Saturday, September 8, 2012


Today I took another Twitter follower flying. Neil hadn't flown for a couple of years but previously went solo for his PPL. Seemed a perfect candidate to come fly around a breezy Phoenix. 

Our initial plan was to head to KTUS and back, but the TAF was predicting strong winds from 1800z. Instead we headed to SDL. On my landing clearance I was told wind was 08018G28KT. At that point I elected for a go-around.

We then headed to KIWA. Wind was calm. On approach I saw 8 Marine Harrier Jump Jet's that had arrived the night before. Talk about perfect timing! As we vacated 12R, a four ship callsign NIGHTMARE departed right in front of us. What a great experience. Neil and I couldn't stop smiling!

N54288 on Yankee behind a departing Harrier

The second four ship

Great to get some experience in the wind. Reminded me of my days in Ireland. Performed three go-arounds due to wind being outside my comfort zone. A great day for demonstrating my airmanship qualities.

Actual Wx METAR's

KCHD 081750Z 08014KT 30SM SCT080 BKN120 BKN200 31/19 A2997=
KIWA 081747Z 09006KT 30SM FEW060 BKN120 BKN200 30/18 A3000=
KSDL 081753Z AUTO 08015G22KT 10SM CLR 33/18 A2999 
KTUS 081753Z 10011G22KT 10SM FEW090 30/17 A3006=

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