Hayden and Our Inflight Gas Leak

Mission – Relocating Hayden to His New Forever Home

Hayden was a great passenger with us on a recent flight. He’s just a big puppy and it’s hard to keep that in mind since he’s still so young. It was an adventure. You’ll see.

Mission Video

Mission Details: Fly from Louisburg, NC to Georgetown, DE
Flight Hours: 4.5
Total Pilot Expense for Flight: $900

Ashley jumped in for the first time and spontaneously volunteered to rescue and foster Hayden who was scheduled to be killed in a couple of days to make room at the shelter.

The dear Ashley was a brave soul and took Hayden in for three weeks as his foster from Crisis Dogs NC while his future was worked out. During that time Hayden was neutered and that’s why you see him wearing a cone at times in the video.

I think Ashley is going to be a great foster mom for more dogs.

Patrick Allen, another instrument rated pilot, joined us for this trip and served as my safety pilot as I shot the two instrument approaches on each end of this flight to maintain my IFR currency. But he’s also a great guy who has a big spot in his heart for these missions.

In fact Patrick was with me when we flew Sniper from Orlando to Newport News.

Hayden took to the plane like and experienced aviator. He was eager to get in, was very relaxed, and was not fussy at all. However, he was not all that fond of loud noises when we closed the doors or started the plane. He barked a bit but soon calmed down for the flight.

The flight took us over some superb flat land and we spent a collective 120 miles over water during the entire trip. Most of it was over the Chesapeake Bay so easy gliding distance to land in case of emergency.

Besides the bouts of the most eye watering farts, the flight was normal. We’ll we did have a few minutes of increasing concern as some other aircraft was headed right at us and climbing close to our altitude. But not to worry, the talented air traffic controller kept us safe and we coordinated a plan to avoid trouble.

The winds were really gusty when we landed in Georgetown, Delaware. It made for an adventurous arrival but we quickly met up with Rob, the next pilot, and handed Hayden off for his next leg. It was hard saying goodbye to Hayden. He’s a keeper for one lucky family.

After a lunch in the fantastic airport restaurant we began our 2.5 hour trip back to North Carolina.

Flight Route

Flight to Delaware.

Flight to Delaware.

Flight Home.

Flight Home.

Mission Pictures

Enjoying the view.

Enjoying the view.

Patrick Henry International Airport, Newport News, VA

Patrick Henry International Airport, Newport News, VA

Just Chillaxing

Just Chillaxing

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Pilot Steve

Pilot Steve

Looking out at the land below.

Looking out at the land below.

Something we saw.

Something we saw.

Loading our precious cargo for the trip to New Jersey.

Loading our precious cargo for the trip to New Jersey.

Rob, the Grumman Tiger pilot from New Jersey.

Rob, the Grumman Tiger pilot from New Jersey.

Rob, the Grumman Tiger pilot from New Jersey.

Rob, the Grumman Tiger pilot from New Jersey.

Back in the cone? Hey, what gives guys?

Back in the cone? Hey, what gives guys?

Hum, smells good.

Hum, smells good.

Hayden was curious about what was in his bag.

Hayden was curious about what was in his bag.

A town on arrival. Georgetown, DE, I think.

A town on arrival. Georgetown, DE, I think.

Hayden loved to explore everything around him.

Hayden loved to explore everything around him.

Something Steve spotted out the window.

Something Steve spotted out the window.

Pam fell asleep on the way home and was so chilly that she put her extra pair of pants on her arms.

Pam fell asleep on the way home and was so chilly that she put her extra pair of pants on her arms.

Patrick, Pam, and Steve on the flight today.

Patrick, Pam, and Steve on the flight today.

Snoozing in flight. So relaxed.

Snoozing in flight. So relaxed.

Hayden looks like he might be interested in taking a few flying lessons.

Hayden looks like he might be interested in taking a few flying lessons.

And off they taxi to the end of the runway.

And off they taxi to the end of the runway.

Hayden in coach.

Hayden in coach.

Pilot Steve
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