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  1. Leg 22 Flight 09 February 2020 Muscle Shoals, AL (KMSL) to John C. Tune Airport (Nashville, TN) (KJWN) Kmz (Google Earth) file can be downloaded here: https://we.tl/t-NQgopHfuoW (Link is good for 7 days) (Note: Because of real life issues, I actually flew this flight on 15 February, using weather saved from 09 February) I took off from Runway 18 at KMSL at 1940Z. The winds were 203/16 knots, This caused me to drift a bit to the east as I lifted off, but I corrected before getting too far off the runway center line. To avoid the high winds, I climbed to 6
  2. Leg 22 pre-flight 09 February 2020 Muscle Shoals, AL (KMSL) to John C. Tune Airport (Nashville, TN) (KJWN) I'm continuing my flight up the Natchez Trail to its terminus in Nashville, Tennessee. The next few days will feature bad weather in the area, so if I'm going to get this flight in, I will have to do it today or wait until this weekend. My route will take me west from KMSL to pick up the Natchez Trail Parkway. I'll then basically follow it into Nashville. Because I'll be following the Parkway, the navigation will be relatively simple. The distance on this leg is 145 nm.
  3. Real World Photos from legs 19-21 Much of the flight during these three legs has been along the Natchez trace, an approximately 444-mile long travel corridor used by American Indians, and European settlers, up until the 1800's. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natchez_Trace_Parkway) Image 1 A small segment of Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail; near Natchez, Mississippi. Photo by Ian Abbott Image 2 Emerald Mound There are several Indian mounds located near the Parkway. This is Emerald Mound, located north of Stanton, MS. It the
  4. Leg 21 Flight 03 February 2020 Bryan (KSTF)(Starkville, MS) to Muscle Shoals, AL (KMSL) Kmz (Google Earth) file can be downloaded here: https://we.tl/t-ZCAPX0UtN5 (Link is good for 7 days) I was off the blocks at KSTF at 1949Z and airborne at 1957Z. Weather was as predicted, with high winds from the SW at 27 knots. I mis-identified a road, resulting in my getting lost fairly quickly enroute to Houston, MS. That also threw off my navigation to Tupelo, MS where I had intended a brief diversion from my route to fly over Elvis Presley's birthplace (although I did get
  5. Leg 21 pre-flight 03 February 2020 Bryan (KSTF)(Starkville, MS) to Muscle Shoals, AL (KMSL) Today's flight wil take me further up the Natchez Trace. Enroute, I will fly over Corinth, Mississippi, as well as the Shiloh battlefield and landing at Muscle Shoals, AL. Why Muscle Shoals? Because it is my pilgrimage to where some of the greatest musicians in Rock and Roll recorded. https://www.al.com/entertainment/2016/12/the_20_best_songs_ever_recorde.html And, because it it mentioned in possibly the greatest Southern Rock song of all time: With that brief digress
  6. Leg 20 Flight 02 February 2020 Vicksburg Regional (KVKS) to Bryan (KSTF)(Starkville, MS) Kmz (Google Earth) file can be downloaded here: https://we.tl/t-QVRZDPPngQ (Link is good for 7 days) It was a beautiful day for flying. Take off from KVKS at 2100Z was uneventful. Similarly, the landing at KSTF was at 2247Z and was unevenful. Winds were slightly less than predicted: around 20 knots from the SW at 3000 feet, but almost dead calm at ground level. No problems were experienced during the flight. Images are attached below: Image 1. 022104Z Feb 2020
  7. Leg 20 pre-flight 02 February 2020 Vicksburg Regional (KVKS) to Bryan (KSTF)(Starkville, MS) I'm a bit of a US Civil War buff, so today's flight will pass briefly over the Vicksburg battlefield before continuing on to Jackson, MS, following (in reverse) the route the US Grant took in investing the Confederate fortress. From there, I will more-or-less follow the Natchez Trace north, landing at Starkville, MS for fuel before continuing the trip: Image 1. KVKS to KSTF For the next two days, the weather forecast is good. After then, it will deteri
  8. Leg 19 Flight 28 January 2020 Louisiana Regional (L38) to Vicksburg Municipal (KVKS) .kmz file here: https://we.tl/t-aNJXlP3jTD (will be available for 7 days) Take off was at 1537 Local/2137 Z. I'm pressed for time to cover the 141 nm/132 minute flight before it gets dark. Sunset is at 1733L, with civil twilight ending at 1759L. That gives me only 12 minutes leeway to get on the ground at KVKS. During the flight, I had low winds from the south at 5-10 knots for most of the route. At several points during the flight I went through some light rain, but the ceilin
  9. Leg 19 pre-flight 28 January 2020 Louisiana Regional (L38) to Vicksburg Regional (KVKS) Today's flight will take me partway up the Natchez trace, a route used by American Indiana and settlers in the 18th and 19th centuries. My route will generally be in a northerly direction, about 10-15 nm east of the Mississippi River. Navigation will be relatively simple, as the route will generally follow US Highway 61, a 4-lane road. Image 1. L38-KVKS A front coming from the west is bringing rain to Louisiana and western Mississippi. While the weather is cloudy, t
  10. 26 January 2020 No flying today. At least not to the east....
