Frank Gets a Ride on a Cessna Citation (March 2019)
Someone I know from the flying club now flies business jets.
One of the planes he flies is based at the Cortland airport and had a
flight the next day. The weather forecast was for snow, and since the
Cortland runway is about half as long as Ithaca, it would have insufficient
length for takeoff if it was not dry. So they needed to move the plane
to Ithaca in order to leave on schedule regardless of the the forecast snow.
However there is the logistics problem of retrieving the pilots' cars
that would be at the Cortland airport once the plane is parked at Ithaca.
That's where I came in. Actually, earlier than that—I got to get a
ride on the Citation from Cortland to Ithaca! While they were up, they
did a practice instrument approach at Cortland (N03)to test out some new
avionics and then headed to Ithaca (KITH) and did a second approach there.
To be clear, it's 12 miles from the Cortland Airport to Ithaca and about
20 minutes by car. We spent about 30 minutes given all the testing they
did and the 2 approaches. I think my Prius was cheaper.
It was cool. I've never been in a jet and been able to see the pilots
flying. I was sitting just behind the cockpit and was watching and taking
some pictures. Here are some highlights. I was using my wide angle
lens, which is good for small spaces, but the image quality isn't great.
Some of the details on the cockpit instrument panels are pretty fuzzy.
48 pictures, March 2, 2019.