Pilot & Mission

The Pilot 

Since I was a young child, I have always had an interest in aviation. During my middle school years, I started flying remote control airplanes with my grandpa and then when I turned sixteen my parents were very generous to start paying for flying lessons. I currently hold a Private Pilot certificate and Advanced Ground Instructors rating with aspirations to earn additional ratings such as an Instrument, Commercial, and Flight Instructor.

In addition, I’m a 6th grade math and science teacher and am the adviser to an after school aviation club at San Jacinto Valley Academy. Over the last couple of years, I have had the opportunity to incorporate more and more aviation themes and concepts into my math and science lessons.

The Mission

In addition to my long term goals of earning various ratings, I also have an ambitious goal to land at every public airport in California. The first goal is to land at every Southern California airport found on the Los Angeles sectional map (seen below). The goal is rather monstrous but thus far it has been an amazing experience sharing the love of flight with family and friends.

Red: Airports I plan to land at.
Green: Airports I have landed at.
Red Diamond: Unable to Land  Due to Conditions Per Rental Agreement

47 out of 93 Airports on the Los Angeles Sectional Landed
52 out of 243 California Airports Landed

Airport Name City FAA ID Landed
Adin Airport Adin A26
Agua Caliente Springs Airport Agua Caliente Springs L54
Agua Dulce Airpark Agua Dulce L70
Alpine County Airport Markleeville M45
Alturas Municipal Airport Alturas AAT
Andy Mcbeth Airport Klamath Glen S51
Apple Valley Airport Apple Valley APV X
Arcata Airport Arcata/Eureka ACV
Auburn Municipal Airport Auburn AUN
Baker Airport Baker 0O2
Bakersfield Municipal Airport Bakersfield L45
Banning Municipal Airport Banning BNG X
Barstow-Daggett Airport Daggett DAG X
Benton Field Redding O85
Bermuda Dunes Executive Airport Palm Springs UDD X
Big Bear City Airport Big Bear City L35
Blue Canyon Airport Emigrant Gap BLU
Blythe Airport Blythe BLH X
Bob Hope Airport Burbank BUR
Bob Maxwell Memorial Airfield Airport Oceanside OKB  X
Boonville Airport Boonville D83
Borrego Valley Airport Borrego Springs L08 X
Brackett Field Airport La Verne POC X
Brawley Municipal Airport Brawley BWC X
Brown Field San Diego SDM X
Bryant Field Airport Bridgeport O57
Buchanan Field Airport Concord CCR
Butte Valley Airport Dorris A32
Byron  Airport Byron C83
Cable Airport Upland CCB X
Calaveras Co./Maury Rasmussen Airport San Andreas CPU
Calexico International Airport Calexico CXL X
California City Municipal Airport California City L71
California Pines Airport Alturas A24
Camarillo Airport Camarillo CMA X
Cameron Airpark Airport Cameron Park O61
Castle Airport Merced MER
Catalina Airport Avalon AVX X
Cedarville Airport Cedarville O59
Charles M. Schulz, Sonoma County Airport Santa Rosa STS
Chemehuevi Valley Airport Acampo 49X
Chico Municipal Chico CIC
Chino Airport Chino CNO X
Chiriaco Summit Airport Chiriaco Summit L77 X
Chowchilla Airport Chowchilla 2O6
Cliff Hatfield Memorial Airport Calipatria CLR X
Cloverdale Municipal Airport Cloverdale O60
Columbia Airport Columbia O22
Colusa County Airport Colusa O08
Compton/Woodley Airport Compton CPM X
Corning Municipal Airport Corning 0O4
Corona Municipal Airport Corona AJO X
Delano Municipal Airport Delano DLO
Dinsmore Airport Dinsmore D63
Dunsmuir Muni-Mott Airport Dunsmuir 1O6
Eastern Sierra Regional Airport Bishop BIH X
Eckert Field Airport Strathmore 1Q1
El Monte Airport El Monte EMT X
Elk Hills-Buttonwillow Airport Buttonwillow L62
Exeter Exeter O63
Fall River Mills Airport Fall River Mills O89
Fallbrook Community Airpark Fallbrook L18 X
Firebaugh Airport Mendota F34
Flabob Airport Riverside/rubidoux/ RIR X
Fort Bidwell Airport Fort Bidwell A28
Franklin Field Airport Franklin F72
Frazier Lake Airpark Hollister 1C9
French Valley Airport Murrieta/Temecula F70 X
Fresno Chandler Executive Airport Fresno FCH
Fresno Yosemite International Airport Fresno FAT
Fullerton Municipal Airport Fullerton FUL X
Furnace Creek Airport Death Valley National Park L06
Gansner Airport Quincy 2O1
Garberville Airport Garberville O16
General William J Fox Airport Lancaster WJF
Georgetown Airport Georgetown E36
Gillespie Field Airport San Diego/El Cajon SEE X
Gnoss Field Airport Novato DVO
Gravelly Valley Airport Upper Lake 1Q5
Gustine Airport Gustine 3O1
Haigh Field Airport Orland O37
Half Moon Bay Airport Half Moon Bay HAF
Hanford Municipal Airport Hanford HJO
Happy Camp Airport Happy Camp 36S
Harris Ranch Airport Coalinga 3O8
Hayfork Airport Hayfork F62
Hayward Executive Airport Hayward HWD
Healdsburg Municipal Airport Healdsburg HES
Hemet-Ryan Airport Hemet HMT X
Herlong Airport Herlong H37
Hesperia Airport Hesperia L26 X
Hollister Municipal Airport Hollister CVH
Hoopa Airport Hoopa O21
Hyampom Airport Hyampom H47
Imperial County Airport Imperial IPL
Independence Airport Independence 2O7  X
Inyokern Airport Inyokern IYK
Jack Mcnamara Field Airport Crescent City CEC
Jack Northrop Field/Hawthorne Municipal Airport Hawthorne HHR X
Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport Thermal TRM X
Jacumba Airport Jacumba L78
John Wayne Airport, Orange Co. Santa Ana SNA  X
Kern Valley Airport Kernville L05
Kingdon Airpark Airport Lodi O20
Kneeland Airport Eureka O19
Lake Tahoe Airport South Lake Tahoe TVL
Lampson Field Airport Lakeport 1O2
