Foxtrot Charlie in boomerang mode. We wanted to be sure we could get back to where we started.
Washing off the east coast bugs
A boat speeds up a canyon on Lake Powell
Rock formations along Lake Powell
Dramatic landscapes surround Page, AZ
Wahweap Marina on Lake Powell
The awesome Glen Canyon Dam
The Glen Canyon Dam was completed in 1966 and created Lake Powell by holding back the Colorado River. It’s 710 feet high and 1560 feet across and contains a powerful 1.3GW hydroelectric generating facility. When running at full capacity it generates about 60% as much electricity as the neighboring Navajo coal plant.
Looking back up Glen Canyon while spiraling up to 8000+’ in order to overfly Marble Canyon
Entering Marble Canyon in our little R22
Marble Canyon seen from 9000’ MSL (Mean Sea Level)
Flying over the canyon
Turning out of Marble Canyon and going direct to St George, UT
We opted to not overfly the Grand Canyon. The legal non-commercial flight corridor southbound is at 10,500’ and northbound 11,500’. Although possible it’s not exactly comfortable in an R22. The ship vibrates significantly more due to the much higher blade pitch and maximum forward speed is reduced from 102 knots to 80 or less depending on outside temperature. Nevermind the fact that the ground would be 1.5 miles below us!
Crossroads in the desert near Colorado City, AZ
Gettin’ close to Vegas!
Approaching our final fuel stop - St George, Utah
Cliffs near St Geroge, UT
The iPhone 4 takes amazing photos!
St Geroge, Utah
Foxtrot ready for his final flight to Las Vegas
I–15 snakes its way towards Mesquite, Nevada
I–15 exits the mountains on the final stretch to Las Vegas
Rock sculptures outside Las Vegas
Nellis Approach: “N147SH cleared into Class Bravo airspace - fly heading 270. Traffic at your 1 o’clock - 3 F–16’s landing at Nellis.”
As 3 fighter jets dance across the sky. So cool!
Foxtrot Charlie on the hook at 702 Helicopters for an oil change
35 hrs from Burlington, VT to Las Vegas, NV. What an amazing little machine!!
Refuel for Lars & Jeff
Yepp - you guessed it: BBQ
The Road Kill Grill