This past summer I crossed off a significant item on my flying bucket list — Alaska. The journey from my home airport near Myrtle Beach, S.C., to Fairbanks and back covered more than 7,000 miles and lasted nearly a month. For a flatland, fair weather pilot like me it was the trip of a lifetime. [Read more…]
Recently a friend asked me to help him prepare for a flying trip to Alaska. I said I would, using notes taken from my own 3,500-mile journey in a Cessna 172 from South Carolina to Fairbanks in July 2015.
Below is the information I provided, and if you are thinking about making an Alaska journey in the coming months, you should find it helpful. [Read more…]
“Welcome to Cuba!”
With those warm words, my first Cuban contact, a thoroughly competent Havana Approach controller, vectored me for the ILS at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport. He handed me off with, “Contact tower 118.1, have a good stay.”
Meanwhile, airliners were holding in the clag offshore as five American single-engine airplanes slid down the glide slope on that hard-IFR morning.
Havana Tower’s first words were, “Welcome to Havana. Cleared ILS Runway 6, maintain 2,000 til established.” So much welcome already. I was going to like this place.
I liked it even better when 13,000 feet of runway lights and actual ground appeared out of the gloom at 800 feet. We’d had a heck of an hour-long ride from Key West, with heavy precip and impressive turbulence the whole way. [Read more…]
A recent trip to Cuba revealed that, unsurprisingly, it’s not as easy as it looks, nor as easy as it might someday become. (See story on that trip here).
Here are a baker’s dozen suggestions, compiled through conversations with our exceedingly competent guides, Anthony Perea of Miami, and Galin Hernandez, of St. Augustine, Florida. These two men, with the help of Galin’s energetic wife, Millie Santiago, have led Caribbean flying trips for six years, and this year, with easing of prohibitions on both sides of the Florida Straits, they aimed their sights at the formerly forbidden land of Cuba.
It took a lot of work, and several visits there on their own, to prepare for the excursion. [Read more…]
Have you ever been to an aviation-themed hotel? The newest hotel on Mustang Island in South Texas is Amelia’s Landing, which is near Mustang Beach Airport (KRAS). [Read more…]
For those who love general aviation, as well as history, a visit to the National Aviation Heritage Area in Ohio is a must.
The federally designated heritage area surrounds Dayton, the hometown of the Wright brothers. The eight-county area is chock-full of aviation sites, from the original Wright brothers’ bicycle shop, to Huffman Prairie, where the brothers perfected their flying skills, to the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
What’s even better? Many of the sites are free, which means more money for avgas. [Read more…]
By KARIN LEPERI
Located six miles west of Lexington, Kentucky, the Blue Grass Airport (LEX) is a public airport including commercial, corporate and general aviation with an approach that arguably has to be one of the most scenic.
Where else in the world can you fly over rolling emerald hills and neatly manicured horse farms as you approach your runway? [Read more…]
If there’s an aviator’s bucket list item that needs to be checked off for every pilot, it’s First Flight Airport (KFFA) at Kill Devil Hill, N.C. [Read more…]