Captain Tedward's Flying Adventures

My mission: DON'T CRASH!

3/26/2009 06:01:00 PM

Lunch in St. Augustine/Coffee in Gainesville

Posted by Captain Tedward

Last Tuesday, 2 of my friends, Paul and Christina, flew down to St. Augustine with me. Our plan was to visit Zaharias Restaurant‎ for lunch. Paul's wife's family owns that restaurant and I have heard great things about the food. Well, we loaded up and departed Hilton Head around 9:00am. The flight down was about an hour and 21 minutes.

Once we landed, Paul got a rental car and we started into town. We decided to stop by the famed St. Augustine Lighthouse for a quick tour. My legs are still sore from climbing those stairs.

Once done there, we drove done to the restaurant. Paul ordered some Fried Calamari and the famous flaming cheese! So delicious. I ended up having the queen cut of prime rib...blackened since Paul highly recommended it. We left that place stuffed to the gills.

I highly recommend the place. Their address/number is 3945 A1A S, St Augustine, FL 32080, (904) 471-4799. If you are in the area, drop in and try it!

After lunch, we ventured back to the airport and I let Christina fly us VFR (visual flight rules) over to Gainesville. We grabbed a crew van from University Air Center and drove into town past the University of Florida campus and wound up at a Starbucks west of town. We were not there long since we had a 1.5 hour limit on the courtesy vehicle.

Once back at the airport, we headed back to Hilton Head. Another great adventure with good friends.

Thanks for flying by.

Captain Tedward

3/25/2009 09:10:00 PM

The Outer Banks are Beautiful!

Posted by Captain Tedward

On Monday, Ted, Christina, and I flew up to North Carolina for a little Outer Banks flying. I flew the first leg from Hilton Head, SC to New Bern, NC. Once we arrived in New Bern, we borrowed the crew car and went to Captain Ratty's Seafood Restaurant for lunch. Nothing like fresh seafood!

After lunch, Christina flew us up over the Pamlico Sound to Ocracoke Island and Hatteras. We stopped at both locations to look around (beaches are gorgeous!) and then she flew us back to New Bern.

We borroed the crew car once again to head back into town for a light snack for the trip home. I flew the leg back and the sunset was amazing!

Enjoy the slideshow!!!

Captain Tedward

3/25/2009 09:00:00 PM

Kim finally gets to Myrtle Beach

Posted by Captain Tedward

Last Sunday, Kim and I flew up to Myrtle Beach for the day. She has heard me talk about how neat the Hard Rock Cafe is and she got the chance...finally! :-)

Since we flew to FL on Saturday, the hounds were still boarded at Camp Green Dog. We loaded up Sunday morning to spend a few hours up there. Well, what can i say that most people don't already know.....tourist trap hell!!!

It wasn't very crowded and the temperature was cool so not too many people out along the beach. What amazed us both was the amount of souvenir shops along Business Highway 17! And pancake and omelet places??? At least 6 per mile. I think we'll pack up and move there....NOT!

Needless to say, no picture taking that day since there really wasn't anything of note. Well, maybe the Starbucks we stopped at for coffee. ;-)

Was just a great day hanging out with my sweetie!

Thanks for flying by.

Captain Tedward

3/25/2009 08:48:00 PM

BBQ at a private airport in Florida

Posted by Captain Tedward

Last Saturday, Barry, Kim, and I flew down to Greystone Airport near Ocala, Florida. The fly-in community there, Jumbolair, was hosting a BBQ. The airport is home to John Travolta and his 2 aircraft, a Gulfstream and a 707. I didn't see his aircraft that day so he must have been out of town.

We were the 3rd aircraft to land and shortly thereafter, the planes started to arrive in droves. When it was all said and done, there were about 50 planes parked along the runway. The BBQ was good and watching all the planes depart was very exciting.

After the BBQ was over, we departed for Dunnellon Airport to pick up some gas, then we hopped over to Cedar Key for a light dinner. What's neat about Cedar Key is that the local cab company monitors the radio frequency and comes out to pick you up! $5 per person will get you into town. When you are ready for the ride back to the airport, you just give them a call.

As you can see by the slideshow, the weather was great and the trip home was beautiful too.


Captain Tedward

3/17/2009 10:07:00 AM

Practice Run - Race to Ridgeland

Posted by Captain Tedward

Hello Everyone!

I have entered this year's Race To Ridgeland event on May 2. The race spans 127.7 nautical miles and is open to all single engine, piston driven aircraft and is broken down into speed indexes. The link to the map of the race is shown below (map shows 2008 race route which is the same this year).

Map of the Race to Ridgeland

I have selected Christina Dacey as my navigator and VFR traffic observer. Last week, we did a normal speed, practice run to get ourselves familiar with the course. During the race, the flyover at Ridgeland (at the starting/finish line) can be below 1,000 feet above ground level (AGL), but the other turnpoints must be flown at 1,000 AGL. As you can imagine, the course is run at full power and if it happens to be hot that day, the thermals will cause turnblence and it could be quite a rough ride! I ceratinly am hoping for good weather! :-)

Come out and support me for this race and enjoy the festivities after. I'll be part of the flight line static display after the race. Ridgeland is right off of I-95 and exit 20 in South Carolina. Email me if you need directions.

Hope to see you there!

Captain Tedward