Carson’s First Flight

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Hawthorne: KHHR

Hawthorne Municipal Airport is also Jack Northrop Field. Jack Northrop, the founder of Northrop Aircraft Corporation built a number of different aircraft such as the P-61 Black Widow, F-89 Scorpion, F-5 Freedom Fighter, and the T-38 Talon. Hawthorne was built during World War II and used to modify and transport aircraft to various units. Hawthorne airport is a tower controlled located in class D airspace and approximately 4 nautical miles to the East of Los Angeles International.  There is a lot of controlled airspace on this flight but navigating it all is made easy by receiving VFR flight following from SoCal approach.

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Los Angeles and KHHR on Downwind Departure

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Long Beach and Catalina Island In The Distance

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Compton: KCMP

Compton Airport is unique in that its a non controlled tower airport with parallel runways. Both 07/25 L and 07/25R are 3322ft long which is relatively short compared other airports but contain very long thresholds that can be used for takeoffs but not landings. Compton Airport is located in the middle of very busy airspace but contacting SoCal approach for VFR flight following makes the airspace clearance and navigation easy.

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Brawley Municipal: KBWC

Brawley Municipal Airport is located in the Imperial Valley south of the Salton Sea at an elevation of -128ft msl. Other than being surrounded by numerous agricultural fields, military restricted airspace and military operation area airspace there isn’t much at this airport. Brawley airport appears to be a major hub for the agricultural spray operation in the area as there were a number of Piper PA-25 Pawnee aircraft on the tarmac.

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Cliff Hatfield Memorial: KCLR

Cliff Hatfield Memorial Airport is located in Calipatria, a city about 5 miles from the south east shore of the Salton Sea. Hatfield airport is located in the Imperial Valley, large desert land that borders Mexico. Despite being a desert, this regions economy heavily depends on agriculture.  Hatfield is rather unique in that it’s field elevation is below sea level at -128 MSL.  There are no facilities on the field and it pretty much seems abandoned. According Airnav.com statistics in 2013 the airport averaged 29 transient aircraft a week. So I gave it a try!

KHMT - KCLR

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Lee Vining: O24

In order to act as pilot of command, a pilot must complete a flight review with a flight instructor every 24 calendar months. A flight review consists of at least one hour of ground training and one hour of flight training. The specific requirements for the flight are very broad. FAR 61.56, “a review of the current general operating and flight rules… and a review of those maneuvers and procedures that, at the discretion of the person giving the review, are necessary for the pilot to demonstrate the safe exercise of the privileges of the pilot certificate.” For my last two flight reviews, I have completed them out of Bishop airport with Black Mountain Air Service about 228 nautical miles north from where I normally fly. The reason for conducting my flight review at such a great distance from home is to gain knowledge and experience flying in mountainous terrain and operating in and out of high altitude airports where the density altitude can be over 10,000 ft in the summer months. It also just so happens that I’m usually vacationing in the Eastern Sierras around the time my flight review is due.

On a couple previous flights, I did some mountain flying around Rock Creek and did some takeoff and landings at Mammoth Lakes airport.  On this particular flight, I landed at Lee Vining which is located on the southwest shore of Mono Lake at an elevation of 6,802ft.

Lee Vinning

Lee Vining AirportPhoto by Frank Holbert

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Mono Lake

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALower Owens River

Departing Bishop

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Air to Air Photos & Performance Takeoff & Landings

I had originally planned to fly into the Los Angeles area and land at Compton, Hawthorne, and Zamperini Field. Some weather was moving in so I decided to stay local and work on some performance landings and takeoffs in the Skycatcher. During this flight, I was able to get some air-to-air photos taken.

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Air to Air 1

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Barstow-Daggett: KDAG

Barstow-Daggett airport is located in the Mojave Desert five miles east of Daggett and fourteen miles east of Barstow. The airport was first built in 1933 and has been used for various military operations during the 1940s and 50s. On this flight I took off from French Valley (F70) climbed over the San Bernardino Mountains between Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake and then descend down into the Mojave Desert. I enjoyed this flight as the topography drastically changed within a relative short distance.

Barstow

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Fullerton: KFUL

Fullerton airport is the only general aviation airport in the Orange County area. The airport is within Class D airspace, operates one runway aligned 06/24, with the dimensions of 3121ft x 75 ft. On this particular day, the winds favored to land runway 06. We planned to depart around 8:00-8:30 am but Fullerton was reporting clouds at 1,300 ft so we ate breakfast at French Valley, provided time for the marine layer to burn off, and departed around 9:30. Other than some haze from the local fires we had great visibility and a great flight.

KFUL

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Montgomery Field: KMYF

In 1940 the airport opened up as Gibbs Field. During Word War II it was acquired and used by the United States Air Force in connection with Ryan School of Aeronautic in Hemet to train military pilots. In 1950 the city of San Diego changed the name of the airfield to Montgomery Field in honor of John J. Montgomery who made the first flight in a fixed wing aircraft in the San Diego area in 1883.  

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