July 21 – Quebec City to Fredricton, New Brunswick

We had a wonderful visit to the old city of Quebec and now it was time for the taxi to take us to the airport and plan for our flight to Fredericton. Thunderstorms were still in the Quebec area so our departure  from was delayed until mid-day to allow nature to run its course. The Arrow had a real good washing then the sun came out for the drying cycle.

We finally got underway and were flying in good visual conditions with smooth air between the now distant thunderstorms that were still along our route but moving south-eastward.

Continued deviations to the north of track kept us well away from those nasties with our actual track over 30 nautical miles left of our planned direct routing. Climbing higher above the scattered clouds to 11,500 feet allowed us to better see where the thunderstorms were and the StormScope displayed the lightning activity way off in the distance.

The StormScope helps occasionally in British Columbia but once you are east of the Rocky Mountains there’s often weather systems with lots of thunderstorms and lightning so the StormScope really helps in making strategic decisions to avoid that mean weather. 

Cruising at 11,500 feet we picked up a 45 knot tailwind to speed us along the way with ground speeds approaching 200 knots.

 

Fredericton had received their fair share of the weather activity, however by the time we arrived all had passed by and the skies were wide open.

 

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