Jill Tallman

What’s in your flight planner?

April 23, 2008 by Jill W. Tallman, Associate Editor

Housecleaning my computer recently, I decided to clear out a few routes in my AOPA’s Real-Time Flight Planner profile to make room for some summertime trips. So, goodbye for now to KFDK-KOXB, KFDK-KFFA, and KFDK-W29. Then my eye fell on KFDK-KSKY. I couldn’t remember the identifier; why was it on the list? I clicked on it. Oh, yes–Griffing-Sandusky!

In June 2006, I got a high-performance/complex signoff in a Socata Trinidad. My son and daughter wanted to go somewhere new and interesting, but they wanted to go faster than 115 knots. (They really¬†are good kids, though.) We never met a roller coaster we didn’t like, so I chose Griffing-Sandusky, and a short drive from Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio. I used the AOPA RTFP to plan a not-exactly-direct route from Frederick that skirted the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Class B airspace. The trip took two and one-half hours. We spent a perfect summer day racing around Cedar Point, which calls itself the Roller Coaster Capital of the World, and with good reason.

I think I’ll hang on to KFDK-KSKY awhile longer.

So, what’s in your flight planner? Are you planning some new trips or hanging on to some old favorites? Tell us in the Comments section below.


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