Archive for July, 2009

Second Day From Florida to St Louis

We had plan to leave Florida as early as possible to avoid bad weather but we were so tired because we did had so much lack of sleep during last few days.
We woke up in Jacksonville Ramada Inn 9 am and arrived with car to Sterling Flight in Craig Municipal airport ( KCRG ) 11 am. There was front of
bad weather arriving from north west. Kate needed to return our rental car to Jacksonville International Airport ( KJAX ) and Karoliina flew N756DS
there. Cloud ceiling was already low and there was moderate precipitation. Kate got rental car return point but there person in Rental car return did not know
how to get General Aviation terminal ( FBO ), she was completely unaware that such thing as general aviation even exists and could only say
that you need to go airliner terminal. Kate finally found FBO by walking and sweating half an hour in the hot Florida weather.

Karoliina arrived the same time
Sheltair FBO. We checked weather and noticed that we need to leave quickly to avoid getting worse weather. After take off from KJAX we were able to climb
to 2000ft . Soo Ceiling started to go lower and we ended to fly below clouds under 1000ft in uncontrolled Airspace over Florida swamps but still
safely within VFR minimums. After half of hour ceiling started to raise and we were in perfect weather for rest of this leg. We arrived safely to our
refueling stop Russel Rome airport ( KRMG ) near by Atlanta.

From KRMG our next leg was to St Louis, Missouri. Ceiling was high and we were able to cruise 4000ft . We used VFR Flight following for both legs
to get warnings about possible severe weather or traffic. That was a easy leg, just put flight plan to G1000 and autopilot on. Our target for
this leg was Creve Couer airport ( 1H0 ) . We arrived there about 9pm just around sunset. The airport is under complex St Louis Class B airspace.
The G1000 was very useful showing all airspace borders and altitude limits. VFR Flight following was also useful when arriving to unfamiliar
complex airspace.

Weather front is just arriving to St Louis

When we landed, Karoliina called our friends Chrissi and Randi, the Cozy Girrrls. They arrived soon with their minivan that had already back seat removed
for carrying things to Oshkosh. We get in to their van and let our Bird to rest for night. Chrissi and Randi are experimental aircraft builders and they
run their own small experimental aircraft parts business CG Products. They do really great work and perfect professional quality parts in
their workshop.

Good night to N756DS for good flight


The Pretty bird got a new home – day 1

Our first day, we drove from Miami to Jacksonville, 6 hours via Inter State 95.
Karoliina was using N97 to write mails to our insurance broker. We got all needed work for insurance done just 15 minutes before we arrived to pick up plane from Sterling Flight training.

There the our new Pretty Bird was waiting for us. Just fresh annual done and no
extra repairs needed. We decided to go for test flight with Sterling flight instructor and at the same time get checked out to the plane. First Touch and Go’s in At Augustine ( KSGX ) and then scenery route to Space Coast Regional Airport ( KTIX ).

It would be big sin to go so near of Nasa Cape Caneveral launch site and not even seeing it. Sad that so distant but we have wery tight schedule. Next morning we needed
to fly the plane to St Louis.

In KTIX we switched pilots and it was Karoliina’s turn to fly. She went to St Augustine to do touch and go’s as night flight. We happily landed back to KCRG 10.00 pm. Then it was time to get some sleep in hotel, happy but really very tired.

Karoliina and Kate are in Dysseldorf waiting for connection flight. Very tired. fb

T-0. We are leaving home now and heading to airport. fb

Packing for the USA trip is almost finished. Last bits of housecleaning tasks to be done before leaving to EFHK airport. fb