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[May 11, 2014]


I needed to top off my tanks today after my trip to the Outer Banks last weekend. I was curious to know my total fuel consumption for the 3.9 hour flight. I was quite pleased to see it only took 27.8 gallons of fuel. At $5.90/gallon, it comes in at roughly $160 round trip. That's not bad economy! Average fuel burn was 7.15 GPH. Once again, I'm happy. I need to calibrate my fuel flow meter because it indicated I used 30 gallons of fuel - although part of me doesn't mind it reading high as a margin of safety.


I promised to take my friend Jack flying today (RV-8 pilot). I know I was just at the Bay Bridge airport a few weeks ago, but the Hemingway's restaurant here has about the best view in town on a day like today. Unfortunately after we arrived and ordered drinks, we were told the only dining option was a $33 per person buffet because of Mothers Day! Jack and I kindly indicated to our waitress that we weren't interested. She was quite nice and comp'd our drinks and let us stay there to soak in the sun and the views. She was amazingly kind and refilled our drinks a few times while we stayed there for nearly an hour (YES, we tipped nicely - technically an infinite amount of tip for our $0.00 bill).

We headed back towards the airport where there was "The Crab Shack". I had a crab cake, and Jack had a soft crab sandwich. It was quite good, but nowhere near the ambiance of Hemingway's.


Back at the airport there were emergency vehicles on the ramp. Someone needed a medivac to Shock Trauma in Baltimore. We waited at a distance for the Maryland State Police chopper to come and go.


The chopper taxiing by us and about to take off towards Baltimore.

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