Crossing the Country

Colin reporting here. (All of these maps were generated by Foreflight on the iPad or web.)

N971RD flew from coast to coast eighteen times. This page has a collection of the various routes we took, and the people on board. (Boldface identifiers are where we spent a night.) For many of the trips there is a series of posts, or a single long post, describing the trip.

We are now flying N972RD, a new plane, which in 2016 has made a bunch of trips up and down the west coast of the United States but has also crossed the country twice.

This is the most popular page on the blog, so I will try, over time, to deepen some of the information presented here. For now, I do have the letter I wrote to a pilot about staying current, and the set of rules we set out for our two young boys when we were heading out on one of these trips. In April 2008 I took a first stab at How to Fly Across. Then, in August 2013, I added another version which is in five parts.

August 2007 Eastbound: Me and Adam on the first crossing. We were halted in Albuquerque with a bad magneto, which made the rest of the trip a mad dash. I dropped Adam in Maryland before overnighting in Providence and picking up Nell and the boys at Logan the next morning.

August 2007

Summer 2007 Eastbound

We flew: SMO – SEZ – AEG – ABQ – ICT – STL – I69 – FDK – SFZ – BOS

August 2007 Westbound: Me and Bob. I left Nell and the boys in New York City and flew out of Bridgeport to Scranton to pick Bob up. I wrote it up all in one post.

August 2007 Westbound

August 2007 Westbound

We flew: BDR – AVP – CMH – CMI – SPI – COU – MHK – GLD – COS – FMN – SEZ – SMO

August 2008 Eastbound: Nell, Rudy and Dexter and I flew all the way from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic, it was our first family cross continental flight in the little plane.

August 2008 Eastbound

August 2008 Eastbound

We flew SMO – SEZ – ABQ – GUY – MKC – PNT – CMI – BKL – ITHLEB – HTO. It is all detailed in this post (which links to a bunch of other posts).

August 2008 Westbound: I flew the plane back home solo.

August 2008 Westbound

August 2008 Westbound

I flew: CDW – AGC – EYE – JEF – ICT – GUY – AEG – SEZ – SMO. The trip is detailed in this post.

April 2009 Eastbound: Me, Nell, Rudy and Dexter fly from Santa Monica, CA to Washington, DC and then up to the New York area. There are a bunch of posts from that trip and the summary is here.

April 2009 Eastbound

April 2009 Eastbound

We flew SMO – RYN – MAF – 50R – NEW – PDK – IAD – MMU.

April 2009 Westbound: Me, Nell, Rudy and Dexter return west from the trip to NYC, but Nell and Rudy fly home from St. Louis after a flat tire (also part of the summary).

April 2009 Westbound

April 2009 Westbound

We flew MMU – AGC – IND – STL – ICT – DHT – ABQ – DVT – SMO.

July 2009 Eastbound: Me, Nell, Rudy and Dexter headed to New Hampshire for a week. Subject of the lost trip report.

July 2009 Eastbound

July 2009 Eastbound

We flew SMO – HND – 36U – JAC – RAP – FSD – MSN – IAG – LEB

August 2009 Westbound: All four of us returning from New York City. Included in the lost trip report.

August 2009 Westbound

August 2009 Westbound

We flew MMU – CAK – CMI – SPI – RVS – BGD – ABQ – DVT – SMO.

July 2010 Eastbound: All four of us headed to New Hampshire.

July 2010 Eastbound

July 2010 Eastbound

We flew SMO – SEZ – SAF – LBL – HUF – ISZ – ELM – LEB. Report to follow. While we were on the East coast Dexter and I had a great day of flying.

August 2010 Westbound: All four of us returning from NYC.

August 2010 Westbound

August 2010 Westbound

We flew N07 – IPT – CRW – CPS – NVD – ICT – LVS – ABQ – DVT – VNY (and to SMO in the morning). Report still being written, but to gather ourselves in New York City required the longest day of flying.

August 2011 Eastbound: All four of us headed east, stopping in Michigan to visit the set of Oz, the Great and Powerful. We finally got to stop in Chicago, although we would like to never spend another night in Liberal, Kansas (forced down by weather). Recently found entries written by Dexter are here.

August 2011 Eastbound

August 2011 Eastbound

We flew: SMO – SEZ – ABQ – LBL – MKC – MDW – PTK – SYR – LEB – MMU

August 2011 Westbound: All four returning, we cut and ran pretty straight for home. We had a very strange lunch in Kansas at an Italian restaurant on the field. We also did a very long day starting in Kansas City and making it all the way home in a single day. Sadly, ISZ is now closed (so Foreflight can’t show it on the map). That was a cute little airport in Blue Ash, Ohio and we’d use it to drop in and have a meal with our friend Claudia.

