This flight was to be a Double Mission to pick up 2 campers headed for Victory Junction in NC. We would be picking up our first Passenger (Daniel) at BWI (Baltimore MD) and then we would pick up our second passenger at Newport News VA, but due to issues beyond our control (wrong numbers for communication) our stop in Newport News was canceled the day before our flight. So on Sunday morning (July 9th) we departed home base and headed for Baltimore MD. Our flight conditions to Baltimore were clear and very smooth with a nice little tailwind. As we neared Baltimore we were vectored in for our landing on 33R (This almost always gives us a nice view of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area).
Our timing to pick up Daniel worked out great, we were only in the FBO for a few minutes before Daniel arrived with his dad. After our greetings with Daniel we loaded up and departed Baltimore with our destination being Greensboro NC (fairly long flight of about 2.5 hours) Our flight conditions were once again very smooth and clear with a very slight headwind component. This route is very scenic, flying over the Twin Bay Bridges, the Chesapeake Bay area, Solomon’s Island, and many other waterways. ATC gave us a couple of shortcuts on the way and after 282 nautical miles we arrived in Greensboro NC. Daniel enjoyed his flight….. he actually napped much of the time (this would be his third time attending Victory Junction Camp)
At Greensboro they were using runway 5R but we asked if runway 32 would be available (although 32 would have a crosswind, it would shorten our approach time getting in)….. so we were cleared by approach control for a visual to 32 and then the tower cleared us to land. We were about an hour ahead of the scheduled time of Victory Junctions Camp bus arrival time, but once we got in the FBO we found that they were was ahead of schedule as well and already there ! This worked out great (we always wait to make sure our passengers get there ride to were ever they are going before we leave the airport) so this allowed us to be ahead of schedule getting back to home base. After giving our goodbyes to Daniel and talking with the Camp Bus Drivers and some other Angel Flight Pilots, we loaded up and departed Greensboro for our flight back home.
Since were about an hour ahead of schedule departing Greensboro our IFR flight plan was not in the system yet……. so we departed VFR with Flight Following. Our flight conditions back home were fairly smooth with scattered layers of broken clouds (which we avoided due to being VFR) Once back in the valley we canceled flight following and made an LP+V approach to runway 4 ( just for practice…. an instrument approach was not needed today )
After tucking 49Bravo back into her hanger we each enjoyed a nice hot cup of hanger coffee and discussed the events of the day……. then, as always, we departed the airport on one of the most dangerous parts of the day….. THE RIDE HOME !
Total Flight Time Today = 5.4 hours covering 583 nautical miles over 4 states