Rollins Road Gateway, Hart-Sunset, Washington Street, and Millennium Trail views
As many of you already know, I have been reporting on several of the ongoing construction projects in the Round Lake Area to help keep local residents and commuters informed on the progress. Every so often I receive some excellent photos from Tom Bock who works for the company doing much of the traffic signal work, HomeTowne Electric. Most of the photos Tom sends me are taken from his airplane which he keeps at Campbell Airport. A couple of weeks ago I had someone ask me “So, when are you going up in the plane?” You can imagine my surprise when I received an email from Tom early last week inviting me to do just that!
A quick review of my past flying experience might enlighten you on a little anxiety I had after accepting the invitation. The first time I had ever been on a plane was back in the 70’s when my wife and kids went to Disney World and when the plane was landing it had lousy cabin pressure and my ears felt like they could burst. Once we were in the terminal I couldn’t even hear to complete the car rental and my head was aching terribly. The second and last time was when I worked as an electronic technician for Ball Bros. in Mundelein and they flew me to Powers, N.Y. to learn more about some new equipment they were purchasing. After landing, I had to get on a smaller aircraft that shook and shuddered as the pilot blew the carbon out of the cylinders just before takeoff. Thus, my experience in flying was less than thrilling. I even stopped at Walgreen’s and bought a bottle of Dramamine motion sickness tablets so I wouldn’t get airsick and make a mess in Tom’s plane (remembering how sick I got on a Lake Michigan charter boat ride once we lost sight of land). So, off I headed Saturday morning to meet Tom around 8:00 AM, with a pill in my pocket. Since the instructions said not to consume alcohol and that they might cause severe drowsiness and to not operate a vehicle, I decided to skip the pill. In the afternoon I had plans to stop by the RLB Cultural & Civic Center to shoot some video of the 1st Lake County Count-I-Con convention and I didn’t want to be too tired to do that plus I thought maybe Tom and I might stop somewhere for a sandwich and adult beverage.
As you can see from the following two videos, we got off the ground, had a wonderful ride over the area, set our sights on breakfast in Janeville, and returned safely to Campbell Airport. Small planes are at the mercy of every little wind gust and you sit pretty tight in them so there is quite a bit of jumpy footage. I also made the mistake of trying to zoom in too often which did nothing except cause more blurring. I took the time to add quite a number of location markers so that you can get an idea of just where we were while flying over your rooftops. I hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed taking it from the airplane. Thanks again, Tom, for the wonderful invitation.
The first video is just the takeoff from Campbell Airport and the second one is the fly-over and trip to Janesville, WI. which only took about 25 minutes by air flying at 110 Knots (125 MPH).
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