A nice change of scenery from the typically ugly general aviation airport hangars and warehouses.
On a one mile right 45 for Runway 21 at Sedona.
This was the view as we approached Sedona from the south. Absolutely amazing.
The Sedona airport rests on top of the plateau in the center right of the photo.
We transitioned over a very busy PHX at 4,500. There were 6 in line for departure and they were rolling as soon as the previous one was just a mile or two upwind.
I have quite a bit more Class B experience than my friend, so he flew while I worked the radios. I don’t know how kosher that is for GA flying, but we worked very well together and our individual work loads were reduced.
My classmate recently got checked out in a family friends’ Cessna 172. The Lycoming O-320 engine was rebuilt 50 hours ago with a performance package which spits out 180hp.
We headed out of KCHD yesterday morning for lunch at Sedona. With the rebuilt engine, we were climbing at 1,000 ft/m with 4 passengers at max gross weight.
Best part? We only have to pay the cost of fuel. It ran us $12.50 per person per hour.
I’m taking a wild guess, but I think this could be a rip tide. It looks like the flow of water is going straight out against the waves.
Remember to swim parallel to the beach to escape a rip tide!
The shore of Pt. Reyes.
My instructor got hired as a Q400 FO at Republic.
Now I know someone at the airlines and I don’t suppose it is ever too early to start networking in this industry.
I’ll be adding 3 new types (A380, Avro RJ100, A340-300) and 2 new airlines (Lufthansa, Swiss) to my list of aircraft and airlines flown on this summer.
I didn’t get a window seat on the ZRH-SFO leg, but I did manage to grab a bulkhead seat in the first row of economy.
Flying over the coast at 2,500 ft, looking out over the Pacific. The water was a stunning shade of blue.
One of my favorite shots from last week.
The fog moves so quickly over the hills it looks like water spilling over a ledge.
Here is a better view of the marine layer. San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bride are underneath the clouds, which ended abruptly over Tiburon.
With a solid undercast ahead, we had turn around over Sausalito to avoid overflying the low ceiling.
After navigating over the cloud free Marin Peninsula, this was as far south as I was willing to venture. As we made a 180, I could see tour boats under the left wingtip disappearing into the marine layer as they made their way towards the Golden Gate Bridge.
From Sausalito, all we could see was Sutro Tower rising above the fog.