I thought that I would write a different kind of trip report for the forum. This one would come from the right seat of the cockpit!
Date: Jan 2, 2002
Aircraft: Cessna 172R (N866CP) Delivered in 1998.
Departure Airport: N07 (Lincoln Park Airport) N.J.
Destination Aiport: BZW (Allentown) P.A., AVP (Wilkes Barre, Scranton) P.A.
This was to be my last flight with a friend who I have been flying with for quite some time. He is moving to warmer climates than New Jersey. We sceduled out one of my schools Cessna's for 10:00am and planned on flying to Scranton for lunch.
My friend showed up at the airport at 10:30am due to last minute moving phone calls but it didn't matter as we had the aircraft till 2:00pm and I work for the school.
We had the line service guys preheat the aircraft for us as we did the preflight. With the preheat over after 15-20 minutes, we jumped in 866CP and began going through the engine start checklist. With that completed, Bob cranked the key and the Lycoming came to life.
David Clark headset on and radio check complete, we now waited for the oil temperature to rise. While waiting, we began to set the Bendix/King GPS but due to the cold temperature, part of the screen was having difficulties coming to life. Just in case, we fired up Bob's Garmin 295 also. Oil temperature alive and well. Taxied over to the compass rose and did the run up. Alll went well and we taxied down to the other end of the field as RWY 01 was in use rather than 19. Lights, camera, action and we began our spirited roll down the runway with 160hp pulling us along.
Up, up and away. On the horn with NY ATC letting them know our tail number, make and model along with what we were up to. Cleared to 2,500ft and destination Allentown, PA. 2,500ft was pretty bumpy, but still enjoyable. About 10 minutes out of N07, I took control and we headed up to 4,500ft for a better ride. Veered away from the Nuclear Power Plant but enjoyed the other "Winter" scenary. Saw a CO Express ATR pass overhead. Nice ride at 4500ft but soon enough Allentown was visible and we were headed into their traffic pattern for 3 touch and goes. FEDEX 727 on cargo ramp sleeping as we came in for the first bump and burn. Flaps down, power back, stall worning horn blaring and the tires touch the pavemet. Nicely done and back up in the air. The second time around was just as smooth although we were talking with the Tower as we touched the tarmac with them giving us instructions on incoming traffic for the other runway. They asked us to stay on the runway until after the intersection and then negated the order.
After one more nice approach we were off to Scranton. Originally planned on 4,500ft as our cruising altitude but cloud layer had us a 3,500ft. Bob flew this leg and the ride was a little choppy but still enjoyable. Contacted Scranton who then put us on a 5 mile downwind. Our second approach was flown behind a Delta Express CRJ, it was then decided that due to the cloud layer, we should head back to Lincoln Park. I got to fly this leg and boy was it fun.
2,500ft with a cloud layer at 3,000ft. With the mountains of the Scranton, PA region nipping at us, we were actually only 1,000ft above the ground. Blowing along in extremely bumpy conditions but loving every second of it as I actually had to fly the plane. Cockpit was mostly quiet at this point except for a comment from Bob, "If your going to make a mistake make it up." As in don't crash into the trees
Really wasn't that bad but I definately enjoyed the feeling of speed as the tress whisked buy much closer than normal. Once out from under the cloud layer, we headed up to 3,500ft and continued on course to N07 and our final touchdown.
Flawless pattern work and approach flown by Bob, and we touched down on RWY 01 nicely. After exactly 2.5 hrs of flying N866CP, we shut down at the same ramp spot. Nice day of flying. Can't wait to get paid to do it! Any questions or comments are welcome.
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