Ships at Anchor

While on final approach at Philadelphia international Airport, I had a nice view of the Delaware River below. Although a cloudy, rainy day, the visibility was fairly good. Any time I’m in the air, I like to snap a few pictures. Here’s a look at some ships at anchor:

Ships at anchor in the Delaware River.

Ships at anchor in the Delaware River.

Of course, this photo was taken with my iPhone. Could be sharper, but good for the device and the conditions. Been a long time since I travel on the Delaware River. Was good to see a bunch of ships there.

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KSBY and KOXB

Took a nice cross-country flight the other day. Winged down through Delaware to Salisbury, MD and then over to Ocean City. Here’s a look at Salisbury’s airport, KSBY:

Salisbury, MD, USA airport, KSBY.

Salisbury, MD, USA airport, KSBY.

There was still snow on the ground, making the field a little difficult to pick out from a distance. Nice tower controllers there by the way. Then here’s a look at Ocean City airport, right in from the beach:

Ocean City, MD, USA airport, KOXB.

Ocean City, MD, USA airport, KOXB.

Visibility was not the best throughout the whole flight. Couldn’t climb up as high as I like to for a better view. I did make it across the mouth of the Delaware Bay for a stop at Cape May Airport, too. Sorry, no photo this time. Nonetheless, the Diamond DA-40 performed like a champ in the frigid air, giving good economy and speed. Another great flight in the log book.

The Right Seat

I had the pleasure of taking a nice flight in a different plane. This time, it was a Piper Archer for a run around the Philadelphia Area. I sat in the right seat for the first half of the flight, which was different because I was able to snap a few photos, such as this one of the skyline from about 1,200′ MSL:

Philadelphia skyline from about 1,200' MSL.

Philadelphia skyline from about 1,200′ MSL.

The other benefit was getting this close to Philadelphia proper, an area I usually avoid. From there it was a slow turn to the north and then west out to Chester County Airport (KMQS) for lunch. Here’s a look at Runway 29 on final:

Final approach to Runway 29 at Chester County Airport, KMQS.

Final approach to Runway 29 at Chester County Airport, KMQS.

Had a tasty lunch then took off, this time in the left seat for the short run back to headquarters. Was a great flight. I suppose they all are. Always do your checklist!

Just flying along…

One of the joys of VFR flight is cruising along. You get to see everything down there from way up here.

Over Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA.

You can sit back and let the autopilot do most of the work while you take in the scenery. And even in a small airplane, you’re still getting where you want to go at around two nautical miles per minute. Not bad. Not bad at all.