For Thanksgiving we traveled down to Asheville, North Carolina to visit former Chugach Peaks Photographer, and now Asheville Wedding Photographer Nick Gillespie of Blue Bend Photography. It’s been a nice trip so far and we are enjoying the 60-70 degree weather!
One of the things I’ve been working on during the winter months is my commercial pilot’s license. A requirement of that training is to complete a 300nm flight at least 250 miles in a straight line from the departure airport. In Alaska, that would force me to fly out to Bethel our Dillingham, which is possible but more expensive and risky in the Winter due to weather and less daylight. I decided to meet that requirement while down here, and chose Kitty Hawk as the destination. This is the site of the Wright Brother’s first flight, so as a pilot it was an extra special destination! The weather was perfect and the flight smooth and quiet. First Flight Airport was a nice 3000ft runway a few hundred feet from the monument and site of their flight. As an Alaska-based pilot, it’s really weird flying down here. There are so many airports and so much traffic in the sky. In Alaska it’s usually more weather and terrain that are the primary concerns. Here are some pics!

  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Flying to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina