Nothing new for many, but watching what others were doing led me to take a different approach to filing with a fast airplane.

Charles and I took a day off and used the Twin Comanche to fly to Punta Gorda yesterday. We logged 6.8 hours of flying, including one stop at KRBW – Low Country Airport in South Carolina.

First leg routing was 33N-SBY-ORF=CHS-KRBW. This is a more simplified routing than I usually file, but I experimented based on recent routings filed in FltPlan.com. The north leg file in this manner actually worked as planned. Surprise.

Landing at Low Country, I met a very nice pilot in an RV-6 who flies for a living (SabreLiners). He was telling me he flew checks in a PA-30 (like mine) with very limited equipment. We had a nice talk and then Charles and I had lunch.

Next leg was also filed in a simplified manner. KRBW-SAV-CRG-KPGD (Punta Gorda). They gave me that, but I knew it wouldn’t last. General Aviation is alive and well in Florida, and we were given at least three re-routes. No big deal though, it just added some time to the flight.

6.8 hours total over the two flights. Longer by over an hour than I anticipated – mostly due to wind – but the flight was a good one.

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.