Angel Flight October 16th 2017

     Today our Angel Flight Mission took us over to Charlottesville Virginia then up to Baltimore Maryland. This was one of our shorter flights we have had in awhile.

     We departed home base Luray and headed south over the Blue Ridge Mountains to Charlottesville, which is literally just a hop over the mountains….. total flight time was 17 minutes covering 34 nautical miles (we did not even file an IFR flight plan we just proceeded VFR)  Conditions were a little choppy due to the fairly strong gusting winds we had and we leveled off at 4500 feet over the mountains to stay clear of the clouds (VFR requires you to be clear of clouds) After contacting Potomac ATC and giving our request to land at Charlottesville they soon turned us over to the Tower and we were cleared to land on runway 3.

     Our passenger, Donald and his Friend Camille were waiting for us in the FBO…. it was very nice getting to see Donald again (we have flown Donald many times in the past but it had been awhile since the last time) Then after all of our greetings we loaded up ready to depart for Baltimore MD (BWI)…..once receiving our IFR Clearance we departed on runway 3 heading around the east side of the highly restricted airspace surrounding our Nations Capital. ATC generally keeps you quite a good distance away as you travel around it, but today they gave us some major shortcuts that not only got us to BWI in record time, it also got us within about 20 miles of the Capital ! (See the zoomed in photo below of the Washington Monument) They had to keep us a 5000 feet to do this but that was fine. The ride was a little choppy but not bad at all and the sky overhead was mostly cloudy, visibility was fairly good.

     As we neared BWI, we were cleared right in on an ILS 33R approach with no delays ! The winds were fairly strong and gusty as we landed, but they were pretty much straight down the runway. Once parked and unloaded (and taking a few pictures) we headed into the FBO were we gave our hugs and goodbyes to Donald and Camille. Then we loaded back up, received our IFR clearance, and departed BWI on 33R heading for home.

     Our ride back to home base was also a little choppy (not bad at all) with a little wave action from the mountains. ATC once again gave us a very good shortcut as we were coming around the restricted area north of Washington and as we approached our home area we requested a GPS 22 approach into Luray to get down thru the clouds that we encountered in the valley. Once out of the clouds we canceled our IFR and proceeded to land on runway 4. The winds were fairly strong and gusty (this time a crosswind) landing back at home base, but 49Bravo didn’t care !

     As we taxied to the hanger to tuck 49Bravo snugly back in we were already thinking of our first cup of coffee of the day ! So as we enjoyed not just one, but two cups of coffee each we sat and discussed things of much importance, such as upcoming flights !  Then, as always, we set out on one of our most dangerous parts of the day…… our ride home ! 

Total Flight Time for today was 2.8 hours covering 271 nautical miles over 3 States.

This was Mission Number 407 for Captain John and Mission Number 277 for myself (Nevin)

Following are Photos of our Flight

Back seat ready for Donald and Camille
Back seat ready for Donald and Camille
Camille and Donald..... heading to Baltimore Maryland
Camille and Donald….. heading to Baltimore Maryland
Time for a swim..... your choice..... Pool or Lake
Time for a swim….. your choice….. Pool or Lake
I know this is not a picture that I would normally keep…… but it is not to many times that we get to see Washington DC from our cockpit….. ATC gave us some really nice shortcuts to BWI getting us about as close as we can be before we get escorted down by some Fighter Jets ! (This was around 20 miles out)
Another shot of the Washington Monument
Another shot of the Washington Monument
Andrews Air Force Base
Andrews Air Force Base
The Twin Bay Bridges
The Twin Bay Bridges
Beginning our approach into Baltimore Maryland (BWI) Landing runway 33R
Beginning our approach into Baltimore Maryland (BWI) Landing runway 33R
With Donald and Camille safely on the ground in Baltimore (BWI)
With Donald and Camille safely on the ground in Baltimore (BWI)
49Bravo feels right at home anywhere we go !........ Baltimore Maryland (BWI)
49Bravo feels right at home anywhere we go !…….. Baltimore Maryland (BWI)
Now I believe my little girl (Mikayla) would love this one !…….. and she LOVES to FLY
All of these little Beanie Babies were donated to us to give out to our passengers by Fran Crisman from Fort Valley Virginia…… A Great Big “Thank You” for helping us to put Smiles on so many faces ! We used one on todays Angel Flight….. (October 16th 2017)

Thanks for your time…… and if you can ……. help us to spread the word about Angel Flight !

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One thought on “Angel Flight October 16th 2017

  1. Nevin and Capt. John, Let me tell you what I was doing 75 years ago on October 16. I was getting married and it wasn’t easy. You see, we lived in Arlington and we were getting married in Washington. The trouble was there was a huge flood on the Potomac River and all but the Memorial Bridge had been closed and they said that bridge might also be closed. It remained open and the wedding was “go”. This was the largest flood ever on the Potomac at Washington. I will send you my wartime story -we almost hit the Washington Monument flying in our B-17. I followed you yesterday on Flightaware.

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