This is where I fly. It's only two and a half miles from my house.
Once you drive past the State Park entrance you pass the weather station. This station is available online in case you want to check the temperature, barometer or wind speed. Click here and then select New Jersey and then Andover for a location.
After you park and walk across the runway you can go in and sign out one of the many airplanes that Damian's school offers. Of course, if you don't know how to fly, you'll have to sign up for lessons first.
These are the guys who actually own the airport. It's the New Jersey Forest Fire Service. Both of these planes are 600 horse power fire bombers. During fire season they load up here and fly directly over my house as soon as the sun rises, almost EVERY morning. Doesn't bother me, I love smoke and horse power and lots of noise.
This is the tail of the Piper Cub, my favorite plane. You can fly with the doors and windows wide open. It's sort of like a motorcycle at 75 mph, only a LOT higher.
This is the instrument panel. Fortunately there's not a lot there to confuse people. You have to remember that this plane was built in 1941. That's why I like it. It's older than me.
Being a pre-WWII airplane, it's made completely of steel tube, wood and fabric. Just ordinary cotton with some paint splashed on.
This is me in 41172, just about to touch down. Turned out to be a perfect landing.
This is the airplane that I used to take the airport pictures below. A Cessna 172, affectionately known as "Fox-Charlie".
There's a good bit more flying business that goes on in this airplane than in the cub.
I decided to shoot some pictures during my last landing today.
Nice approach but a little difficult to fly and take pictures at the same time.
Lined up nicely, you can see why we call this airport an "Aircraft Carrier".
Getting in pretty close, You can see Pete on the taxiway with a student in the Cub.
Last picture before landing. (Actually Chris was flying the plane from the right seat) And it was a perfect landing.