On a loooong cross-country like the one we flew from Maryland this week, it’s great to have a right-seater (particularly if he or she is also a pilot, and can share the flying with you). Our trip was enhanced with the addition of another airplane–another LSA, in fact.
As I mentioned in my last blog post, we met up with Mitch Lock flying a Van’s RV12 at Hickory, N.C. We were a flight of two for the remaining two legs, from Hickory to Waycross, Georgia, and then to Sebring. We kept tabs on each other via the multicom frequency. From time to time we’d check in and compare notes on the TAS numbers we were seeing (the RV12 also has a Dynon display). Mitch alerted us to traffic (airplanes and a bird), and also pointed out an unusual U-shaped contrail in the skies over Georgia. We theorized that it might belong to an aerial tanker.
From Waycross we headed to Ocala to avoid a final bit of restricted airspace, and landed in Sebring at just about 2300Z. Three legs, about nine or so hours of flying time, and we were ready to show off the 2010 Fun to Fly Remos at the US Sport Expo. The trip back to Maryland promises to be as much fun, if not more.