As many of you may have heard, Mike, Simon, Jon, & I have been planning a trip to Fly Across America.
The goal is simple: Dip our toes in the Pacific ocean, see some great sights along the way (Lake Powell, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Hoover Dam, Oceanside CA, Pima Air & Space Museum, and the Titan Missile Museum), while having fun flying a whole lot in Jon & Mike’s Van’s RV-6/6A.
Today was a very successful Day #1.
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The flight plan looked something like this the night before we left (copy & paste into Skyvector/Foreflight/etc if desired):
0A7 4M3 KFDR KSAF 5V5 UT25 3714N11032W 3702N11123W KPGA L41 3619N11156W 3619N11207W VPGCF 3610N11243W 3608N11316W 3543N11320W 3547N11339W 3607N11357W 3601N11420W 3601N11444W KBVU JOTNU KOKB KCXL AZ06 E63 KTUS KDNA E11 F44 KCRT KGAD 0A7
We just finished our first day of the trip, and we ended up deviating a bit due to the weather, namely convective sigmets and high winds coming up from the south. Our actual route ended up being the following:
0A7 KLQK 4M3 KLAW KLBB
While enroute from 4M3 to KFDR, the cloud cover was deteriorating quickly so we took openings in the overcast down and diverted to KLAW. At KLAW, we reviewed all the weather and decided that it made the most sense to fly the route backwards, choosing to fly the sourthern route first while the weather on the northern part passed through. Thus, we ended our day in Lubbock, Texas.
Pretty great first day…we were able to accomplish nearly 11 hours of flying and around 987nm! We are all pretty exhausted and were happy to get to the hotel and have a good dinner. I’m falling asleep here typing this, so its time to get to bed!
Tomorrow the plan is to fly from KLBB (Lubbock, TX) to KTUS (Tucson, AZ) to visit the Titan Missile Museum, and the PIMA Air & Space museum (likely to be done Wednesday morning).
Click to continue on to Day 2 of our adventure!