Steve Sullivan, a member of the board of directors of the IMC Club, and his daughter Delaney, 13, are undertaking the Flight Around America. The pair took off Monday, Aug. 2, for a 25-day, 6,500-mile flight around the United States. They will stop at 20 mostly small airports to visit family and friends and see the sights, from Lake Superior to the Pacific coast to Key West and places in between.
“I’ve been dreaming about this trip for many years hoping to one day show our daughter, and our youngest son (whose flight will be next year), the wonders of our country,” Sullivan said. “I also hope they’ll come away with an appreciation for the privilege we pilots have of being able to fly nearly anywhere in our country without a lot of fuss.”
The planned stops, weather permitting, are Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Houghton, Mich., on the Upper Peninsula; Mobridge, S.D.; Yellowstone National Park, Montanta; Glacier National Park, Montana; Walla Walla, Wash.; Gleneden, Ore.; Sacramento, Calif.; Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona; Sierra Vista, Arizona; Alpine, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Houma, La.; Apalachicola, La.; Key West, Fla.; Brunswick, Ga.; Newport News, Va.; Rehoboth, Del.; and home to Newton, Mass.
You can follow along on the pair’s adventure at IMCClubs.com. IMC Club was established to reengage pilots with other pilots and instructors, as well as coach and mentor pilots to fly in actual instrument meteorological conditions. Regular bi-weekly meetings where pilots and instructors have the opportunity to engage and discuss topics related to instrument flying are combined with actual mission flights where members fly missions designed on a graduated scale of complexity.