Pacific coast at 3,500 feet

by Arno May. 23, 2017 1618 views
What better location for some flight training exercises; along the Pacific coast, north of San Diego. The weather's been great again last week.

What better location for some flight training exercises; along the Pacific coast, north of San Diego. The weather's been great again last week.

Cruising at 3,500 feet (just over 1 km) and 95 knots (176 km/h), to stay out of airspace of nearby airports (see next picture).

Cruising at 3,500 feet (just over 1 km) and 95 knots (176 km/h), to stay out of airspace of nearby airports (see next picture).

Flying in the world's busiest airspace, a challenging environment. This photo shows 4 airports of the many in this region, all with arriving and departing traffic. DOTTED LINE: route to avoid airspaces of government airport Miramar and SD international airport.

Flying in the world's busiest airspace, a challenging environment. This photo shows 4 airports of the many in this region, all with arriving and departing traffic. DOTTED LINE: route to avoid airspaces of government airport Miramar and SD international airport.

Looking over the nose toward downtown San Diego

Looking over the nose toward downtown San Diego

One more photo before we leave the coast. With 38°C in the cockpit, it was sometimes tough to look at that nice blue ocean and those countless swimming pools down there...

One more photo before we leave the coast. With 38°C in the cockpit, it was sometimes tough to look at that nice blue ocean and those countless swimming pools down there...

Plenty of vintage airplanes at Gillespie, but this was one of the nicest I've seen so far!

Plenty of vintage airplanes at Gillespie, but this was one of the nicest I've seen so far!

Training is going very well so far, despite a lack of instructors and thus less progress than I'd hoped for in week #1 (15-21 May), but at least I'm flying once a day now, with my new (very good) instructor from the UK. Everything about flying is so incredibly interesting and so inspiring everytime I go up there again! Step by step I'm working my way through the training syllabus with new exercises every time. Next: climbing and descending. There's a whole lot involved in such seemingly simple manoeuvers. Oh and my taxying from parking to runway is finally becoming less of a zig-zag pattern and more like a straight line - but hey, airplanes were never made to be on the ground!

Hope all is well out there. Take care everyone!

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Hans 3 years, 11 months ago

Amazing views! Again and again...! facepunch

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