Let's fly to Ocean City to get some sand, sun, and ocean (not to mention boardwalk) before the season sets in and, you know...
We will meet at a local airport (Leesburg in my case) or at a carpooling area and drive to the airport, then fly across the Chesapeake Bay to Ocean City (OXB). From there, we can rent a car or take a taxi to the boardwalk (about 5-10 minutes away). Then we can have a nice lunch at one of the many seafood, Italian, or other types of restaurants, then have the afternoon at the beach and boardwalk. We'll pack up so we are wheels up by 6pm for the flight back. (note, for an estimate of how much the packing up could be, take the time from wheels down to getting on the boardwalk as a guide).
This trip should offer a beautiful tour of the Chesapeake Bay, depending on the route. I plan on flying the northern route one way and southern route the other, passing by Tangier Island and beautiful bay vistas.
Passengers only (required reading) : I'm charging $103.30 for the event fee through PayPal. $3.30 is the fee for PayPal, and $100 will go toward your flight costs if you wind up attending. The $100 is not payment for your flight , nor is it a guarantee of any kind that you will be able to fly or be provided any services whatsoever. It is only, and I stress only , an event fee to hold your place on this event. If you cancel in time and someone on the wait list can take your place, then you can get a refund (minus the fee), otherwise don't expect one unless your flight is canceled. Please note that you will owe the balance of your flight cost to your pilot on the day of the flight , so bring a check or cash to cover the balance (check with your pilot to make sure they will accept a check). Note also that the pilots can only give you estimates for the flight cost; the FAA requires that we do not exceed actual costs, and those are not known until after the flight. Additional costs, such as lunch or lodging are not included in the estimates. Note also that pilots renting planes have monetary obligations and if you cancel late, for any reason , you may not get all or any of your event fee refunded.
Note that you must answer all of the required questions or you will be removed from the attendees. This is true even if you get on the waiting list.
REFUNDS: You can get a refund if your flight is canceled, you cancel and someone takes your place, or you are switched to a different pilot/plane and want to cancel. Refunds do not include a refund of your PayPal fee (e.g. $1.80 or $3.30). Note that each person pays their own way insofar as food, lodging, rental car, etc.
MEETING US: Those who want can meet outside the Starbuck's at the South Lakes Village Center on South Lakes Drive in Reston, and we can carpool to Leesburg or other airports. If you want to carpool from a different location, indicate that in your RSVP or send me a note and we can add it to this description. Of course people can always meet at the respective airports; specific instructions for meeting at the airports will be sent via email to the attendees prior to the flight.
FLIGHT TIMES: The flight is approximately 1.5 hours one-way (depending on a lot of factors), plus some time for ground operations, so expect around 4.0 hours total flight costs (shared).
EXPECTED ITINARARY (for Alan's plane, departing Leesburg):
- 9:00am Depart Starbuck's
- 9:30am Arrive Leesburg
- 10:00am Depart Leesburg for Ocean City (OXB)
- 11:00am Arrive at Ocean City
- 12:00pm Arrive at boardwalk for lunch, beach, etc.
- 5:00pm Head back to the airport
- 6:00pm Depart Ocean City for return flight
- 7:00pm Arrive back at Leesburg
- 8:00pm Arrive back at Starbuck's
An information e-mail with your pilot’s phone number will be sent prior to the trip. Please take the phone number of your pilot to help coordinate during the trip.
The following is info on the pilots and planes. Pilots: email Alan if you will be able to provide an additional plane; use the info below as a guide.
- Pilot Info: Private pilot since 1993, about 930 hours.
- Plane Info:
- 2004 Cirrus SR20 (N614CD)
- Based at Leesburg (KJYO)
- Payload 300 lbs. not including pilot
- Trip/Flight Info:
- Flight cost limited to $100 per person
- Expected flight time is around 2.5 hours total
- Meet at the Starbuck's at 9:00 and we can carpool, or meet at the Leesburg terminal at 9:30.