First Flight and to the Keys

An early start and finally the first flight. Pre-flight checks were completed with care and eventually the BZIM taxied to runway 10. Wind was 5kts from the east.

Just before 8am, wearing shorts and T-shirt in February (unheard of in Scotland),  the BZIM and I take to the air. Climb out was as expected, crosswind and turn downwind, no issues.

The microlight was flying straight and level, hands off. Perfect!

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Nearing the end of the downwind, the EGT for two cylinders go into the yellow. “Shit, whats going on?” and then one EGT flickers red. I had previously set the EGT temperature ranges to be lower than the Rotax numbers, so the red isn’t indicating the damage stage, yet!

Quickly throttle back, turn for a tight base and glide in to land. The temperatures quickly return to within the normal range. As I taxied in and halt, I flick only one Magneto switch to the off position. The other switch is already in the off position! Had I not switched them both back to ON during the mag checks? Mental note taken to double check.

A quick toilet break, then at 0830 the BZIM commenced a three hour flight to the Seven Mile Bridge and return, in the Florida Keys

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Robert Air South seen on departure

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The Everglades, southwest of Homestead

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Florida resident, south of Florida City

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Overseas highway in the Keys

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Duck Key

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looking at the Seven Mile Bridge

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Hanging over the side of the BZIM

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Multiple Stingray

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Marathon Airport

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Seven Mile Bridge

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Turning at the southern side of the Seven Mile Bridge

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SHARK!

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Shark and BZIM

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Manatee

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Leaving the Keys behind

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Key Largo and north west

A video of the trip from Homestead to The Seven Mile Bridge is below.

  • Distance flown 192 statute miles.
  • Flight time 3 hours 3 minutes
  • Fuel used 10 US Gallons at $2.89 for BP MID Grade fuel = $28.90 = £20.64

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