It wasn’t a hardship to put Maryland’s cold temperatures behind us for Florida’s warmth this week. Flying no higher than 4,500 feet for most of our route, we noticed that the snow which had blanketed the Northeast in December was still hanging on in many areas, even in southwestern Virginia.
But by the time we landed at our second fuel stop–Waycross, Georgia (AYS)–the snow was definitely behind us. Our friendly lineman laughed as we began to shed outer layers. “Go ahead,” he said. “You’re in the South!”
At HKY, Senior Editor Dave Hirschman and I met up with Mitch Lock, the East Coast demo pilot for Van’s Aircraft. Mitch was bringing a Van’s Rv12 to Sebring. The RV12 happened to be the same one that Mitch had brought to Frederick last year for AOPA’s editors to investigate. The RV12′s right seat was packed with Mitch’s gear.
The leg from Waycross to Sebring took us over the Okefenokee swamp. Try figuring out where to make an emergency landing in that seemingly endless stretch of nothing but trees and water! Florida and Georgia pilots, what’s your strategy? Let me know in the comments section.