Airlines vs GA
This past weekend I actually had the chance to get away for a few days. Most people go to a resort or some such for a vacation. I went to Dayton, Ohio.
Dayton may be a bit down on its luck right now but it does have some points of interest. Amateur radio ops reading this surely know why I was there. Dayton is of course also the home of the Wright Brothers and even though Kitty Hawk was where their first flights took place it was in Dayton that they actually invented the airplane. Dayton is the home of the USAF museum and its impressive displays, but that is the subject for another article.
On the way home I ran into a friend who was taking the same route back to Logan. Interesting couple...the wife is a pilot, the husband one of those unfortunates who gets queasy in a light plane. The wife had flown to Dayton with an instructor as part of her IFR training and she and the instructor had just been dropped off to start their flight back. This is interesting, we had a race here to see who gets home first.
Since their Cessna 172 was on an IFR flight plan we could track them all the way. While waiting for our flight at KDAY we could see the C172 had just started and was a few miles east. Our flight to KLGA was on time and off we went.
The C172 would be stopping in State College, Pennsylvania to refuel both the plane and pilots. We jet travelers would have an hour on the ground in New York.
We were off from La Guardia on time and back at KBOS on time too. After grabbing our bags and heading to ground transportation to wait for the Logan Express bus it was time to check the flight of the 172. Well, what's this? It's well into Massachusetts and in fact not all that far from its destination at 6B6. It took about 15 minutes for a bus to arrive, then some 30+ minutes for the bus ride and then it would be 20 to 30 minutes to get home for the airline passenger. The GA pilots would need to tie down and drive 20 minutes home. Now while I was not actually there for the reunion at their home it looks like the GA travelers won this race! Who would have thought.