I learned a lot today. All because this Cessna 337C Push-Pull buzzed overhead AGAIN. So what have I learned? (1) The FAA at registry.faa.gov has a publicly available registry of all planes. You can see planes registered in a state or city. An Excel extract is available. There are 3,133 registered planes in the US, 679 in Florida, 19 in North Fort Myers. You can search by FAA Call letters. In this case, they are N2610S which I could read from my photographs. I now know the owner (Dave) and where he lives plus other information. I know the plane, known as the Cessna Skymaster, was produced between 1963 and 1982. This one was built in 1968. It has tandem props, one pushing and one pulling. Home is the Punta Gorda Airport, (2) Controller.com will tell you that you can own your own 1966 Cessna Skymaster with 3160 hrs for a mere $70,000 or $553 per month. (3) Flightaware.com tracks flights of almost all aircraft. Some information is sketchy if a flight plan is not filed. Considered a position-only-flight, it obtains its information from an ADS-B satellite tracking system (transmission from the aircraft and received at numerous receiving stations). I could see that the plane took off from Punta Gorda Airport at 12:18PM, flew at a top speed of 161 mph, a top altitude of 1,175 ft and landed 6 minutes and 16 miles later at Pine Shadows AirPark. (4) Airport-data.com will tell you everything the FAA knows about an airport including photograph, location, elevation owner and manager. Pine Shadows AirPark is a privately owned air field owned by the Pine Shadows AirPark Homeowners Assn. Most residents of this small community have some type of aircraft. It has a 3,200' x 50' asphalt runway 09 and 27. Those with helicopters need not care about the runway. What I don't know is why Dave flies this plane from Punta Gorda to Pine Shadows with regularity. Hmmmm.
Nikon Z6, 28-300mm, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec, ISO 100
I am Robert McKay Jones, a photographer from Sterling, Massachusetts and North Fort Myers, FL. I take photographs almost every day. I post my favorites here.