Lee Vining Airport Lee Vining O24 X
Lincoln Regional Airport / Karl Harder Field Lincoln LHM
Little River Airport Little River LLR
Livermore Municipal Airport Livermore LVK
Lodi Airpark Airport Lodi L53
Lodi Airport Lodi 1O3
Lompoc Airport Lompoc LPC
Lone Pine Airport Lone Pine O26  X
Long Beach Airport Daugherty Field Long Beach LGB  X
Lonnie Pool Field-Weaverville Weaverville O54
Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles LAX
Los Banos Municipal Airport Los Banos LSN
Lost Hills-Kern County Airport Lost Hills L84
Madera Municipal Airport Madera MAE
Mammoth Yosemite Airport Mammoth Lakes MMH X
Marina Municipal Airport Marina OAR
Mariposa – Yosemite Airport Mariposa MPI
Mcclellan – Palomar Airport Carlsbad CRQ X
Mcclellan Airfield Sacramento MCC
Meadows Field Airport Bakersfield BFL
Mefford Field Airport Tulare TLR
Merced Regional Airport Macready Field Merced MCE
Mesa Del Rey Airport King City KIC
Metropolitan Oakland International Airport Oakland OAK
Modesto City – County Airport/Harry Sham Field Modesto MOD
Mojave Airport Mojave MHV
Montague-Yreka, Rohrer Field Montague 1O5
Monterey  Peninsula Airport Monterey MRY
Montgomery Field San Diego MYF  X
Mountain Valley Airport Tehachapi L94
Murray Field Airport Eureka EKA
Napa County Airport Napa APC
Needles Airport Needles EED
Nervino Airport Beckwourth O02
Nevada County Airport Grass Valley GOO
New Coalinga Municipal Airport Coalinga C80
New Cuyama Airport New Cuyama L88
New Jerusalem Airport Tracy 1Q4
Nut Tree Airport Vacaville VCB
Oakdale Municipal Airport Oakdale O27
Ocean Ridge Airport Gualala E55
Oceano County Airport Oceano L52
Ocotillo Airport Ocotillo Wells L90
Ontario International Airport Ontario ONT  X
Oroville Municipal Airport Oroville OVE
Oxnard Airport Oxnard OXR
Palm Springs International Airport Palm Springs PSP X
Palo Alto Airport Palo Alto PAO
Parrett Field Airport Angwin 2O3
Paso Robles Municipal Airport Paso Robles PRB
Perris Valley Airport Perris L65 X
Petaluma Municipal Airport Petaluma O69
Pine Mountain Lake Airport Groveland E45
Placerville Airport Placerville PVF
Porterville Municipal Airport Porterville PTV
Poso-Kern County Airport Famoso L73
Ramona Airport Ramona RNM X
Rancho Murieta Airport Rancho Murieta RIU
Ravendale Airport Ravendale O39
Red Bluff Municipal Airport Red Bluff RBL
Redding Municipal Airport Redding RDD
Redlands Municipal Airport Redlands REI X
Reedley Municipal Airport Reedley O32
Reid Hillview Airport San Jose RHV
Rio Linda Airport Rio Linda L36
Rio Vista Municipal Airport Rio Vista O88
Riverside Municipal Airport Riverside RAL X
Rogers Field Chester O05
Rohnerville Airport Fortuna FOT
Rosamond Skypark Rosamond L00
Round Valley Airport Covelo O09
Roy Williams Airport Joshua Tree L80 X
Ruth Airport Ruth T42
Sacramento Executive Airport Sacramento SAC
Sacramento International Airport Sacramento SMF
Sacramento Mather Airport Sacramento MHR
Salinas Municipal Airport Salinas SNS
Salton Sea Airport Salton City SAS
Samoa Field Airport (Eureka Municipal Airport) Eureka O33
San Bernardino International Airport San Bernardino SBD X
San Carlos Airport San Carlos SQL
San Diego International Airport San Diego SAN
San Francisco International Airport San Francisco SFO
San Jose International Airport, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose SJC
San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport San Luis Obispo SBP X
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport Santa Barbara SBA
Santa Maria Public Airport Santa Maria SMX
Santa Monica Municipal Airport Santa Monica SMO
Santa Paula Airport Santa Paula SZP
Santa Ynez Airport Santa Ynez IZA
Scott Valley Airport – Bud Davis Field Fort Jones A30
Selma Airport Selma 0Q4
Sequoia Field Visalia D86
Shafter Airport – Minter Field Shafter MIT
Shelter Cove Airport Shelter Cove 0Q5
Shoshone Airport Shoshone L61
Sierra Sky Park Airport Fresno E79
Sierraville Dearwater Airport Sierraville O79
Siskiyou County Airport Montague SIY
Sonoma Skypark Airport Sonoma 0Q9
Sonoma Valley Airport Schellville/Sonoma 0Q3
South County Airport San Martin E16
Southard Field Airport Bieber O55
Southern California Logistics Airport Victorville VCV  X
Spaulding Airport Susanville 1Q2
Stockton Metropolitan Airport Stockton SCK
Stovepipe Wells Airport Death Valley National Park L09
Susanville Municipal Airport Susanville SVE
Sutter County Airport Yuba City O52
Taft Airport Taft L17
Tehachapi Municipal Airport Tehachapi TSP
Tracy Municipal Airport Tracy TCY
Trinity Center/James E. Swett Airport Trinity Center O86
Trona Airport Trona L72
Truckee-Tahoe Airport Truckee TRK
Tulelake Airport Tulelake O81
Turlock Municipal Airport Turlock O15
Twentynine Palms Airport Twentynine Palms TNP  X
Ukiah Municipal Airport Ukiah UKI
University Airport Davis EDU
Van Nuys Airport Van Nuys VNY
Visalia Municipal Airport Visalia VIS
Ward Field Airport Gasquet 0O9
Wasco-Kern Airport Wasco L19
Watsonville Municipal Airport Watsonville WVI
Watts – Woodland Airport Woodland O41
Weed Airport Weed O46
Westover Field Amador County Airport Jackson JAQ
Whiteman Airport Los Angeles WHP
William R. Johnston (Mendota) Airport Mendota M90
Willits Municipal Airport Willits O28
Willows – Glenn County Airport Willows WLW
Woodlake Airport Woodlake O42
Yolo County-Davis Woodland Winters Airport Davis/ Woodland/Winters DWA
Yuba County Airport Marysville MYV
Yucca Valley Airport Yucca Valley L22 X
Zamperini Field Airport Torrance TOA X

