Pilots and Paws - Lobo

February 19, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Pictures: http://photo.skulte.com/lobo

Our flight down was an experience - including my first time in the busy NYC ClassB airspace. Kristen and I took the Hudson River corridor south at 1500' so NY Approach could give traffic advisories. Helicopters below, jets above!

Once through, we climbed back to 4500' and landed in Pottstown an hour later. Ken arrived shortly after with Lobo, who was excited to be on this adventure! I mean, what dog wouldn't?!! (Don't answer that!).

Kristen took Lobo for a quick jog into the field for a pitstop, and we enjoyed our PB&J sandwiches on the bench while Lobo gave us his best puppy look - c'mon, you know you want to share! Nope. Sorry! :) We put on Lobo's harness, clipped him into the seatbelt, and up up and away!

The flight back up the Hudson was incredible. I'd love to do it as a passenger sometime so I can take in all the sights. Kristen some pictures on her iPhone, which we posted to our photogallery linked above.

 By this point, we were seeing a line of clouds north of us with virga, and asked approach for a turn east over Westchester to get home a little sooner. Sure! Climb as fast as possible to 3500', for departing Westchester Airport jet traffic! OK - Full rich & throttle, prop-in, and point the nose to the sky. Slow to 80 mph (Vy) and up to 3500' in no time. Kristen pointed out the departing Delta Airlines flight that passed 1500' directly below us. Instead of going direct to HFD, we turned south to stay out of the lowering clouds, and struggled with getting updated weather from Flightwatch. I think I had to ask for ceilings along the route 3x until the specialist finally understood that I didn't need winds <shrug>. By the time we got to Rt91, the line of clouds had ended, and we turned north to Brainard airport and landed 15 minutes later. We met Liz and handed off Lobo.

Bittersweet ending - In the short 2 hours with Lobo, we loved his personality! We didn't want to give him up! He's an awesome dog, knows to sit, is gentle with food, and loves life (and Ken's kids!). I'm sure the jumping will be trained out with the right guidance. Whoever is lucky enough to get Lobo, I'd love to hear how he's doing.

Andris and Kristen Skulte
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