Saturday, January 12, 2013

Chapter 936 Flyout

Chapter 936 had its first Flyout coordinated by Russ Roberts - a very well organized flight.  The destination was Page Arizona, which is approximately an hour flight from the Hurricane Airport and slightly more from Cedar City.

Four aircrafts made the trip: a Flight Design CTLS, a Mooney M20C, a Vans RV-4 and an AcroSport I Biplane.

The day was perfect for the flight considering that the forecast for the following few days was going to be terrible.  Flying east requires a minimum elevation of 9,500ft  from Hurricane and 11,500ft from Cedar in order to be able to clear the mountains.  What was not in the forecast, was a headwind of 22knots gusting to 30knots, making the trip about 25 minutes longer than expected.  The trip takes you over the snow covered mountains of Dixie National Forest, Zion and Cedar Breaks National Parks, the Paria River and the Grand Staircase-Escalante regions.  In short, amazing views everywhere!

The approach and landing at Page is also spectacular.  The views to Lake Powell (the second largest artificial lake in the country) are incredible and you get to fly over the Glen Canyon Dam, which seems like a special treat considering that after 9/11 we're no longer allowed to fly over the Hoover Dam. 

Construction of the Glen Canyon Dam started on October 15, 1956, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower pressed a button on his desk in the capital of Washington D.C., sending a telegraph signal that set off the first blast of dynamite!

Once at the tarmac and having taken care of the aircrafts, Classic Aviation' courtesy van took us to the Ranch House Grill, a popular place with aviators.  After a quick brunch and sharing tall aviation stories, we headed back to the airport for the return flight home.

It was a great day surrounded by great friends and we are already making plans for the next flyout: perhaps Richfield, UT?

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