At Anber we don’t just support the general aviation industry, we
also enjoy the benefits of GA flying for both work and personal travel.
General aviation makes things possible that would otherwise be impossible or at
the very least inconvenient. A flight by Anber staff to visit family over
the holidays is a prime example.
As we all know, the Christmas season can be hectic. There are year-end deadlines at work, parties
to attend, gifts to purchase, and family and friends to visit. With all that occurring and a narrow window
of time to make a last-minute, post-Christmas dinner gathering with family three
states away – along with added pressure to return in time for commitments at
home the following day – we weighed the options for travel from our home base in
Central Maryland to Northeast Ohio. Ten hours in the car on the PA
and OH Turnpikes just wasn’t going to fit the tight window of time, and
last-minute commercial flights would be expensive and inconvenient (no need to
mention how much fun airport security is around holidays!)
Unfortunately, the day prior to the dinner held mostly IFR (instrument
flight rules) conditions across the PA highlands which meant the VFR-only (visual
flight rules) planes we fly wouldn’t work. But, the following day was
looking promising for VFR conditions all the way, so we booked a plane and made
a plan. Of course, this plan required
that we’d fly up and back in the same day, not nearly as daunting a task as
driving up and back same day. We’d get
up early, pack the gifts for the nieces and nephews, get airborne with plenty
of time to arrive before the early dinner, and get back in the air for the trip
home before it got too late. Having GA
airports within 15 minutes of our house and only 20 minutes from our Ohio
family makes these trips easy.
As we headed to the airport the next morning, the weather
briefing was still reporting marginal VFR and IFR along our route and at our
destination…mostly low fog that was expected to clear with the warmth of the
sun. So, after a little time-killing
hangar talk at the airport, conditions improved, and we were able to eventually
make it to our family’s house for the visit. Although our time together
was short, we would’ve missed Christmas with our family completely if not for the
convenience and accessibility that General Aviation provides. We’ve
missed many get togethers, birthdays and other special occasions over the years.
Now with access to four planes through our local airport flying club, it makes
the distance seem smaller and participation in the important events much more feasible.
We look forward to greater access to family get-togethers and other events and activities
that are just a short GA flight away!