Hudson River Tour

This was a treat! I flew the Hudson River Corridor with Kate, Valerie, and Tanya, from Russia. Since I don’t yet have my license, Brian came along as the instructor. We had to take two trips, but hey, that’s just more practice for me.

I was able to do some new things on this trip. I flew with one other passenger, which made a noticeable difference. Then with two, which really made a difference. That felt like a really heavy plane and the climb rate was really low.

We had been depriving the plane of fuel for that entire week so that we can get the weight off. We had about 40 gallons on the first flight and 30 left on the 4 person flight. Hoorah for weight and balance calculations!

The other new experience was piloting in the Class Bravo. I went through all the procedures with Brian before the trip. When it came down to it, talking to ATC was pretty easy. They were really friendly and accommodating.

We started out at Alpine tower, flew down the Hudson River, took a turn at the Statue of Liberty and flew up the East River. We then cut across Central Park, flew over Teterboro and then direct to Caldwell. Twice.

The landing with Kate was a smooth one on Runway 28. Unfortunately, I think I made the other girls a bit nervous. Tower gave us Runway 4, which had a direct crosswind. The plane was floating a lot and we were being pushed around, so we did a go-around. The second landing wasn’t as bad, but not terribly smooth. In retrospect, we should have taken 28, if not the first time, at least the second.

Plane: N491WS (C172)
From: CDW
To: CDW
Duration: 1.0

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Plane: N491WS (C172)
From: CDW
To: CDW
Duration: 1.1