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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.


-Kent
Cozy IV N13AM-650 hrs, Long-EZ-55 hrs


#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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-Kent
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