Back in November, my flying buddies Tim and Tony and I decided that it was time for a cross country to somewhere new.
The best thing about being part of a flying club has been the friendships I’ve made with other pilots — that sounds corny, but it’s much more fun to fly with other people. And flying with another pilot stretches your range by letting you swap seats and split legs with the other guy. It’s great.
And with three pilots, you can manage to go even further, spreading trips across three legs.
So the three of us crammed into the Archer (about 50 lbs. shy of max gross), and headed down to Accomack County Airport (KMFV) across the Chesapeake Bay on the Eastern Short of Virginia.
Accomack County is a small airport in rural Virginia, but it’s very capable with a long, new runway and a beautiful new FBO building. For the flight over, we filed IFR to get across Baltimore’s Class B airspace and the Washington D.C. SFRA with minimal issues. Being instrument rated is a huge perk because of the airspace in this area.
Potomac Approach had us fly direct to the Baltimore VOR, right above BWI, and then straight across the bay to Salisbury. Somewhere along the way, they gave us direct to Accomack.
Heading south to KMFV with the Chesapeake on your right, one neat feature is Tangier Island smack-dab in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. Tangier is a favorite destination for pilots, and it’s definitely on my list to visit sometime.
Once we landed at KMFV, the next mission was to find lunch.
The lady at the FBO desk had a stack of menus from nearby restaurants, but no crew car was available. Luckily, she filled us in that The Island House Restaurant and Marina will actually pick up pilots from KMFV — the menu looked great, so it was a no-brainer.
(As it turns out, the owner of the Island House is a pilot himself.)
The view was great (see the photo above), and so was the food. I had the Cedar Island Salad (a crab cake salad) and the other guys got the steamed shrimp platter that they were running as a special. Also great.
We all agreed that we’ll be coming back to the Island House sometime soon.
The owner gave us a lift back to Accomack so that we could fuel up the Archer and head up to Ocean City, MD for our next leg (it was my leg — and a good chance to get some right seat flying practice with one of my buddies in the left seat ready to let me know if something looked “off”).
If you’re in the mid-Atlantic, Accomack is definitely worth a visit!