Yesterday I took Alex, Jeff and Jeff’s son Trent flying. Alex and I had returned earlier that day from a trip to Connecticut and New York City for work. It rained on us most of the drive. At times hard. I was concerned the weather wouldn’t be favorable for the scenic flight we had been planning for more than a week.
I arrived at the airport early to do my preflight planning. I calculated the weight and balance, recorded the passenger manifest, and called the Flight Service Station for a weather briefing. I was told VFR was not recommended due to incoming storms and deteriorating conditions. Instead of flying north to Stonington as planned, I decided to say closer to the airport and monitor conditions in flight.
Marcia escorted Alex and me to N739JW so she could show me how to connect the rear passenger intercom system and to answer my questions about the radio and gps. Jeff and Trent hadn’t arrived, so we went back in and waited for them. When they arrived I preflighted the plane, got a clearance for a scenic flight, and departed runway one-eight.
After a brief pass over Portland we turned south toward Ram Island Ledge Light and descended.
When we were out of the Class-C airspace I turned the controls over to Alex, who did a fantastic job flying. I think he even enjoyed it.
Wood Island Light is visible from “our” beach in Saco. We also can see it from the East Point Sanctuary in Biddeford Pool. Seeing it up close and from the other side was cool.
We experienced occasional light rain on the way down. It looked like the clouds were moving in fast and I was beginning to worry we’d have to select an alternate airport and wait out the passing storm. Visibility was reduced by the rain, but I could see the shore and were within VFR minimums. Once we were out of the small patch of rain things cleared up again and my anxiety eased.
After passing Cape Neddick Light we headed out to sea toward Boon Island.