End of the Aerobatic Season in the Pacific Northwest
October 2, 2007 Leave a comment
The monsoons have returned to the Seattle area, but fortunately, I took advantage of a break in the weather last Thursday to fly the Extra 300L from its summer quarters at Seattle’s Boeing Field to its winter home at Boulder City, NV (61B), near Las Vegas.
If Google Earth (a free download) is installed on your system, you can open them in that application and see both the planned route and track superimposed on the Earth.
I use the Voyager Flight Software System to plan my flights. That nifty tool lets me dump routs directly into the Garmin 396 and to Google Earth. Getting the tracks that the GPS records back into Google Earth requires a couple of simple steps, which I’ll write about some other time.
You can zoom in and out, tilt the display, etc. to see my meanderings. You can also change the color and thickness of the lines after loading the data files in Google Earth. For more information about using Google Earth, see the product help page.
Total flight time: 6.7 hours to fly 1049 nm (for those of you keeping score at home, that’s an average ground speed of 156 knots). The Extra has enough fuel to handle legs of roughly two hours with reserves; the route above shows the fuel stops.