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…

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…

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.

Pilot Mountain

Originally started flight training in Winston Salem NC. Received my private certificate in 2008. Featured here is the appropriately named Pilot Mountain located a few nautical miles away from KINT where I started my training. Best landmark I could imagine for a pilot-in-training. At 2,421 ft elevation, this mountain was originally named Jomeokee, which means ‘great guide’…

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…