I was lucky to fly two banner towing runs from Gulf Shores, Alabama to Panama City, Florida while I visited the Gulf Coast over Christmas Break with Haley Howard and Rod Kellogg. While Haley and Rod traveled to Nicaragua for a King Air trip, I flew the banner runs from the back seat with experienced banner tow pilot Chuck sitting up front. Un-Rolling The Banner At 45-65 mph, the 100 mile trip from Gulf Shores to Panama City and back takes a LONG time! It was by far the longest consecutive time I’d ever flown in a small single engine plane. We flew the run twice, once on Wednesday and once on Thursday; the 5-6 hours we spent in the air was tiring but still a whole lot of fun. Flying Past Hurlburt Field (KHRT) Over Destin Destin Airport (KDST) Now That’s A Good Towing Speed Along the way, we did some sightseeing and were kept busy by military airports and airspace along our route. In addition, plugged my iPhone into the intercom system to listen to some music for the flight. Each of us brought food and water with us for the long-haul, and made sure to go the bathroom before we took off! (You can’t land in a banner plane with the banner in-tow) Turning Around Over Panama City, FL Now That’s A Cool House Flying Over KDST Tide-Line Hurlburt Field Interesting Heliport Shape Our route is shown below via CloudAhoy and my iPhone/XGPS160: Route Overview Avoiding A Pier Turning Around – Back To Gulf Shores Being a tailwheel rated pilot, it was great to build some more stick and rudder experience from the back seat while we flew the long-haul routes! Thanks, Chuck for taking me along for the ride. -Swayne Martin Twitter: @MartinsAviation Share this:ShareTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName Email Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.