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It was a beautiful couple of days that worked out perfectly with my HEMS work schedule to have the opportunity to help ferry a Robinson R44 Raven 1 helicopter from Minute Man Field in Massechusetts to Western North Carolina.
It is amazing how much traveling is involved in moving an aircraft around. I drove from Greeneville to Don's house, then to Atlanta airport to on an airline to Charlotte NC then to Boston, and then had a nice little taxi to drive us from Boston to Minute Man Field. It is a full day just getting to our departure point. How easy it would have been if I just owned a plane.
Prior to departure I got online and did the FAA safety courses for the Hudson River transition and flying in the Washington DC ADIZ. Make sure prior to doing any cross-country that you do your homework, if anything to cover your backside.
We departed Minute Man Field (6B6) and headed southwest bound for our NYC transition down the Hudson River. Flying from 6B6 to New Market, VA (8W2) only required a minimal course change to fly the Hudson. How many times will we have this opportunity? Probably never again I'm guessing.
There are some rules to fly the Hudson River Transition but it was actually very simple and seemed pretty safe besides flying down a river with limited landing options to land.
From NYC we headed to our first pre-planned fuel stop at Princeton NJ (39N). We went to startup after fueling and determined that our battery went bad. We called it a night and continued to VA and to NC the next day.
The rest of the flight was uneventful after we got a new battery installed. We landed at New Market to see my parents, which actually was going to be our pit stop for the first night but mechanical difficulties changed things.
During the portions of our ferry flight where we weren't around a lot of congestion etc, we covered all the specifics on the R44 and went through all the requirements for a BFR so that by the time the ferry flight and training flight was complete he would have the flight proficiency and knowledge to go with it.
As much fun as it was to fly down the Hudson River, the highlight of the trip was the 1.5hrs of concentrated Emergency Procedure training at the end of our trip. Instruction is something I really enjoy and wish that I could do more from time to time.
Big thing for people to remember is that no one is perfect. It can be very easy to critique people from the comfort of a computer chair.