VFR Group Flight: West Coast Challenge

VFR Group Flight: West Coast Challenge

VFR Group Flight: West Coast Challenge

VFR Group Flight

Are you looking for a challenge or are you rusty on VFR flying?  This is the group flight for you.  Meet all of your fellow Junkies at the GA ramp just off the approach end of runway 27 at San Diego (KSAN) this Saturday January 16, 2016 at 11:00am US Central (17:00 Zulu).  We are going to make a VFR flight up the coast of California ending in Van Nays (KVNY) just north of Los Angeles.  Get your favorite trainer type aircraft (C172, PA28 etc.) as we fly low and slow traversing several types of airspace.  If you are rusty with VFR communications/procedures or a new pilot, have no fear.  Join us in the XPJ TeamSpeak and myself or other fellow Junkies will be more than happy to assist.  I will also lead the flight so you can get a sneak peak of all communications before you have to make the calls.  Here is what the flight will look like.

VFR Group Flight

We will depart KSAN, a Class Bravo airport, and head north under the Bravo floor to KCRQ (Class Delta) where we will conduct a touch and go.  On departure from KCRQ, we will head northwest just off the shoreline to avoid some restricted airspace then on to KSNA for a touch and go at the Class Charlie airport.  We will depart the Charlie to the northwest and this is where the real fun begins.  In order to get to KVNY we have to pass through the Los Angeles Class Bravo.  As a VFR aircraft there are several ways to do this.  For this flight we will fly the Special Flight Rules Area.  The SFRA is a narrow corridor along the Santa Monica 132 radial where VFR traffic can fly over KLAX without contacting a controller.  It is a super simple route tracking a radial with a few other instructions found on the Los Angeles Terminal Area Chart (TAC).

Los Angeles SFRA Instructions

Los Angeles SFRA Instructions from the TAC

Now that we are past the Bravo, we will head north to KVNY (Class Delta under a Class Charlie) and conduct a full stop landing.  Even flying a trainer aircraft at a brisk 110 knots, there will be plenty of activity to keep you on your toes.  This group flight should certainly sharpen your VFR communications as well as your basic aviator skills.

Details to join the XPJ TeamSpeak are on the home page of this website.  Leave a comment if you have a question.

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