The next day was much better weather-wise, so after spending the morning doing a 10 mile run around Lake Hefner, I decided to spend the afternoon checking out a few new airports.
|This should kill an afternoon. :)|
When I got to the airport, Mitch had already pulled the plane out of the hangar and topped it off, so I was able to get off the ground pretty fast. First stop: Halliburton/ Duncan (KDUC).
|The clouds were a bit higher today and visibility was pretty nice. This road stretched on forever.|
|Left crosswind for Runway 17 at Duncan. Almost every runway around here is north/south because of the prevailing winds...and for good reason. It's not uncommon for it to be gusting into the 30s.|
There was only one other plane in the pattern doing touch and goes, so it was really easy to get into the pattern. I did a full stop landing, taxied back around, set up the GPS for my next stop, and got back in the air.
|For the most part, flying around Oklahoma means looking at lots of fields and the occasional small town. I did at least get to fly over a decent sized lake on the way to Pauls Valley.|
|Left crosswind for Runway 17 at Pauls Valley (KPVJ). Gee, that sounds familiar!|
Pauls Valley was a little unique since it had a crosswind runway, but there was absolutely nobody around when I landed. I bumbled along the taxiways and eventually made it back to the end of the runway (via a good bit of taxiing on the crosswind runway), and hopped right back in the air.
|I did a little IFR flying along the way: I Follow Roads. That's I-35. I didn't realize it at the time, but this wound up being almost exactly the site of one of the proposed obstacles we studied in class!|
|I-35 eventually led me to 3O3: Purcell Municipal. This is on wide downwind for, you guessed it, Runway 17. There is a golf course and a lake just off the end of the runway on the right side of the picture and man, those trees get big fast!|
3O3 was just as hopping as Pauls Valley, so I backtaxied, set up the GPS, and took off again. There were a whole bunch of antennas to the south, so I played Dodge Antenna as I climbed up a couple thousand feet. I only had one stop left before returning to Chickasha (KCHK):
|1K2: Lindsay Municipal. (Wide upwind for...Runway 19. Fooled you!)|
After finding the last two airports completely dead, I wasn't expecting too much from 1K2...until I got a little closer and saw something small and white buzzing around the runway and realized that someone was flying RC planes! I initially decided to just skip the landing and head back to CHK so I wouldn't interrupt them, but then I figured screw it...I decided to see what they were up to. I made a radio call for crosswind and by the time I made my downwind call one of the guys called me to say that all the RCs were on the ground. I landed and they guided me to the parking area, and after shutting down I hopped out to go say hi.
|They had RCs lined up all over the place!!|
There were probably a dozen guys there with their planes lined up all along the taxiway; it was pretty funny to see two normal sized planes (one of which was the C150) and about a dozen RC planes. It was awesome to get to see them up close; several of them were jets with actual jet engines. They sounded just like a full size jet when they spooled up, and since they burn Jet-A they smelled just like them, too. One guy had a mini Extra and was doing all sorts of crazy aerobatics with it.
I would have loved to stay longer but I had to get the plane back and do a few chores at my apartment so I said goodbye, fired up the C150, waggled my wings goodbye as I took off, and aimed for CHK.
|Left downwind for Runway 17 at CHK.|
Altogether I managed to fly 2.5 hours and made it to 4 new airports...not bad for a Sunday afternoon! :)