Captain Tedward's Flying Adventures

My mission: DON'T CRASH!

7/30/2008 09:26:00 AM


Posted by Captain Tedward

Well, with the good, comes the bad. Kim, a buddy of mine, and I were about to fly up to Charleston, SC for dinner at the Noisy Oyster Monday evening when we discovered this on the left main tire.

Since the cord was showing, we decided to cancel the flight. I spoke to my A&P mechanic and ordered a new tire yesterday. How much does a new tire cost for a light aircraft, you ask??? :) Bought the same type/model tire that is on the aircraft online for $55 (includes shipping). On the flip side, I have to wait for the delivery, run it out to the airport, and have my A&P mechanic install it at his labor rate. Hopefully, she'll be back in service by next Monday as I have another flight planned.


Looks as if Marianna, Florida (Florida Caverns State Park) will win out for the next major Captain Tedward adventure with the wife. Still one day left to vote so please do so if you have a preferred destination that you would like us to take pictures of and document our experiences.

I will begin a new feature starting August 1st which will be a monthly spotlight on an airport, including pictures and some history of the selected airport. If you have an airport that you would like spotlighted, send me a message!

Captain Tedward

7/22/2008 02:44:00 PM

Lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe

Posted by Captain Tedward

Hello Everyone!

For starters, for those that haven't voted yet, please do so. Just a few days left in the voting to see where Captain Tedward and his beautiful wife, Kim, fly to for their next adventure. So far, Marianna, Florida and Milledgeville, Georgia are tied with 4 votes.

Ok, so last week, I got a taste for a good hamburger. Oh yeah! The 100 dollar kind! I had to visit the Hard Rock Cafe again. It has one of the best burgers out there! So, my friend Christina and I headed out for the airport yesterday morning. Christina works with me at Netjets and is also a pilot.

I pre-flighted the aircraft, called for my IFR clearance and off we went for Myrtle Beach!

Taking off on Runway 25 at Beaufort County Airport.

Good view of the bridge that leads to Lady's Island in Beaufort.

We climbed up to 7,000 feet and the visibility was horrible due to haze. Our route of flight took us over Charleston, SC and the enroute time was about one hour and 11 minutes. About 25 miles from Myrtle Beach, approach control started our decent and it looked as if we may get the ILS approach into Runway 18. Approach vectored us fairly close in to the airport to see if we can visually see it. I finally saw the airport about 7 miles out and got cleared for the visual approach.

Airport coming into view.

Turning final to Runway 18.

We taxied in and parked on the large ramp at Myrtle Beach Aviation. The line staff was great! After securing the plane, we were driven up to the main building and we proceeded to sign in and get a crew car. The lady working behind the counter there needs a serious lesson in customer service. That is one of the complaints I have had with this FBO and have read many of the same.

We walked out and got into the crew car (2 hour limit but free!). Low and behold, no gas! It's below "E" and the gas light is on. Well, I went back it to see if there was a gas station nearby. Guess what? Old faithful behind the counter doesn't offer me another vehicle but does tell me where there is a gas station. I told her that was great but I hoped I had enough gas to get there! She then hands me a number to Enterprise and tells me to call them if I run out on the way. Now that's the kind of customer service I can live without!

We made it to the gas station, put a few bucks in the tank, and headed off to the Hard Rock.

Outside of the Hard Rock Cafe in Myrtle Beach

Christina posing on the bike out front.

Inside the Hard Rock Cafe.

Lunch was great as usual and it was pretty busy. The service was incredible too. Friendly wait staff and the manager stopped by to chat with us as well. We both had cheeseburgers since that is their specialty.

After lunch, we headed back to the airport and proceeded on our trip back home.

View of the Midwest Connection planes sitting dormant on the ramp.

Takeoff roll on Runway 36. Notice the route of flight on the GPS.

The commercial airline terminal building.

Profile view of Captain Tedward at work.

Due to traffic in the area, we were not allowed to climb up to our requested altitude of 8,000 feet. We leveled off at 6,000 feet and once again, haze was very prevalent. I allowed Christina some time at the controls and soon we were approaching Charleston. I started to notice a towering cumulus cloud complex ahead of us on our flight path. I called Charleston approach and they advised no weather between us and our destination airport. Soon the clouds grew darker and I had to deviate around the west side of a small thunderstorm cell.

Small thunderstorm cell over Charleston.

Knowing that it was going to be hard to locate the airport at Beaufort through the thick haze, I asked for the RNAV GPS approach into Beaufort and was granted the request from ATC. The approach went well and we touched down back at our home airport about 2:45pm local time.

What a great day we had!

Captain Tedward

7/14/2008 07:10:00 PM

Aerial Photos

Posted by Captain Tedward

So I got this idea in my head the other day. Bluffton has grown so much over the past few years and I'm sure there are folks in this area that would love some aerial shots.

Well, I grabbed my flight bag and Kim grabbed the digital camera and off we went yesterday! The photos were taken at about 1,300 feet above the ground. We were up for about 45 minutes or so and Kim did a fantastic job as the photographer!

To view the pictures, click here.


Captain Tedward

PS: Oh, and if you are curious, aviation gas is $5.85 per gallon at my airport. :P

7/10/2008 09:17:00 PM

Fort Pulaski and the Port Royal Sound

Posted by Captain Tedward

Ever wonder what Fort Pulaski looks like from the air? How about the Port Royal Sound during the Cobia fishing season? Here you go! ENJOY!

Captain Tedward

7/10/2008 08:40:00 PM

Virtual Mountain Flying

Posted by Captain Tedward

Want to know what it is like to fly over snow capped mountains?

Click here to find out. Just move your cursor left and right to turn.

Captain Tedward

7/03/2008 10:21:00 AM

Please vote!

Posted by Captain Tedward

Hey Everyone!

Now you can help decide where Captain Tedward travels to next! I have posted a poll on the main page so please take the time to vote.

Have a Happy 4th!

Captain Tedward