DAYS 1 – 2
We will meet in Washington DC, our Nation’s capital, filled with monuments, memorials, museums and unique airspace. Founded as the seat of government Washington was named after George Washington, who incidentally never lived in DC, having died before the completion of the White House. Washington is one of the most visited cities in the world, and is described as the political Capital of the World.
Our trip will begin with a once in a lifetime experience- a night with Aviation Hall of Famer Dale Klapmeier, co- founder of Cirrus Design in 1984. The National Aviation Hall of Fame will be holding its Enshrinement gala at the National Building Museum, where an extraordinary class of aviation legends will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. You will meet up with fellow Cirrus owners and enjoy an evening among aviation enthusiasts.
On Day 2, we will visit the Smithsonian Institution. Originally known as the “United States National Museum”, the Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with approximately 154 million artifacts and specimens in its trust for the American people. Exhibits include art and design, history and culture, and science and nature, and a variety of museums, including the Air and Space, the American History, and the Natural History museums.
After our tour, we will meet for dinner, providing a chance to relax and enjoy a delicious meal together before heading North to Canada.
Tonight and tomorrow morning we will discuss the route and weather for the next leg of our trip into Canada, and go over the intricacies of international flying.
DAYS 3 – 4
Oh Canada. We begin the day with breakfast at the hotel and a weather and route briefing, and a discussion of international flight planning and filing, and customs procedures.
We’ll then begin our excursion up to Canada, traveling over the scenic mountains of the Northeastern US, leaf peeping our way across the border and up to Quebec City, where we will clear customs and head to our hotel.
Quebec City is the capital city of Quebec, with warm summers and snowy winters. Old Quebec is the only walled city north of Mexico and has a uniquely European flavor, with narrow, winding streets and
an extensive array of boutiques, museums and attractions. As the cradle of French civilization in North America, it’s a living history lesson with a remarkable mix of architecture, heritage, art, and culture. It is said to be the closest thing to France this side of Paris.
After checking into the hotel, you will have free time to relax or even venture out along the waterfront, taking in Old Port and the incredible views of the St Lawrence River, before our group dinner, where you can relax, enjoy, and share stories about the day of flying.
The next day will begin with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a guided tour of the city. After the tour the rest of your day will be free to explore parts of the city that we didn’t see or that you’d like to view in more depth. Quebec City has much to offer, including the Chateau Frotenac, Place Royale, Old Port, and Parliament Hill. Immerse yourself in Old Quebec, where the historical districts are all within walking distance from each other. Have dinner at your leisure and relax before the next leg of the trip.
DAYS 5 – 6
Fall Colors here we come! We’ll start day 5 with breakfast and a route and weather briefing for the final leg of our trip. After breakfast we’ll depart Quebec City, flying over the scenic landscape of northern Maine, stopping to clear customs in Bangor. From Bangor, we’ll continue to take in the magic of New England in the Fall as we turn south along the coast past Boston and Cape Code to our final destination - Martha’s Vineyard.
Martha’s Vineyard is a playground for the rich and famous. Presidents and small flight schools have been coming here for years to vacation. The Vineyard is primarily a summer colony and only accessible by boat and air. It is a popular tourist destination because of its pleasant summer weather and beautiful beaches. There are wonderful restaurants, hotels and sites to see.
Take the time to relax and enjoy the view after checking into the hotel. Spend your free time before dinner exploring Edgartown.
Day 6 will be an opportunity for you to relax, shop, tour the island, or even just stay in enjoying the view with a good book. We will also set up a group outing for those that would like to participate. After the activities of the day, relax until our final group dinner, where we can share a last meal together and enjoy the company of fellow aviators.
Our final day will begin with breakfast, and a weather and route briefing. We will depart Martha’s Vineyard to fly over Block Island, East Hampton, and Long Island, towards the Statue of Liberty. We will then turn north up the Hudson River Corridor, with amazing views of NYC on our right. We will land at Essex County Airport (KCDW) and from there say our final goodbyes and make our departures from this adventure.
INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP
6 Nights Accommodations
2 nights Washington DC
2 nights Quebec City
2 nights Martha’s Vineyard
Breakfast each morning
Aviation Hall of Fame Gala event
Ground transportation during trip
Planned Group activities in Washington DC, Quebec City, and Martha’s Vineyard Aircraft tiedown fees
Instructor in your aircraft (if requested- must request in advance)
Additional activities are available
The Flight Academy will not fly or sanction flight in weather that is unsafe or for which the Cirrus is not rated. The weather at our departure location and our destination must be above published minimums in order for us to launch.
In the event weather does not permit a flight to take place as scheduled, the Flight Academy will attempt to find an alternate route that allows for a safe execution of the flight. If the weather causes the trip to be cancelled, no refund will be offered. Any additional expenses incurred during the trip due to foul weather will be the responsibility of the customer.