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Great Places to Fly: North America

In our last post we covered Great Places to Fly around the world! Well today, we are going to focus on great places to fly in North America!  Again, let us know your most favorite places to fly in the North America in the comments below!

North America also shares some great destinations and scenic flight paths.

There is no shortage of great places to fly in our own back yard, either.  When one thinks about the deserts of the Southwest, the Grand Canyon, the shore of California, the mountain ranges both East and West, Niagara Falls, the Great Lakes shorelines, and the East Coast city sights, there are many places to fly and enjoy the view.  Listed below are a couple of favorites.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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Airport: Ottawa/Rockcliffe Airport (YRO/CYRO), Airport-Marina Road, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  2 paved runways, automatic lighting, no tower.  For more information, click here.

Landing at the Rockcliffe Airport located on the South shore of the Ottawa River on the Northeast of this historic and picturesque city is a rare experience.  The airport is owned by the Canadian Aviation Museum, which is located on the site, and run by the Rockcliffe Flying Club.  Ottawa is a gorgeous city any time of year, but in the winter months, the Rideau Canal becomes the world’s longest skating rink.  With the cold Canadian air, the lights of the city and friendly faces all around, this can be one of the most wonderful experiences in life.  Landing in the Rockcliffe Airport also lands you close to the Prime Minister’s residence and only 5 miles from downtown.

Another great and scenic destination, Anchor Point, Alaska.

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Airport: Homer Airport (HOM/PAHO), 210 Sterling Hwy., Homer, AK 99603, (907) 269-0767.  1 paved runway, 6701 foot, lighted, and an active commercial flight status (average of 136 flights a day in 2006), hours vary through the year

More than just a town in Alaska, is the Anchor River Lodge.  Situated at the mouth of the Anchor River and the Cook Inlet, the lodge sits on a bluff overlooking the Cook Inlet with Mount Iliamna in full view across the inlet.  The lodge suggests that first-timers to Alaska land in Anchorage and make the 3.5 hour drive down the spectacular Kenai Peninsula.  Featuring all the latest comforts you would expect anywhere, they will make sure you have the time of your life.  There is a lot to see and do in the area.  On the waterfront by the lodge is even a sandy beach.  The salmon and trout fishing are reported to be exceptional in the Anchor River.

Great places to go where the destination is only a part of the journey.

All of these destinations are sure to provide you with plenty to see on your way.  But, as always, make sure your aircraft is up to the trip.  Have your plane completely checked out before taking on a trip in unknown country.  Remember, it doesn’t matter where it happens; there are no good places to have mechanical trouble.  Give us a call. We are Covington Aircraft, and we are an authorized Distributor and Designated Overhaul Facility for Pratt & Whitney Canada.  We also perform services such as airframe inspections, scheduled maintenance, and even track your maintenance for you.  We carry a complete line of engine parts and do all we can to give you the fasted turnaround at a competitive price.  We specialize in the overhaul maintenance and repair of the PT6A turbine and R-985 and R-1340 radial engines.  

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Great Places to Fly: Around the World

Welcome to our “Great Places to Fly” series from Covington Aircraft. Part one will focus on great places to fly around the world.  Feel free to read our suggestions, but please leave your favorites as a comment below or reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter to leave your thoughts! So saddle up into the cock pit, pick your destination, and once you get there, relax, enjoy, read a book or two, and create some lasting memories!

The first thing you have to decide is, “Do I want a great flight, a great destination, or both?”

This world is a beautiful place.  There are few better ways to see it than from the cockpit of your own plane.  Airline traffic is set to routes; if your plane passes over something interesting, great!  Flying your own bird means that, within the parameters of your flight plan, you can make decisions on what you want to see.  There are also many fantastic destinations that are well worth the trip, whether it is for shopping, sightseeing, natural beauty, or a sportsman’s holiday, there are many places from which to choose.

Europe, in a paragraph?

To try and cover Europe, or any continent, in one paragraph is silly.  The best one can hope for is to relate ideas rather than full descriptions.  There are many great destinations and flights over, across and in the European continent.  What it comes down to is, what do you want to accomplish with your flight?  The following are a few locations and what there is to see.

Pembrokeshire_Coast_National_Park-1Pembrokeshire National Park, Pembrokeshire, U.K.

Airport: Haverfordwest (Withybush) Airport (HAW/EGFE), Fishguard Road, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 4BN – 2 paved runways, 5000 and 3608 feet, no lights, no scheduled control.  Access the website here.

Pembrokeshire National Park:  Taking up a full one-third of the Welsh County of Pembrokeshire and all of the seacoast, Pembrokeshire National Park offers many activities along its rugged and scenic coastline.  There is a wealth of hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, cottages and campgrounds from which to choose.  The airport is located in the middle of the green rolling county and within easy access to all that there is to offer.

The Greek Island of Kasos.

Airport: Kasos Island Public Airport (KSJ/LGKS), Kasos, Greece – 1 paved runway, 3221 feet,  lighted, contact for control and landing fees and diplomatic clearance.

The-Greek-Island-of-KasosThe island municipality of Kasos is a collection of islands that are the southernmost islands in the Aegean Sea.  The airport is located in the main settlement of Agia Marina, which is where the majority of accommodations can be found.  Lodging can be had for very reasonable prices.  The island of Kasos is literally a mountainous island holding up the beaches that surround the shoreline.  There are even different types of beaches, ranging from large to small pebbles of many colors, to desert beaches.  The cuisine is varied and interesting due to its proximity to Crete and Italian influences.  There is little arable land on the island, much of the fare is caught fresh from the surrounding seas as well as brought in from the surrounding areas.  Off the beaten path, easily accessible and with the full Greek flavor.  The flight through the islands is some of the most picturesque in the world.

So, take your journey around the world, getting your passport stamped along the way! Remember, before you leave, make sure your engine is in tip top shape! If you ever need our services, give us a call and we are there for you!

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