A Saturday Morning Flight with Kirsten and Jenna

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.

Photo: Kirsten Uhler | Kirsten snapped a bunch of pictures while I preflighted our airplane.
Photo: Kirsten Uhler | Kirsten snapped a bunch of pictures while I preflighted our airplane.

Boon Island Light, Maine
Boon Island Light, Maine

Cape Neddick Light (Nubble)
Cape Neddick Light (Nubble)
Photo: Kirsten Uhler | Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Photo: Kirsten Uhler | Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Photo: Kirsten Uhler | Portland Head Light
Photo: Kirsten Uhler | Portland Head Light
Portland Head Light
Portland Head Light
U-boat observation tower
U-boat observation tower
Photo: Jenna Danler | Tri For A Cure
Photo: Jenna Danler | Tri For A Cure
Photo: Jenna Danler | I am most happy when I'm in an airplane.
Photo: Jenna Danler | I am most happy when I’m in an airplane.
Photo: Kirsten Uhler | Jenna had a great time on our flight.
Photo: Kirsten Uhler | Jenna had a great time on our flight.
Me and Jenna
Me and Jenna
I love to fly!
I love to fly!
Photo: KIrsten UHler | Backseat selfie.
Photo: KIrsten UHler | Backseat selfie.
Foreflight is an essential component of my electronic flight bag.
Foreflight is an essential component of my electronic flight bag.
Photo: Kirsten Uhler | Empennage of our Cessna 172M from the back seat. I've never seen this for myself.
Photo: Kirsten Uhler | Empennage of our Cessna 172M from the back seat. I’ve never seen this for myself.
Photo: Kirsten Uhler | Cessna 172M instrument panel
Photo: Kirsten Uhler | Cessna 172M instrument panel
Jenna and Kirsten enjoyed the flight, which made me very happy.
Jenna and Kirsten enjoyed the flight, which made me very happy.
Photo: Kirsten Uhler | Me and a favorite pax, Jenna.
Photo: Kirsten Uhler | Me and a favorite pax, Jenna.
Sanford Regional (KSFM) runway 7.
Sanford Regional (KSFM) runway 7.
Basic flight path
Basic flight path

2 Comment

  1. Kathy Longacre says: Reply

    Love that you are living your dream and sharing it. Now come to Alaska and take me flying.

  2. Great post Brent! I love your post-processing of the photos. I really enjoyed flying with you. The touch-and-goes and the steep turns were some of my favorite parts. I’m excited for our next flight. I’m so glad you’re back up in the air again. I know you love it.

    Kathy – I think that’s a fantastic idea! :-)

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