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Best of day 16: Grand Canyon and Sedona

This post comes to you from the garden area of the Desert Rose Bed and Breakfast in Sedona, Arizona. This is the best place from where we blogged during this trip. The Desert Rose is minutes away from Cottonwood airport and it was a 20 minutes drive from Sedona Airport. We enjoy the Arizona sun and the luxury and modernity of the Desert Rose. Having WiFi in the garden is really cool, not to mention the waterfall… If you plan to spend some days in the area, this is the place to stay. And request the special rates that apply to all our patrons.

After taking off from North Las Vegas, we got vectored through their Class B airspace, almost directly over Nellis Air Force Base. A fighter jet took off directly below us while we were taking pictures. We hoped to see it climb like a rocket in front of us, but it kept a low altitude before heading back towards the city or the base.

Fighter Jet

Our flight towards East then took us directly over the Grand Canyon area. There are a lot of helicopters and flights operating in and out of Grand Canyon airport so we maintained 9.500 feet and avoided flying directly over the canyon. Even from distance, the canyon is impressive and it’s hard to describe…

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

After clearing a couple of mountain ridges at 9.500 feet, it was time to descend in the basin where Sedona is located. This approach is not the easiest one to fly, and it probably more tricky than Catalina Island. The runway is located on a plateau above the rest of the valley - which is similar to Catalina - but there are also lots of rocky formations around. The right-hand downwind for runway 21 ends in a wall of rocks. Turn base as soon as the rocks look too close.

Red rocks around Sedona

We captured the approach and landing on video, expect them to be uploaded shortly. From the ramp it’s not easy to see that the airport is on a plateau because of the surrounding mountains. If you plan to fly into Sedona be careful with the performance of your aircraft. The airport’s elevation is almost 5.000 feet and the temperatures can be in the high 110°F range in the afternoon.

Tomorrow we’ll fly to Dona Ana county aiport at Santa Teresa (5T6) to visit our supporters at Blue Feather Aero, an FBO and flight training organization. This will be a long day, so it’s time to get some rest and enjoy the facilities of the Desert Rose bed and breakfast.

Desert Rose Bed and Breakfast in Sedona

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