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Old 04-18-2013, 02:49 PM
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OMG what a hoot! Who would have thought.... ask and you shall receive...
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:06 PM
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OMG what a hoot! Who would have thought.... ask and you shall receive...
The thought was thanks to another VAFer who posted they had made the pass. Sorry - can't remember who did so. I wouldn't have thought it possible with it being smack dab in the middle of 4 restricted area. As I was looking at the track from Fort Pierce to St. Augustine, there was the facility marked on the map and that post came flooding back.
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:10 PM
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I believe I saw a post from Vlad when he did it and then others since then.

Seems like a cool thing to do if you are in the neighborhood. That is one long runway.
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:16 PM
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Default Great Job Tanya

My hat is 'off' to Tanya Card who assumed 'Lead' duties for the return flight home to Florida after the departure of our group last Friday:

THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!

You and Scott are hereby officially 'blessed' as Over-Water Veterans, and I'm looking forward to our 2015 Cayman Islands/Belize flying adventure Rosie

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Old 04-18-2013, 04:27 PM
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Default Wednesday - final push for home part 1

Here we go. The final push for home on Wednesday April 17 2013.
Dave and Alina Buono and Tanya and I met in the hotel lobby at 7:30am in St. Augustine for breakfast. Food and a plan to head our now two ship to Foley Alabama to have an early lunch at Lambert’s was hatched. Bill had a separate plan to go to Louisiana today and wasn’t prepared for any IFR possibilities so he was going to stay put for a while. We were rolling to the airport via taxi by about 8:15am. Behold, our airplanes were still where we left them and didn’t seem to have even been jiggled by the now six helicopters that shared the ramp as promised. I would bet a paycheck that our aircraft were carefully inspected sometime during the night.



We launched with Taco as #2 through a little early morning crud. Along the way across the panhandle of Florida and into Alabama the sky was very hazy with reduced visibility. I believe most of it was smoke from fires south of the border. Taco commented during our little jaunt offshore across the gulf, “It sure is easy to see how a non-instrument rated pilot could get into this and simply crash right into the ocean.” It is true, there was almost no horizon reference, but still plenty of technical VFR visibility. Tanya noticed that the coastline isn’t anywhere near as pretty here.



Coming over Pensacola NAS we got cleared for decent at pilot’s discretion into Foley. There was a scattered to broken layer at about 2500’ that we had to work our way through. The good wingman hung in as we maneuvered down to about 1000’ for a GPS 45 to downwind. It was one of those arrivals where nobody saw the airport until we rolled out on downwind just because we were a little low and the trees hid it well.
On the ground at Foley, the airport manager greeted us with a smile. He was a really nice guy and seemed to know something about RVs. On the ramp there was some activity surrounding a Coast Guard chopper. I thought about going over there to check it out but the Coasties seemed pretty busy. I was thinking about.. “Hi guys, how is it going? Did you break it or something?” It is a very good thing I didn’t.

We went to lunch at Lambert’s as Tanya had been wanting to do for quite some time. We ate about a third of what they tried to stuff in us, disposed of about a third, and brought some back with us. When we got back to the airport from lunch they were breaking down the helicopter for ground transport. The airport manager explained that it landed here last night and apparently they had a hard landing with subsequent evaluation of the data recorder that dictated that it wouldn’t be flown out. Whew, close call for me . They had it packaged and on the trailer in just a few minutes. It was interesting to see. Apparently they knew what they were doing.





This was goodbye to our last remaining wingman as we headed direct to San Antonio to pickup Watson and the Buonos headed to Dallas. This would be a very long leg for us at the limits of our fuel range given the expected headwinds so we conserved fuel the whole way. We did a slow cruise in hopes of making it without a fuel stop but with the option to stop short if needed. We found pretty consistent headwinds of about 25kts which was almost 20kts more than was forecast. After we topped the Houston class B, we were really looking at fuel carefully. We had been flying over a pretty solid undercast layer all around the Houston area and the weather wasn’t improving as expected at San Antonio. There were a few holes in the clouds around La Grange so we pulled the plug and did a steep spiral from 8000’ right down on top of Fayette Regional airport for fuel. The bases were at about 2000’ and the general weather not all that great. On the ground at the secluded fuel pump, we gave each other a high five for a good decision and enjoyed the relief of being on the ground with full tanks and no longer in the air calculating fuel.

On the ground at Fayette


Sorry, but that is the last picture from this adventure, but we’re not done yet.
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:41 PM
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The next two hours were the most challenging of the entire trip since we left home almost two weeks ago. Here is what we wanted to do:



Weather along all parts of this route was mostly overcast with bases about 2300’ to 1200’ and tops around 6500’. There wasn’t any convection, some areas of visibility 3-4mi in mist. This was not a VFR trip for us with two instrument tickets aboard, however, if I had been solo this late in the day, I probably would have either skipped SAT and headed straight home, or left it on the ground there and called my support crew to come and get me D-> comfy bed. So, we lifted off and were able to climb to about 2400’, contacted approach and got a local IFR into San Antonio. The clouds were pretty dark and there was a little precip in them. Of course, it was bumpy too. We got a climb to 6000’ direct MARCS for the Rodeo 1 arrival. Great, smack dab in the middle of the bumps. Mmmmm… Right in here, we realized that with all of the IFR work that we’ve done in the past few years, neither of us had ever flown a published arrival in actual IMC. Now was as good a time as any. We were all spooled up and in our own back yard. One person flying the airplane with the other working charts, avionics, and radios. It is a very powerful combination that we use on almost all flights. Ask any of the recent wingmen, it is sometimes alarming at how well it works.