25 Responses to Pilot & Mission

  1. Brian Whitt says:

    I hope this doesn’t sound a bit too crazy but I’m a recent Aviation Science (A.S.) grad from Mt. SAC and you’re idea of landing at every public airport in California is fantastic!! If you ever need flight planning done for you so as to aleviate certain pressures associated with your goal I’d be willing to help.

    • Phil Anady says:

      Congragulations on your recent graduation. My flight planning at this stage of the game is relatively simple but thanks for the offer. Best of luck to your career in aviation.

  2. Tim Madrid says:

    Impressive goal, Phil. Good luck with the endeavor and thanks for sharing the pictures & updates!

  3. Jason says:

    Nice, Phil!!!

  4. JONI ZEREBNY says:

    EXCELLENT PHIL……I’M READY TO GO UP AGIAN ANYTIME 🙂 JONI

  5. Greg B says:

    I love your pictures and wish you the best. I was fortunate enough to get a fair amount of flying time in California (Monterey area) and in Washington State while I was in the military, mostly in the Army and Navy Aero Clubs, and enjoyed every minute of it. Like you, I fly for the scenery and will never be a professional pilot. I now live on the East Coast and can say that there is no scenery that compares with the West Coast. Nevertheless, flying is still fun, and I now rent a C-162 which I very much enjoy. Great little airplane and tremendous visibility, but maybe a tad sensitive in the landing flair…most of my landings with it tend to be in the “uh oh, plop” category than smooth. A C-162 here outside of Washington D.C. rents for about $110 per hour. What’s the cost out there?

