We’re heading towards Kissimmee today. Since we returned to hotel quite late last night, we have a delayed start this morning. The day started with the regular checks and flight preparations. During our flights we have collected a large amount of bugs on the windscreen and as a result, the photos are getting worse and worse. Solution:
Today we are just doing 3 states: South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. During the first track of the day, we are overflying some lakes with particular shapes.
At Waycross-Ware County Airport, we run into a rather strange helicopter. A bit of research shows that this is a Kaman K-MAX. The interesting things about this helicopter are the two rotors that turn in opposite directions. This results in high stability which is very useful for firefighting. And that’s exactly what it is used for here; there are a lot of fires in this area and since this is mainly swamp, you can’t get to the fires by truck. When leaving the area, we are flying through the smoke of several fires.
During lunch we come to the conclusion that it is not realistic to fly to Kissimmee today; we’re running out of daylight and are not allowed to fly at night. After a bit of brainstorming, we decide to fly to Ormond Beach, which is close to Daytona Beach. We end up in the Daytona Beach Resort which with these views
After a nice dinner, some of the group goes out for some drinks, but after all the late nights that we had; my energy level is too low to join them… I must be getting old ;-(