As the sun sets…

The magic of a sunset is enhanced at several thousand feet. The turbulent air created by the sun is calmed by the cooling air as nightfall approaches. Cities come alive at night, as they turn on their lights.

Ocean City, MD

Departing Ocean City, MD, a nice short-hop destination from Philly. The beach is only a short bike-ride away. Cabs are also prevalent. My favorite aspect of beaches in the northeast is the boardwalk phenomenon. Miles of boardwalk stretch across the length of shore providing an easy stroll for shopping, restaurants, and just enjoying the scenery.

Ocean City, NJ

A few short blocks from the Ocean, the airport at Ocean City, NJ truly lives up to its name. Tie-down is currently $12 for the day (2016). Expect crosswinds!

Myrtle Beach, SC

Some of my favorite destinations are near beaches. Pictured here is North Myrtle Beach (near Grand Strand Airport KCRE) located in North Myrtle Beach, SC. My first long-distance solo cross-country was from Lexington, NC to Myrtle Beach, SC. Fortunately my instructor had prepared me for major hiccups that could occur on long trips. With barely…

Ocracoke Island

Ocracoke is an Island notoriously frequented by Blackbeard the Pirate (more history). The airport is conveniently located next 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.

Man-made Mountains

Flying the Hudson River corridor is one of my favorite flights. It remains a true testament to freedom. View my video guides to flying the corridor, which will point out mandatory reporting points when self-announcing on 123.05 flying the Hudson River Exclusion. “Look Ma – No Strut!” The beautiful, unobstructed view from the Cessna Cardinal is outstanding. Typical of…