Cold Weather Flying

Had the pleasure of doing some cold weather flying. The air was clear, making visibility easy. Snow on the ground can cause a different kind of glare. Here’s a look at Lancaster Airport (KLNS).

Lancaster Airport (KLNS) from Diamond DA-40.

Lancaster Airport (KLNS) from Diamond DA-40.

Picking out the airport from a fair distance is a little more difficult, especially among the ¬†fields. Nonetheless, the flights were great. Here’s another look at Lancaster’s runway.

Runway at Lancaster Airport, KLNS.

Runway at Lancaster Airport, KLNS.

Airplane performance was absolutely fantastic in the cold air. Plenty of power, fast rate of climb, and an easy, fuel-sipping cruz. Will be up in the air again soon. Can’t wait. Always do your checklist.

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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.

Fall Foliage Flying (2014)

Had the good fortune to catch the changing leaves from the air. Was around the Mount Pocono, PA, USA, area and snapped this photo of the Pocono Raceway:

Pocono Raceway as seen from about 3,500MSL.

Pocono Raceway as seen from about 3,500MSL.

Note those beautiful colors all around the track. Moving west, I snapped this shot of Beltsville Dam:

Beltsville Dam as seen from about 3,000'MSL.

Beltsville Dam as seen from about 3,000’MSL.

No doubt in the next week or so those leaves will be at peak colors. If you have the chance, take a fall foliage flight. It’s worth every penny to see things from way up there. Always do your checklist.

A Few Flying Pictures

Lately, I’ve been able to get up in the air, thanks to some great weather and the Diamond DA-40. Here’s a look at Runway 29, Schuylkill County, Joe Zerby (KZER):

Departing Runway 29 at KZER (Schuylkill County, Joe Zerby Field).

Departing Runway 29 at KZER (Schuylkill County, Joe Zerby Field).

And here’s a view of the Susquehanna River in Southern Pennsylvania, USA:

East bound over the Susquehanna River in Southern Pennsylvania, USA.

East bound over the Susquehanna River in Southern Pennsylvania, USA.

On mornings like these, it’s very hard to stay on the ground. Remember, always do your checklist!