It's been 2 years in the making and our next flying adventure to the Bahamas has begun!!!!!
Tuppergal and I departed California on Saturday morning, May 21st visiting friends along the way. We start home from the Bahamas on Wednesday, June 8th.
You can track our flight progress over the ground via our SPOT tracker.
This year, we have 12 RVs, 1 Bonanza and 1 Thorp making the trip to Great Exuma in the Bahamas. Here are the pilots and crew flying with us this year;
Jim & Vicki Baker (Kansas: RV-6)
Chris & Indira Kleen (Washington: RV-6)
Gary & Carolyn Zilik (Colorado: RV-6A)
Bryan & Sherri Wood (California: Bonanza)
Paul & Victoria Rosales (California: RV-6A)
Mike Brewton & Denice Nicol (California: RV-7A)
Dave & Alina Buono (Texas: RV-7A)
Mercedes Eulitt & Jeff Brooks (California: RV-6A)
Scott & Deb Mills (Colorado: RV-9A)
Scott & Tanya Card (Texas: RV-9A)
Andrew Brandt (California: RV-9A)
Gene & Janet Larsen (Iowa: RV-9A)
Mark & Debbie Bantam (Kansas: T-18)
Here's our itinerary, subject to change due to weather: Deviations indicated by RED due to Joplin Tornado.
Other changes in GREEN
Departed SoCAL for Cleveland (OK) to visit friends.
Departed Cleveland for Grove (OK) to visit friends, and the tornado hit Joplin (35nm north of Grove) about 4 hours after landing.
Monday (5/23): Spent another day in Grove, in the pouring rain and blowing wind the day following the tornado in Joplin
Tuesday (5/24): Departed Grove for Asheville (NC) to see the Biltmore Estate on Wednesday.
Thursday (5/26): Departed Asheville for Atlanta (GA) to spend a couple of nights at the home of Mike "Kahuna" Stewart.
Friday (5/27): Spent the day in Atlanta sightseeing with Michael "Moose" White.
Saturday(5/28): Spent the day with Kahuna and Team RV
Sunday (5/29): Departed Atlanta
for Clearwater (FL) to spend the night and Memorial Day Monday with friends
Departed Clearwater to Venice (FL) for fuel and met up with other planes who joined us to Key West for lunch then to Homestead (FL)
Departed Homestead for the island of Great Exuma (ICAO MYEF), ~280nm, 2-hr flight to the Palm Bay Beach Club
Departed Great Exuma, landing Fort Pierce (FL), clear customs continue to Pensacola (FL)
Departed Pensacola (FL)
, landing Addison (TX: near Dallas) to visit friends
Departed Addison for Stephenville (TX) for lunch at Hard Eight BBQ
then landing Pecan Plantation in Granbury (TX) to visit friends
Departed Grandbury, landing SoCAL late afternoon
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if you'd like! Rosie & Tuppergal
We arrived home on Sunday, June 12th around 1530 local time with the hobbs showing 49.7 hours flown over 6600nm ;-) Here are the ground tracks to/from the Bahamas:
Here's our progress as of Friday, June 10, 2011 as we head home to California;
Here's the last leg we flew home from Texas on Sunday, June 12, 2011;