|Date||Aircraft||Route of Flight||Time (hrs)||Total (hrs)|
|24 Dec 2012||N21481||5G0 (LeRoy, NY) - 7N1 (Corning, NY) - 5G0||2.1||1109.1|
I left Warrior 481 cold and alone in the hangar for much of December, which is a terrible thing to do to an honest airplane. Finally back from my travels to Vienna and Disney World in Orlando (oh, the contrast!), I waited for a break in the weather to get the airplane back into its native environment. That break came on Christmas Eve day.
I flew south to Letchworth State Park to test out my early Christmas present, a Nikon Coolpix S8200 point-and-shoot camera (14x optical zoom, image stabilization, 16 megapixel CCD). In light chop, from 3000 feet, Middle Falls at Letchworth nevertheless came through clear and crisp. The Kodak I have used for the last three years was having issues, so this gift from my wife and in-laws (mother, father, sister and brother...thank you!) was very timely.
A windmill, photographed from two miles away. Though the day was hardly a test for how the camera might capture color, it took nice sharp pictures.
|I-86 running through Bath, NY.|
|Hunt Hollow Road and surrounding valley.|
|Hunt Hollow Ski Club just west of Canandaigua Lake.|
Warrior 481 and I flew low over the terrain, following valley highways southeast toward Corning, NY and the Painted Post airport. As I shut down at the fuel pump, I was met by a lineman from Costa Flying Services who explained that the self-service pump was overcharging people who used their own credit cards. He swiped the FBO's credit card at the pump and assisted me in fueling the Warrior.
When finished, I followed him inside to reimburse the FBO for the fuel. Once a receipt was generated, he showed me what I owed versus the price that using my own card would have brought from the self-service pump. He saved me about $20.
I studied my benefactor for a moment. He was an older gentleman with a wild white beard bursting forth beneath a warm fur cap pulled snugly over his ears. Between beard and cap, his dark eyes twinkled merrily. He wore no red suit nor was he endowed with a gelatinous belly, yet still...I wondered...
Nah. I thought, shaking my head. Couldn't be.
I thanked him for his help, wished him a Merry Christmas, and returned to the sky.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good flight!