Today was the most varied (and most intense) day of flying I have ever had! The day began as a leisurely morning sightseeing flight with Avanni (and her Daddy).
|Avanni and her parents (Ronak and Sapna)|
As you can see, Ronak got the hang of aerial photography pretty quickly as we flew over Patriots stadium down to Rhode Island and back:
After dropping them back home in Norwood, the drama began. The first leg was up to Sanford, ME, which was mostly in IMC and light rain. This landing was state # 29, and involved a GPS approach down to within 300 FT of minimums.
After a quick stop at the cockpit cafe and another weather briefing, I realized I needed to change my route entirely. Instead of Sanford > Lebanon > Rutland, I ended up going Sanford > Concord > Montpelier. Weather really forces you to be flexible! Enroute, was more light rain and total IMC. This was the view most of the way:
The landing at Concord was another instrument approach to within ~ 300 FT of minimums. I felt so proud of myself. (Little did I know what was coming on the next leg!!)
After fuel and another weather briefing, it was time to go Concord > Montpelier. This involved a flight, where I entered the clouds shortly after takeoff and didn't see the ground till I was on my final descent. Aside from being the largest continuous segment of IMC I have done, it also involved an flying an LPV approach all the way down to the published min! This is what it looked like when I finally broke out of the clouds:
|I was sooo happy to see the runway!|
Other than sunny FL training days, I have NEVER before flown an approach like that. (As I result, I know believe that there really is no substitute for "actual IMC")
The actual route flown so far is shown below:
Upto 31 states now!!