Airport Review: First Flight Airport, North Carolina (KFFA) Swayne Martin October 9, 2013 Airport Review, Trips 6 Comments One thing I really started doing this summer was flying wherever I traveled with my family. Before North Carolina, I’d flown Piper’s over Gulf Shores, Alabama, and gliders over Lake Tahoe, California. Being a pilot opens up a world of new opportunities, some of which most people in the world will never experience. So many “firsts” were made for me this summer: my first flight over a beach, first flight with my mom, first flight with my brother, first glider flight, first helicopter flight, and now, my first flight into First Flight Airport! As any pilot or aviation enthusiast will know, the first heavier-than-air powered flight took place in Kitty Hawk, on December 17th, 1903. The Wright Brothers flew their primitive Wright-Flyer I, made of Spruce wood and Pride of the West muslin, off Kill Devil Hills, NC. Today, a monument sits atop the dune upon which the Wright Brothers flew many of their test-glider flights. This monument is easily seen from First Flight Airport (KFFA), which is only a few hundred yards away. First Flight Airport (KFFA) has one runway: 2/20 (3,000ft x 60ft). As one pilot famously said “If you can land at First Flight on a windy day, you can land anywhere.” With tall trees on both ends and sides of the runway, it’s frequently turbulent with a noticeable crosswind… this was the case on the day I flew there. Arriving into First Flight Airport for the first time was a really cool moment for me. We flew over Kill Devil Hills and the Wright Brothers Monument. I couldn’t help but think what the Wright Brothers might’ve thought if they’d been able to get their hands on the controls of the Cessna 150 I was flying. My dad was waiting at the end of the runway for our arrival into KFFA’s runway 20. In the video below, you can see his exterior footage of our landing coupled with the GoPro cockpit footage which was being recorded at the same time. Here is the video: The First Flight Airport was extremely quiet, as expected. There were a handful of planes on the ramp, covered with tarps. The background looking out from the airport was quite impressive though, with the Wright Brothers monument standing on the very close dune. Here is the video of our takeoff from KFFA’s runway 20. Once again, both the exterior footage from my dad and the cockpit GoPro footage have been matched up: Thanks for reading and watching! -Swayne Martin @MartinsAviation Share this:ShareTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint 6 Responses capnaux October 10, 2013 Wow, what an exhilerating experience–to fly where the Wright Brothers first flew! Nice video, too. Great idea to sync it up with Dad’s GoPro…and nice radio work, by the way! There’s a reason I included you in my most recent post, “My Favorite Aviation Bloggers!” http://capnaux.blogspot.com/2013/10/my-favorite-aviation-bloggers.html Reply Swayne Martin October 10, 2013 Thanks so much, it really was amazing! Awesome to be included in your recent post, thanks for that! Hope everything at USAir has been going well, thanks for the comment,-Swayne Reply Karlene Petitt October 11, 2013 This is sooo cool! You live the most amazing aviation life. Don’t ever lose the love. Reply Swayne Martin October 11, 2013 Thanks for the comment! Appreciate it,-Swayne Reply Raphael M. October 14, 2013 Nice work on the video! Using 2 cameras was an excelent idea! Btw, nice landing Reply Swayne Martin October 14, 2013 Thanks! It took a lot of editing to get that just right haha-Swayne Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.