After taking care of Ziva and making some breakfast I turned on 3 Tango Charlie’s preheats with a simple text. I had planned on flying up to New Garden, N57, to fly the two new approaches listed in the latest Jepp update. New Garden has two new RNAV approaches, GPS runway six and two-four. I also wanted to catch up with my friend Charles so he could get some fly time, and check out the new GPS approaches, since he is still waiting on his new engine for his Piper.
I headed to the hangar to knock out my preflight and mount my video cameras. As I finished up Charles texted me and advised he would meet me at N57 in an hour.Perfect, I had already hooked up the tug and just needed to get the hangar door closed. 3 Tango Charlie started on a few blades and I got to the first of my tasks. Did I mention how much I miss my FlightStream 210? I chugged and plugged my simple flight plan in the GNS480 while oil temps came up. I picked up the weather and got the video rolling, it was time to taxi out to runway two-zero. Runway 14 - 32 is still NOTAMed closed during the weekdays.
I launched into a beautiful blue sky, turning east for the coastline and then north, enjoying the view. I had one ADSB target, the WBOC traffic helicopter.
Once north of Dover I crossed that magical line for weather and the ride became bumpy, at times uncomfortably so.
|The Monster Mile|
First up after we launched was to get Charles some stick time. I was head down loading the new RNAV approach on the Garmin 480 since I updated my GPS data card one day early. I also had to make the same change, deleting the Pennsylvania terminal procedures on my iPad so the updated data cycle could be active. We were all set and ready to shoot the RNAV GPS 24. Charles and I swapped control and we were off for the initial fix ZEYNU.
No flight following on the way home but I did monitor Dover approach and guard. Once I passed Delaware Coastal I started down for Ocean City and switched to OXB's CTAF. I made my calls at ten and five out blending in with traffic. First for the airport was the Kilo November King Air, a frequent visitor, followed by a school plane entering in the pattern.
|Looking down the Chesapeake Bay|