This was a beautiful morning for some local flying. The window of VFR conditions was short, but ideal: ceilings were forecast to be an untouchable 20,000 MSL (FL200) and virtually no wind. Apparently I wasn’t the only pilot who intended to take advantage of the brief window between long stretches of IMC conditions, as both of the Cessna 172SPs at Sanford were scheduled for the entire day. Therefore, I reserved the 1973 Cessna 172M, which is not nearly as nice but is $20 less per hour to rent.
I invited Jenna and Kirsten to accompany me and was thrilled they both accepted.
After a preflight we taxied to runway 7 for takeoff. Shortly after departing Sanford (KSFM) Kirsten wanted to see lighthouses, so I vectored to Boon Island Light which is six nautical miles east of Nubble Light. After a low pass we did a fly-by of Nubble before heading up the coast being sure to avoid the Bush’s house at Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport (P-67).
After contacting Portland Approach for the transit through class charlie airspace to Brunswick (KBXM), I requested a low pass by Portland Head Light, which was approved. We did a touch-n-go at Brunswick one left, then flew south to do a touch-n-go at Skyhaven (KDAW) runway one-five before landing on runway seven back at Sanford.