We started the day around 5am from an overnight in Williamsport. From there to Philly was my leg in Clear VFR. Just a touch of IMC. Flew this leg by hand because I wanted to. The approach to a visual RW26 was a challenge because the Captain called it insight before I had it. We got it sorted out and the landing went fairly smoothly.
Approaching the airport from the south I could see a rain shaft maybe 3 miles from the threshold of runway 19, the landing runway. I had the choice of flying an ILS or a visual, and I chose the later to keep our schedule moving.
Passing over the last mountain at 4000′, I descended smartly to pattern altitude and flew the thing like a Cessna 172. Right downwind; right base just touching the rain shaft; final in light rain. Nice touchdown and off. The fall colors were all around us. This flight made the day worth getting up early.