Saturday, May 30, 2020

Wise Pilots

Why Front Range pilots in smaller planes depart westbound over the Continental Divide at 0600.

This snap was taken at 1045 today.


drjim said...

Learned the same thing back in Illinois when I used to fly.

And if by chance you enter a thunderstorm, TURN AROUND!

Far more pilots have been killed trying to make it through a storm than have been killed by executing an immediate 180* turn and getting back to clear sky.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Likewise encountering a mountain wave. Further, on the Continental Divide, there are passes that should be flown eastbound, and ones flown westbound, unless your plane can climb to FL20.

drjim said...

I'm sure the guys out of the Owl Canyon Gliderport are quite familiar with the mountain waves out here.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

1968 I worked a weekend gig near Co Springs towing gliders. Last tow of the day, caught a good updraft, went to idle power, and fooled around for 30 minutes. Lots of pilots earn their diamonds out of the Black Forest Gliderport.

LSP said...

Well that was uplifting. Speaking of which, hope the fishing license results in lots of fish!

Well Seasoned Fool said...

An uplifting updraft is often followed by bottom dropping downdraft. Once, over Corona Pass eastbound in a C-180, at idle power, 40 degrees flaps, and 70 mph indicate, went from 11,000 to 18,000 very quickly. A few miles further on, same airspeed, no flaps, and 75% power we were descending at 3,000' per minute. Being a High Mountain lad, I could take 18,000' for a few minutes without hypocia setting in.

Tomorrow I'll stop by the storage shed and dig out the fishing stuff.

Old NFO said...

Ohhhh... NOT fun!

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Worse for the passenger, a lady with a broken leg strapped onto a stretcher.