Monday, February 9, 2009

Telluride - Aspen / Beechcraft Baron 58 (N2751W) / VFR

I started out from Telluride SVFR, because it was misty indeed, but it cleared up shortly after I left. I didn't feel too nervous about this because the Baron has a boatload of avionics, include TAWS/GPWS that can keep me from hitting things even in zero visibility. I flew MTJ.DBL and by the time I reached V361 the weather was VMC, which it remained for the rest of the flight. I started out at 12500 and climbed to 13500 after turning east to DBL. I later skipped DBL and turned directly to the IAF of the ILS for runway 15.

I did surprisingly well on this flight. Followed my route well, take-off was smooth, and approach and landing were right on the money, with a very smooth touchdown and rollout. It helped that I could see the field from miles away in the clear afternoon air.

I thought I was mostly alone, but two other aircraft ended up behind me, both jets. Why does everyone fly jets into Aspen? Anyway, I was way ahead of them so I had plenty of time to land and park before they arrived.