Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sedona - Kingman / Beechcraft Baron 58 (N2720V) / VFR

I'm not exactly sure how this Baron ended up in Sedona, given that my log shows it last in Phoenix, but there it was, so I flew it to Kingman. My Internet connection has been malfunctioning all month (thanks to incompetent France Télécom), and I wasn't able to plan this flight with my usual care, since so many resources were inaccessible.

I departed SVFR from Sedona, where visibility was miserable and it was snowing, in the hope of finding better weather up higher. The weather reports along the way showed clearing towards the west. However, after reaching my cruising altitude and still not seeing VMC, I filed a pop-up IFR to PGS and abandoned my plan of just following I-17 to Flagstaff and then I-40 to Kingman. I started at 8500 but was soon obligated to climb to 12,000 (oxygen included) to meet the MEAs along my route.

The weather was quite poor and turbulence moderate along most of the way; I only started to see some clearing around Peach Springs. From that VOR I followed the 207 radial to KIGM, and the weather cleared, so I descended gradually and landed without any trouble.

Kingman is a completely uninteresting place, so I plan to fly somewhere else as soon as time (and Internet connection conditions) permit.

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