I had the opportunity to fly Leigh-Ann and Scot down to Myrtle Beach this last weekend. They work hard and were looking for some time away on their own. I needed to go flying, and the mission came together.

The flights – four legs – two on Friday and two on Sunday – went safely and very well. As usual, I see things I could have done better. The landings were in high wind. Down at Grand Strande – twice I landed on runway 5 and shortened my downwind to respect local hotels. What I should have done was go long like the jets, and set up a stabilized approach. I ended up with amateurish s turns to final. Bad form. I did not impress the tower dwellers.

I always get it squared away before touchdown, but acknowledge the need to plan more fully. Fly more professionally.

The rest of the flight was ice in clouds; some beautiful ice crystals suspended in -6 degree air; and smooth air at altitude.

I’m blessed. Look for AirDorrin on youtube to see the video of the flight.

By fdorrin

Recently rated Gulfstream 280 pilot, working on instructor qualifications. WestWind and Astra corporate jet flight instructor. Contract corporate pilot. Own and operate a PA30 Twin Comanche. CFII; MEI; ME-ATP; SES; Typed in DHC-8, B-25, IAI-1124, IAI1125, G100, G280. Retired engineer / executive - Delmarva Power, Conectiv Energy, and PEPCO Holdings, Inc.