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Best of day 13: N512R goes to Hollywood

Today’s flight was planned from Whiteman to Santa Maria, but we had to divert from our route. Not for fuel. Not to avoid weather. The reason that took us away from our flight path was much important…

Hollywood sign

There was no way we could fly in the Los Angeles basin and not take a picture of the Hollywood sign. Thanks to ATC and the very busy frequencies of SoCal approach we even had to make a 360 turn over Hollywood hills before getting our clearance towards Santa Maria. Before leaving Los Angeles, we spotted the Kodak Theatre, where the Oscar ceremony takes place.

Kodak Theatre

The rest of the flight was very smooth. We flew for long on top of a very compact marine layer. The frequency was busy with aircraft taking-off IFR, getting on top and then cancelling IFR. One of them demonstrated the great freedom that’s possible with General Aviation. When the controller asked him for his destination after cancelling IFR, the answer was a very relaxed “I don’t know yet”. This was just a pilot escaping the overcast flying IFR to go flying in the mountains of California and have some fun. The overcast layer was blocked by high hills on the north east side. It looked like a reservoir of clouds closed.

Sea of clouds

We did reach Santa Maria shortly after 2pm to meet with supporters of our project. We’ll spend the 4th of July here and fly to Las Vegas on the 5th. Mountains and desert are in front of us again. Surprisingly, we had tailwinds during the whole flight so far - not exactly what one expects when flying westwards in the northern hemisphere at theses latitudes. Tropical storm Alex probably had some influence and now that it has dissipated, there are chances that we get tailwinds on the way back as well.

We will continue to promote General Aviation along our way. We will join an important event on Saturday the 10th of July. The TXAA organizes the Georgetown Airport Aviation Safety Day. We’ve been invited to talk there about our flight and we invite all pilots of the region to join. Click here to read more about the Georgetown Airport Aviation Safety Day.

3 Responses to “Best of day 13: N512R goes to Hollywood”

  1. PJ Says:

    You guys are doing great! Keep it up. Seeing the comment from Michael Combs is very meaningful - considering the flight that he’s doing right now! http://www.flighths.com

  2. Michael Combs Says:

    Congratulations on making it to the west coast! You have had a great flight. Thank-you for all that you are doing for the world of aviation. I wish you a safe return back home - Michael Combs

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