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mchargmg 07-06-2017 06:27 PM

Early morning flight
 
Hey all,

For some reason I woke up early today and could not get back to sleep. So I decided to go flying. The hangar at my airport, KFLY, is about 35 minutes from my house. So after a bit of coffee, off I went.

Got to the hangar just after 0600. Pull out the Sabrina Lee. She looks good in the morning sun.


Flew north out of KFLY, staying below the IFR approach to COS. Flew over to my home town Palmer Lake, nestled up against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.


We are about 15 miles north of the Air Force Academy, so I flew down there to listen to the cadets in the pattern at KAFA.



Had to stay fairly high, as KAFA is towered, with controlled airspace. The air was fairly hazy this morning due to the fire in Breckenridge. You can sort of see the airfield below.




They were busy as bees this morning. I actually teach at the Academy, and a colleague of mine in the Physics department is also an instructor pilot for the airfield. She was out flying this morning, and it made my day to hear her on the radio. What a great joy these planes bring us!

Blue skies,

Geoff

RV3bpilot 07-06-2017 07:07 PM

I love your early morning flight, I do the same all the time here in Minnesota. This morning it was partly cloudy and the air was rough.

turbo 07-07-2017 05:34 AM

geoff, dawn patrol is the best. never had the problem of not being able to sleep so i had to fly but sounds like a good reason to go flying.
wondering how your airport founded the FLY designation. that is so cool. some one was really thinking on that one. :D

jbDC9 07-07-2017 07:07 AM

Nice pics! I have a love/hate relationship with dawn patrol flying; I love to fly in the mornings when it's cool(er) and calm, but I hate getting up early, ugh.

colojo 07-07-2017 09:07 AM

I made a dawn patrol flight in my RV-8 on July 4th. Flew south from Denver Centennial to Palmer Lake, then followed the hogbacks north up to Ken Caryl Ranch, where I had to deviate northeast towards downtown Denver to avoid a flock of paragliders. I like early morning flights the best.

The smoke has really increased in the last 3 days.

colojo 07-07-2017 09:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by turbo (Post 1185884)
wondering how your airport founded the FLY designation. that is so cool. some one was really thinking on that one. :D

Can't vouch for the accuracy of it, but there's a Wikipedia article that explains this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meadow...port_(Colorado)

springer 07-07-2017 10:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RV3bpilot (Post 1185837)
I love your early morning flight, I do the same all the time here in Minnesota. This morning it was partly cloudy and the air was rough.

I was so tempted to fly this morning but with your PIREP glad I held off until tomorrow. Nothing better than a smooth Dawn Patrol flight over the MN/WI countryside.

MikeyDale 07-07-2017 05:17 PM

Love it! Love it! Love it!

larrys 07-09-2017 06:16 AM

Still Dreaming!
 
Still dreaming but can't wait for the early morning ride. And add on the fun of building your own plane. Thanks for sharing it!
Larry

Neal Trombley 07-09-2017 07:44 PM

wonderful post..
flew last Monday the 3rd to Okeechobee for breakfast in a CUB 1500 feet 75mph wheels up at 0700 it was just wonderful saw a RV6 that was up before us and blew right by us. SOME DAY SOON


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