Friday, 23 March 2018
Thursday, 22 March 2018
FLY PAST NEW YORK CITY IN A BEECH 18
|New York city!|
The skyline of New York raising in the distance then coming closer. All snow white from the blizzard that raided the city only yesterday!!
|New York City in snow|
|fly past the Statue of Liberty|
John skillfully did a fly past around the statue whilst I was desperately trying not to get sick and at the same time shooting away stills and videos off my various devices.
|the famous Lakehurst airship hangars|
|on finals to Ocean city|
|so much junk....|
|just a little bit tight in the back of the car cuddling all that luggage|
|the pier at Ocean City on the east coast of the States|
John and I took a swift run to the endless stretch of sandy beach that has been following the coast line since New York. This fabulous day later was celebrated with one of the best Zinfandels we have ever tasted and great Italian food in a local restaurant nearby.
What a day, what flight!!!!!
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
What a great way to start the day!
Let's go flying with one of the greatest figures in ballooning: the wonderful Brian Boland!
In what was probably -10 degrees Brian dragged me and Phil out of bed to hop into his ultra-light weight home-built balloon.
By 7.40 Brian and I were airborne from his private airport Post Mills and we cruised with a gentle 4kt wind down the main road flying directly over Tina's house where John and Anne were still catching up on desperately needed sleep.
After 20mins and an intermediate landing, it was Phil's turn to fly with Brian.
I didn't do too badly on my retrieve either and being a small balloon, everything was packed in no time and by 9am we all enjoyed a hearty breakfast with eggs and bacon at the house.
We won't go anywhere today with the aeroplane as the weather further down the route isn't suitable with more snow storms on the forecast. So the team is taking time to catch up on emails, John is busily studying the next complicated routing via the Hudson river down to New York and poor Anne is still recovering from her illness.
A few more clips and impressions, this time from the back of the Beech!
|our flight track|
|John and Allie in the cockpit|
|flying over Canada|
|Anne enjoying the views|
Great reunion with Rogier Westerhuis and Brian Boland in Lebanon
The first sector: Edenvale to Lebanon
|The team before the flight: Allie, John, Anne, Phil (photo by Roger)|
the lakes all still frozen. We were met by friendly US border guards who swiftly cleared our immigration and off we were again for the second sector: this time heading over a vast stretch of mountains and forest for New Hampshire and Vermont.
|Allie enjoying being up front in the cockpit with John|
On landing we were greeted by friend Rogier Westerhuis who was part of the Trans-Atlantic team and by Brian Boland with whom we had left our balloon last July.
|Rogier's new RV|
Rogier had gone the extra mile to meet us by flying up from Boston in his recently aquired and very smart looking RV.
We then spent an hour in a local rustic pub over a mixture of beers, coke and ginger ales before Rogier had to head back to Boston.
Brian then kindly drove us up to Post Mills where Tina his partner had invited us to stay over at her house.
As half of the team was sick, it was a quiet evening but John and I enjoyed a wonderful bottle of Ravenswood Zinfandel and clam chowder soup.
|Phil, John, Rogier, Allie|
|Brian Boland and Phil|
|Phil and Brian enjoying a drink in the local pub|
Monday, 19 March 2018
Good Morning Canada!
We woke to a freezing cold sunny day with minus 16 degrees!
After a hefty breakfast home-cooked by our lovely land lady Lois, we set off back to the hangar.
By lunch time the temperatures had 'warmed up' to minus 5 and Betty was pulled out into the sunshine for a test flight.
We invited two young engineering lads to join John on the flight, whilst Roger and I watched her getting started. The old lady certainly had to puff a lot as she tried to get her engines running.
Eventually John taxied her out to the runway and took her for a 15 mins circuit. All seemed well, so it was time to fill her up with Avgas which put a big hole into Phil's pocket. In the meantime Anne had walked nearly 10kilometres to the airfield.
All set to go, the team retreated to the B&B for paperwork preparations like filing flight plans and arranging the entry into the US. It's now time to put this PC down and relax over a good glass of wine and some cheese!
Here's to another great 'on the beech' trip! cheers!
Sunday, 18 March 2018
Arriving from half around the globe, John Herbert and his wife Anne from South Africa via Hongkong, Allie from Myanmar and Phil and Roger from London, the team celebrated reunion at an nice Italian restaurant in the small town of Stayner in Ontario, Canada.
|The village of Staynor, High Street|
|inside the hangar, Betty with cowlings off|
|Roger concentrating on his work|
It was great to see our 'old lady' again and she looked in good shape. Well, that's from outside but there are still a number of glitches to sort out. John and Roger quickly took to the job and wouldn't even stop for a cup of warming tea.
|Chris and Melaya Horsten chatting to Anne|
|engine runs and tons of snow|
|John at work in the cockpit|
Hopes were high to get her flying this afternoon, but then the engineering team decided that she wasn't yet ready and poor Betty was pulled back into the hangar.
|Betty being towed back into the hangar by Chris|
Plans for tomorrow's tasks and the onward journey into the US were made over a fish and chips and burger dinner (and a few glasses of wine) at the 'Friends pub' in town.
|She has to wait for another day to spread her wings!|