When ATC simply doesn’t have the time to take on a VFR plane for flight following they can do one of two things, reject you outright (rare) or just pass the buck to other controllers. This also includes not doing handoffs and not answering calls when you make them.
This was one of those days.
I don’t think I have ever had this many handoffs or transponder changes on a single short flight.
Also of note, around 18:35 the controller actually makes fun of me.
Greg was in town for Christmas and our grandma's birthday, so we decided that it would be fun to fly up to Asbury park for the party, instead of driving for hours in Christmas traffic. While we had the plane why not do a NYC sightseeing tour and flyover.
Flying up and down the Hudson Class B exclusion is always a fairly work intensive task, you have to keep yourself within a 300ft altitude window, over one side of the river, all while flying at slower speeds than normal, and communicating with all the other aircraft in the area.
Sometimes a random Saturday in summer calls for a day trip to the beach, and while Washington DC is not exactly near or within easy driving distance to a beach, an Airplane can always get you a little further and a little faster than a car can.
Chad, Ryan, and I decided to leave DC around 8:00 am as to get in the air around 9:20 am, and to Cape May just before 10:30.
Last week I forgot my wallet out at the airport when I got back from the trip to Nashville, so I used Saturday afternoon to make the trek out to Manassas Airport to pick it up. Since there is no reason to drive all the way out the the Airport without flying just a little, I made the most of it, and used the opportunity to do some crosswind landings, which is something that every recreational pilot can always practice.
The past year has been a great year for The Daily Caller, and this Thanksgiving our staff has many things to be thankful for, including President Barack Obama, Jay Carney, HealthCare.gov, Mitch McConnell, turtles, Fred Upton, Kate Upton and horses.
We decided to have a small Thanksgiving pregame celebration at the office on Tuesday. But since we don’t have an oven at the office, we want nothing but the best for our staff, and we tend to like activities that could end in disaster, preparing a juicy and delicious fried turkey on a downtown D.C. sidewalk was the only way to go.