Saturday, August 15, 2009

Arnold - Panola County / Beechcraft Bonanza A36 (N7418F) / VFR

I picked another pair of tiny airports around Memphis for this night flight, and this went so-so. It's really dark at night! I'm glad the terrain is fairly flat.

My original flight plan took me from the airport to the Holly Springs VOR, beneath the Memphis Class B, at just 2500 feet. After starting out, though, the little bit of mostly rural terrain I could see in the darkness looked too close for comfort, so I turned to get out from beneath the Class B and climbed to 3500. After HLI I started descending again, since the destination airport had an elevation of only 221 feet, and I landed smoothly and uneventfully. Apart from my rather jagged path and frequent altitude changes, all went well. It still makes me nervous to fly in the dark without lots of expensive avionics, though.

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