So tomorrow is really day 1 of the journey. But tonight, was time for the flight planning. My general sequence is usually as follows:
1 Weather 2 Route Selection 3 Airport/FBO selection
Then if time permits 4 Lodging 5 Ground Transport. But if time doesn't permit getting to 4 or 5, I am usually happy to figure that out on the spot upon arrival.
1 Weather: The weather looks great! I used to check weather using the ADDS. But recently I started using the new AOPA Weather site, which I find a little better... (only wish it was available via iPhone app)
The weather is good but looks like it will be bumpy as I near the destination. I will probably file IFR. But the weather is good enough that I don't need to tomorrow + going VFR usually gives me better pictures... I will do one more check before departure and make the final VFR/IFR call tomorrow.
2. Route: Tomorrow's route will be a short, easy one that I have flown many times:
|KVDF > OCF > V441 > SSI > KRDU|
Assuming no surprises, I should get there in time for dinner with family...
In addition, I hope to try making some R9 avionics video clips along the way. (It will be "take 1"... So who knows how good it will turn out.)
3. Airport/FBO: Raleigh has 2 major FBOs, which is rather common at bigger airports. Both are full service FBOs with all the amenities. I think I will use TAC Air. (Not any particular reason... I just had a good experience at the TAC Air in Lexington, KY a few weeks ago... thought I would give this one a try.)