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June 26, 2010

Greenwood Lake (4N1) Airport

Checking oil level before take-off at Greenwood Lake (4N1) Airport. That is one of four 18 cylinder Wright R-3350 engines on a "Connie" behind me. (The Constellation, the "World's Finist Trimotor", but that's another story.)


Registration N9412H (delivered as Air France's first Constellation June 1946 as L049 F-BAZA) is parked adjacent to a flight school and cafe at Greenwood Lake Airport in West Milford, New Jersey. It was sold to Frank Lembo Enterprises in May 1976 for $45,000 for use as a restaurant and lounge, and flown into the airport in July 1977. It was sold to the State of New Jersey along with the airport in 2000, and the interior was refurbished and used as a flight school office in 2005.


Note: The Constellation was the last aircraft Orville Wright flew on in 1944. He commented that the Constellation's wingspan was longer than the distance of his first flight.

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June 25, 2010

Flying the New York City SFRA (Hudson Exclusion)

I completed the FAA online course, "New York City Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA)" on December 18, 2009.
Today, I flew it. Rich took the pictures. I reported, "Grumman Cheetah, Alpine Tower, Southbound, 1000 feet.", and intrusion into the exclusion began. The next mandatory reporting point, on 123.05, was GWB.


Glad I didn't have to pay the toll crossing the George Washington Bridge.


The next reporting point was the Inrpid.


The next reporting point was the Clock. Here is a good view of Ellis Island.


Now the money shot, Liberty Enlightening the World. (Statue of Liberty mandatory reporting point.)


The last reporting point is VZ. (Verrazano Narrows Bridge)


We then flew around Hoffman and Swinburne Islands and headed back up the Hudson River estuary.

Some more great pictures Rich took. Staten Island Ferry Terminal.


Governors Island, another mandatory reporting point.


Ground Zero


Empire State Building & Madison Square Garden & ...


Grant's Tomb


After clearing the New York Class B Airspace, we headed to Greenwood Lake (4N1) Airport for fuel.

PS I guess flying around the Statue of Liberty wasn't an original idea of mine.

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