Friday, December 12, 2008

Portland - Seattle / Boeing 747-400 (UAL5776) / IFR

Just for practice I flew from Portland to Seattle this morning, attracted by the terrible weather. It was a simple and short flight, PTLD5.BTG.OLM6, and I flew it at FL200.

The major source of excitement was a RA that I received on the TCAS from a small aircraft that came quite close while I was heading north from FOURT to come around and land on 16R. I disengaged the AP and descended as commanded. No real danger, though. I never actually saw the aircraft visually.

It was pretty windy aloft, too. Even descending through 10,000 feet, I recall seeing winds of around 65 knots, which is more than usual.

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