Hudson River Tour, the umpteenth Time



This day was again absolutely perfect photography weather! (do I sound repetitive?) A crisp, cold winter evening, not even a cloud in the sky. It was a bit bumpy in the early afternoon, you can see a bit of turb and "waviness" in the afternoon clips (1 through 4).

It was a busy again. Here I took a screenshot of my ADS-B In display as I pass midtown Manhattan. Note the yellow X to my right, as I always have my obstacle alerts on (but yellow means: "all is cool").

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A short clip, heading North. I have flown my usual route, Newark, Statue, Northbound over the Hudson again (but not recorded), and I am now North of Poughkeepsie, and you can see the Kingston bridge on the left in the distance. Look at the Hudson, the sky, and the Adirondacks on the left (West).
Clip 1

Similar as Clip 1, now I'm closer to the Kingston Bridge. At the left (West) of it you can see the runway of the Kingston airport (directly aligned with it).
Clip 2

More of this, I'm now between Kingston and Columbia/Hudson, but on the East side of the Hudson.
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This is my landing. I had four aircraft landing in front of me, and I've decided to just get myself out of the area and just listen to the radio transmissions and land when all four were on the ground. There was plenty of time between the first and second, and I could have landed directly on 3. But for some reason they all wanted to land on 21, even though the winds were only 3 knots. Mind you, everything less than 5 knots is called "calm". This is one of those things where I disagree with the current mantra, that you ALWAYS have to land against the wind, and especially on uncontrolled airports pilot follow that mantra religiously. The extra fuel burn of flying around an airport and "storing" yourself somewhere so that others can land on the runway "chosen" by everyone, is totally neglected. You can get yourself on final, short final, and land, and exit the runway pretty quickly, and if you can't, you shouldn't be allowed to have a pilot licence. I've discussed this briefly with one of four pilots on the ground, and he said he completely agreed with me, one could have landed on 3 just as well and didn't have to land on 21 only. Don't you love mantras or old-wives-tales?
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This is the flight back, I use the rearwards-facing camera. I really like the results, because some sections of Manhattan and NJ are again quite colorful, and the reflections in the rear part of my wings/flaps provide for a nice color and reflection play. I use the wide lens focal setting again, to capture the maximum amount of light sources, accepting a severely bent horizon (almost fish-eye). Now the winds are smooth, no turb or "waviness", it's totally stable and smooth. I turn on the camera a little after I've overflown the Tappan Zee Bridge. I'm at 1500, the lower limit. Things get a bit more exciting around 6:56 when you see the five boats I've just overflown, all nicely lined up in the Hudson centerline. Then I overfly the George Washington Bridge, you can see the stuck traffic and the two brightly illuminated pillars at 7:41. Plenty of white and red lights, on the bridge and on both sides, a massive amount of traffic. Well, now I understand why Chris Christie is such a big deal in NJ. If NJans weren't such avid car drivers, he probably wouldn't even be known by anyone. Then around 8:48 things get more colorful, we're approaching the Harlem, Central Park, and midtown sections. You see me climbing 2000, and also look at the NJ side, it's very colorful too (green, lila, red, ...). We still see the bright pillar of the GW in the back. Around 11:11 we reach the Southern end of Central Park / Northern end of the midtown section. That is the most colorful section I can find on Manhattan, and look at the colorful reflections in the top right corner of the clip, in the wing flaps, staring around 11:44. Many color, including Madison Square Garden, are illuminated in blue/white/red, in recognition of the Paris terrorist attacks that had just happened two days earlier. As the midtown skyscrapers are fading away in the back, I'm approaching downtown, and around 13:35 you can see the World Trade Center / Goldman Sachs complex coming in. At 13:56 you can see the Goldman tower on the NJ side. I turn to the right, head straight to the Statue, we see more of Brooklyn. The Status kicks in at 14:50, and I turn right towards the Newark airport. I got the 22 numbers again for their standard crossing procedure. Then comes the Jersey City / Bayonne peninsula, then you can see the Newark airport boundaries coming in at 18:48. Now I like the color play of the Newark airport main terminal, with its different colors for different terminals. Very brightly lit are the "air shuttle" train line to the Newark train station, and the train station platforms that follow. Wonderful lights and reflections in my wing. During the rest of the clip you see this "ocean of light" fading in the back.
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Perhaps nothing too exciting, although I like several places on the NJ side that provide really interesting light games (malls, stadiums, etc.). I was given a left downwind for 5 in Morristown, and my right turn for downwind 23 begins around 3:56, and you see the landing gear coming out at 4:52 (can be seen very well, as I bring it out directly over a brightly-let parking lot), and you see me turning base around 5:18 and final around : 6:01. I had some semi-strong winds from the West, that's why I turn base so slow and final so fast, you see bit of "wiggle" as get slower on final. The runway becomes visible at 7:04, touch-down at 7:14. Another great fun flight!
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