Lake City, Florida to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Trip Start Dec 23, 2012
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Trip End Mar 30, 2013


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Monday, December 31, 2012

Today's flight is a short one, about 290 nm, so I got to the Lake City airport later in the morning and was happy to see no frost on the plane. There was a forecast low broken cloud layer at Ft. Lauderdale Executive airport (KFXE), my destination, so I filed an IFR flight plan though the weather was forecast clear along the whole route up to the coast.  After filing something they didn’t give me, then changing it once airborne, I ultimately ended up flying:   KLCQ OCF V157 LAL V511 NEWER KFXE

at 7,000 feet.   It was an easy flight, with a 15 knot headwind at KFXE blowing right down runway 08 giving me a chance for short, smooth landing. 

I’d been to KFXE several times before in my Archer II enroute to the Bahamas (in 2004) and the Cayman Islands (via Key West) in 2005.   They’ve got a great FBO here – Banyan Air Services which does everything from normal FBO services, to aircraft maintenance (I had the oil in the Archer changed here once) and a handy pilot shop.  Since my last visit, their facility has undergone a total upgrade – it’s not even in the same old place.  Again, really first rate, with first rate service from the line guys.  KFXE is a popular jumping off point for GA flights into the Caribbean so they have a lot of current, first-hand practical advice for making these flights.  This also rent life rafts and such if want them for the over-water flights. Although I’m pretty much prepared for where I’m going, I knew if any last minute questions came up I probably could get an answer at Bayan.  

I’m treating myself to a hotel overlooking the beach for New Year’s Eve.  It’s finally warm, the sun is shining and the ocean has a parade of cargo ships and cruise ships coming and going from the port adding motion to the scenery.  Like always, the Ft. Lauderdale beach promenade is full of people, some on the sand, some just strolling along the sidewalks on either side of the A1A beach highway.

I looked at my flight log for this trip – I’m already about 30% of the way to Antarctica, but still on familiar ground so it doesn’t seem like I've gone far at all. No flying tomorrow, a day off, then January 2 on to Providenciales (Provo for short) in the Turks and Caicos, definitely new territory for me.
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Judy on

Hey bro, I've been at the airport at Turks and Caicos several times. It wasn't official, but sometimes we stopped on the way to Barbados. Dont' remember much but that it was flat. We didn't get off the plane. That was in June and I haven't been there since '83.

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