After Columbia, Horace and I repeatedly faced a lot of poor weather to the south and west. Luckily, we had a long list of airports in the north to fly to, and Toledo was one of them. The weather going up was clear and amazing. The air traffic around Cincinnati and Toledo were very busy that day. However, we just took victor airways all the way up, and did a simple RNAV approach into the flat city of Toledo. Once landed, we encountered something very unique.
We were marshaled into a parking spot, and when we got out of the Seminole, we saw an MD-80 idling with vans parked next to it. It looked odd, so we stared at it for a couple minutes in awe and went inside the FBO to plan the return flight. When we got in, we struck up a conversation with the linemen, and they told us the plane was used for deportation flights. The vans had been law enforcement vehicles, and had driven illegal immigrants from the surrounding five Midwestern states to be flown out of the country. It was a little quirky, but a pretty unique thing to encounter.
Once Horace and I had taxied over to the runway for departure, we were told to hold short for passing traffic. Next thing we heard, the tower controller cleared two F-16s for a low approach. Seconds later, they came roaring in at a blazing speed, doing a low pass right in front of our eyes. My roommate Adam who is from Cincinnati later told me they often do this since there is a base nearby. Regardless, it was awesome, and we were cleared to takeoff and return home afterwards. Nothing abnormal happened on the way back, but our flying skills were fantastic. From this flight onward, our landings had become near perfect and we worked well together as a crew. I guess it really has paid off to fly through EKU’s system.