Tuesday, May 13, 2014

On our way to Quebec City

The total distance from Stuart to Quebec is 1250 nm, but usually with headwinds....so non-stop is not an option.

The first part of the journey is with a slight tailwind....but the second part from Richmond is was headwinds. During the last 1/3 of the flight, we saw winds starting at 65 kts in the nose all the way up to 95 kts...this made for a rather longer leg than expected.

To plan our legs we are using multiple sources of information. For the flight planning and the fuel usage expected, we use the WSI Optima program...pretty accurate and beautiful weather information.

We did tweak the program a bit to reflect as close as possible the fuel usage on the different legs.

Taking off from Richmond was an experience, we are close to the Washington DC area...the climb was painfully slow with increase of altitude authorized by 1000 feet at a time...slow...very slow...but we made it all the way to FL370 and we were still below a cirrus layer.

The arrival in Quebec was greeted with nice weather and clear visibility to as far as the eye can see. The tower gave us a tour of the city, flying us up the St Laurent River, over the water fall and a very unique view of the Chateau Frontenac.

Le Chateau Frontenac

Quebec International Airport

Avjet FBO has a new terminal on the airport, very modern and with a large ramp

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