Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
150Trip End Sep 11, 2011
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
We were set to leave by 1030 hrs; holding at the runway threshold, we had a great view of two "Warthogs" taking off and then doing a low fly-past and an aerobatic manoeuver before disappearing from view. After take-off, the routing was to go back to the coast and follow it south. It was a pleasant 24 deg but very hazy so visibility was not going to be good for taking photos
Passing Augusta, Brunswick and then Portland we were soon above Kennebunkport (visited some years’ ago on a day trip out of Boston). The coast around this area is very attractive with lots of little inlets and islands and sandy beaches. Patrick contacted Boston ATC for the preferred routing to Hyannis – we were given a direct routing, taking us to Cape Ann and then across Boston Bay: just a little too far away to see Boston with any clarity. The Hook of Cape Cod loomed out of the haze on our left as we made our descent into Hyannis, the views either side quite stunning – a place to add to the ‘revisit’ list.
At Rectrix FBO Matt helped with refuelling the EZ (US gallons now, not litres, so requiring some thought!), and we used their flight planning facilities for the next leg to Salisbury, MD. Starting up after a 1.5 hrs stop, we were just about to depart when we had an issue latching the canopy closed. ATC kindly allowed us to retrace our steps towards the FBO and a small parking apron where we were able to quickly fix the latch
We continued to enjoy the views as the area below became more built-up and turning over JFK airport we only had a very, very hazy view to Manhattan on our right. Pity that we were so close but unable to get any good pictures! Heading for Coyle we could see that a big storm was ever so slowly moving offshore but the track we were on was going to keep us clear to the west of it with only a minor deviation further right required. This now put us on a direct path to our destination with a clear view of Atlantic City on our left. Crossing over Delaware Bay, we made our southern landfall near Lewes, a beautiful sandy beach and spit of land, and then patchwork fields as we came to the Indian River and started our descent into Ocean City Airfield, Salisbury
After landing we parked up alongside another Lear Jet (we are keeping good company) this time from the Walmart Corporation. Shutting the engine down at 1630 hrs we jumped out and chatted to the two pilots Justin and Brian; putting the EZ to bed at the same time, after which we walked together into the FBO where Amy the receptionist kindly arranged a room at a local hotel. We had a fine chat with her as we waited for the courtesy van to arrive, and once at the hotel we took the opportunity to have an early meal at a restaurant next door. It had been a long and successful day having negotiated our way through eight states and past two very major airports thanks to great and accommodating Air Traffic Controllers.