The plan was to head to the airport in time to pre-flight and get in the air by 11am. Ziva was fed, the house locked up, and off we went for todays adventure. We did make one stop to pick up flowers, a mum of some sort that looked like it was crossed with a daisy, very pretty. We wanted to bring something since Nahia told Mary not to bring anything but ourselves.
Taxing for runway two and upon completing my run up we rolled for take off. 3 Tango Charlie enjoyed the cool air and quickly had us at three thousand feet for todays flight. I contacted Patuxent approach on 127.95 and did not get an answer, that was odd. I made a couple of calls and received a response to switch to "my frequency" 121.0. Again odd, I can't remember ever using that frequency before for approach. After a few more tries on this new frequency I gave up and switched to Dover approach on 132.425. Dover quickly responded and we traded information, I received the barro setting, and squawk code once Dover had my plan of flight, destination, and altitude. We were on our way with an extra set of eyes.
Dover handed us off to Potomac and we rode along with a few traffic call outs. The air was cool, the view spectacular, and the ride smooth. We could see the cooling towers at Salem, just South East of Wilmington Delaware (KILG) from Easton Maryland (KESN), approximately 42 miles. About eight miles out from the airport Potomac handed me off to Martin State tower, I was cleared to land and report a three mile final. That worked for me since I had the airport and massive runway in view.
I did fly through the tip of the restricted area under the control of Martin State which I wasn't comfortable with but received no warning from Potomac Approach or Martin State Tower. I was directed to keep my squawk code.
|Mary enjoying the fountain and Sangria|
I contacted Martin State ground with the current ATIS and advised ready to taxi for our VFR flight to Ocean City, KOXB. I was directed to taxi via Foxtrot and Echo then hold short runway three-three. Once the run up was completed we were ready to go. I did not check my transponder, brain fart, which I normally reset to 1200 after landing. I took off with my previous squawk code "in the box". What a putz, the tower advised reset squawk on my climb out.
The flight home was once again smooth and now sporting a bit of a tailwind that we had pushed through heading into MTN. Ground speeds were on average 135-138 knots despite dialing back to twenty-four squared. It was good to once again view the Ocean City skyline just before sunset and to capture a wing view shot to go along with that view.
We enjoyed our visit with Les and Nahia and we are looking forward to more meet ups in the near future. We had a fun time, enjoying excellent company, great food, and our friendship by way of aviation and the Beech Aero Club.