A Flight to Camden with Skye

Skye Snapchatted this to her friends, which I thought was sweet.
Skye Snapchatted this to her friends, which I thought was sweet.

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.

Photo: Skye | Skye snapped this while I preflighted our ride.
Photo: Skye | Skye snapped this while I preflighted our ride.
Preflight selfie
Preflight selfie
Photo: Skye | Portland and Back Cove
Photo: Skye | Portland and Back Cove
Skye is an amazing pilot. She held altitude and course dead on both directions.
Skye is an amazing pilot. She held altitude and course dead on both directions.
I love flying in Maine
I love flying in Maine
Skye was gracious enough to pose for me in the Camden outdoor ampitheater.
Skye was gracious enough to pose for me in the Camden outdoor ampitheater.
Skye is an amazing photographer. She isn't afraid to sacrifice her comfort to get the shot.
Skye is an amazing photographer. She isn’t afraid to sacrifice her comfort to get the shot.
Skye jumped on command in the Camden ampitheater. Blurry but fun.
Skye jumped on command in the Camden ampitheater. Blurry but fun.
The leaves on the trees in the Camden Village Green were brilliant!
The leaves on the trees in the Camden Village Green were brilliant!
Skye and I sat on a bench in a park and talked. It was nice. Obv.
Skye and I sat on a bench in a park and talked. It was nice. Obv.
This plane is so awfully nationalistic, it's kinda funny.
This plane is so awfully nationalistic, it’s kinda funny.
Photo: Skye | Camden, Maine
Photo: Skye | Camden, Maine
Somewhere in Maine
Somewhere in Maine
Somewhere else in Maine
Somewhere else in Maine
Our Skyhawk and a Challenger 850
Our Skyhawk and a Challenger 850
Departed KPWM runway three-six at taxiway alpha
Departed KPWM runway three-six at taxiway alpha
9946Q, turn south for sequencing
9946Q, turn south for sequencing

Download the KML files of either the flight to Camden or the return flight to Portland to view in Google Earth.

4 Comment

  1. Jason Pooler says: Reply

    Fantasic blog. I enjoy reading about your trips with your children. Your a great dad, Brent!

    1. Thanks, buddy. I dig Kirsten and the girls. Quite a lot, actually.

  2. Kirsten Uhler says: Reply

    I’m so glad you two did this. I’m very impressed with Skye’s flying and navigating skills. What a great adventure. Nice use of Skitch to represent your flight path, by the way. I love all the photos!

    1. Skye is an excellent and natural pilot. I did the screengrab with Skitch, but the flight track is my KLM file in Google Earth. I included download links to both KLM files in the post so you can open them up and virtually fly it. Enjoy. :)

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