Today we flew back out to Cincinnati Ohio to bring little Mr. Mason and his Mom back to Stafford Va. We had flown them out there on the 10th for his appointments at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
We departed home base Luray with cloud cover that was hugging the tops of our local mountains. The ride was very smooth as we climbed on up to 8000 feet (we came out on top of the clouds at about 5000 feet) the view below us seemed to be an endless sea of clouds and still the ride was smooth as silk. We did have a noticeable headwind component as we headed west towards Cincinnati. Towards the middle of West Virginia we crossed over a very defined edge of the clouds along a mountain ridge. To the east from which we had come was solid cloud cover but to the west was clear, until we got further into Ohio, then we were back over the clouds once more.
As we approached Lunken Field they were using the ILS to runway 21L for arrivals, but we ask for and received the GPS to runway 25. Once on the ground we found Mason and his mom waiting for us (timing worked out GREAT). Mason was ready to get home (he does not like the Hospitals to much and I cant say I blame him) so we were soon loaded up ready to depart Cincinnati to head eastbound to Stafford Va.
We departed on runway 21L and after clearance from departure control headed on up to 9000 feet. The ride all the way to Stafford was smooth and we were mostly over the clouds with the ground coming into view from time to time. As we neared Virginia the clouds below us became solid with no ground visibility at all. On our arrival into the Stafford area we requested a GPS into runway 33 so that we could get down thru the clouds. We broke out at about 1200 feet AGL with the runway in sight. After unloading and getting into the FBO we gave our goodbyes to Mason and his mom Dorothy and we knew they both were glad to be home. Then we loaded back up and departed Stafford climbing back up thru the clouds heading for home.
On our flight home we had no sight of the ground until we descended back down thru the clouds on our GPS Approach for runway 22 at home base Luray. We were on top of the clouds all the way home and the Blue Ridge Mountains were making bulges in the clouds letting us know that they were there (quite a beautiful site) Once back on the ground at home base we tucked 49Bravo snuggly back into her hanger and enjoyed a nice cup of hanger coffee with Danny, one of our airport staff that keeps the fuel flowing to 49Bravo as we need it. (We go thru a lot of fuel !)
Finally as always, we ventured off on one of the most dangerous parts of our day, the ride home !
We hope all the best for Little Mr. Mason, such a brave little fella with such a large load to carry !
Hope you enjoy the following photos of our flight………………..
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