KSEZ - Sedona

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  1. ircphoenix

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    What's the best time of year to go to Sedona? I think I have a couple weeks off coming up shortly. Is the end of April a smart time to be flying out there from SoCal?
     
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    Might depend a bit on the airplane and how much you are carrying. I've flown into SEZ all 4 seasons. I think it is best in the Spring, but wouldn't avoid it other times.

    Observe the usual notes about flying in the southwest: it gets bumpier and performance degrades in the afternoon. And make sure you read the AFD or ForeFlight remarks.

    I think you'll be okay in April. I was just there in the Twin Beech a little over a week ago and it was nice.
     
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    Agree with Fearless Tower. Spring time tend to be a bit windier than other parts of the year especially in N AZ, so check the forecasts. KFLG's TAF should be pretty useful.
     
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    Three words... check density altitude
     
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  5. ircphoenix

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    It is going to be my girlfriend and I in my little 140/160.

    I figured I'd have the density altitude stuff to worry about.

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    I did it in March a few years ago. It was a nice day.
     
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    A 140/160 may be a problem on a hot summer afternoon. 1/2 tanks might be a good idea.
     
  8. ircphoenix

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    When we arrive we'll be down to approx 20 gallons on board. Doesn't look like it's getting too warm out there right now... but I'm gonna keep an eye on the forecasts. Looks like maybe the first weekend in May.
     
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    Spring winds will hopefully be dying down by then and DA hopefully won't start rising until after then. I'd say you're picking a pretty good window. I was there in mid-April a few years ago and the guy behind the FBO counter said that a couple days prior a Bonanza did a half a dozen touch-n-go's while taxiing to the run-up area.
     
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    They were probably a little miffed at the guy because touch and goes are frowned upon at Sedona.
     
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    We're going there for lunch Sunday 4/23 if anyone's going to be around.
     
  12. ircphoenix

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    I'm trying to be there May 6th and 7th.

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    Probably the spring. The creeks will have water and the desert will be green. But time of DAY is what really matters. Come over the edge from the north (Flagstaff) at sunrise and it will be a view you will never forget!
     
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    Never get tired of the view.
     
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    I'd like to try to make that, though it would probably be more a late breakfast run for me.
     
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    Now we're looking at Saturday, 4/22! (We're doing a wedding a mile away at 2pm). Could you still make it?
     
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    I think we can do it! Have to be back to GYR by early afternoon, though.
     
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    Pilawt can't make it. We're thinking around noon.
     
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    You know Spring has sprung for real in Colorado when those three words come back to the ATIS for the summer. :)
     
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    If you guys could make sure it's cool enough for me to not have to fret too much about DA in two weeks, that'd be great, thanks.
     
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    You won't have to worry about the takeoff. The airport is high up on a mesa. Just keep it in ground effect until you're off the end then dive down to gain airspeed. :D
     
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    Do they still have all that psychic vortex stuff there? Took my family there years ago and it seemed like every third business had something to do with that. :D
     
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    Yes, they even have one at the airport, about a mile hike.
     
  25. ircphoenix

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    These winds need to calm down. And temps look like they're going to be a consideration. LAME. I don't like having to actually plan.
     
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