Our Angel Flight today took us up to Northeast Philadelphia to pick up our passenger, Elaine Tully. Elaine was heading home to Asheville NC….. we would be taking her as far as Farmville VA where Angel Flight Pilot Alfred Highsmith would continue her on to her destination. Our flight conditions at 7000 feet up to northeast Philly were very smooth with a slight tailwind, visibility was very hazy.
We arrived at Northeast Philly landing on runway 24 ahead of schedule and were greeted by the nice crew at Atlantic Aviation. Once inside only a few minutes had passed and in came our passenger Elaine …… she arrived ahead of schedule as well ! After our greetings and introduction we loaded up ready to depart for Farmville VA. Once we received our clearance we taxied to runway 33 where we held for our release. After cleared for takeoff we departed Northeast Philly and off we went. ATC was very busy around the Philly area but after a little while they gave us some nice shortcuts which we appreciated very much… shortening our flight time to Farmville. Flight conditions at 6000 feet were very good (fairly smooth with a very slight tailwind at times and a slight headwind other times) overall we made very good time with the help from the shortcuts, visibility was still quite hazy. We had some great views (as always on this route) of the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding water ways. Also during our flight we enjoyed some great conversation with Elaine !
Once at Farmville we made a visual approach and landed on runway 21. While on short final we could hear on the radio Elaine’s next Angel Flight Pilot (Alfred) arriving as well….. he was about 9 miles out to the southwest also heading to runway 21 …… what great timing ! After our greetings with Alfred and some more good conversation, and taking pictures…. we gave our goodbyes to Elaine (which included some great hugs) then we climbed back aboard 49Bravo for our flight home. We departed Farmville one after the other (Alfred and Elaine departing first heading to Ashville NC) then we followed after their departure turning northbound heading toward home base Luray.
Our flight home at 6000 feet was a fairly short one landing back on runway 22 about 45 minutes later. After tucking 49Bravo back into her hanger, we enjoyed a nice cup of coffee while visiting with Danny (Airport Staff) and Kenny (Airport Manager and fellow Angel Flight Pilot)
Total flight time for this mission was 5 hours covering 539 nautical miles over 5 states. This was mission number 372 for Captain John and mission number 260 for myself (Nevin). We would like to say what a pleasure it was to have meet Elaine…… we enjoyed the great conversations we had and we were truly inspired by her great spirit and wonderful smile !
Hope you enjoy the following pictures of our flight………