I got a call at 11am this morning to go flying with a newly instrument rated pilot at my school – yay! He’s building hours for his commercial licence and wanted flying company – always happy to oblige 😀
This situation was actually the most frightened my pilot had ever been in his ~170 hours of flying. Our controls were turned as far as they would go, straight towards that hill, but the 30 knot wind pushed hard enough that we flew well clear of the hill to the left. The gusts were significant enough that we couldn’t land at Eagle. I’m glad we didn’t flip over, although I’m still too inexperienced of a pilot to have known to be afraid while we were actually going though all this (ignorance is bliss).
To be “an Alaskan”, one must accomplish 3 tasks:
- Pee in the Yukon
- Sleep with a Native
- Win an argument with a bear (no specifics)
I was kinda looking forward to completing item #1 on the list…Oh well. I’ll fly myself here on a calm day 😀
Eagle, AK is really close to Canada:
The airport at Chicken, Alaska is covered with snow! (no picture because I was on the wrong side of the plane)
Although there is plenty of snow on Alaskan mountains, I wasn’t expecting to see frozen bodies of water. Ice appears grey:
We stopped in Tok for lunch. With the total cost of today’s plane rental, 2 hamburgers were ~$980. Mmmmm…..
Okay, back to Fairbanks:
10,600 ft MSL – this is the highest I’ve ever been up in a non-commercial airplane. 😀
Ah, and the [dreaded 😉 ] question CFI2 always asks me when I return to the office after an observing flight: did you learn anything today? Yes!
- It is always okay to do a go-around, even when 5 feet off the runway
- How far various distances look from 10,500 ft up
- Tons of minor details about where controls are located in the Piper Arrow (good for me whenever I start my instrument rating – the Arrow is the school’s only plane rated for IFR)
- How cool an ipad would be to fly with on cross countries (ahhh, no money in my bank accounts for this….or a camera better than my $7 cell phone)
- I now have a very basic picture of how to file a flight plan
- I now know what Tok and Eagle look like from the air (I’d never been to Eagle before)
- I still cannot find Fairbanks from the air. As I took the final picture in this post, I thought Fairbanks was still another 10 minutes travel to the left.