Navigating Southern California

by Arno June. 20, 2017 1585 views

It's been a short while since the last update, as I'm reaching the final stages of my training. So far I have completed 5 hours of solo flights (circuits) around my home airport and now moved into navigation; getting safely and smoothly from A to B - guaranteed with nice scenery all around in Southern Calfornia - is what it's all about!

So far I've made three regional flights (of 100-160 km) with instructor and if all goes well, I can do a solo navigation flight this week! That will be followed by a long cross-country flight of 3 hours, once with instructor and once without/solo, and then a "pre-skill test" plus the final "skill test" with an examiner.

A few impressions of the past week...

Ready for departure

Ready for departure

Sunday - studying at the beach, but in the end more beach than books

Sunday - studying at the beach, but in the end more beach than books

Nearby university - avoid flying over

Nearby university - avoid flying over

Nice view of Gillespie Airfield

Nice view of Gillespie Airfield

Training area

Training area

Training area - El Capitan reservoir

Training area - El Capitan reservoir

Cruising along the highway

Cruising along the highway

Instrument flying training, simulated with this good-looking cap - as if I was flying through clouds or in the dark. A very strange experience, as your body often tells you different (wrong) things, so you need to really learn to trust what the instruments tell you.

Instrument flying training, simulated with this good-looking cap - as if I was flying through clouds or in the dark. A very strange experience, as your body often tells you different (wrong) things, so you need to really learn to trust what the instruments tell you.

Navigation flights require a lot of prior planning and preparation - draw a route, select visual reference points, calculate headings, times, distances, wind drift, and altitudes, check for weather and flight restrictions, etc.

Navigation flights require a lot of prior planning and preparation - draw a route, select visual reference points, calculate headings, times, distances, wind drift, and altitudes, check for weather and flight restrictions, etc.

Me and my reliable working horse; my last 20 flights were with this Cessna 152

Me and my reliable working horse; my last 20 flights were with this Cessna 152

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Hans 4 years, 2 months ago

#10 Kun je die Cessna N757CM niet meenemen naar NL? Ik app je straks een plaatje van hier, dan begrijp je wat ik bedoel...

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Hans 4 years, 2 months ago

#1Coole blik heb je daar ;)

4 years, 2 months ago Edited
Jaclyn Van Rijn 4 years, 2 months ago

Leuk Arnito!! Geniet! Mooie foto's!clap

4 years, 2 months ago Edited
Jaclyn Van Rijn 4 years, 2 months ago

#2 heerlijk!!

4 years, 2 months ago Edited
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