Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Montgomery Field - Santa Monica / Beechcraft Bonanza A36 (N6835W) / IFR

On this trip out of Montgomery Field, I took my virtual parents to see my virtual uncle and aunt in Los Angeles. The destination was Santa Monica, the closest airport to where the latter live.

Internet problems prevented me from picking up charts and plates, so planning was quite long. Eventually we piled into the Bonanza (which I had teleported to KMYF, since it had been parked in Sioux City). I filed IFR because of the misty weather, and used a simple TEC route to get to where we wanted to go.

The flight went very smoothly, apart from a bit of turbulence as we approached LAX along the coast. I had filed for 6000 per the TEC route and stayed there until after Seal Beach, at which point I descended to 2000 because KSMO is extremely close to KLAX and you're crossing the former only a minute or so after crossing the runways of the latter. LAX Tower materialized as I crossed LAX but I was already setting up for landing and wasn't about to drop everything just to say hello to them. The landing involved quite a rapid descent and I wasn't perfectly aligned with the runway as I came in, but the touchdown itself was gentle.

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