KHQM: RNAV Approach and Landing

I took advantage of a CAVU day in the Pacific Northwest and flew the A36 Bonanza from Boeing Field (KBFI) in Seattle to Hoquiam, WA (KHQM). To practice using the avionics, I flew the RNAV RWY 06 approach in VFR conditions.

Here’s video of the descent, approach, and landing.

Descent and approach to RWY 06 at KHQM

Sepia Tones and Cloud Surfing

A little cloud surfing on the short hop in the A36 Bonanza back to KBFI from KAWO, plus a nice view of the Seattle waterfront during the descent on the ILS to runway 14R. Unfortunately, the battery in the wing camera expired shortly after takeoff from KAWO, but the light was interesting while it was on.

Seattle Scenery

On a short flight from Arlington, WA (KAWO) back to Boeing Field (KBFI) in Seattle, I enjoyed views of Puget Sound and downtown Seattle. Here are some video highlights.

The Secret of Flight–Dr. Alexander Lippisch

Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Catherine Cavagnaro, The University of Iowa has published The Secret of Flight, a series of 14 videos now on YouTube about the science and engineering of flight.

You can read Dr. Cavagnaro’s column about these videos in the November 2019 issue of AOPA Pilot Magazine, here.

Here’s the introduction video:

The host is Dr. Alexander Lippisch, a German scientiest and engineer who was part of Project Paperclip, the effort to bring top German scientists and engineers to the U.S. immediately after WWII.

Cavagnaro is a professor of mathematics, a flight instructor, and a designated pilot examiner. She also writes a monthly column for AOPA Pilot.

Aerobatics in a Pretty Sky

Here are clips from a recent aerobatic flight in the Extra 300L. More videos available at my YouTube channel, BruceAirFlying.

Twighlight Takeoff

A nice twilight view of a takeoff from runway 32L at Boeing Field (KBFI) in Seattle. I was headed out to log night takeoffs and landings at Arlington, WA (KAWO), north of Seattle. Although runways 14 were in use, the tower offered an opposite-direction departure from runway 32L to speed my on my way.

As I depart, you can see a “string of pearls,” the lights of airliners inbound to land on runways 16 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (KSEA).

Beautiful Day to Fly in Seattle

Here are some excerpts from an aerobatic flight with a German 747 captain who is also an active light aircraft pilot. We explored basic aerobatics on a beautiful late-summer day in Seattle.