It would be an early start this morning, feeding the zoo at 5 am and then checking weather and the plan for approaches. I headed to the airport and passed John on the way in, he brought the fuel truck to my hangar. I took on enough to bring me to fifty-six gallons.
I launched into the cold morning air, Brrr...20* at three thousand feet. I picked up flight following with Dover and they eventually turned me loose to squawk vfr, suggesting Philly approach. I already had the weather at Wilmington and was monitoring the tower. I called in at ten south and was directed to enter a left base for runway two-seven, number two behind a gulfstream. I made a nice landing and made taxiway B, that felt good.
I had a rough plan of attack for approaches today, making our way to Summit (KEVY, Claremont (58M), Chester County (KMQS) and back to Wilmington (KILG). First up was Summit and the GPS 35 approach. A lap around WENDS for the procedure turn then inbound, not bad.
We made a full stop on this first one to change foggles, my view limiting device. Next up I thought I would try the GPS 17 and work the approach with a strong tail wind, just some added pressure to get it done, knowing I had no intention of landing. I ended up not getting slowed down quick enough and I ended up a bit high. I went missed and climbed out for Chester County making a few mental notes on flying in this scenario.
|I295, Delaware river looking towards NJ|
Something was still not right and my safety pilot now calls out we are looking low, then the Garmin 530 gives me a terrain alert across the screen and the Garmin 496 shows yellow towers off my right side, power lines. I then realize I'm just outside EFECO (should be 2400') and power up, I'm 700' below the approach. We had clearance but it's a big time bust flying the approach and this is the type of brain fart that can get you killed. I cross EFECO and descend, lifting the foggles at 940' and making a nice landing.
|Delaware river into the Delaware Bay. Salem nuke plant (center)|
We took a lunch break and then decided to head out for a few more approaches. I added twenty-five gallons to 08Romeo for the remainder of our flights. On the next approach I would try the GPS 29 back into Chester County. I had to get the monkey off my back and shake off the ILS 29 fiasco. This approach was rock solid ending in a low approach, it restored my faith in me. I finished up the day returning to Wilmington and making a decent landing in the gusty winds.
|RT 50 bridge at the inlet|
|KOXB over the nose|
Thanks Charles for the safety pilot help and lunch.