View of Whiteplains Plantation

View of Whiteplains Plantation
Over Head View - Taken May 8, 2011 Photo By: Phil Rainwater

Friday, January 23, 2015

Around the world, over the poles - AOPA

A pilot from Fredericksburg, Virginia, has flown around the world in a single-engine airplane on a route down the eastern side of the Americas, over the South Pole, across the Pacific Ocean, up the West Coast of the U.S. to Alaska, over the North Pole, and home.
Followers tagged along on social media and an online flight tracker as Bill Harrelson, 68, completed his journey with a landing back where he started in Kinston, North Carolina, the afternoon of Jan. 21. The final leg capped a 24-day adventure that will allow him to claim a speed record that his team said "shatters" a 1987 mark set by Richard D. Norton.
Harrelson, already a long-distance record holder who had attempted the over-the-poles flight in 2013, flew a modified Lancair IV single-engine airplane capable of carrying 361 gallons of fuel in nine tanks.

For the full story, click on link below.
Around the world, over the poles - AOPA

New Graphic Weather Briefings at

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education
Lockheed Martin Flight Service: Not the Flight Service Station you once knew
Notice Number: NOTC5815

General Aviation pilots are used to standard weather briefings that include extensive and comprehensive information about their route of flight and a whole lot more information that may or may not be pertinent to their flight. For years pilots have been asking for easy to understand weather and flight information specific to their needs with greater use of graphics and filtering. That is exactly what Lockheed Martin Flight Service is delivering online as a result of the feedback received from General Aviation pilots.

Pilot-Centric Capabilities
· Next Generation Briefings that are graphics-rich and easy to understand
· Tools that help you plan your departure time around the best possible weather
and avoid adverse conditions
· An alerting service that notifies you of changes in adverse conditions that
affect your flight
· Notification of ATC Routing Changes
· In-flight electronic PIREP submission via Flight Services Data Link
· VFR flight plan activation and closure by touching a link in an email
· Automated position monitoring for expedited Search and Rescue

These are just a few of the capabilities you’ll find at, all of which were developed in collaboration with pilots. Accounts and services are free, and pilots can retrieve their historical data online.

Lockheed Martin’s also sharing these capabilities at no cost with the developers of popular flight planning apps and websites like ForeFlight, Garmin, Honeywell, Naviator, FlightPro, iFlyGPS, Aerovie, spidertracks and DeLorme, with many others on the way.

Whether you use; any of the flight planning apps that provide briefings from Lockheed Martin Flight Services; or call 1-800-WX-BRIEF, your briefings will meet FAA requirements and be recorded, even if you do not provide logon credentials for LM’s pilot web portal to your app.

You can find more information about these capabilities at
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Friday, January 02, 2015

Bonanza Mountains January 1, 2015

It was a perfect day to go flying.  Join Phil and Don in Phils Bonanza as they fly threw the mountains just south of Asheville, NC.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year -2015

From all of us at Whiteplains, We wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Around Whiteplains Plantation - December 2014

Photo by: Don Cook

All of the speed limit signs have been replaced with new ones..

This completes the sign work at Whiteplains. Street signs, and the two large signs coming into Whiteplains have all been cleaned up and repainted. Still have one light at Phase II entrance to install.