After CRISS, fly 295deg, expect vectors for the ILS runway 12R. Okey, dokey. Bumpdy, bumpdy, bumpdy through the clouds we went. Tanya said, “Wow, this San Antonio approach controller is Busy!” He was indeed working hard. “22C, for planning purposes, what will be your final approach speed?” … We hadn’t even been turned for the localizer yet. This was going to be interesting and we were both glad we weren’t thinking about fuel management. We got the turn for the localizer which we intercepted, only to get another turn out to the other side shortly thereafter, then back to the localizer and cleared for the approach. Clearly something wasn’t working out for his spacing. Yes, we’re still hard IMC.

We started down the glideslope. “N4822C, cancel approach clearance, turn heading…, climb maintain 6000’.” Power went in, and around we went. That was another first in the books for us. Tanya was flying this whole sequence since the fuel stop. She got some really great IMC time! I gave her a quick little bit of situational awareness with, “Cool, we’re right back exactly where we started from .” I could tell that she had settled into the groove with the commitment required to just keep operating as we bounced along. Can you tell that I’m proud of her? I guess the sequencing came out better the second time around as we broke out at about 1300’. “San Antonio tower, 4822C has the field in sight, request a side step to land 12L for parking on the north side.” “4822C, Change runway to 12L, cleared to land 12L.”

We taxied to the new FBO Asertec which has been great to us. Tanya parked it right next to the huge hangar and shut down. Whew, another high five and smiles all around. My first comment was “We’re going to sit here at the FBO for a while before we launch for home.” I didn’t get any arguments. We went in and saw my Ma’ pulling into the parking lot with the reason we were here in the first place. Remember, I said this thing isn’t done until we’re all at home in our own bed? That includes our only child Watson (Beagle hound). In came his waggling tail with his sniffer firmly planted along the ground on the go.

One more leg. The weather still dictates an IFR run home. Clearly this was my leg. I got a local IFR from clearance delivery. With Watson loaded up, “4822C is cleared to the GTU airport via radar vectors, V550, Centex, Direct. Climb maintain 5000 feet. Departure frequency is 127.1. Squawk 1234.” Our new home airport is Breakaway 40XS and doesn’t have any approaches, so our local default is Georgetown just a few miles north. I learned on a previous trip from San Antonio clearance, “22C, I’m unable to input four character destinations, is there someplace else close to that?” So now I just ask for destination GTU when going home IFR.

Off we went, but I really didn’t want to bounce along in the muck at 5k’ all the way home for the 30 minute flight with the dog. Shortly after contacting departure, I asked for a climb to 8k’ which allowed us to pop out the top to smooth air. “22C contact Austin approach on 119.0, gooday.” We checked in and I asked how low he could get us over Breakaway as that would be our final destination. I was very clear about my intentions to shoot the approach into GTU and make the short hop home after cancelling IFR. He could get us down to 2500’ and GTU was reporting 2700’. I usually opt for the sure thing here, but this was high enough to go take a look-see, with the option to continue the planned approach. The approach controller was very happy to give me all the help in the world to make for a happy and successful outcome. “22C, decend maintain 2500’ turn left heading … vectors to put you on a close right downwind for Breakaway.” The sun is getting very low up top at this point and we’re decending through light rain in the darkish gray clouds. My mojo was flowing just fine. Tanya was feeding Watson continuous dog treats for the decent into the bumps. I swear that the controller must have been right there onboard with me, knowing that I fly the airplane from the right side. At about 2650’ Tanya commented “I can see the ground, but we’re still in it” as I’m starting to arrest my decent to 2500. We popped out the bottom of the clouds just below 2600’. The bottoms were smooth, not ragged, with visibility about four miles, no rain. I looked out the window to my right and right off the wing was home. I was on a perfect right downwind midfield. Amazing! “Approach, RV 4822C has the field in sight, we can cancel IFR at this time, Excellent show.” “22C, cancellation received, squawk VFR, frequency change approved, have a good evening.” I changed to CTAF and made my first call. Immediately I heard a friendly voice from good friend and resident, John, “Welcome home 22C, the runway is clear.” We have a deer problem in the evenings, which was the last thing on my mind this time. We have a good team though. Base, final, stopped by midfield.

And there you have it. Shortly thereafter, the final objective was achieved; everybody is happy, healthy, safe, and asleep in their own bed.



A few other return pictures here:
https://picasaweb.google.com/1004997...eat=directlink

Just for quick reference, I’ve been writing today’s updates with picture processing for more than eight hours solid. Beware if you choose to fully share such an adventure . I'll now sit back with everybody else and enjoy reading about the rest of Rosie's adventure.
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:08 PM
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Outstanding job you two!! Wish I had a second pilot to work with!!
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:14 PM
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Glad you guys made it home ok.

Thanks for posting pics and write ups.

I sure missed not going this trip!

Be well.
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:28 PM
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Thanks for all the work to do the trip write up on your vacation Scott.
Love to go along on the 2015 trip, by then our 9A will have enough time on it and I won't worry about the water crossings. Well not as much anyway, lol.
Excellent job both of you on the IFR flights. Nice to see you guys work the system so well.
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:25 AM
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Thanks for sharing, it was brilliant to "ride along" from a distance.
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