Laughlin/Bullhead City

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  1. CC268

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    Had a nice flight to Laughlin/Bullhead City with my dad today. I've flown over Bullhead, but never landed there. Flew out at 8,500. Basically flew over Wickenburg and up the US93, then shot over towards Bullhead City before Wikieup. Never went that way, so wanted to try something a little new.

    Met a nice fella at the airport (retired Navy pilot/retired Continental Airlines pilot) who drove us to the river ferry. We ate breakfast at the Riverside Restaurant. Had a pretty decent omelet. Signature FBO was very nice (not a huge fan of Signature's prices, but no ramp fee and bought fuel to the tabs. Good coffee.

    Took off around 10AM, flew up Lake Havasu, then over Lake Alamo and followed Lake Alamo road (dirt road) up to Wickenburg and back to Deer Valley. Flew at 9,500. Nice and smooth, although it got nice and bumpy on the descent into Deer Valley.

    Currently at 199.8 hours. Doh! Should have flown another 0.2 hours.

    Going to fly down to Ryan tomorrow (solo). Haven't been down there since my PPL Cross Country.

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    Everytime I think about flying to Havasu, it's at least 110...then I quickly change my mind.
     
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    Got relatives in Bullhead City. Might visit some time.
     
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    It was 108 when I landed in Deer Valley. Wasn’t bad at until I started getting below 7500 or so.
     
  5. Pilawt

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    Real nice on-field restaurant at Havasu. Only problem is they don't open until 11 am, and I'd want to be out of Dodge by that time of day to avoid the heat.
     
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    I was wheels up at 0700 this morning with my trainee who got his rating yesterday. We flew from Tucson over to Benson then up to San Manuel where we did a low approach and then on up and around to the Biosphere and back into Tucson. 1.7 total and he flew most the way. We should have flown earlier since it started getting bumpy on the way back. Funny thing is that all the controllers I talked to today, I've worked with. "Tower Cherokee 5660U holding short of one one left at delta, ready to go." "Is this Tim?" :)

    If you fly into Ryan tomorrow I know three of them there. Drop my name and you'll get a free trip around the pattern. ;)
     
  7. Walboy

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    or "remain clear"
     
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    Really? I’ve been to that restaurant much earlier than 11...maybe they changed that
     
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    That may be a possibility. ;)

    edit: The above is an example of what may happen when you don't bother to quote the person of whom you are responding to or the notion that your lightening quick typing skills will result in a post directly beneath your intended recipient.
     
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    “You know that fella TimBeck2?” Lol

    What’s the biosphere
     
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    I took two younger guys (mid 20s) for a ride in that area recently and they asked the same thing. What's the Biosphere? It was a big deal at one time.
     
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    http://biosphere2.org/

    It was an experiment in the 90's that was intended to duplicate a colony on another planet.
     
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    Sounds like something they’d do in Tuscon lol
     
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    File IFR, stay in practice.
     
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    Oh yeah? Well it sounds like something someone in Deer Valley would pay someone to do in Tucson! ;)

    :)
     
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    Hmm not a bad idea
     
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    I live in Scottsdale remember? :redface:
     
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    There's a difference? :sosp:
     
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    Big difference. Deer Valley is for poor folks who fly Cherokees. Scottsdale is for those with Bos or Cirrus (Cirri for plural).
     
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    Oh so you live in Scottsdale for appearances only but when you want to fly, you slum it up in Deer Valley. ;)
     
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    Exactly.
     
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    Are you planning on stopping at Ryan for breakfast? Although I'm working and can't join you, the diner there is really good. However I was just there a few days ago and they only took cash as their card reader was nips North.
     
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    The one and only time I went to the diner since Todd's left, it was awful...and everyone else thought it was awful too. Maybe they've practiced cooking some since then.
     
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    I had to wait until 11 for Hangar 24 to open when I was there a couple of months ago. This from their website:

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    Well in my defense I only ate breakfast. I mean, how can anyone screw up breakfast food? I had the crispy chicken chef's salad the last time I was there and it was good.
     
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    I went there last spring. It would be a great place for a POA meetup.
     
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    Or a number to call ...

    :p
     
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    Agreed. :yesnod:

    When it gets cooler of course.
     
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    No I was just gonna do a touch and go or full stop taxi back. Although I’ve been meaning to try the diner.
     
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    Yea I’ve been there a few times. Good place.
     
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    Agreed! Maybe this fall sometime.

    I was there in April, but missed the fun. Just 24 hours later an F-16 tried to make a dead-stick forced landing at Lake Havasu City, and rolled off the end to the north.
     
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    No No No No No...file a return trip IFR. Get lots of practice. Make your mistakes in VFR. There's a nice pilot lounge next to the restaurant to think about your return flight.
     
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    I ain’t got time for that! Lol jk

    I’m thinking DVT1 PXR TFD ALMON. Obviously I can’t shoot any practice approaches since I will be solo. Plus I can’t do any of the approaches at KRYN with my equipment. KDVT tower doesn’t open till 6 so I will likely call flight service
     
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    They are back up and running at Richies at Ryan, had an issue with Verizon. The food has gotten much better in the last few months, especially since his other place in town closed, he is more focused here. But have enough fuel to pass here, $5.15 a gallon, the most expensive around. All us locals go elsewhere, the guy does nothing to support us.
     
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    I know the guy who owns the fuel pump at Ryan. He won't get a dime from me.
     
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    That's good to know. I will try it again. I went a couple of weeks after Richie took over and have had zero desire to go back.
     
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    You can shoot an ILS can't you? Just ask Tucson approach for vectors when you get handed off to them.
     
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    ILS at Ryan says ADF required so I figured I couldn’t shoot that. Plus I don’t have a safety pilot.

    Your saying I could ask for vectors in lieu of the ADF?

    I can just do visual tho
     
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    Agreed Tim, he also got that contract with no bid (from what I was told by a business who wanted to bid on it) , funny how things work sometime...
     
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    Yes. Just request vectors for practice ILS. This is all predicated that you're in VMC the whole time and it's forecasted to stay that way.