Saturday, April 23, 2011

Local Flightseeing in Tampa Bay

As often happens with pilots, I am often focused on some destination.   However, this morning I truly had no destination and thought it would be a lazy Saturday morning.

But a friend of mine (Kevin) was in town and wanted to do some sightseeing in Tampa Bay.  Since I am always looking for an excuse to fly, I offered to take him for a flight and he quickly jumped at the offer! 

Kevin is also a pilot.  But he flies a VERY different kind of plane.  He says he "doesn't own one (YET).. But usually rents a Remos light sport aircraft or an ancient Cessna".  He was so excited to fly in the Cirrus (and even more excited to press as many buttons as I would let him on the R9)!

We got a leisurely start on the day and took off on runway 5 @ Tampa Executive Airport into a very typical, clear blue FL sky.  After climbing runway heading and clearing the class B airspace shelf, we leveled off @ 4500 FT.  With everything stabilized and trimmed out, I let Kevin take the controls for a bit.  He did quite well and gave me the opportunity to setup some camera equipment.

With both cameras setup and ready, I took the controls again and called Tampa Approach requesting the typical Class B clearance.  In Tampa, the preferred route is an East to West Transition @ 3500 directly over Tampa International.  This is a wonderful routing because it takes you adjacent to Tampa Downtown and points you directly to Clearwater Beach. (A better view could not have been planned by a travel agent)

Here is a slide show of some of the pix along the way:

After we had our fill of pictures, we made a quick stop for breakfast @ the Flightline Grill @ Bartow Airport and then made our way back to Tampa Executive.

Despite not having any real destination, we certainly enjoyed the views and the journey today!!

Cheers,

4 comments:

  1. Great pictures. I laughed about the countless instrument approaches at PIE. Thats where I'm doing my instrument training at right now. I also flew just for fun no destination this weekend. Just one of those nice days you can't pass up. Gotta love living and flying in Florida.

    John

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  2. Awesome...hope I get a chance to fly with you soon, TJ.

    Alan

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  3. Hi! Just discovered your blog, looking forward to checking it out. Hope to get the time and financial means to explore the wonders of flying myself soon...

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  4. Is there any better way to spend a saturday morning? I think not! Sounds like a great day of flying, wish we had that wx in the north east.

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