Sunday, May 25, 2014

Flying home from a great BBQ

Plane: Cessna 150
Route: AXV-40I 
Weather: Scattered clouds, 71 degrees, wind calm

After a very fun evening with friends we woke up and headed back to the airport. It was actually a pretty relaxing morning; I woke up around 8:45 and we were taking off about an hour later. Marty was up with a student in the Tomahawk so we said goodbye over the CTAF before taking the runway and heading south.

The hangar really does add an air of class to the mighty 150

Piqua and the Great Miami River

It was a seriously gorgeous morning to fly

The new ProLogis distribution center next to the Dayton Int'l Airport

Unlike the slightly bumpy ride up last night, the air was very smooth this morning. That's definitely one advantage of flying earlier in the day. I was getting flight following from Columbus Approach and they vectored us a couple miles west of a direct course to avoid departure traffic at DAY.

Downtown Dayton and the seemingly never-ending construction on I-75

Looking past downtown, that's the USAF Museum and then WPAFB up top

University of Dayton Arena and UD's main campus

Even after flying over countless times, I still can't believe how massive this house is

With winds varying between calm and light out of the east, I wasn't 100% sure which runway would be in use at Stewart. I flew  in from the north preparing to enter on a 45 for the downwind to Runway 8 but saw someone in the pattern for Runway 26. The jump plane wasn't flying so I made a midfield entry to a left downwind for 26. Putting all 40 degrees of flaps in on final, we landed nice and short, and had a quick taxi back to the tiedowns.

We're certainly sad to see Marty and his awesome BBQ's go. However, we've enjoyed quite a few of them (mainly through flying, though we've driven up once or twice as well) over the years. Thanks again to Marty and Suzie for letting us crash at their place last night... and here's to many blue skies and tailwinds for them in their next adventure!

Flight Track: Google Earth KMZ File 
Today's Flight: 1.0 hours
Total Time: 308.9 hours

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