1000 North Croatan Highway, Kill devil hills, NC
It's here! The PPA's major event of 2014! Come join fellow PPA aviators on an epic journey crossing state lines and a century of history!
Several PPA members have worked hard to research and plan this trip to a key point in aviation history. The result is a well-planned trip to Kill Devil Hills, the exact location where Orville and Wilbur Wright launched the Wright Flyer- and with it, a new era for mankind!
Due to the distance involved and time needed to visit the Memorial, an overnight stay is recommended. We have suggested fuel and lunch stops down there and back, as well as an airport to overnight at. Since several pilots would like to camp next to their planes, we have chosen Elizabeth City Airport as the overnight stop. They have excellent fuel prices, local hotels and restaurants, and allow on-airport camping.
May 3: Depart KPOU
0900: Suggested KPOU Departure
1100: Lunch at KWWD (With NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum)
1330: Arrive KFFA
1800: Depart for KECG
1900: Arrive KECG and Dinner
May 4: Return to KPOU
0830: Breakfast at the Airbase Café (On ECG)
1000: Suggested ECG departure
1230: Lunch at KMIV (With WWII Aviation Museum)
1400: Return to KPOU
**Note** It is HIGHLY SUGGESTED that you complete the Washington DC SFRA-required training, since the direct-line flight path places you near the DC FRZ. While you can fly down and back without entering the SFRA...hey, you never know, right? It can be completed here:
Down to First Flight!
Our first planned stop on our flight to North Carolina is Cape May County Airport in lower NJ (KWWD). There is a restaurant in the terminal building called “The Flight Deck Diner,” known for having food that is a cut above diner fare, and they specialize in lunch! If you've got a few minutes to spare, stroll through the NAS Wildwood Museum on the field- they have an impressive collection of aircraft on display!
First Flight Airport:
Around noon we should be able to depart for our destination- First Flight Airport (KFFA)! The airport only has 11 tiedowns, so we need to ensure that we have less than 11 aircraft that plan on going (at least on Saturday). If we have 11 or more, then we should coordinate our parking to ensure we maximize use of the ramp space- park high wings next to low wings, and use every available inch, for example.
Overnight at ECG:
After visiting the Memorial, we should fly over to Elizabeth City Airport (KECG), a short 30nm trip away, where they will be expecting us. The airport has the lowest fuel prices around, and will accommodate us for car rentals (~$35/day) and hotel arrangements (~$100/night). It is suggested that pilots band together to minimize car rental expenses. Those pilots that choose to camp on the airport will be directed to a freshly cut grass tiedown for you to make camp. Sunset and sunrise that weekend will be about 8pm and 6am, which is perfect for camping out.
After arrival at ECG, dinner can be had out in town at one of many restaurants- they have several local restaurants and established chains as well (Applebee’s, etc.). Call the awesome staff at ECG with car rental or hotel requests toll-free at[masked]-5324.
Back to KPOU!
May 4th, we can meet for breakfast at the Airbase Café- a local restaurant on the airport that serves breakfast and lunch. This should be a good start to the flight ahead!
Lunch and Museum:
Lunch will be at Millville Airport (KMIV) around 1230. There is an aviation-themed diner on the field where we can grab a quick lunch, then we can venture over to the WWII museum located on the field, where there are several unique exhibits! Fuel is available on the field, and it is a good jumping off point for us to find our own way around, through, or over the NY Class B airspace.
Now for the actual Wright Brothers National Museum:
First Flight Airport provides access to the Wright Brothers National Memorial, which is an expansive and impressive testament to their work and accomplishments. It has several unique and impressive exhibits that will take you back in time!
The first thing you will see is the Memorial Tower- erected in 1932 on the Kill Devil Hill they used to launch many of their glider tests.
There is the re-creation of the field and hangar used by the Wright Brothers during their testing.
A sculpture was made of the iconic photo that you can walk around, which includes the cameraman and bystanders known to be present, but not in the photo.
The Visitor Center has a museum and replica of the Wright Flyer in it.
You can also walk the path the first 4 flights took, as they flew it farther and farther.
If you have any questions, comments, or would like to coordinate with other pilots, post them in your RSVP or comments below!
See you there!