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#1 Kent Ashton

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 04:18 PM

I am getting old. Getting out and going places seems like a bit a hassle these days; it is certainly easy to stay home.  But when I look at maps, study airports and check train schedules, it gets the juices flowing to go somewhere, which, after all, is why we build these airplanes.  I will post some trips I've taken and maybe add to them.   Maybe it'll get your juices flowing to go somewhere, too.

 

Savannah -  What a wonderful town!  I was first introduced to Savannah when we got weathered-in there trying to return VFR from Florida.  We landed at the Savannah International airport (KSAV), parked at the FBO and stayed in a motel within walking distance.  We took a cab into town for several days until finally giving up a renting a car to get back to Charlotte.  Savannah is full of history; I enjoyed simply walking along the waterfront and looking at old buildings that were once wharves and warehouses for the cotton trade.  A special treat for me is to see a huge container ship going to the Port of Savannah.  The waterfront is rather touristy but the buildings have not changed and it's easy to imagine the pre-civil war past.  It is a beautiful city for walking with good museums.  Since then, we have returned, hosted by a friend who made reservations each year at the Savannah Music Festival.  One year we saw James Brown; another time, Wynton Marcalis.  It is an excellent festival with lots of variety.

http://www.savannahmusicfestival.org

 

I believe we parked at Signature in KSAV.  It was nice and not too expensive.  I see there is a second FBO there now.  I always read the FBO comments at Airnav.

http://www.airnav.com/airport/KSAV

 

After our first time, we landed at Fort Stewart-KLHW which has become a joint use airfield in recent years and our friend picked us up.  It is a little far from downtown Savannah but has a new terminal building and self-serve gas.  Easy in and out around the Ft Stewart airspace.   It might be a good choice with an Uber into town.

 

If you have taken a good trip, describe where you landed and how it went.


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#2 Kent Ashton

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 10:13 AM

Washington, DC -  Ha!  Not _downtown_ Washington, I am saving that for a gyrocopter trip!

 

However we flew into Manassa Regional a few years ago which is inside the Washington SFRA.  http://www.airnav.com/airport/KHEF

To fly into the SFRA you have to take a course and get a certificate  https://www.faasafet...ng.aspx?cID=405

There are some special filing requirements summarized here  

https://www.faasafet...A Checklist.pdf

 

Anyway, I got all my ducks in a row and filed VFR from N.C. to the "Fluky gate".  When I showed up and made contact with approach they'd never heard of me so I had to land outside the SFRA at Warrenton and refile.  As I recall, you cannot file a SFRA flight from the air.  No big deal; we did not have to get out of the airplane.  This time approach let us in and it was like any other airport.

 

Manassas is a good choice because the Manassas train station is just a short walk from the airport.  We took the train into Alexandria and stayed at a hotel there and took the tube each day into Our Capital.  Pretty easy connections.   https://www.vre.org/service/map/

 

On the flight out of Manassas, Washington Departure did not pick up our squawk and told us to return to the airport.  By that time I was almost to the SFRA boundary--the boundary is only 6 miles SW-- but the authorities won't let you do that.  I thought I would have to land again and sort it out but somehow back in the Manassas pattern, DC approach got our squawk and let us depart.  Fun trip.

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#3 Kent Ashton

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 04:02 PM

I had a tour in Germany  in the 80s and joined a glider club.  A great experience.  I already  had the glider rating from a tour in Las Vegas but never did much with it.  Frankly, I found it much scarier than flying fighters.  I never really got confident in gliders.  Flying around the airfield was just fine but going cross-country;  Whoa, scarey!.  The Germans were very friendly and welcomed me into the club; the old-timers in the club regularly flew 600 km triangles around southern Germany:  On a Saturday they would fly from Stuttgart to the Swiss Alps, to the Inner German border (border with the old E. Germany) , and back.   One time I went out to fly a 30 km triangle to get my U.S. license upgraded to a German license and landed out about five miles from the field where I took off.  The Germans had to come retrieve my glider.  Very humbling.  It is still a wonder full cheap way to fly.  I wish I had a site nearby.

 

I have been watching this fellow's posts lately on Youtube.  


-Kent
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#4 Barry

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 04:35 PM

"I have been watching this fellow's posts lately on Youtube."

 

Me too. Found them a few months back. Extraordinary. Must be nice to live so close to mountain lift.



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Posted 09 November 2017 - 01:25 PM

I have heard -- and I believe it -- that if you can fly a glider you can fly just about anything.


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Posted 10 November 2017 - 12:04 AM

" I wish I had a site nearby."

 

How nearby?

 

http://piedmontsoaring.net/

 

From my home in Huntersville, just short of an hour...



#7 Kent Ashton

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Posted 09 December 2017 - 11:06 AM

Boston - A question on the Cozybuilder's list reminded me that we flew into Norwood once (KOWD) and stayed at a Hilton in Dedham a little north of the airport.  The hotel picked us up at the airport.  From then on it was a short walk each day to the Dedham Corporate Center light rail station.  The hotel was reasonable.  That's the kind of trip I like.  Give it a try sometime but maybe not this time of year.  :-)

http://vfrmap.com/?t...-71.173&zoom=10


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