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Old 12-01-2013, 11:10 AM
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Default A Day Trip to Dry Tortugas

Three months ago Vlad asked about the procedure to fly to the Dry Tortugas National Park. It seems that no one has done it in their own airplane (at least not posting) and not quite sure about how to do it. Together we have been planning the trip for a while. Finally, he showed up at my place the day after Thanksgiving. On Saturday morning he called up FSS (1-800-WX BRIEF) and filed a DVFR flight plan. Basically, the plan begins at Marathon Key (KMTH) and ends at Marathon Key. The route of flight is EYW then Dry Tortugas and return. ADIZ penetration at EYW radial 270 and 16 nm at 1430Z. We were given a squawk code of 1212.

We jumped into his RV9A and departed Spruce Creek (7FL6) at 7:30am (1130Z) and heading south. At 9:30 am (1220Z) we were over Marathon Key at 4,500'. Vlad called up Miami Radio on 122.6 and opened our defense VFR flight plan. After the flight plan has been opened, he called Miami Center on 133.5 for flight following. We were given a different Squawk code. After that we just continue our flight due west until we saw Dry Tortugas. After two passes around the islands we headed back. As soon as we cross the ADIZ Miami Center called and gave us Marathon Key altimeter setting. We were pleasantly surprised as how easy it was and how helpful ATC were.

We just want to share with you our experience and for those who dare to venture over water and cross ADIZ here is an example to follow. For the rest, let us share with you some of our photos.

At the time of this writing Vlad is on his way back to New Jersey. He will add his comments after he gets home.
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Old 12-01-2013, 11:12 AM
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Default Flight plan and flight track





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Old 12-01-2013, 11:17 AM
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At 7:30 am we did not have blue sky and sunshine but we had beautiful clouds and ground fog.



A few tall towers were avoided with the aid of GPS and eye balls.



Soon (1hr 40 min) we passed Everglades and come upon the bay.



Marathon Key is under us. Time to open flight plan and call for flight following.

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Old 12-01-2013, 11:21 AM
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We saw the Aerostat in the sky but my camera could not pick it up due to the glare on the canopy. It is supposed to be at the center of the picture.



Fly toward Key West VOR and due west.



16 nm west is Marquesas Key and the near side is the boundary of US ADIZ. Since we already have our flight plan opened, we can just fly through it.

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Old 12-01-2013, 11:26 AM
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15 min later we spot Dry Tortuga. Without the morning haze we could have spotted it much earlier.



Fort Jefferson comes even with moat! It was definitely built in a different era.



Further west is a small island with a light house. Being a keeper there could be very lonely.

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Old 12-01-2013, 11:32 AM
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Mission accomplished and time to head home. We had a 1430Z ADIZ appointment (penetration time). With his superb flying skill Vlad made it within three minutes.



Miami Center had us watching an Aerostar doing a slow GPS approach before we land. Vlad had to pull power back to keep pace with the slick twin below us.



A minutes walk to a Cuban seafood place and had nice whole fish and Cuban coffee lunch.

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Old 12-01-2013, 11:35 AM
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As a bonus we got to see rainbows in the sky on our trip home.




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Additional photos:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+...44909034062273

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEi9a...e_9ZIKIKKJpZqg
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Old 12-01-2013, 11:48 AM
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Ted, thanks for taking us along on the ride
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Great flight! It's beautiful out around the Tortugas. Used to be some bombing targets out there too.

Question: How did you get the screen print off www.skyvector.com? I haven't broken the code on that one.

Thanks!


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Old 12-01-2013, 01:01 PM
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Lee,

First I run Picasa 3 on the computer then go to SkyVector to make the screen dump (Ctrl-PrtScn). Now go back to Picasa and the screen dump is in Project/Screen Captures. Click on the file and I can crop it. All my pictures posted here are hosted on PicasaWeb (now Google +). I use Picasa on my PC to load pictures to Google+.

http://picasa.google.com/
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