Like father, like son... kind of.
C172 — N9522Q — Tampa Executive Airport, FL > Witham Field Airport, Stuart, FL > and back — The "Long Night Flt," Night ops, Pilotage, Radio Nav, night Landing, Night Airport Ops, 2 Landings — 2.9 hrs
This particular flight I had been promising myself for some years---go visit dad, on my own flight. And now I finally have a chance to do it.
I love flying at night, no matter what. It's the epitome of adventure in so many senses. City lights at night are nothing less than enchanting and magical like nothing else in the universe. In Florida, the spooky black fields of swamp with alligators just waiting for me to screw up just makes it even more the adventure.
Lucky for me, the Private Ticket requires it;
"3 hours of night flight training in a single engine airplane, that includes at least:
a) 1 cross country flight of over 100 nm total distance; and
b) 10 T/O’s and 10 landings to a full stop with each involving a flight in the traffic pattern at an airport."
Yeah, this I can do. Not a problem.
So I went. It was textbook perfect for all navigation, pilotage, weather, and everything. And spooky over over swamps.
Anyway, my dad was always a flight enthusiast, and although did not get much further than a few glider souring flights, I'm going the rest of the way. We still enjoy Simming as a common interest always.