Wednesday, March 7, 2012
|Landing at N30|
I met with members of a flying club to discuss Light Sport Airplanes over the weekend. Too windy to do a flight, I concentrated on providing as much information as I could including a detailed cockpit static display. They were impressed with the Dynon Avionics and fit and finish of the airplane. After we finished they offered to take my wife and I to lunch. We spent another few hours discussing the club, how to entice new members, operating costs, interesting $100 hamburgers, and the current state of aviation. (Don't think we solved any problems, but the lobster bisque was excellent.)
|N30 (Closed for Winter Hours)|
|Economic cruise 4900RPM at 4.9 GPH|
One of the spots mentioned at lunch was Cherry Ridge. Located just north of Scranton, it would be a nice stretch of our legs and a chance to explore another part of our local map.
The flight was pretty straight forward. After takeoff Sally and I climbed to 5500 and leveled off over Butter Valley. I called Allentown Approach for flight following and received a transponder code. (Nothing showing up on Flight Aware today.) Unlimited visibility and stable air made for a very enjoyable flight. The heater was working, the sun was shining and all was right with the world.
Soon I was handed over to Wilkebarre/Scranton. I passed the Blue Mountain and Camel-back Ski areas, and saw the massive triangle of the Pocono Mountain Speedway. I also saw some snow lying in fields and under some trees. Lake Wallenpaupak was my last checkpoint and the GPS said I was within ten miles of my destination. I was pretty sure I could see the runway and cancelled with approach to continue VFR.
|Crossing over at Blue Mountain|
Normal operations for the flight home. I was surprised how close the GPS tracks lined up when I pulled the data from my 96C. This GPS stuff might just make an impact on aviation.
Posted by Pilot at 9:44 AM