Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Southwestward Ho

Today's plan is to cover the southwestern portion of Virginia. Almost the whole route will be mountainous, some higher elevation airports are in there, but nothing to worry about. I have not often been out that direction driving, and almost never while flying.

Looks like a good day to do it though. The current route plan will take us to nine airports, starting in Bluefield, WV, then eight others in Virginia. 487 nautical miles, as planned. Planning software says 4 1/2 hours, but it doesn't take into account the time spend in a traffic pattern, or taxiing. So I figure on closer to 5 1/2 hours. Add a good lunch somewhere, and we should be gone for nearly 7 hours.

We may have to make a couple stops along route just to stretch though. The seats in that plane are not the most comfortable, which is a shame, because the plane carries 8 1/2 hours of fuel. If we feel good and the weather stays good, there is a route that would add seven more airports, but only 80 more miles, and would take us into Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina also.

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