Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Valle - Echo Bay / Beechcraft Bonanza A36 (N3759W) / VFR

This Bonanza has been sitting at Valle Airport (40G) next to the Flintstones amusement park for almost a month, so I figured it was time to brush up. I decided to fly with some virtual friends to Echo Bay (0L9), next to Lake Mead.

Essentially I just flew direct to the Peach Springs VOR, then rode the 290 radial until I was over the lake, then turned north to Echo Bay. All went well, and I was able to stay at or below 6500 for the whole trip.

My only mistake was landing on runway 24 at the tiny Echo Bay airport. I didn't bother to look at the windsock at the airport, and in fact I was landing with a significant tailwind, so it took quite a while to touch down, and the runway was short. The landing was just a tad bumpy, testifying to my lack of currency in the Bonanza, but otherwise all was well. I parked and my passengers went off to have fun at the lake.