Weather Question

Discussion in 'Flight Following' started by kimberlyanne546, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. Funkeruski

    Funkeruski Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Time to drink heavily.
     
  2. BrianNC

    BrianNC Cleared for Takeoff

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  3. TangoWhiskey

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    Excellent! I'm just seeing this thread--haven't had much time for POA--but my timing is impeccable! Way to go, Kim!
     
  4. Henning

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    So how long did it take those who drove?;):lol:
     
  5. kimberlyanne546

    kimberlyanne546 Final Approach

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    DOUBLE. And we were so busy we never talked (navigating, looking for traffic, calculating times at waypoints, looking for landmarks).

    So us = 2.5 hours.

    Others = 5 hours!!!
     
  6. Henning

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    Yep, and that's in a put put plane.
     
  7. Tracey

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    That's Putt-putt Blondie.
     
  8. Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe

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    I agree with what Anthony wrote here. I have not read this entire thread, but weather will ALWAYS be a concern with longer trips, particularly if one will be reversing course several days after that. It is very frustrating to my wife that, even with an instrument rating, I cannot GUARANTEE that we will be able to fly somewhere on a given date two weeks, or two months, off (like to a Parents' Weekend). Such is the nature of general aviation. One only flies these little planes because one enjoys the adventure--they are not the best means of reliable transportation.

    One website not yet mentioned is http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/launch/code.cgi. I like the simplicity of this site, as for expected winds, cloud bases, visibility and such. I might start with this site, and then look at ADDS (especially like the G-Airmet Interactive Display for hazardous flight conditions over the next several hours), then get a formal briefing from DUATS. I see that you (Kimberly) get telephone briefings, but I think you will learn that the VISUAL representation from online sources are far superior to hearing somebody describe them. (This latter preference of visual info over auditory info is why most find XM Weather in the cockpit vastly superior to having to depend on a briefer on FlightWatch).

    Use the online weather sources available to you, continue to learn, and get the instrument rating if you are really going to get any utility out of GA.

    Wells
     
  10. kimberlyanne546

    kimberlyanne546 Final Approach

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    Now I have to decide if I want to leave tomorrow and what time. North looks better Monday.
     
  11. Henning

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    Monday after about 1 when the wind changes to a tail wind.
     
  12. saracelica

    saracelica Pattern Altitude

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    Yeah! I'm looking forward to it! Very generous of you to do it Scott.
     
  13. kimberlyanne546

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    Couldn't see the airport.

    Had to do donuts since I didn't want to go bust class Delta airspace, plus I was at 5500 and TPA was 999 so I needed to descend.

    Here is my descending donut as I'm screaming "where's the *&&%% runway?!"

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  14. hiflier

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    Kool........... Thanks a ton Scott..:yesnod::yesnod::yesnod::yesnod::)
     
  16. Clark1961

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    In the voice of an obviously senior controller at SAF: "Just keep it coming"

    My first post ppl long solo x-c was BJC to SAF and I encountered a variety of conditions from mountain wave to comfortable scud running (~2,000 AGL). I was running low on functioning brain cells on the last 20 miles and the jr. controller was starting to confuse me. The senior controller came on freq and asked if I had GPS. When I responded affirmative, he commanded (advised) that I just keep flying to the airport. It got a little funny after that when I finally saw the airport and was able to advise them of my position and they couldn't find me. I knew where I was and just told them to keep looking, I was right where I said I was. Definitely felt like victory on final and the aircraft just seemed to keep itself on centerline - nary a twitch even though it was the typical gusty SAF.
     
  17. EppyGA

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    Kimberly, why don't you mark the trip shared and post the link instead of a screen shot?


     
  18. kimberlyanne546

    kimberlyanne546 Final Approach

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    Am I also listed?

    I sent you a PM as requested.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  19. Geico266

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    Very cool. Congrats! You made good decisions, and you are well on your way to becoming an experienced cross country pilot.
     
  20. Anthony

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    Very nice! Great job! Didn't that feel great?
     
  21. kimberlyanne546

    kimberlyanne546 Final Approach

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    One pilot (who I met at the open house) said he was able to follow me on Flight Aware. That must have been cool, cuz he said he saw me descend way too early (donut area).

    Tail number N66516

    Here is the flight here:

    http://www.cloudahoy.com/cgi-bin/fltShare.cgi?share=1eDVSZgxAwYYAKwcFLp5L
     
  22. TangoWhiskey

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    Fantastic; just "flew" at 4x/Cockpit View your trip while listening to a work teleconference.
     
  23. Kiloalphadriver

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    I just looked at Flightaware and it appears Kimberly is about half way home.

    The radar is getting active around 016 so looks like she may have some Wx to deal with as she proceeds northbound.
     
  24. N801BH

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    This is the real reason everyone should be flying with moving map GPS, it eliminates those 3 & 5 minute excursions of inefficiency cost $10 each. You should always know where you're going, with a moving map GPS that becomes much easier to secure.
     
  26. denverpilot

    denverpilot Taxi to Parking

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    Home base for her is 4400 scattered, 5000 overcast. 1500' ridges and a 2500' tower northeast. Sector safe altitude is 3100.

    Looks like she'll be getting a little "looking out the window at the weather" practice, maybe even going around and low hangers or isolated puffies underneath... but should be do-able.

    Good day to get out and stretch the brain a bit. ;)

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  27. Kiloalphadriver

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    Hmmm appears to be some confusion on the Flightaware sight. Her N66516 shows a 172 enroute to Garberville (look closer) which is much further north than O69.

    Man, there's always some kind of drama with this girl..lol

    (Just teasing, Kim)
     
  28. N801BH

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    Looks like that lucky gal had a tailwind down .....and back too.. :):)

    She must be livin right..:yesnod::yesnod:
     
  29. Kiloalphadriver

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    It appears it's not her on Flightaware for her N number. That aircraft is past O69 now headed for O16.

    And, it's a 172.
     
  30. TangoWhiskey

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    It's a 150; click on the "Registration" link on the page. For some reason, FA is listing it as a 172 on the main page. If you don't believe that, just look at the speed... :)
     
  31. Kiloalphadriver

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    Well, the aircraft being tracked on Flightaware for N66516 is well past Petaluma.
     
  32. N801BH

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    Hmmmm.. Maybe a hijack by the BF ?:dunno::dunno::dunno:..

    Tune in tomorrow for the next episode of "AS THE PROP TURNS":wink2:;)
     
  33. TangoWhiskey

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    You'll notice the track stops at 069. I think somebody (ATC) punched in O16 instead of O69 on the flight following request. The current position is "estimated", in "coast mode".
     
  34. Kiloalphadriver

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    Yes, I noticed that, too. Well, one thing for sure, we'll know whether she went or not in a little while..:)
     
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    Looks like she battled clouds, her altitude was all over the place.
     
  36. TangoWhiskey

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    She had fun, that's for sure... But she is safely on the ground and completed her trip. I just talked to her. She said she'll post her story later, but I could let y'all know she's home.
     
  37. EppyGA

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    Thanks for the info, glad to know she made it okay and had fun. The fun part is most important. :D
     
  38. kimberlyanne546

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    Turbulence. Sucked. Clouds. Freaking out. Terrain. Learned more in the past 4 days about XCs than in all of my training.

    GOODNIGHT!
     
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    So it was a great flight! :yes:
     
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    So it was a great flight! :yes:
    Jason says "a good pilot is always learning!"