August 16, 2010 —Talk about father-daughter bonding.
Thirteen-year-old Delaney Sullivan and her father, Steve Sullivan, are spending lots of time together this August as they complete a 25-day, 6,500-mile flight around the United States.
An IMC Club press release reported that the two took off from their home in Newton, Massachusetts in a Cirrus SR22 on August 2. Their Flight Around America will include about 20 stops to visit family and friends and to see the sights, from Lake Superior to the Pacific Coast to Key West.
“I’ve been dreaming about this trip for many years hoping to one day show our daughter, and our youngest son (whose flight will be next year), the wonders of our country,” Steve Sullivan said before departure. “I also hope they’ll come away with an appreciation for the privilege we pilots have of being able to fly nearly anywhere in our country without a lot of fuss.”
The Sullivans are keeping a blog about their trip. They have already made it to Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park in Kalispell, Montana, and Niagara Falls. They also visited family in Walla Walla, Washington, and Sacramento, California.
Other planned stops, weather permitting, include Houghton, Michigan on the Upper Peninsula; Mobridge, South Dakota; Sierra Vista, Arizona; San Antonio, Texas; Key West, Florida; and Rehoboth, Delaware.
Steve Sullivan has been a member of the IMC Club since November 2009 and is also an IMC director. The club coaches, trains, mentors and helps pilots to fly in actual instrument meteorological conditions.
Click here for live tracking of the Sullivan’s flight.
Steve Sullivan and his daughter, Delaney, 12, left on August 2 for a 25-day, 6,500-mile flight around the United States. They are stopping to visit family and friends, and to see the sights. Photo credit: IMC Club
The Sullivans fly over the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Photo credit: Sullivan blog