He finally called up and was ready to come home. We had plans in the afternoon, but offered to pick him up early. The Velocity cruises at around 200 mph and we planned to leave at 7:30, pick him up at around 9:00 and be home before lunch. It's crazy how far you can travel in the Velocity at these speeds.
I prepped the plane the night before and got a weather briefing at dawn. We were warned of extensive fog along our route, which was forecast to clear later in the morning. This turned out to be the best part of the flight as the fog and rising sun combined for beautiful orange sunrise pictures.
We took off just as the sun was rising. It was beautiful. Here are some pictures taken during climb out, before the sun was high enough to create bright colors.
|View off the right canard as we climb out northbound.|
|As the sun rises, it bathes the winglet in orange light|
Here's a nice panoramic shot taken with my Iphone. Pan back and forth and it's like you are in the cockpit.
The fog in the valleys was gorgeous. Here are some shots as we continue northward with the sun rising to our right.
|Fog and mountains in New York|
|Beautiful light and fog|
|Foggy valley to the west|
We made great time as we cruised along at 190 knots in perfectly smooth air.
We reach the New England coast and cruise up the shoreline. The views are spectacular.
Here is a video of our approach and landing at Martha's Vineyard. It is about 2 1/2 minutes long and gives a good feel for what it's like to fly your Velocity there.
Pop Pop is waiting at the terminal when we land. We top off the fuel and do a quick turn for home right on schedule.
|Pop Pop ready for his ride - not nervous this time.|
|Nancy and her Dad|
|Me and the Dad - in - Law|
We climbed out and headed for the coast. Pop Pop (Terry) took in the view from the copilot's seat.
Like last time, we lucked out with perfect visibility and glassy smooth air. This is a great way to introduce someone to flying.
Here are some pictures of the hop over to the coast. Once again we were "feet wet" for only around 10 minutes.
|Happy father in law|
|Bye Martha's Vineyard!|
|The view back toward the island|
|The coast comes into view right after takeoff|
Here is a quick video as we cruise down the coast.
Here are some more pictures as we cruise southbound along the coast.
|View of the coast over the canard|
|Deep river valley|
|Cruising the coast|
|Winglet view of the sun on the ocean|
|Cockpit view from the back|
|View of New York lakes to the west|
|West Point Military Academy on the Hudson River|
|Endless visibility as we enter Pennsylvania|
A few puffy clouds add to the photos as we pass over Allentown.
|Puffy clouds and farmland|
|Limerick Nuclear plant - Easy navigation from here|
In no time, we near home - Chester County Airport. Here are some shots of the approach and landing.
|Some of the best visibility I've ever experienced.|
|45 for downwind for landing|
|Base to final turn for Runway 11|
|Winglet view of final turn. Note nearby nuclear plume/navigation aid.|
Back on the ground at the hangar. Nancy is happy to have helped out her Dad. He had a quick hour and a half scenic flight instead of a whole day in the car.