Weather: Scattered clouds, 87 degrees, wind 250 degrees at 5 knots
Ok, so flying always beats driving in the eyes of most pilots, but it truly was a time-saver today! My cousin (who I've mentioned in recent posts) needed a ride to Oxford this afternoon to spend the weekend at Miami University. It's a 2:30+ round trip by car, or a 20-25 minute flight each way. I was busy at the airport all day helping get ready for the airshow so, love of flight aside, there was only one way to go - and that's in the 172.
Although the driving route is relatively straight, it's all via back roads
Gina picked RosaLia up in Dayton and they met me at Stewart around 1:30. We all climbed aboard and took off on Runway 8, then turned west and flew towards OXD, deviating slightly south around Middletown to avoid the skydivers. It was warm but not too bumpy - and our backseat passenger certainly enjoyed the view.
We landed around 2:15 and caught a ride to the university with Scott, the FBO manager, since their courtesy car was temporarily out of commission. I'm kind of glad we weren't able to drive since he knew exactly where he was going and probably got us there and back faster than I would have! Back at the airport, we chatted with a charter pilot from Michigan who was waiting to pick up his passenger in a Cessna 310. Really nice guy, like most people in aviation.
It was just after 3:10 when we departed for Stewart. With a slight tailwind at 3,500 feet it only took about 20 minutes to fly home; we hit 117 knots groundspeed on our descent. We touched down on Runway 26 just after 3:30. Just a quick afternoon trip, but a fun one.
Flight Track: Google Earth KMZ File
Today's Flight: 1.1 hours
Total Time: 287.9 hours