Sunday, August 22, 2010

Trip to Meridian, MS (Jan 2010)

Like most of my flights that head NW bound, this flight was up to Cross City then direct destination.

KVDF>CTY>KMEI

The Crystal River Nuclear Power plant... (Rather cool site in an otherwise empty part of the state)


Aerial view of the Crystal River airport. (Did lots of landing practice there as a student pilot years ago)


Found a gr8 parking spot @ MEI next to some military trainers. (Notice the Navy and Marines use the same training fleet)


Close up of Capt Keith Taylor's NAVY trainer (Thanks Keith!!)



Capt Taylor graciously allowed me to climb Up to the cockpit of his bird.

(Wow! Do I appreciate my Cirrus cockpit with A/C and R9 even more after seeing that!!)

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Trip to Chicago (May 2010)

Fairly typical route KVDF>CTY>KSYI (Fuel Stop) > KDPA.

Weather forecast was not very cooperative. (But still safely within my comfort zone.)

First leg of the journey was very smooth and uneventful.

As you can see from the R9 moving map, All of the ugliness was just beyond Shelbyville, TN.

After leaving Shelbyville, it got a lot more interesting.

Thanks to the vector mode of the R9(and some cooperative ATC controllers), I was rather easily able to weave my way through the ugly weather.


Despite being in the middle of the afternoon, I was in such solid IMC, that it felt like night flying!


Finally out of the clouds (sort of... At least enough to notice how much flat farmland is in the midwest)


Some cool airport (don't remember which one) Looked like a runway inside a stop sign to me...
 
 

Getting close to Chicago (could barely see it through the haze)


Finally arrived safely @ KDPA (Dupage County)... Nice shiny, new FBO building huh?


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