26 March 2006

The spring break diversion

March 18-26, 2006

Liz, Mike and I flew in the 210 to Freeport, Bahamas for Mike's spring break. We dove eleven times including two night dives; a dolphin, shark and cavern dive.

When I called US customs from Freeport to advise them of our entry into the US, Customs informed me that Fort Pierce airport would be closed from noon to five for an air show. I wasn't sure we could land, go through customs, return the lift raft and vests and get out before noon. So, I decided to go due west and enter customs through West Palm Beach airport. Customs got us through surprisingly quick, so we decided to make a low pass over Fort Pierce and throw the life raft and vests on the airport ramp. Well, not really. We landed, dropped off the equipment and managed to take off five minutes before the airport closed! Another hour up the coast, we had lunch at Titusville.

Mike flew twelve hours in the left seat. He earned his high performance (engine with greater than 200 horsepower) and complex (retractable gear and variable pitch propeller) endorsements. The 210 qualifies for both. He logged seven new aiports including three new states GA, FL, SC and a foreign country - Bahahmas.

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