February 2018 in Florida · · PAGE 432.
February 24, 2018: A Saturday with
good flying weather with scattered clouds around 2,500 MSL over the mainland,
but clear again over the Indian River Lagoon and the barrier islands. The
flight today was to look at new interchange being built to connect I-95 and US 1
in southern Brevard County. The prevailing wind today was from the south
due to a high-pressure area out in the Atlantic Ocean.
Flying under the cloud deck in bumpy air does not bode well for taking
aerial snapshots, so today we rely on my GPS overlay and Google Earth images of
my flight path. This image is from last year and does not show the pilings
that have been recently installed at the exit location. The ground inside
the yellow circle was prepared almost a year ago. The actual construction
of the bridge supports was started late in 2017.
There are two airports with Class D airspace and control towers that I fly
around or over when I go south from Rockledge Airport. My GPS track on the
left is greater than 5 miles west of the Melbourne Airport. I stay under
1,500 feet MSL when I fly out here, under the approach for airline traffic
coming into KMLB from the west. I listen to the Melbourne tower to know
what traffic is doing as a pass by out west or over the top above their
airspace. Runways 9L and 9R were in use today. My return flight path
heading north is on the right.
Here is a view of my departure from and return to the Rockledge
Airport. Remaining clear of the Patrick Air Force Base Class D airspace is
the issue here.
The takeoff and landing at Rockledge were to the south using runway
18. The wind was from the EAST when I returned after a 42-minute flight to
the south end of the county. The crosswind landing from the north always
needs a bit more air speed on the approach and positive rudder control all the
way down the runway to the ramp exit. That is the reason you do not see
many photos when I am on approach to land. I had to move this Aventura II
out of the hangar to get my airplane out before the flight.
With the extra space in the hangar, I can taxi into the hangar with the
engine at idle. The nose-wheel Van's RV's can be turned very tight.
In this case, I do not have to push the airplane up the slight incline from the
ramp to the hangar doorway.
The gyrocopter was down for service and was out of the way from my space
in the southeast corner of the hangar.
All that is left to do now is put the Aventura back inside the hangar near
the front door. Billy flies it when he gets a chance. He was not
here today. I did get a short text message this evening saying he was in
bed getting over the flu.
With warm weather here again in Central Florida, the flying insects are back, requiring some clean up of the airplane before locking up to leave. The flight time today was 0.7 hours added to the Hobbs meter which is now at 414.4 hours total time.
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