John Billings and Nevin Showman ( Flying with a Purpose….. to bring Help and Hope to those in Need )
Angel Flight November 15th 2017
Todays Angel Flight took us down to Greensboro NC where we picked up our passenger Elaine (Elaine had just arrived at Greensboro from Asheville NC by Angel Flight Pilot Jim Brady)…. from Greensboro we flew Elaine up to Northeast Philadelphia were she would be having her appointments. From Northeast Philly we returned back to home base Luray.
Our flight conditions down to Greensboro at 6000 feet were very smooth with a slight headwind and considerable haze. Flight time down was 1.7 hours covering 175 nautical miles. Our flight conditions up to Northeast Philly at 7000 feet were very smooth with a slight tailwind component and still considerable haze along with a long stretch of being over a lower deck of clouds (So good picture taking today was very limited) Air time up to Philly was 2.9 hours covering 355 nautical miles. On our way up to Philly we enjoyed some great conversation with Elaine (this makes her third flight with us and tomorrow will be her fourth !)
Once on the ground at Northeast Philly we exchanged hugs with Elaine and saw her off with her ride. We then loaded back up and departed Northeast Philly heading for home. Our ride home at our final altitude of 6000 feet was very smooth once again with a slight headwind. We were mainly above a deck of clouds with the beautiful late afternoon sun brightly shinning in front of us. Once back into our home base area of Luray we were able to do a visual approach into runway 22. Airtime back from Philly was 1.9 hours covering 202 nautical miles.
Total flight time for today was 6.5 hours covering 732 nautical miles over 5 states. We departed home base at around 9:00am and arrived back at around 4:00pm. This was Angel Flight Mission Number 412 for Captain John and Angel Flight Mission Number 282 for me (Nevin) Tomorrow (November 16th) we will return back to Northeast Philly to pick up Elaine and fly her back to Greensboro.
After tucking 49Bravo snuggly back into her hanger we enjoyed …. and I mean really enjoyed, our first cup of coffee for the day….. along with some great conversation ! Then… as always, we departed on one of our most dangerous parts of the day, our ride home !
Following are some Photos of the Day…..
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