My bride hasn't been feeling that great but she was excited about heading south to some warmer weather. We were both up by 7am, I got up earlier to feed the zoo then climbed back in bed. Once the critters were good to go we packed a bag with water, munchies and fruit for the flight. We rolled into OXB and I began my pre-flight. Upon returning from Cape May yesterday I ordered the tanks to be topped off, specifically saying not my normal fuel request but actually topping off both tanks, the response, "got it". Hmmm...they didn't "get it", 08Romeo was fueled exactly where I typically request, slots plus five, which brings me to fifty gallons. The fuel truck came out and topped off the tanks, taking a total of nine gallons. The lineman said, "good thing you checked." I responded, I always check, I wouldn't trust anyone but me to check the tanks.
Eventually we were ready to get the fan turning and did so once belted in. 08Romeo was at idle warming oil and I was updating my flight plan and getting it cross filled to the Garmin 530W. With the weather noted I taxied for runway three-two and performed my run up before calling Potomac Clearance and Delivery.
!OXB 04/010 OXB COM REMOTE TRANS/REC 121.750 CHANGED TO 127.250 1704201630-PERM
|Fishermans Island Wildlife Refuge and Inlet|
|Virginia Beach and Oceana NAS|
|First Flight traffic|
Cherry Point gave me a descend at pilots discretion to 4000. I started a descent then thought better of letting down to soon since my route would now have me crossing twenty-six miles of the Pamilico Sound.
Once I had Ocracoke made, I started a descent for the pattern altitude. I made an ok landing and taxied to the ramp, everything has been updated since Mary and I last visited back in October 2008.
One by one the remaining three aircraft arrived. Mike K in his beautiful Sundowner, Jeff B in his gorgeous Sierra and Don in his freshly painted beautiful 63' Musketeer. Four mice on the ramp, looking good. Well, from a distance 08Romeo looked good but she was still sporting construction dirt and grime and was pretty gross.
We finished up lunch and posed out front for a group shot then made plans for the afternoon. Jeff was heading back to the airport via Howards golf cart limo and the rest of the group decided on renting a cart to tour the town. Ocracoke golf carts said there would be a fifteen minute wait to pick us up so we hung out chatting in the parking lot.
|Flight plan for home|
Mary climbed aboard and buckled in while I finished the pre-flight. All things looked in order so we started up and back taxied on runway six for departure. Of course I forgot to turn on the video, duh, I'm adding a post it note on the panel. As we climbed out I turned the camera on and captured what I could. Mary arranged her neck pillow and unplugged her headset then settled in for a nap. I didn't file for the trip home, instead, I picked up flight following with approach in the reverse order of our flight south.
|RT64 into Nags Head|
|Chic's beach - south entrance to Bay Bridge|