Can you believe it’s been almost a year since I actually flew in the air? Heck, it’s been almost a year since I got to fly the sweet A320 sim! How on earth did that happen? Oh yeah….work, money, life.
It’s way to easy to not fly and it’s difficult to fly in many ways – you need extra money, time away from other commitments, and the weather to hold up. But finally we got around to flying!
Jake and I joined a club in the area and he got checked out yesterday in one of their aircraft and we went flying together today. I’m a bit rusty and need to brush up so will schedule my check out later. Today he took me up to show me the area and the ridiculous amount of reporting points this tower has.
We talked to the front desk woman – who is really nice and helpful – and she was saying what a shock it is to fly here. I said I learned in the NY area so it shouldn’t be such a big shock. Well, actually, this place is so much more condensed than where I learned. Pattern altitude is only 800ft since Bravo airspace is at 1500ft above the field (on one side). There is noise abatement which keeps traffic to the east of the field. We saw a 747 landing at the main airport about 5 miles away when in the pattern, crazy!
Republic probably had about 2 reporting points maximum one on either side of the field. This airport has a sunken ship as a reporting point! A radio tower, two specific buildings, a highway, and I feel like I’m missing others. Today was about getting me up there and familiar with the area so that’s less time spent paying an instructor to do it.
The cool thing about the airplane we flew was it was the first Cessna 152 off the production line – you all know I’m obsessed with Cessna 152s so this was pretty cool to me. It was something on my bucket list that I didn’t even know was on it! It also had 150HP which is powerful for this little airplane! I can’t wait to get my hands on the controls more.
I have to say I’m a bit intimidated by the airspace and not having flown for so long but realize we have money and time to spend to get me ready again and I’m looking forward to the challenge.
We have a plan in place now to get me more ratings and endorsements this year so I’ll keep you updated! Yay!
My BFR is expired so will get current soon. Any suggestions on how you prepared for your BFR?