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The view: Aeroflex Andover Airport in Andover, NJ
The pilot: Joe Percario
The airplane: Cessna 150
The mission: 47N to 12N. An afternoon flying above northern New Jersey lakes and mountains to find the short runway (1,897 long) with a great view.
The memory: It was one of those beautiful afternoons in December when the sky was so clear, crisp and my workday was cut short by my longing to fly. Being a new pilot, every time I fire up the plane I get goosebumps. The excitement of not knowing what to expect keeps me going further, like a child sneaking out of his yard for a look around. This afternoon I decided to go north, not really having an absolute destination but just enjoying the view of the New Jersey landscape. New Jersey is an interesting state because when I left I was leaving from low flatland and in a short 5 nm I was flying out above mountains and then beautiful lake-lined regions.
I never forgot the time my flight instructor had me chart to this particular airport. It was a practice short field spot that I really didn’t get a good look at with my instructor because I was so concentrated on flying with my gorilla grip and landing safely.That day we were doing a short field landings and takeoffs and in New Jersey it’s hard to find a good short airport. So as a venture north I found it again but now with all of my four months of flying under my belt I could look around and even let go of the controls and snap this picture. Freedom to fly is one of the most wonderful feelings.