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.

Tandem Taxi

Joy’s Redtail and Bono display the turn-on-a-dime taxi skills of the Grumman Trainer.

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.

Rivers and Lakes

Viewing rivers and lakes from the air obviously provides a unique vantage point, where each turn can provide a different perspective of the true shape of these bodies of water. Depicted here is High Rock Lake located near Lexington, NC. Below is the Tuckahoe River near Ocean City NJ.

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’…