The last time I did something like that was way back in the '60s when Mohawk had a deal whereby you could fly anywhere you liked on their system on a weekend for $25. There were some restrictions - you had to end up where you started from, and your last leg had to take off before 6pm on the Sunday. You couldn't start before Saturday morning, and you couldn't make your reservations until Wednesday before the weekend you wanted to fly.
I spent hours poring over Mohawk's timetable trying to come up with the greatest amount of flying time that could be fitted in to the time allowed. I forget what my final routing was, but it came apart because I couldn't get a seat on one of the legs. Back to the drawing board.
The trip I finally got ticketed for was from YYZ
to Rochester, NY (I don't know the codes for some of these places) on a BAC-111, then on an FH
-227 to Ithaca, Elmira, and on to DCA
. I would then return on the same plane to Elmira, then to Utica and BOS
. I would RON in Boston then return to YYZ
on a BAC-111 via Hartford, CT
, Rochester, and BUF
This trip also came unglued. On short final into Elmira, Chemung County, the flaps decided to retract all by themselves. After going around we made a landing without flap. The plane couldn't proceed. The other passengers were put on other flights to Washington, but that was no use to me with my non-transferable itinerary. However all was not lost - I was told that the plane would probably be fixed in time to do the Elmira-Utica-BOS
legs. As there was a couple of hours to kill and as I was an active glider pilot at the time, and as the Schweizer Aircraft Co. was building sailplanes across the field I gave them a call. Their sales manager, whose name I have now forgotten, came and picked me up and gave me a free demonstration flight in their latest 2-seater.
The rest of the trip went according to plan.