Flying the Hudson River – Video Guides

Video guides for flying the Hudson River Corridor

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Ocracoke Island

Ocracoke is an Island notoriously frequented by Blackbeard the Pirate (more history). The airport is conveniently located to a beautiful white-sand beach. Landing here is easy-peasy. A nearby restaurant (Howard’s Pub & Raw Bar) monitors the unicom frequency (122.9), and will come pick you up during operating hours if you ask.

Ghost Airport – 5w5, Triple Whiskey

It’s been about 8 years since my last visit to Triple W airport (south of Raleigh, NC), and the changes are dramatic. It is the first “paved” runway I’ve landed on recently that needs to be mowed! From all appearances, this place seems to be abandoned; a ghost airport with little activity and a rough runway that hasn’t been resurfaced…

Grandfatherly inspiration: Dream Big!

There are many amazing people who walk through our lives and inspire us to dream, invent, and enjoy life. For me, one of these folks is my Granddad Joe Lee. His countless flying stories were filled with tales of adventures to all sorts of exotic destinations, and inspired me to learn how to fly. He crisscrossed the continental U.S., made…

Reigle Field 58N

Landing at Reigle Field near Hershey, PA. Yes, that’s THE Hershey, the city of Chocolate! Great short-field runway.

Cape Hatteras NC

Continuing the beach theme, here is another favorite spot. Hatteras is an easy fly-in, which just so happens to be next to my favorite type of destination: a beach. Driving to Hatteras is no easy task since the nearest mainland connection is a bridge located many miles north (~60 miles) in Manteo. I love how flying works…

Tangier Island

I love islands. I love the beach. There’s just something about enjoying that fresh ocean breeze that relaxes me. I first noticed Tangier island on my long cross-country flights from Philly to NC. I’d always hug the Delmarva peninsula on the flight down to avoid the large swaths of restricted airspace to the west (see map). Every time…

Miami!

Rented a 172 in Miami and flew from Opa-Locka airport (KOPF)to Bimini (more photos to follow). Learned about non-movement areas that day. I do not understand why they are called non-movement areas since you can move around them all you want without talking to ATC. One of the quirks of larger airports I suppose. Out of…

Where it all began…

A mecca of sorts for pilots, First Flight is where Wilbur and Orville Wright honed the techniques for powered flight. The park is a great fly-in destination complete with 3000 ft runway, pilot lounge, and – of course – monuments depicting the first successful flights of the Wright Flyer on December 17th, 1903. Traveling 120 feet in…

“Explore. Dream. Discover”

My dad was recently hospitalized. So I hopped in the Cardinal and sailed down to Raleigh, NC from Philly for a visit. The trip was only two and a half hours with a nice tailwind. Enjoying the freedom to hop in and go, my brother and I were able to fly out to Ocracoke Island after…