Hard to believe this was five weeks ago and it turned out to be 81 degrees...now there’s nearly a foot of snow up there and the ice is safe to walk on. It’s looking like I will be going directly from floats to skis this year, I’m stoked because I haven’t been ski flying in quite some time. Although this location is not very secret to most in my area I always refer to it as a secret jokingly—it’s really the southernmost beach on Passamagamet Lake and a fantastic camping location. Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate it and the Green Machine will be coming alive again very soon!🛩
What an amazing machine the Caravan is. Here’s a video of the tail end of reversing it off the little beach. I left the rudders up so they didn’t get injured and let it weathercock into wind so I could drive out. The Beaver doesn’t have reverse so I’d never backed off before. You can hear one of the neighbours say “what a relief”. She wasn’t the only one.
I guess not everyone can say their first ever water landing and takeoff in a Caravan was solo. What a couple of days! I owe an enormous thanks to @flyboyjonny and @ga_junky in particular for their assistance (and Jon for teaching me how to fly an amphib caravan in a very short period of time via text message).
A Bangor Trident Nuclear Submarine being escorted back to base near Port Townsend. We call these two escorts “The Twins”. Before 9-11 we could fly close to these guys, now you need a good telephoto lens. @kenmoreair