  11. Real World Photos of Legs 17-18 (KIER-KLFT-L38) Starting out on Leg 17, I flew along the Red River. The Red River is a different from other inland rivers in that it is brackish, deriving its salinity from crossing over salt domes in Texas. Image 1. Red River Salt Deposits (Note: Photo taken in Texas, not Louisiana) Source: Wikipedia Although the Red River is navigable, it wasn't always so. Until the 1870's it was blocked above Alexandria, LA by "the Great Raft", an approximately 100 mile long log jam. In In 1833, Captain Henry Shreve, (whom Shrevesport, LA is n
  12. Leg 18 Flight 22 January 2020 Lafayette Regional (KLFT) to Louisiana Regional (L38) .kmz file here https://we.tl/t-9S7KasHj0j (KLFT-L49) and here: https://we.tl/t-b0mOAujltI (L49-L38) My take off was at 1917Z. The first leg of the flight was uneventful. Some lowering visibility near Centerville, LA required me to to descend to 2000 feet for about 10 minutes . As I suspected, the Cub didn't have enough gas to get to L38, so I set down at Galliano Airport (L39) at about 2135Z to refuel. After getting airborne again, the flight to L38 was uneventful, and I landed at 2300Z, with
  13. Leg 18 pre-flight 22 January 2020 Lafayette Regional (KLFT) to Louisiana Regional (L38) Weather looks good right now for the flight to Louisiana Regional. I'm taking a roundabout route to L38. If it were a direct flight, it would only be about 55 nm. However, I'm going to fly a somewhat circuitous 177 nm route over some of the Louisiana Bayou country. Image 1 KLFT-L38 I began my pre-flight at 1615Z. The weather at that time looked good. There is some weather moving in from Texas, but it should still be to my west by the time I land. Image
  14. Leg 17 Flight 19 January 2020 Natchitoches, Louisiana (KIER) to Lafayette Regional (KLFT) Kmz file of flight here: https://we.tl/t-OEtVhDYy9U The flight was good. Take off was at 1937Z, with landing at 2118Z. Weather was as predicted, with high winds from the North. The only incident of note was that I had a close approach west of Forest Hill, LA with a small passenger jet wile flying at 3,500 feet. The jet crossed approximately 3/4 mile in front of me was heading south west and descending. It may have been heading for KACP, but it was fairly low for being that far out
  15. Leg 17 pre-flight 19 January 2020 Natchitoches, Louisiana (KIER) to Lafayette Regional (KLFT) The rain has finally stopped, and the clouds have finally moved on to Georgia. This gives me an opportunity to get the Cub a little closer to the Gulf Coast. Image 1. National weather 19 January Clear skies, with a strong wind from the north is now centered on Louisiana. Most stations are calling for 20-25 mph winds. Image 2. Aviation Forecast 19 January 2020 Image 3 METAR Central Louisiana METAR: KIER [Natchitoches Rgnl] METAR: KI
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