Sunday, August 30, 2009

Auburn - Firstair - Auburn / Cessna 152 (N708YL) / VFR

For some reason, I never seem to be able to get into the cockpit before late afternoon or sunset. This two-leg flight was no exception, as I began it only a short time before sundown, and it was getting pretty dark by the time I finished it.

In my crusty little Cessna 152, I left Auburn and climbed to a mere 2000 feet (less than 3000 AGL, VFR). Having plotted out my route in advance, I started out on a heading of 018 towards Lake Youngs, which I easily spotted after take-off. From there, I turned to 357 towards the south end of Lake Sammamish. I had to make a tiny detour between the two low mountains that separate Renton from Issaquah, then back towards the lake. I followed the lake north and finally intercepted the SEA006 radial, which I followed up to Firstair. It was a short flight and quite pleasant.

The return flight, which I began right at sunset, went equally well. Again I stayed at 2000, and I retraced my initial route to get back to Auburn. No problems encountered. I held my heading and altitude quite well both ways.

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