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Best of day 20: Scud running to Georgetown

Weather was much better today than yesterday. We departed Big Spring shortly after 8am. There were some low clouds around but enough clear sky to climb on top. There are windmills in this area and we kept an eye on them while climbing.

Windmills in clouds

We cruised on top for forty minutes, with a great tailwind. We did hit the 90 knots mark on the GPS a couple of times. This did not last for the whole flight to Brady - our fuel stop between Big Spring and Georgetown. There was a layer of clouds at our altitude and it was not sure that we could find a hole to descend later if we were getting on top. It was time for some scud running…

The minimum safe altitudes along our route were in the 2.200 to 2.700 feet range and we had to cruise between 3.000 and 2.700. We had a good look out for terrain and other obstacles. A couple of towers looked awfully high, but we were well away from them. We did reach Brady after one hour and forty-five minutes. Our goal was to reach Georgetown at 11.45 to be there on time for our planned speech at the Georgetown Airport Aviation Safety day.

Scud running

Thirty minutes after landing, we were rolling again, ready to take-off towards Georgetown. The visibility was better and there was no need to get on top or fly at minimum safe altitude. Just normal VFR flying. We did reach Georgetown after one hour and fifteen minutes and landed on runway 18. Our taxi to AeroCentex - the FBO hosting the TXAA event of today - was a bit… erratic. We missed the taxiway leading to their ramp and had to turn back. We did eventually arrive during lunch and many participants were on the tarmac, waiting for us. We’ve never had so many cameras pointed at us at the same time. One of them was Jo Hunter, the aviation photographer behind Jo connected us with Jay Carpenter, the secretary of the Texas Aviation Association which became our host on this stop. Thanks to both of them for making this stop possible.

After eating a sandwich and a cookie and answering a lot of questions about our project, the meeting started again. We had the opportunity to speak for fifteen minutes, explaining what we do and how different it is to fly in Europe and in the United States. Even if the aviation system is not perfect here, it offers a great degree of freedom and it is the responsibility of each aviation enthusiast to protect it. We passed this message to the 50+ persons present today with the hope that they’ll realize how important it is to protect General Aviation.

Tomorrow will be a long day, we fly to Baton-Rouge again. We have great friends there and we could not find a lot of support in Lafayette. Georgetown to Baton Rouge is almost a five hours flight, so we need a good rest and will start early tomorrow. If you want to win a prize from our raffle (Cessna pilot kit, Windtee t-shirt, ForeFlight Mobile or PDFPlates subscription, amongst others) buy miles today using the yellow buttons on the right hand side of this page. Each mile bought gives you two chances to win a prize. You can buy miles until our arrival in Dunnellon only - take your chance now!

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