I spent most of the weekend in the air. The Piper goes in for annual this week and I wanted to enjoy it as much as possible before she's stashed away in the maintenance hangar for a few weeks being inspected with a fine tooth comb. The latest trip took us down to Avon Park, Florida. That's the closest airport to my mom's house in Frostproof. The weather was magnificant on the trip down. At 5,500ft, the temperature was about 53 degrees. On occasion we'd have to descend a bit to get under a cloud deck, but fortunately we had a nice tailwind helping us keep a groundspeed of about 140kts. In Florida, the temperature was a very comfortable 75 degrees.
This picture shows were I grew up (the third house to the right of the airstrip next to all the trees). I think this was where my addiction to airplanes developed. The body of water to the left is Lake Clinch. During our flight back, we stopped and visited a one of my meteorologist friends in Orlando. Orlando Air Traffic controller vectored us directly over Walt Disney World. Since we had to stay under 1,600ft to avoid Orlando Class B airspace, we got to see things up close and personal.
Yes, that is Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom. This is a view of Disney Contemporary Resort. After spending some time in Orlando, we headed northwest back to Alabama. Flying over the Ocala area, we saw John Travolta's house from the air. He lives on a private aviation estate. His Boeing 707 was not home. Remember, the wonderful tailwind I mentioned earlier? We had to pay the price going home. We had a 21 knot headwind. In my little Piper Archer that meant I could barely manage 110 knots on the flight back. Aside from a slower time getting back, a headwind means more fuel and perhaps a fuel stop. I can usually make a flight non-stop from Avon Park to Pell City. With a headwind, I felt it necessary to stop in Thomasville, Georgia just to be safe. Plus, it's always nice to stretch your legs for a bit on a longer trip. Did you know Thomasville is the quail hunting capital of the country? Just a little non-weather related trivia.
The rest of the trip was in the dark flying across Columbus, Georgia, Auburn, Alexander City, and then Pell City. We safely touched down on Runway 3 at KPLR. It was a great trip. Unfortunately, I wasn unable to bring back the warmer weather.
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