Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Kathy and I flew from Melbourne FL to Minden NV from September 17 to September 20.  We typically flew 5-6 hours per day and finished up the last day with a 2.8 hour flight into Minden from Las Vegas.  Trip average speed was 112kts, total time was 20.2 hours, and we burned just under 80 gallons over the 2270nm trip.  Hammond (HDC) and Odessa (ODO) were excellent stops with hangars and superb service.  The track log can be seen at

Mississippi River

I love flying around towering cu, Kathy not so much.

There's always Sudoku if the scenery isn't interesting.

OK, just as long as there isn't any ethanol in that stuff.

Gotta love hangar cats

Texas oil fields

Comfy digs in Odessa

Guadalupe Mountains

Prescribed burn on the Mogollon Rim.  Really?  I mean really?  We have to breathe that air.

Grand Canyon.  Hazy air due to smoke, but impressive nevertheless.

Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

Perfect weather the whole way with light winds.  Then we faced incoming rain from a Pacific hurricane so we reserved an Uber car for 7am.  Uber cancelled us at 7:15.  No taxis in Boulder City, no buses, no airport shuttle.  The FBO drove out and rescued us and we were on our way in light drizzle for a few minutes until we got north of the Vegas Class B.  
Great trip, great plane, great First Officer.  I can't teach Kathy everything or she won't need me anymore.