Sunday, January 20, 2019

Denver to Salt Lake

 Boarding the Turbine Duke.
 Off from Centennial in Denver.  We'll travel at FL240 to Salt Lake City today.
 The Front Range.  The departure procedure keeps you over the plains until you've reached enough altitude to proceed over the Rockies.
 Blessed with clear skies today we go over some rough country.
 Entering the Great Salt Lake basin I'm threading my way between two mountains.
 Actually my TAWS indicates I have plenty of room to fly over the mountains, but I feel better doing this.
 Just nice views any way you look.
 On final into runway 16 at KBTF

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Walls. Wall to Wall Walls

Southern Cal is crowded, do doubt about it at all. If you think of "walls" as signs of human habitation and industrial expansion then SoCal has it (them) in spades. Walls. Wall to wall walls.

Short flight today. Only an hour or less from KSEE to Hemet CA KHMT, depending what ATC has in store for me.

Off the ground from Gillespie Airport, San Diego/El Cajon And already nothing but wall to wall walls.

There are few breaks in the scenery along the way. Just...walls.

Nearing Hemet now and yeah, there's some open country out there. What's interesting here is that as crowded as this part of California is, those little patches of wild land hide and harbor tremendous amounts of truly wild life.

Own a kitty or small (even fairly large) dog? Don't leave them out at night. Mountain lions own the night out there, even among all those walls. And yeah, you don't go out in the back yard without a flashlight and whistle either. Truly big cats see you as a food source too. And I don't mean those dog treats in your pocket.

Incidentally Bill C, Radar Contact tried to vector me into the hills around Hemet--those snow capped peaks in the shot above. Cancelled the flight plan and finished the flight VFR. You are not alone.

And made a good landing into the bargain.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Low & Slow

I'm stuck here in low & slow land but having a good time. Life in the slow lane is decidedly different from turbo props or jets. In a more modern airplane you might be 15 thousand feet above the ground. Here, 15 hundred often does the trick. Sometimes it's all you can manage.

Kingman AZ to Gillespie Airport, San Diego CA.

Kingman AZ is on the "mother road" of the U.S.A. Route 66. Can't get no more romantic or atmospheric than that.

Scenes along the way. Often (but not here) I find a narrow two lane highway paralleling the Interstate--I-40 I think. Yeah, Route 66.

Almost to San Diego. Maybe 20 minutes to go. We'll be at MSA for much of the last little bit and in clouds as well.

I remember a few weeks ago Radar Contact gave Bill Cox some bum info up in Alaska. Hope the LNM elevation profile was OK.

I enjoy finding surprise things in Orbx scenery. You can be sure the radar dome is there in the RW too.

Things look OK out there, even with the occasional patch of snow in evidence. I should have been a little higher, but then again, I'm going to have to do a "dive & drive" approach once I clear the hills in order to get in to KSEE.

See, here we are. A few days ago Bill C mentioned making an "acceptable" landing. Mine was too, barely. Oh well....

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Lincoln to Denver

 We are off from KLNK, Lincoln, NE heading for Denver.
 We're in the Turbine Duke.  I've been reading quite a bit about the Duke which was considered I suppose a failure airplane wise.  It's biggest problem was it's engines.  They were not what they should have been, low TBO and expensive to repair.  Couple that with pressurization and the Duke was a money pit for owners.  Yet they soldier on and while expensive, the Royal Turbine Duke does solve the main problem with good old reliable PT6's.  The plane was built Beechcraft tough so it can handle the extra power and it still comes in at a lower price than any comparable the TBM.
 It has a nice cabin and TBM speed.
 Mine is tricked out with the Aspen and Garmin's GTN750 and 650.
 Closing in on Denver now.
 I'm on the arrival for KAPA, Centennial airport.
 I have the Aspen in what I like to call the "Notebook" mode and you can see runway 35R out there.
Parked.  It is my favorite plane despite it's expense.  It just looks...sleek and aggressive, and I don't have to pay for the real one.  Gotta love Flight Sim!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Asheville to Lincoln

 I'm out of Asheville, NC in the Premier 1A.
 Our climb will be to FL430.
 Where we will cruise along.
 Coming down now for our arrival at Lincoln, NE
 The sun on the cold snow below makes a nice fog.
Never-the-less runway 17R is visible and we land at KLNK.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Asheboro to Asheville

 I'm off from KHBI, Asheboro, NC home of the NC Zoo.  As I related before I once worked there in radio.  Another place in NC I worked was Asheville and that's where I'm heading today.
 Obviously this is an IFR flight.  Here's look at how the Aspen fits in the F33 Bonanza.
 And since I can't really place it there, this is how I normally use a tablet.
 Getting set up to land on KAVL's runway 34.
 Flaps down and on final.
 I've got this...and indeed I pulled off an acceptable landing.
On the chart the way ATC sent me to set up for it.

The Things You See in the Desert

Continuing my vacation trip, aka flying around and looking at stuff. Tehachapi CA to Kingman AZ. A two hour trip.

Guy walking his dog while I do my taxi out at Tehachapi. Hey!! When you gotta go, you gotta go. But I don't see no pooper scooper anywhere. LOL

Another airport, a really big one too. One of the shortcomings of a standard GPS is that I have no real idea where this is. Edwards AFB? Not a big city attached to the airport.

A race track? I don't think so. There's no viewing stands or parking and again, no city attached. When I open my flight sim computer later I'll check this out in Google Earth. Later: This is the Hyundai/Kia Motors USA testing and proving grounds. Who knew.

During a cross country bike trip some years ago I did see plenty of abandoned/wrecked cars and trucks in the Nevada desert. These would be vehicles from the 30's & 40's. Completely worn out, cannibalized, parted out, and frequently used for target practice. And all with no traces of rust whatsoever.

Oh, and snakes, big snakes. And kerosene cans. Lots of rotting kerosene cans.

This is probably a soda ash mining operation. The dark tanks back there are evaporation ponds if I'm right. Again I'll check this out in Google Earth.

Here's another one. Soda Ash (sodium carbonate) is a real building block chemical. If you live, you've used soda ash in some way.

Getting close to Kingman now. Again, I needed a better GPS to be able to see where I am. Well sorta, you know what I mean.

Google Earth shows the to be Laughlin/Bullhead City Int'l airport.

Here we are. Nice add-on (basic) airport. Kingman AZ is on old Route U.S. 66. Yeah, the real one. I ridden some miles on 66.

I'll go somewhere next. Where? I have no idea as yet. Just flying around looking at stuff.