AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2021 - 64

Good to have around

Harry flew the first leg out of Nebraska and turned east toward
Maryland as soon as the wheels broke ground.
" Let me guess, " he said. " Take off and turn to zero niner
zero-just like every other leg. "
We leveled off about 600 feet above the ground and Harry
announced that we'd reached our cruising altitude.
" It's less boring down here, " he said. " When we did low-levels
in the Hornet everything was a blur. I like seeing all the details. "
He also bonded with the AirCam. " This thing is so fun it's
redonkulous! " he said. " I love sitting so far forward on the pointy
end of the pencil. It's like a jet, even though we used to taxi the
jets faster than this thing cruises. "
Fuel flow at cruise ranged from 6 to 7.5 gallons per hour, and
Harry found that astounding. " I keep thinking that must be the
fuel flow for one engine, " he said. " It's hard to believe that little
number is the total for both. "
Eventually, we found a tailwind and groundspeeds increased
to 100 knots, then 110, blistering speed for an AirCam. We completed two 400-nautical-mile legs that day and were within
striking distance of Maryland when we took off on the third.
But thunderstorms over West Virginia blocked our path, so we
dropped into Athens, Ohio (UNI), for the night.
It was my turn to fly the final leg over the Appalachians
the next morning, and flight conditions were perfect: smooth
air, unlimited visibility, and a tailwind. But since Harry had
been such a good sport by sleeping on the sofa bed the previous night, I gave him the front seat for the trip over the eastern
mountains.
We made a stairstep climb to the summit. Then Harry spotted the Potomac River near Cumberland, Maryland, and followed
it over the Shenandoah Valley to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
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Finally, we peeled off and completed our journey about 20 miles
away in Frederick, Maryland.
We'd covered about 2,200 nautical miles, flown 25 hours,
climbed above 13,000 feet, and our average fuel burn was less than
seven gallons per hour. But the numbers don't come close to telling the story of this aerial odyssey.
Harry and I live on different sides of the country, and we're
both so focused on our families and careers that we only see each
other a time or two a year. These few days of intense, cooperative
effort in the same cockpit working on a shared goal made me feel
closer to my brother than I had in a long time.
Neither of us felt any need to fill the silences during our
marathon flight, and they weren't uncomfortable. A Bluetooth
telephone connection was available in the airplane, yet neither of
us plugged it in. We didn't want to talk on the telephone. We were
flying together, and that was entertaining enough.
I got to appreciate Harry's aviation skills and saw him figure
out an airplane that was wildly different from anything in his vast
experience. I also got to watch him react to novel situations in the
air and on the ground-and I liked what I saw. The sibling rivalries
that defined our youth are distant memories now, and we've each
raised kids of our own. I have only respect for the man my brother
has become, and pride in his many accomplishments.
Even though we seldom see each other, or fly together, I
eagerly await the next time. Crossing the country with my brother
was a privilege, and an experience I'll always treasure.
" Since this went so well, you really ought to take me on more of
these oddball ferry trips, " Harry said as I dropped him off for his
airline flight back to California. " You've got to admit that, except
for the snoring, I'm a pretty good guy to have around. " 
AOPA
EMAIL dave.hirschman@aopa.org



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