The first leg of my World Flight in A2A Piper Comanche – Palms Springs, CA to Monterey, CA.
- Downloads (documents – flight plan, nav log)
- Flight plan
The weather is perfect – some high altitude clouds over Mt San Antonio, nothing significant that would affect my flight plan. I will have a slight headwind but it should not take more than 5-10 knots off my speed.
To make navigation easier I will follow V137 route and fly along the network of VOR beacons. If I were flying a more powerful (turbine-powered) aircraft – I would probably go straight to V137, but with limited power of Comanche I have to consider San Bernardino Mountains elevation.
With San Gorgonio Mountain reaching 11,499 ft I have to plan a route around it. There is also a Special Conservation Area around it’s peak – I should fly around it or at least 2000ft over. Flying at 14,000ft without oxygen is risky.
That is why I chose the way around mountains.
I will fly towards DEWAY (it’s an IFR fix but I can easily locate it using wind farms as a reference), than to REANS (also an IFR fix – just north of Redlands) and then to Arran (just south of Lake Arrowhead).
From there I can just tune my navigation radio to the next VOR beacon (PMD – 114.5 in this case) and follow assigned course. At my planned altitude I will be able to clear the terrain from there on.
From ZURET fix on V137 I will find my way to Monterey Airport visually.
I will fly VFR so I do not have to care that much about filing the flight plan – outside of C and D airspace I am on my own and I can deviate from planned route and change altitudes without even contacting ATC.
There are several military training routes between Palmdale and Gorman – I should contact ATC to know their status (and to know if I should expect a pair of F-15s flying at high speed next to me).
Weather briefing and NOTAMS (selected)
Palm Springs (KPSP) Weather Forecast
METAR KPSP 290853Z 24005KT 10SM CLR 10/M07 A3013 RMK AO2 SLP205 T01001067 50004
METAR KPSP 290753Z 26004KT 10SM CLR 11/M07 A3014 RMK AO2 SLP206 T01061067
METAR KPSP 290653Z 29003KT 10SM CLR 11/M07 A3014 RMK AO2 SLP206 T01111072 =
TAF KPSP 290520Z 2906/3006 31005KT P6SM BKN120 FM291700 VRB05KT P6SM FEW100 =
Monterey (KMRY) Weather Forecast
METAR KMRY 290854Z AUTO 10010KT 10SM CLR 06/M02 A3012 RMK AO2 SLP213
T00561017 53000 TSNO
METAR KMRY 290754Z AUTO 09008KT 10SM CLR 06/M01 A3012 RMK AO2 SLP213
T00561006 401500017 TSNO =
METAR KMRY 290654Z AUTO 08008KT 10SM CLR 06/M01 A3012 RMK AO2 SLP212
T00611006 TSNO =
TAF KMRY 290539Z 2906/3006 11005KT P6SM SKC
FM291500 VRB03KT P6SM SKC
FM292000 30005KT P6SM SKC
FM300200 11003KT P6SM SCT200 =
KPRB 290853Z AUTO 00000KT 10SM CLR M01/M04 A3013 RMK AO2 SLP207 T10111039 50004 TSNO
KPRB 290520Z 2906/3006 VRB03KT P6SM SKC
FM292000 10008KT P6SM SKC
FM300300 VRB03KT P6SM SKC
KGXA 290929Z AUTO 10070G1186KT 290V100 7SM SQ FEW100 BKN120 BKN140 02/M11 A3012 RMK AO2 SLP229 WND DATA ESTMD TSNO $
KPMD 290953Z AUTO 34004KT 10SM CLR 02/M09 A3015 RMK AO2 SLP211 T00171089
KPMD 290520Z 2906/3006 VRB03KT P6SM SCT200
FM291900 06008KT P6SM SKC
FM300100 VRB03KT P6SM SKC
!PSP 01/038 KPSP TWY C NORTH OF TWY A CLSD 1511240809-1512022300
!PSP 01/039 KPSP TWY L, K, H, C1, D BTN RWY 13R/31L AND RWY 13L/31R CLSD 1511240811-1512022300
!MRY 08/045 KMRY TWY A BTN TWY E AND APCH END RWY 10R CLSD LGTD AND BARRICADED 1508190630-1512051330
!MRY 08/046 KMRY TWY B BTN APCH END RWY 10R AND TWY E CLSD LGTD AND BARRICADED 1508190630-1512051330
I am sorry to disappoint you – it was a totally uneventful flight. The plane is in perfect shape, all radios and instruments work as they should, weather was beautiful… What else can I say?
Ok – there was an early change to the flight plan – I climbed to 10,000ft for safety reasons when I flew over mountains just after departure. One other thing worth mentioning was my lousy planning during descent – I ended up over Mazda Raceway too high and too fast. Two orbits solved the problem, but I made the same mistake again at final approach – to high and too fast is a common problem for me in Comanche. She just does not want to slow down. Fortunately – the left runway was empty and I was the only in traffic pattern so I just changed the runway and used 10L for landing. Actually – I could just land in the middle of 10R but the left runway extends little further east – so it was the safe choice. And much more elegant – wouldn’t you say?
2h 12 minutes
34 gallons (of 50 on board)
Fuel used vs fuel planned
I planned to use 35,8 gallons. I was almost 2 gallons ahead of the plan.
As you can see in attached document – my error in fuel burn calculation was close to 2 gallons. That is ok this time, but I have to be more careful next time I fly longer distance.
- Piper Comanche – A2A
- FTX Northern California – ORBX
- FTX Global Base – ORBX
- Palm Springs – ORBX
- Monterey – ORBX
- BlueskyScenery – freeware photoscenery
- REX Texture Direct with SoftClouds (clouds and sky textures)
- DX 10 Fixer