|08Romeo, ready to fly|
I posted on Facebook looking for a Safety Pilot. Mike B is out of town and I do miss his torture in the air, not to mention just hanging out with a good friend for the day. So since I posted I had hoped to hook up with someone I had flown with previously. For the non-flyers reading this a safety pilot keeps eyes outside watching for traffic and the pilots overall conformance to the approach in other words don't screw up knocking the rust off. Honestly I wasn't very rusty, shooting approaches is comfortable and flow pretty smooth.
|flying south running the gauntlet|
|crossing the Chesapeake bay, looking over my shoulder at the cloud build ups over the peninsula.|
|On the ramp at KFCI|
Smooth flying despite the build ups. I made my way for KFCI via Richmond and couldn't pick up the weather (AWOS), it was mentioned in the NOTAMS as 'unavailable' until June 2nd. Approach had no NOTAM with that info. Based on the Richmond ATIS info I selected runway three-three. As I got closer I did finally hear the weather at Chesterfield County and advised Approach I wanted to change my approach to the RNAV GPS 15.
I was directed to turn direct DOCEV and expect vectors to final. I agreed and advised whatever is easier for approach. As directed I was turned to final and once established on the approach with the field in view I cancelled IFR.
First up was the RNAV GPS 23. We were headed direct ONIKE for the procedure turn/holding pattern and then inbound. I made a nice approach with one drop below the altitude of 2000. Jeff quickly pointed it out as I was making a correction. Everything else looked good and I kept the needles centered. This was a low approach only and was followed with a climb out pointing us back to KFCI for the ILS RWY 33.
|crossing the bay, south east view towards Norfolk|
|north view looking at the cloud build ups I'll once again cross.|
|I'll take that tail wind!|
I got some stick time as we headed back to FCI. The Saratoga handles very well, I could feel the difference from the Sundowner. She was responsive, didn't require much trim and just flew really nice, I could see why Jeff made this selection. We entered the pattern and turned final a tad high but Jeff said she floats like a rock. He made it look easy and set 1RW on her mains followed by the nose gear. This is where I really felt the weight difference, this is a big plane.
|taxi for departure rwy 15|
Jeff took me out to lunch at a pizza place not far from the airport, I can't remember the name. The food and service was very good and it seemed as soon as we sat down we were heading back.
|doing that pilot stuff|
It was a fun day flying and I am looking forward to making the trip again very soon. I saddled up for home and filed for this leg too. KFCI HCM JAMIE KOXB. I was cleared as filed and soon cut loose for 7000. The altitude selection was good, climbed above the build ups and only surfing my way through a few between Richmond and the Harcom VOR. Approach was excellent, they always do a great job in this area. I went feet wet and crossed the Chesapeake Bay headed for the peninsula and pointed directly at KMFV, Accomack airport. I turned north at the JAMIE intersection and enjoyed the view and ride to Ocean City.
Traffic was light at KOXB, I heard the jump plane and one aircraft inbound from the north. We coordinated and everything went smooth as I was number two to land behind the south bound traffic. I slowed down as I turned final so the jump plane could depart and as he climbed out I made another nice landing.
|08Romeo, back home|
Overall a great day flying and once again I beat the instrument fairy to the prize....I'm good until the end of September!!