Sunday, March 05, 2006

Fish Fry in Evansville

On Friday afternoon, Amy said "too bad we weren't in Evansville, we could go to a fish fry with everyone" - and I said "well, we still could!" - it was a really nice day and it gave me an excuse to fly the plane.

So, what the heck, Ames got the stuff ready while I headed over to the airport and got the plane fueled up and ready to go. It turns out that the flight to Evansville is just about the break even point vs. driving when you consider the time it takes to drive to the airport, load up the plane, do the run-up, and take off. The flight time is just over an hour, but it's a half hour to drive to the airport, a half hour of loading time and preflight, and then another 30-45 minutes after we land to get reloaded up and drive to Gene & Linda's house. Amy left the house at 3pm, and we made it to their house at about 5:40pm. If we drive and have no stops, it takes just under 3 hours to get there, so you can see this doesn't really save us much. And for me (because I leave early to preflight the plane and get it out of the hangar), it's actually a net-negative on time.

BUT - it's a lot more fun to fly anyway, and it's less than 90 minutes of sitting in the plane vs. 3 hours of sitting in the car, so that's a positive. And - we're actually losing quite a bit of time because of our lack of proximity to Greenwood airport (25-30 minutes) and then because we have to fiddle with the car seats. Kaitlyn's booster takes no time but Hailey's car seat probably adds another 10 minutes to the ordeal. And then of course the drive after we land of 15 minutes.

Amy took some pictures on the way back, so hopefully I can post those up shortly.

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