The Final Fling

What a week it has been. Frantic but fun. The Falco has been torn down again and packed into the container for its trip home. We've had a bit of time to look around some of the LA beaches and spent some great time holidaying.

Newport Beach

Saturday was yet another fantastic day thanks again to Frank.

We arrived at Chino just before 09:00 to meet up with Frank to go for a fly. What a day he had in store for us.

Departing Chino
Approaching SBP

We took off just after 09:00 and climbed out towards Van Nuys climbing to 10,500'. Again a terrific view of the LA basin. A high altitude smoke cloud raid the visibility a little but it was still a great view. We headed North from Van Nuys flying over some dramatic scenery of mountains and coastlines. After an hour or so we started our descent into San Luis Obispo where the approach has some lovely large homes on rolling parched hillsides.

Vicki enjoying the ride
Finals SBP
Just arrived at SBP

After landing we hired a car and went up the coast. We stopped at Moonstone Beach for brunch overlooking the foggy shoreline. The air was pleasantly cool and fresh.

After a delicious lunch we headed further North to San Simeon and visited the Hearst Castle. I confess to have never hearing of such a place. What an incredible achievement this place is. A castle it is but it is adorned entirely with collections of eclectic art and artefacts from all around the world. It's almost bizarre in its ostentation yet the sheer magnitude of the logistics alone leave one in awe.

We spent about an hour up on the hill looking at the castle but it is such that you leave wanting to see more.

After leaving the castle we headed back down the coast stopping at a few small towns along the way. Again it was just a taste leaving a desire for more but you can only do so much in one day. The whole area would be a great spot to spend 3 or 4 days exploring.

Cute little friend we met along the way.

At Morrow Bay the was a festival of some sort which added to a carnival atmosphere. While here we found out what Salt Water Taffy is. Neither of us had tried it before so we had fun in a shop trying various flavours and left with a large bag of the stuff, only a small portion of which made it home.

Beach dining at it best!

We left Morrow Bay in search of more food and ended up having a tasty dinner at the airport restaurant which is really quite good.

Airport restaurant

Once we'd finished dinner we headed back to Frank's wonderful Bellanca Super Viking.

The sun was setting as we boarded and left the sky with a warm red glow as we climbed out of San Luis Obispo on our way back to Chino.


By the time we reached our cruising level of 11,500' it was dark over the mountains ahead with just a faint red glow behind the right wing. After about 45 minutes we were seeing the lights of LA.

The descent into Chino displayed a stunning sea of lights on a lovely clear night. An amazing sight and one not often enjoyed by many. It was truly a magnificent site.

The day was a real highlight, not only of the week but of the whole adventure. In fact of a lifetime.

Again, thanks Frank. I hope I get to repay the favour sometime.


Well folks that's pretty much it for this adventure. The plane will be on its way home soon and life will return to normal by Christmas.

I said at the beginning of all this that it was going to be one hell of a ride.

Boy it sure was!



Published by falcogeorge

I live in New Zealand with my lovely wife Vicki along with our animals on a block of land in Helensville. Back in 1994 I had this crazy idea to build a plane. Since then its been a huge part of my life. My day job has varied over the years. I started out as a computer engineer and now I'm an airline pilot. You would think that would tire me of flying but airline flying isn't really flying. The small planes are fun and make me remember why I started flying in the first place. This blog is a demonstration of some of the crazy ideas that pop into my head from time to time. The way I see it, life is too short to not give these wild ideas a go. I don't mind if people think I'm crazy. I probably am.

2 thoughts on “The Final Fling

  1. Great write up. California is a magical place once you fly little planes and use them as time machines. We loved the coast there. Did you get to see the seals?

  2. Hah! Too funny. We did pretty much the exact same trip in June in the Glastar. I’m pretty sure we even had lunch in the exact same restaurant. Unfortunately we did miss the chocolate bacon bars… Hope to bump into you both when we’re in NZ next March. Glad you had a good trip.

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