Flying

Trip to Cedar Key (CDK)

Hello Again!

I’m back at that whole flying thing this week!!

(Warning: this post is photo-heavy!)
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Andy & I went back out flying again… this time with my friend Erica and this time to the other side of the state!
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Cedar Key was beautiful!! Nestled on the Gulf Coast on its own island it felt like “old Florida.”
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on approach to CDK

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The Runway was situated on one end of the island & was only 2300′

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So gorgeous

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The runway was situated right on the water

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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.

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During the flight, we had some really interesting cloud layers to look at:

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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!
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Andy managed to get the plane to fly by itself! (“Look Ma! No Hands!!”)

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Then we stopped at Umatilla (X23) to fuel up! And we saw all the Orange Orchards around the airport.
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And then we headed back to DED

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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!!

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Till next time… Blue Skies!

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