Saturday dawned clear and blue, so we went out for a fly.
For of bit of instrument practice
As we depart Portland RWY 29 air was a bit bumpy but we had fun anyhow
Went up to Brunswick Naval Air Station where we shot a partial panel GPS approach
And stopped by at the old hangar for a chat with Scott at Kestrel Aircraft
The cavernous space never ceases to amaze me. When it was an active Naval Air Station, they used to park P-3 Orion sub chasers in there.
Right now it makes the Kestrel prototype look tiny
The Piper Malibu Meridian undergoing some experimental modifications
An expensive looking autoclave to cook composite aircraft parts.
Then a quick ride up to Augusta for some lunch at the airport takes us past the State Capitol building undergoing some renovation to the dome.
At Augusta we land up-hill on runway 17
After lunch we make our way over the railroad trestle to Wisscassett.
Where make a stop and we take on 85 gallons of 100LL
Then we fly down past Bath Iron Works where we can see two new Zumwalt class destroyers under construction and being made ready to deliver a case of whoop-ass to the despots of the world should we actually one day again have a president with the testicles to do something about it.
And back down to Brunswick
Where we take advantage of the facilities and pull the Bonanza in to the hangar ahead of the Citabria
And wash the Bonanza with the special P-3 Orion washing hose.
The scale of the place is overwhelming, and all we see inside is half the space as beyond the divider is an equally cavernous second half.
Clean and sparkly in the sunshine
We head back down to Portland and get a view of the Cousins Island power plant.
Getting vectors for an ILS approach to RWY 29 in the glimmering afternoon sunshine
We fly past Peaks Island and the Casco Bay islands
Over one of the sailing party boats
Over South Portland looking at the Portland waterfront with the gynormous 3000 passenger cruise ship at the dock.
The view of the waterfront as we fly by
Over the bridge on final
Just over the Casco Bay Bridge
Over the harbor looking back over my right shoulder give us a sense of scale of the cruise ship against the Portland East End Skyline.
Short final on a practice ILS approach to 29 we reach minimums and do the missed approach to do a second one.
Back around the city looking at the other side of the Portland peninsula
And back around for another go at the approach we get the East End view with the cruise ship.