August 2011 Westbound

August 2011 Westbound

We flew: CDW – AGC – ISZ – CPS – MKC – GCK – ABQ – FLG – SMO

August 2012 Eastbound: Rudy announced that he really needed a more northern route this summer. Accordingly, we headed north into Utah and spent the first night at the lovely Sundance Resort. We also stopped to see a friend in Cincinnati  and after a stop in New Hampshire hopped out to the Hamptons for dinner.

August 2012 Eastbound

August 2012 Eastbound

We flew: SMO – SGU – 36U – RWL – ANW – FSD – FCM – IND – LUK – MPO – LEB – BDL – HTO

August 2012 Westbound: The boys were tired of traveling and admitted that they did not want to go to New York City for a few nights, or to Maine, or Boston, they just wanted to head home. So we climbed in the plane and bee-lined for the west coast. Along the way we thought it might be a good idea to visit Portland, Oregon so that Rudy could visit Reed College. Fires in Idaho forced us to head south to home instead.

August 2012 Westbound

August 2012 Westbound

We flew: LEB – ELM – BKL – IND – FSD – DSM – RAP – CPR – OGD – HND – SMO

August 2013 Eastbound: It was our latest departure ever, which meant that we snaked our way through thunderstorms to get from Flagstaff to Albuquerque. For our second night (Indianapolis) we made what Nell felt was our scariest landing. We lost our alternator over Albany and had to continue by rental car (I returned the next day to shuttle the plane to Lebanon). This crossing (and the return trip) are detailed in a single post.

Eastbound 2013

Eastbound 2013

We flew: SMO – FLG – ABQ – DDC – LWC – IND – LPR – ALB – LEB

August 2013 Westbound: Just Dexter and I flew up from New Hampshire to spend a few night in the north woods of Ontario. Then we crossed westward together.

Westbound 2013

Westbound 2013

We flew: CNK4 – MBS – ACB – CID – EAR – APA – FMN – SEZ – SMO

June 2015 Eastbound: Just Dexter and I flew into the midwest to look at some colleges and then drop him at Iowa City. Detailed in The Dropoff.

Santa Monica, California to Midway Airport in Chicago, Illinois

Santa Monica, California to Midway Airport in Chicago, Illinois

We flew: SMO – SEZ – ABQ – LBL – MKC – MDW

We looked at some colleges in Chicago and then we flew to Grinnell and to Iowa City. After leaving him in Iowa City I flew the plane back to the factory in London, Ontario. Once their work was complete and Dexter’s summer program was finishing up I picked up the plane in London and flew to Iowa City. We then continued to the east coast, spent a few nights in NYC.

We flew: IOW – EYE – AGC – CDW

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Iowa City to Caldwell

We collected Nell at Logan Airport and went up to New Hampshire for the July 4th weekend.

Collecting Nell

Collecting Nell

We flew: CDW – BOS – LEB

August 2015 Westbound

Our last crossing in N971RD. Dexter and I returned from Parry Sound, Ontario to the west coast. Most of this is detailed in A Summer of Flying.

Heading home in August

Heading home in August

We flew: CNK4 – DTW – CMI – MKC – LBL – ROW – ABQ – FLG – SMO

July 2016 Eastbound

The first crossing in the new plane. I flew solo from the Seattle area to the New York area, with a short weather diversion.

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After dropping Dexter at Friday Harbor

I flew: FHR – BFI – MHW – GTF – BIS – GRB – CDW as detailed in this post.

August 2016 Westbound

After the family reunion in New Hampshire, I flew home, dodging a few thunderstorms along the way.

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Tried for Denver, blocked by storms

I flew: LEB – BKL – MKC – GUY – FLG – SMO

August 2016 Eastbound

A quick jaunt up the coast to drop Rudy in Portland and collect Dexter off of Seattle, and then I flew back to the East coast to meet Nell and Dexter in Cambridge to drop Dexter at school. Storms kept me out of Santa Fe and Dalhart. The restaurant I wanted to return to in Guymon was already closed by the time I picked my way around the thunderstorms in the Albuquerque valley.

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Long Legs in the New Plane

I flew: SMO – FLG – ICT – IND – BED

December 2016 Westbound

Collecting the plane at the factory and bringing it home.

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Some cold air, that’s for sure

I flew: CYXU – PIT – SUS – ICT – ABQ – SMO

April 2017 Eastbound

Nell’s first crossing in the new plane.

Much longer legs

We flew: SMO – ABQ – CPS – AGC – CDW

May 2017 Westbound

Bringing Dexter home from his freshman year at college.

Ducking south to avoid the Rockies

We flew: BED – GYY – OMA – APA – ABQ – SMO

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