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Ocracoke Island Getaway
Ocracoke Island is part of North Carolina's Outer Banks. There are no roads directly from the mainland or other islands, and the airport is right next to the beach. It is a bit over 2 hours @ 120 kts, and we can fly down the Outer Banks for some nice views of the shore. They have a nice museum and beautiful harbor. There is a lot to do on the island, but let's at least walk to one of the restaurants and take a nice walk along the beach. If we can get some ground transportation, we have more options. I know they rent golf carts and horses. INFORMATION ABOUT Ocracoke: Airport Info (http://www.airnav.com/airport/W95) Ocracoke Info (http://www.ocracokevillage.com/) Restaurants and map (http://g.co/maps/p8uh7) Passengers only (required reading) : If you are interested in going, get on the wait list if there is not a spot. If other pilots sign up with their planes, you will be taken in roughly the order you answered the questions. There are other factors that go into taking someone off the wait list. Weight is the big factor. I'm pretty heavy myself, so I don't like to use that as a priority, but the simple fact about flying a small plane is that they don't carry a lot of weight. A heavier person can still be taken before a lighter one, it depends on the carrying capacity of the planes that are available. Usually anyone that joins the wait list and stays gets to go. You are free to make other plans, but if you hold that day open there are sometimes last-minute changes in the passenger manifest. Make sure you answer the required questions if you RSVP yes or you are getting on the wait list. The answers are an important part of getting off the wait list. Pilots: If you want to fly your own plane and take additional passengers, send me a note with information similar to what I put, plus any differences in itinerary, and I can add you as a pilot. You don't need to sign up nor answer the question. Note that the airport doesn't offer any services or fuel. MEETING US: Generally people will meet at their respective airport, based on where their pilot is flying from. I fly out of Culpeper and live in Reston, so people wanting to carpool with me can meet at the South Lakes Village Center in Reston, outside the Starbucks at the appointed time, or just meet at the airport. I will send an email before the trip indicating where everyone is expected to meet, and prior to that, I will send the list of pilots and passengers and who is going with whom. EXPECTED ITINARARY (for Alan's plane, departing Culpeper): 7:30am Depart Starbuck's 8:45am Arrive Culpeper 9:15am Depart Culpeper for Ocracoke (W95) 11:00am Arrive W95 3:00pm Depart W95 for return flight 5:00pm Arrive back at Culpeper 7:00pm Arrive back at Starbuck's ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 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. ***** Alan Pilot info: Private pilot with instrument rating (can fly through the clouds), over 1,000 hours total time. Plane info: 2003 Cirrus SR22, ballistic parachute for entire plane, onboard weather and traffic Trip info: Cost is about $70 per flight hour, split by all aboard, max $100 per person, expect 4 hours. ***** Nikita Private Pilot (IFR), >300 hours Cessna Skylane (182P) Based at Manassas (KHEF). Shared expense estimate: $120 per person if 2 passengers from the group, $160 if only 1. Meet at Manassas at 8:30 (details will be provided before the trip).

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    Every time I take off, I get an almost overwhelming sense of freedom. It's as if I could go anywhere, and not have to worry about traffic or whether or not a road has been built over a body of water. Then to see things from that perspective - sometimes awe-inspiring scenes of autumn, or a river as the light hits it just so, or the wakes of boats, almost like swans, or the mountains fading into the mist in the distance. Ask any pilot why they fly, but be ready to be there awhile, because we never tire of talking about flying.

    This group is dedicated to General Aviation pilots, pilot wannabes, and others who love to fly in small planes. I often hear pilots lament that they love to fly but don't have anyone to fly with. So let's change that!

    We'll get together for the $100 hamburger runs, day trips to beaches, mountains, and other exciting destinations. The DC area is a great one to fly in as it is so close to many day and overnight flying destinations. For example, it's an easy day trip to one of several beaches, including Nag's Head, to enjoy some sun, sand, and adventure, not to mention great seafood.

    Who should join:
    - pilots with planes
    - pilots without planes
    - student pilots
    - non-pilots who enjoy flying

    Who should not join:
    - people who don't want to fly
    - people who are afraid of flying
    - people with conditions that might be a problem in a small plane (my nephew has claustrophobia so bad, he can't even sit in my plane)

    My plane is based out of Leesburg, and I'm based out of Reston, but we have pilots and passengers around the area. Note that the pilot and passengers in each plane usually share the direct costs for the flight equally (direct costs are fuel, landing fees, etc.). We won't know the exact actual cost until the flight is completed, however we try to give you an idea of what to expect. Sometimes a pilot will not charge all of the costs involved, in order to help people out who can't afford it, and sometimes the costs are limited to some maximum amount, however this is not always or even usually the case, most flight costs are simply shared equally.

    Please click on the "Pages" tab (http://www.meetup.com/FlyingFriends/about/) for important information regarding the rules and expectations of the group and members.

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