Skye and I have been talking about and anticipating flying together for a long time. We tried and failed earlier this year in Sanford. Today, it finally happened. And she didn’t puke (she’s emetophobic). In fact, I’d say she’s the most accurate non-pilot copilot I’ve ever flown with. After I explained the instruments of the six-pack and how to control the airplane with the yoke, she took over and flew on course and altitude with impressive precision.
After a thorough preflight we departed Portland’s runway three-six from taxiway alpha. The winds were nearly to my comfort limit, but since we had a choice of runway we could minimize the crosswind component. We turned onto course quickly and had an uneventful flight to Rockland (KRKD).
At Rockland we called for a taxi which drove us to Camden. We enjoyed lunch at the Camden Deli before walking around the harbor, talking, and taking pictures. It was really enjoyable to spend some alone time with Skye, who is a truly remarkable human being.
After departing Rockland we flew low over the Rockland Breakwater Light and then on to Camden, where we snapped a few aerial photos of the town, harbor, and nearby mountains. Skye again held course and altitude while I enjoyed the ride and our conversation. When we neared Portland I took control and made contact with the approach controllers. Unfortunately, every airliner and corporate jet then decided to drop out of the sky or take to it, so we got vectored south out into the ocean and WAY around the class charlie airspace and its central airport. Eventually we were instructed to turn to a ten mile final for three-six, which was reporting twenty knot gusts. The landing was uneventful.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Skye. I could not love a person more. She makes me proud and happy in ways I cannot express. I hope to enjoy many more flights with her.