I’m back at that whole flying thing this week!!
(Warning: this post is photo-heavy!)
Andy & I went back out flying again… this time with my friend Erica and this time to the other side of the state!
Cedar Key was beautiful!! Nestled on the Gulf Coast on its own island it felt like “old Florida.”
on approach to CDK
The Runway was situated on one end of the island & was only 2300′
The runway was situated right on the water
An aerial view of the downtown district on the island. We ate lunch at a restaurant at in between the two piers right on the water
The locals and tourists were super friendly!! We met a tourist taking photos of the airstrip offer to give us a ride to a restaurant on the other side of the Island. In the process of giving us a ride, he told us all about his adventures as a pilot and how he came from an aviation family. He even told us the story of how he worked on a project to make the first ever nuclear powered aircraft. Although the project never came through (because they couldn’t control how close the pilot came to radiation) it was a project that he was clearly proud of.
We had lunch at a restaurant right on the Gulf. It was still a bit chilly outside so we sat inside. It was great to have “pilot” conversations & simply enjoy time with friends.
During the flight, we had some really interesting cloud layers to look at:
After departing CDK, I took the controls for a while. As we were descending (also with a tailwind) we hit 138 Knots groundspeed!! In a C172! I know I can’t believe it either. Since I was flying I didn’t get a picture of it, but I did manage to snap a shot of 120 on the GPS!
Andy managed to get the plane to fly by itself! (“Look Ma! No Hands!!”)
Then we stopped at Umatilla (X23) to fuel up! And we saw all the Orange Orchards around the airport.
And then we headed back to DED
Overall, it was a really great flight! We worked on working as a team rather than individual pilots, our navigation skills, and short-field landings!
I would definitely go back to Cedar Key if I have the chance! I can’t wait to fly again sometime soon!!
Till next time… Blue Skies!