Drove up to Palm Bay and spent a day with Rex. We flew the “compound” the first night. It’s the location of the coming Palm Bay fly-in. While there, I met Don Jordan who is probably the oldest American foot launch pilot. He trained Mike Bennett 5 years ago and he faltered me by mentioning the Gathering and this blog. I think he is winding down but even though he’s not at the top of his game his piloting skills are pure grace. Don, it was a pleasure!
Last minute. No Drama. Cross runway takeoff. Chatted with John who is rebuilding the DC-3
Cool with steady NE winds. Launched at 4:15 into bumpy air. Flew for an hour. The air started to settle down as I got colder. Landed and watched a crop duster work the field south of the LZ.
Last minute flight. Very light Northerly breeze. There were 4 PPCs ready to take off from the “no mans land” between Richard’s place and the Sky Divers operation. We chatted a little bit about runway edict and I got the message that these guys stay to the edge to allow for touch and goes as well as the possibility of other aircraft. I moved my rig and everybody was happy.
Photo credits to Aviator You Tube Channel. (I stole a few screen grabs…