    • Phil Anady says:

      The Cessna 162 cost $125 per hour wet out here. Which is a really good price compared to the other nearby schools.

      The Skycatcher is definitely light on the controls. It took me some time to really feel comfortable landing this aircraft as most of my time has been in a C-172. It really does want to stay in the air and is a fun aircraft to fly.

      Thanks for the post.

  6. Casey says:

    Hi Phil, Great ambitions! Let me know when you schedule KIYK. Lunch is on me. My suggestion is 2O7, O26, and KIYK, in that order, in one day.

    Casey Wilson

    • Phil Anady says:

      Thanks for the offer and suggestion. Im not sure when ill make it up that way but ill let you know. I think I might land at 2O7 and O26 the next time I’m up at Bishop and rent a 172 from up there and fly down the valley.

      Thanks

      • afreelancewriter says:

        My offer for lunch at KIYK still stands, but I’ll be out of the country until the end of June.

  7. Dale (Cap'n Pinetree) says:

    when you fly into L52 Oceano aerodrome look for the large hanger “Pirate’s Lair” and I’ll have a soda for you. L52 is on your quest so I’ll be looking for you. Cap’n Pinetree.

  8. Joyce says:

    Good for you! I am doing the same sort of thing from the other end of California. It is a fantastic learning experience. The most I have done on one flight is seven airports, that was a huge challenge, but it taught me a lot about planning and preparing for the next landing. I know you are learning lots. Have a great time. There are some 250 California airports to fly to, so lots to do for a long time.

    • Phil Anady says:

      7 airports in one flight is impressive. I think the most I have landed in one flight was three or maybe four. The farther I move out the more airports I will need to land in one outing. Best of luck in accomplishing your goal!

  9. Jack Collins says:

    Phil I am a seventeen year old from washington I have been flying since I was eleven. I soloed at sixteen and am now on the way to earning my private pilot certificate. I would like to say I love your goal and will follow you for the rest of your mission. If your ever in washington make sure to swing by s43 harvey field its a great little airport..

  10. Editor says:

    Don’t miss the airport in Trinity Center, California. It is a beautiful lakeside airport. Fly in barbecue on Aug. 31st. Airport has a couple of bikes so you can get around town, down to marina, restaurant, store, lodging, etc. There are residences partly within fenced airstrip and I think at least one of them does VRBO, awesome to stay on airstrp because you can tie down behind home and views of lake, Alps & aircraft are awesome. Great airport pics on this website, just scroll through gallery, http://www.291lakeviewdrive.com. Have fun lucky one!

  11. Hey Phil…found your site this evening while Googling Young Eagles. We’ve a YE event here in Porterville this Saturday (18 October 2014). Porterville is your post 80 on your fly to CA airports. Haven’t been pilot in command since the year before my oldest was born…perhaps I’ll be able to do it again: http://web.archive.org/web/20091026202058/http://www.geocities.com/famreynoldspv/aviation.html

    • Phil Anady says:

      The Young Eagles event is a great program. It provides a great opportunity to introduce kids to aviation and all the possibilities it holds. Hope you make it back into the air soon!

  12. Brian says:

    Hi Phil, very nice site, I use your pictures from time to time when I go to an unknown airport! 🙂

    Out of curiosity, you wrote “Red Diamond: Unable to Land Due to Conditions Per Rental Agreement” is that the rental agreement with the FBO or the insurance?

    • Phil Anady says:

      Thanks Brian, it is great to here that the site is of use. The insurance for the flight school makes it a requirement for all renters to keep the premium down.

      • Brian says:

        Hmm ok… interesting. I would think they would restrict you out of Catalina (KAVX) before an airport like Santa Paula (KIZA) or L52…. Most places require a separate checkout for Catalina as far as I remember.

      • Phil Anady says:

        At the previous two flight schools I have rented from they require a Catalina checkout. It was during that time that I made the flight out there. I’m not sure about the current flight school.

  13. Vanya Derkach says:

    You should do a review of every airport you land at! Mention how the runway is, the approach, the site seeing and also how the airport is itself. Busy? Looks like was built with a lot of money in the budget. Those types of stuff. Anyway you should visit here KSMO! It may close over the next few years and I hope it doesn’t because I plan to get my training there. Cheers!

  14. Carl Watson says:

    I’m impressed, too bad you are not able to add Meadowlark,Huntington Beach or the Temecula Airport they are both gone. My wife and I just bought a house under the downwind side of Hemet Airport. Love the sound of a plane overhead. Enjoy

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