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Pilotcast is the podcast for pilots, by pilots.  Join Pilot Tiffany, Pilot Kent, and Pilot Bill for interesting discussions and interviews, some news or industry coverage, and a whole lot of fun virtual hangar flying.

Jun 1, 2006

Special guest "CFI Terry" Lankford, aviation author, weather expert and retired FAA flight service briefer, returns to join the Hangar Flying with Pilot Dan and Pilot Mike.

Pilot Kent is on the road and unable to join us.

Hangar Flying:

A while ago, we were contacted by Pilot Ron, who will be flying from California to Oshkosh, asking to get Terry back on the show to talk about long cross-country flights. Terry recently made a flight from California to Sun 'n Fun, in Florida, and details that trip for us. He starts out by telling us about the planning, including building in some "just in case" time, what charts and publications to carry, and what sorts of equipment you should have with you. We get tips on getting a long term weather outlook and using that forecast to plan your route and schedule. Then we hear about the actual trip, and some of the weather conditions he had to fight along the way. He also gives some tips on battling fatigue and choosing just what airports to land at. Terry gives some recommendations on what types of facilities you need to verify will be available at your destination. Pilot Mike gives an explanation of a "NOTAM Approach" that's typically used at larger fly-in events.

In the followup hangar flying, they talk about how the trip was done entirely without the aid of GPS, and Terry describes some of the avionics he used in the early '70s. He talks about the reduction in the Flight Service workforce and how to use some of the commercial services to compensate for possible delays. With his tongue stuck firmly in his cheek, Terry explains that, "Controllers are people, too." They all have a lengthy discussion on the procedures that are used when departing a large fly-in event at the same time as all of the other attendees. We then hear a description of his return flight, including an interesting approach pattern he was ask to fly at Wichita Falls Airport. He also talks about some of the best places to cross the Rockies and some of the flying techniques needed for high altitudes.

We finish up our hangar flying with a discussion on the risks of summer flying, with respect to weather. Terry gives some excellent tips on what to watch out for and ways to avoid getting into trouble. Thunderstorms, high density altitudes, and inversions/haze should all be carefully monitored. Pilot Mike also describes how some of the conditions that can cause a thunderstorm don't always show up on the weather monitors.

Show Links: View Terry's Route to Sun 'n Fun:
Terry's return route Terry's route

We're providing a couple of different ways to view the routes that Terry took to and from Sun 'n Fun. The first is to simply click on either of the thumbnail images to the right to load larger static depictions of the routes.

The alternate way to view the routes is with Google Earth. It's a free, downloadable application that allows you to view detailed satellite images of almost any point on the earth. If you don't already have a copy, you can get one here. Once you've got it installed, start it up and we'll set up a network link. To see the route Terry took to Florida, copy this entire address:

and go back to the application. Now, select "Network Link" from the "Add" menu. Type in "CFI Terry's Route" in the name section, paste the route address into the "Location" section, and hit return/enter. You should now have an overview map of the US showing all of the stop-over locations on Terry's trip. To view the return route, add another Network Link, but now use this address:

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