Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sebring to Panama City, Florida

After leaving the Lockwood shop, we set sail for Panama City. The weather started nice, but then turned a little ugly as the clouds developed into cunimbs. We had to make several detours, but it was easy to stay in nice air without turbulence.

As we neared the Big Bend area, where the coastline of Florida curves around to the west, a large storm was centered over the coast and on into Tallahassee and Georgia. So we cut the corner of the Gulf, being careful not to cross the ADIZ. Once again smooth air and easy cruising.

This is a shot of Dennis' panel with my Garmin 496 sitting on top of the panel, padded to protect the canopy in the event of turbulence. Dennis will decide later what type of GPS to use, with the help of this flight west using the 496.

Straight line distance for this leg was 328nm flown in 3.5 hours with both headwinds and crosswinds and a lot of detours to stay in nice air.

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