Monday, October 15, 2018

Boring holes in the clouds

Saturday noon we had an appointment with some folks down in Nashua New Hampshire.
 So at about 11am we pull the Bonanza out of the hangar . . .
 . . .  on to a wet and cold tarmac and after a quick top-of of fuel and de-ice fluid . . .
 . . . we are off and away
Climbing out of Portland
 Scud running on an IFR flight plan .
 Nothing but clouds in the windshield climbing out through thirteen hundred feet for . . .
    . . . . six thousand feet , and it is still gray up there
 The thermometer tells us things are a bit cold up here.
 So we turn on the TKS pump to keep wing and prop clear of ice .
Nothing but soup
After a half hour of this . . .
 . . . we shoot the approach and break out of the clouds at two thousand feet and can see the runway at Nashua
Crossing midfield we enter a down wind approach for RWY 32
 and circle to land
 The Flight-Aware track and profile of our flight . NOTE ; The image above is a screen capture from later on Saturday , thus the weather depiction on the image is not our actual flight conditions .
After a couple hours the weather has cleared a bit to the north and east so we make our departure .
 And climb back in to the clouds .
 Shoot a practice approach  . . .
 with one turn in the hold .
 Into Concord NH
 Then execute the missed approach procedure and a hold at the fix . . .
  in the broken afternoon clouds with the TKS de-ice fluid streaming on the windshield
 And shoot a practice approach in to Laconia
 Breaking through the scud , marker beacon inbound to Laconia .
 We come out of the clouds below three thousand feet .
Executing the missed approach  . . .
 . . . we cross over lake Winnipesaukee
 Back into the broken clouds headed east .
 And set up for an approach back home into Portland
 Rigby yard and Cash Corner to our left
 Cape Elizabeth and Higgins beach to our right
 We pass over Phineas Sprague's Spurwink farm runway
 And follow vectors to the ILS 29 in to Portland
 Final tun inbound for the ILS 29
 and in real time
 Way out on the glide slope
the video
 Zooming in a bit on the runway
final marker inbound
 Over South Portland
 Looking across to Portland downtown
 The Portland working waterfront with the Casco Bay bridge
 Short final
 Over Phineas Sprague's new boat yard on Commercial St
 Looking over the right shoulder back at Portland
 St Johns Street and the new hospital building
 Short final and landing
The track and profile of our return trip


  1. Replies
    1. Hey, anytime I get to go flying it's nice even if the weather isn't.

  2. How wonderful to just 'up up and away'. I'm jealous!

    1. It is indeed a wonderful experience. It is never too late to learn to fly.