LightHawk Flights Nov 12, 2017

First off, you need to view this on a real computer with a real screen. Now put your flimsy iPhone away!

LightHawk asked for video of the whole Schuylkill River, from its source all the way to the Delaware River in Philly.

This is my flight from my home base, Morristown, NJ, to the Schuylkill airport (not the Schuylkill River yet -- I landed there first to mount my two cameras, this is a "relocation" flight):

Clip 1

This is the actual Schuylkill River flight:

Clip 2

Here are the maps:

First flight:

Here is the altitude plot for the first flight. The Schuylkill airport is up in the Appalachian mountains, you can clearly see how much higher it is. It is on top of a mountain with sharply descending cliffs on pretty much all sides.

Second flight. This flight follows the Schuylkill River closely, passing through the Kittatinny Ridge, then passing by Reading (in fact, directly next to the airport! Reading Tower kindly let me fly through their class D airspace), then further downstream, passing Pottstown, Phoenixville, King of Prussia, and eventually reaching Philadelphia. I was not able to record the very last few miles of the Schuylkill, where it flows into the Delaware River, as that would have required a class B clearance -- I stayed below it, the innermost ring I flew under was the 1500 ft. ring, that almost got me to the Delaware:

Here is the altitude plot for the second flight. First you see me climbing above 3000 ft. to get over the Kittatinny Ridge, then I keep descending over the descending terrain that the Schuylkill flows through, and around Philly I'm below 1500 ft., but then on my way home I climb again for better glide range:

Here is an aerial shot of Philly, the river in the front is the Schuylkill, the river in the back is the Delaware, and Philly downtown is "wedged" in between. At the top right corner you can see the Philly international airport. You can also see that my propeller is falling off, as the view was so stunning:

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