Flight to John’s


My boss John has a 160 acre farm in central Pennsylvania and each summer he has a large pancake breakfast for his family, friends, and neighbors. I had wanted to attend before, but its about a 3 hour drive so its not always an easy thing to do. Last year I intended to fly up as well, but the day of the breakfast was low visibility and fog. This year – perfect weather!

Maja and I departed KFDK in the R-22. This was Maja’s first extended flight in the helicopter. She has a tendency to get airsick on occasion so I was a little apprehensive about the longer flight.

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We stopped in Allentown for fuel so that we wouldn’t need to stop on the way back.

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The PA mountains made for some beautiful sightseeing.

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There were a few times where the expanse of trees meant there were very few landing opportunities in the event of an emergency. I climbed to much higher altitudes to try to mitigate the risk, and pick routes over and along the valleys.

 

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Here is John’s farm from the landing. You can see the audience moving in our direction!

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Snap shot of Maja and I with John. The pancake breakfast was great- good food, beautiful weather, and fantastic hospitality.

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We got a tour of the property which included this Bede-5 that is hanging unfinished in the garage. From what I understand it was acquired years ago unfinished as decoration. The engine is still in a crate. I have no idea if the engine was stored properly – its an interesting find. I wish I had taken more photos of it.

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Love the little kids cart!

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Unfortunately, I didn’t take many photos during the breakfast as I was busy being social. But here’s a final photo as we prepare to depart.

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I also put together a quick video from the day.


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