Just North Of Jacksonville On Approach To Atlanta
I took off from JAX at 0830 and after a 1 hour layover in Atlanta, I was on the ground in Chattanooga at 1130. I intently watched out the window during the flights so I could see what kind of clouds, if any, I would have to contend with on the flight home. It always seems to me that visibility in the Atlanta area is pretty lousy, but it was pretty good yesterday and I could see StoneMountain and downtown Atlanta on approach. It only looked like some scattered clouds between Atlanta and Chattanooga, so I was feeling really good about the flight home.
Wilson Air Center picked me up from the commercial terminal in their shuttle and brought me back to their FBO. I paid my fuel and tie down bill. It was $10 per night and I got a night free with the fuel purchase. One important note: the parking fee is from the Chattanooga Airport Authority and only collected by the FBO. You will get the same charge at the other FBO on the field. There were no other landing or ramp fees. Because of the inclement weather from TS Lee, they had put our plane in their hangar for a bit at no extra charge.
When I arrived at the Wilson Air Center, this 1944 Beech-18 was preparing to depart. They took off while I was conducting the pre-flight on 4RM and the sounds coming from the two radial engines was awesome.
Shortly after takeoff I was cleared on my assigned route up to 7000 feet. This put me comfortably on top of the scattered cloud layer in nice smooth air. I even had a tailwind for a while and was enjoying 155 knots at 65% power burning about 14 GPH. Not too shabby! Atlanta would not let me through their airspace again so I flew direct Athens then direct home.
"Hold Short For Landing Traffic" Downtown Chattanooga
Just south of Macon, GA the clouds started to show up again and the haze layer below started to thicken up. It got a little bumpy on approach to Jacksonville due to that front to the south pushing back up north, but after a few minutes of being vectored around, I was cleared for the visual approach to Runway 23 at KCRG. Safely on the ground and 4RM put away, our Labor Day adventure was officially complete!
This cloud looked like you could surf it! The haze returns
My work: Naval Station Mayport