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[June 29, 2013]


Today my Dad and I flew down to Tangier Island, VA (KTGI). He has been wanting to go there ever since the RV was finished, and this was my belated fathers day gift to him. Before we took off, I checked out my RTV fix for the plenum leak I made the other day worked out great. The seal is nice and tight.


The CHT's were relatively low for the OAT of 66F.



Beautiful day to be in the air. This is looking North at the Susquehanna river.


Top of the Chesapeake bay.


This is my favorite trailer park on the Eastern Shore of MD. Nice beach and a pool to boot. It wasn't that crowded when we flew over (11:15am), however on the way back it was packed.




Over the Eastern Shore the clouds started to build. KESN was calling for MVFR conditions with some clouds as low as 1,400'. Instead of going lower, we went over the clouds at 3,000'. We couldn't go too high because their was restricted airspace at 3,500'.




Landed at KTGI. There were basically no airplanes there - 3 or 4 total. I would of thought this airport would of been super busy today since the weather was great. However, the forecast for today wasn't very favorable, so most weekend-warrior pilots played it safe.


This is the only other way to get to Tangier Island - by boat.


Lots of graveyards on the island, and a lot of common last names.


Tangier Island is known as the "Soft Crab Capital of the World". They advertise their ties to the Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab on their water tower.


Golf carts are the preferred mode of transportation on the island.


The only cop car on the island.


Can't forget the fire department.



This was an interesting covering for the golf card. Cammo!


One of the private residences has the only heliport on the island. The last time my dad and I were here, we met the guy who owned this place and he let us go back and check out his helicopter.


Golf cart repair.


There are a number of bed and breakfasts on the island. This one looked to be the nicest.



The trip home was uneventful. I introduced my dad to a few aerobatic moves - a roll and a loop. One thing that bothered me the whole trip is my ADS-B receiver wasn't working. It would turn on, but the iPad wouldn't see the Wifi SSID of the Stratus ADS-B unit. I took the ADS-B receiver home in order to better debug it. After doing to reset to it, the unit seemed to work a little better - but not much. Next I attempted to do a software upgrade on the ADS-B receiver which failed. The unit wouldn't boot up after the software upgrade failed.


In an attempt to see if I could determine why the ADS-B receiver wasn't working, I took the unit apart. After fiddling with it for a few hours, the reason why it wasn't working wasn't apparent. Unfortunately, the unit is out of warranty, so I don't know where that leaves me. I will give Appareo a call tomorrow and see what they can do to help me out. I have a few long trips planned the next couple of weekends, so having on-board weather would be ideal.

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