Hi again to VAF! Sorry I'm behind the 'ball' on our trip post as we departed Homestead (X51) on Wednesday morning (June 1) and am just back from a great evening of hangar-flying in Jimmyb's room :-) As you've already read in posts by Scott & Deb Mills and Scott & Tanya Card, we are having a GREAT
time here on 'Island Time'....but back to Wednesday morning, Day 12....
I woke up around 0300 because I was excited and
I wanted to check the morning weather (it was fine ;-) then back to bed...alarm went off at 0530: shower/pack/dress. The Cards and most everybody else were already eating when we arrived to the 0600 breakfast in the lobby at 0605. Eggs/bacon/yogurt/OJ...mmm..mmm...good....then it's 0630 and we are all out the door and into the mini-vans for the 15 minute drive to the airport.
FBO owner John Roberts was there to see us off as we all readied our planes. Once the planes were packed, we all checked on each other to make sure everyone knew the 'marching orders' of the morning: Alpha flight off at 0800, Bravo flight at 0810 and Delta Flight at 0820 (we combined some flights at the briefing night before). Here are some ramp pics:
Mark Bantam sporting his very special T-shirt we had made for him and wife Debbie;
California Flier Andrew Brandt;
California Flier Bryan Wood with an audience listening to his every word;
The next time you see Alina Buono, MAKE SURE
you ask her about landing at Bay Minette (1R8). Enough said;
Oh yea.... Mercedes had a flat nose wheel when she showed up to the airport but Jeff Brooks and John Roberts had it fixed in a RECORD 15 minutes (which I can't even do! You can see them working in the picture above behind Alina;
I forgot to tell Mike and Denice Brewton (with Jimmyb) at they could wait till after
they got in the plane to put on their life vests ;-) Not sure why Seismo is so happy though....
Mike Brewton & Jimmyb;
Finally got a picture of Jimmyb's wife Vicki :-)
Seismo & Red's RV-6A;