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Our mode of transportation is always weather dependent. When we get at least four days of high pressure and sunny skies, the decision is easy. We fly there in our Piper Arrow 997.
Right now it's women's softball and men's baseball season. Spring weather can be changeable, but the forecast was a good one. We got 997 out of her hangar at Bellingham International Airport and were on our way by noon.
|Waiting for departure at Bellingham International.|
We flew VFR (visual flight rules). However, we stuck to the airways and contacted ATC (air traffic control) for flight following. That helps us get through the heavily used airspace around Seattle. Our new ADS-B system also helped locate and avoid nearby aircraft.
|Crossing the Columbia River that separates Washington and Oregon.|
There was a light haze towards the Cascade Range. Even so, we could see the volcanic peaks poking through with their tops covered in snow.
|Mt. Rainer, Mt. Saint Helens and Mt. Adams in the distance.|
Once in Oregon, it was a short flight to Corvallis Municipal Airport. It's set in a lush agricultural area south of town. Runway 17 is recommended for landing in calm wind, but listening on the UNICOM frequency we learned everyone else was using Runway 35.
|Entering downwind for Runway 35 at Corvallis.|
It was good to find an airport busy with general aviation activity. Corvallis has an FBO (fixed-based operator) providing full aircraft services and flight training, a flight school for international students, helicopter services, air medical services, and hangar rentals.
|Final approach to Runway 35 at Corvallis Municipal Airport.|
Corvallis Aero Services staff were welcoming and helpful. Gas (Jet A and 100LL) is available from self-service pumps or truck. A large hangar offers maintenance and avionics services. The flight department offers aircraft rentals and training.
|997 parked on the ramp next to Corvallis Aero Services.|
Orange Taxi. The driver arrived promptly and got us to the downtown Holiday Inn Express. We got a room with a view of the Willamette River and walked to our favourite restaurant, the Block 15 brew pub. Since we were on the ground, we could indulge in one of their locally brewed ales back in the game room. 997, it's the only way to fly! -- Margy