A Photo Flight of Solar Power Panels and more · · PAGE 455.
May 2, 2020: Today was my first flight since March 1, 2020. It is also the first flight since I put new fuel lube on my fuel caps O-rings. No blue fuel stains were found on the wings after my flight. I will check them again after I fill up the fuel tanks.
That four-lane highway down there is US 192 and US 441 just west of the
little village of Holopaw, Florida. It is located at the blinking yellow
light where US 441 comes up from South Florida to join US 192 coming from
Melbourne heading west to Kissimmee where US 441 goes north to Orlando and many
places north of there all the way up above Knoxville, Tennessee.
Sorry about the focus problem on this image. It shows an existing
high-tension power line crossing the area where the new solar panels are being
This is a view looking south at both solar panel areas.
This second view looking south was taken a few seconds later. I made
measurements of both areas using Google Earth images to learn the one closer in this photo is about 0.6
miles from north to south. The other solar panel array at the right side
of this photo is about 0.5 miles in length.
I executed a "turn-around-a point" maneuver about 1,200 feet
above a friend's home on the shore of Fish Lake.
I took a few more photos of the solar panel arrays on the way back toward
home base. That is US 441 and US 192 again as I look East with this photo.
Notice how my camera is aligned with my cowling, not the horizon.
Here is another look at both solar panel arrays looking north in this
One last photo with a private airport in the back ground north of the
solar panel farm. That runway belongs to Mercury Marine at a place called
Lake X where they test boats and outboard motors. It has been there since
before the 1970's. A couple of my model airplane friends worked there in
Here is the area photographed today from my airplane. I created the
red outlines of the solar power arrays. I used the measurement tool in
Google Earth to connect the dots for each RED polygon. They left most of
the existing trees in place, while what was grazing land for cattle is now
covered with thousands of solar panels.
When I am adding photos to a web page, I often put a letter "D"
as a place holder until I can put in the comment about the photos. This
photo is looking at Melbourne as I return to Brevard County.
I was on my way back to Rockledge and remembered I needed to make a couple
of touch-and-go landings. They are not permitted at Rockledge, so I headed
for Valkaria Airport south of Palm Bay, Florida. I just corrected
"tough-and-go" which the spell checker would not have noticed.
Both T&G landings at Valkaria were OK, but not greasers.
Here is my current air photo of the Golf Course that has turned into a
housing development behind the house I rent. Tillman Canal and I-95 are
south and west of my place.
I used my GPS track to set up this Google Earth image of my first approach
for a touch-and-go on runway 10 at Valkaria. The image here is from
December 2015 and I seem to remember a new taxiway was put in on the south side
of runway 10/28. I guess I need to fly over this airport on my next flight
and take a photo with my camera.
Here is the proof I made two "touch and go" landings at the
Valkaria Airport today before heading back to the Rockledge Airport.
Here is a setup for runway 36 straight-in approach to a private field with no other air
traffic in the area. The runway is just to the right of the four-lane road
near the center of the photo.
Google Earth Image of Runway 36 approach at Rockledge using actual GPS
I make it a habit to take a photo of my airplane after most of my
flights. The other airplanes in the hangar are what is different most of
the time. I was making a final walk around to make sure my battery trickle
charger was showing a green light. Before I closed the canopy, I noticed I
had left my master switch ON and quickly turned it OFF before closing and
locking the canopy.
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