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You will not find me on a ladder (I am scared of heights), but this is my favorite hobby…

It’s finally time to go flying…

First event of the day: Lex had to fly back to Merrit Island, since he forgot the bag with all his paperwork and credit cards with the FBO yesterday. According to the weather forecast, we would get some bad weather during the morning, so it was questionable whether he would be able to return to Kissimmee. We were still stuck at Kissimmee, since the paperwork of Ferdinand was not yet completed.

By the time Lex was returning to Kissimmee, the thunderstorms were hitting Kissimmee. We just tied down his plane when the wind and rain hit the airport.

After a few hours, the weather became much better. The thunderstorms moved away from Kissimmee, however not from the airport that we planned to fly to today. As a result, we did exactly what we did last year: change the route to match the weather. We’re going to fly to Chicago first; then New York and back to Kissimmee.

Although the paperwork of Ferdinand is still not completed, we decided to start the tour. Ferdinand and Tom will remain in Kissimmee and catch up once the documents are there. Therefore Egon, Lex, Kees, Jeroen and myself took off for our first stop: Cedar Key. During the flight we encountered several rain showers; but since we could easily circumvent them, they were no issue. They resulted in some nice pictures though.


We’ve been to Cedar Key before in 2008; it’s an airport that is situated on a small island and therefore starts and ends in the water.

There’s nothing on the airport of Cedar Key, so after a short break it was time to move on to Tallahassee. We ended up with the FBO named “million air”; what a brilliant name. The interior of their building matched their name,

After our landing we found out that Ferdinand’s documents were approved and Tom and Ferdinand also left Kissimmee on route to Tallahassee. For us this meant that we had a few hours of waiting ahead. The weather was beautiful; a nice 23 degrees. This airport is used by the US Navy for all sorts of training. While we were there, an Orion was practicing touch and go’s and there were some other aircraft of the US Navy stationed here.

Once Ferdinand and Tom arrived, we got to our hotel to enjoy a nice dinner and to celebrate that we were “on the road”. Tomorrow we’re heading to Chicago.

The track of today:

Just hopping around…

Since I am done with the paperwork and check outs, I joined Lex and Egon on a sightseeing tour. After leaving Kissimmee, we flew to the coast; then along the Kennedy Space Center where they used to launch the space shuttle; then back to Kissimmee overflying the Disney parks.

It was quite a bumpy ride; the temperature at the ground is over 32 degrees. The weather forecast shows thunderstorms later today. Once we returned to Kissimmee, we found that for most of the pilots the paperwork was done and everyone was getting ready to fly to Vero Beach for lunch. So, I hopped on the Cirrus of Lex again for a flight to Vero Beach.

Once there, we found out that the restaurant was closed to Labor Day which is public holiday over here. Looks like some people can still afford the chauffeur driving them to their private jet and have him load the bags onto it.

By now it was after 14.00 and everyone was getting a bit hungry. We got on the planes again to hop over to Merritt Island.

A taxi took us to a restaurant about 15 minutes away from the airport. While driving back from the restaurant, we noticed that the sky was getting dark and by the time we got to the airport, we were surrounded by rain, lightning and a lot of wind; no flying conditions. We waited for some time to allow the bad weather to move on, not only at Merritt Island, but also at Kissimmee since we had to fly back there. After all the rain, we had a nice smooth ride back.

Another day in paradise. Tomorrow we will start the flying tour up north.

Check outs finalized

Today we finalized all the check outs; now we need to get the paperwork in place. However, tomorrow is a public holiday and as a result the FAA is closed. So, at this point only Tom and myself are allowed to fly (and Lex of course, since he’s here with his own plane).
Have a look at the individual tracks of today of the C182-team: Kees Schoorl (red track), Jeroen van Rossom (blue track) and myself (green track).

Paperwork, ground school and check out

You may have noticed that I like to fly planes. And when you really want to enjoy flying, you need to do so in the USA. This beautiful country has no borders, a large number of airports, excellent service on the airports and good weather.

The downside of flying abroad is all the paperwork, ground school and checkouts you will have to do in order to being able to rent a plane.

This year we have a group of 7 and we are going to fly 3 different types of planes; one Cessna 172, one Cessna 182 and a Cirrus SR22. The Cirrus comes with a story. Normally we just travel to the US and rent planes there. But one of the participants (Lex Versteeg) thought it would be good fun to bring his private plane.

So, here it is: a Dutch call sign in the US. That’s something the US air controllers are not used to; a call sign with just letters in it and starting with “PH”.

Well, today was about ground school and paperwork, tomorrow we are going to fly and do the check outs.

Flying USA: The Big Apple Edition

It’s that time of the year again: holiday planning season!

The plan of this year: flying in the USA (again…). Once you have flown an airplane in the USA, you want to go back. This country is so big, divers and so friendly for private pilots, it’s almost unbelievable. And the trip that is planned for this year is going to confirm these statements again. The plan? Well have a look at the map:

The initial idea was to start close to New York, but it was impossible to either hire enough planes, the right planes or get instructors to organize the required check outs. As a result, we start at Kissimmee and are going to use the services and planes of Sunstate Aviation again. We were here in 2008 and the service and planes were just perfect.

When looking at the route, you will notice that we pass New York. But is that enough to call the trip the Big Apple Edition? Well, there are 2 interesting topics here: first of all, we will be in New York on the 10th of September and have a stay over on 11 September 2011… 10 Years after the planes flew into the towers…

The next big thing: the day we leave New York, we will follow the Hudson river to fly right through this massive city. Have a look at these guys that did the same some time ago: