Saturday, October 25, 2008

Grand Canyon - Las Vegas / Cessna 182RG II / VFR

This was a fairly long flight (by my standards) from Grand Canyon Airport, the airport that serves Grand Canyon National Park. It's only a few miles south of Grand Canyon Village.

I made this simple: direct to Peach Springs (PGS), then up to MEADS, then into Las Vegas. I flew most of it at 8500 feet (Grand Canyon Airport is at 6600 feet). Once I got out over Lake Mead (where MEADS is), I descended to 6500, then as I cleared the hills next to the lake, I descended to 4500, and by then I was cleared into KLAS (a left base for 19R). Another very smooth landing, despite a lot of turbulence higher up. I parked at the Signature terminal.

The aircraft bounced like a bucking bronco most of the way, in moderate turbulence. My altitude varied by as much as 400 feet. At first I tried to keep it steady, but I finally gave up; there was just too much turbulence, too many updrafts and downdrafts.

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