles play, and win.
|RT. 50 inlet bridge|
|RT 90 Bridge|
|Cape Henlopen and Cape May across the Delaware Bay|
This was a hangar neighbor and he parks across the taxi lane from me. He turns into my ramp like I do his after every flight so we can push back without turning our planes while going up the hill. I’ve never met him or saw his hangar open since I’ve been at New Garden. He seemed like a very nice guy and his daughter just as nice. I asked them if they had a radio problem and he confirmed it was intermittent. He admitted that his daughter pointed out the traffic, ME, and he took evasive action like I did. I thanked her for riding along today. I guess it’s a reminder that it is always SEE and AVOID while we are in the air. I am thankful for the Zaon traffic, it saved my bacon today.