On the road again, part 1

January 22, 2010 by Jill W. Tallman

It seems like just a few weeks ago that I was flying up the East Coast in your 2010 Fun To Fly Sweepstakes Remos, bringing it to Frederick (KFDK) from Tampa, Fla. And this week I again found myself in the left seat flying from Maryland to Florida to show off the airplane at the US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring.

A trip of this length, with two pilots (Senior Editor Dave Hirschman is my right-seater for this trip), in an LSA, requires a little bit of strategic planning. I shipped my clothing and laptop to Sebring so that Dave could bring his in the airplane. Dave’s knapsack and laptop, plus tiedowns, oil, cleaning cloths, and airplane cleaner, fit handily in the baggage compartment behind the seat. There was plenty of room in the cabin for Gatorade and snacks.

We left FDK on Jan. 19 at 1230Z, leaving behind 32 degrees F. We had a choice of flying down the coast, which didn’t look promising weather-wise and would mean dealing with a lot of restricted airspace, or flying inland, with better weather. Our first fuel stop was Hickory, N.C. (HKY).

The first leg was our longest, at three and one-half hours. Headwinds aggravated our progress, and so we plodded along at groundspeeds ranging from 75 to 85 knots. But the airplane’s range easily handled the leg, and we landed with an hour of fuel in the tank. Gotta love an airplane that burns 4.5 gallons per hour on a trip like this!

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