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  1. Here's an interesting write up about Encino, NM, the checkpoint on this flight. The "City of Dust" moniker the article gives to Encino seems appropriate based on the terrain I saw on this leg of the flight. https://cityofdust.blogspot.com/2013/05/after-depot-encino-new-mexico.html.
  2. Leg 4 Flight- 17 February 2019 Las Vegas (NM) Municipal (KLVS) to Carrizozo Municipal (F37) The flight was uneventful. Takeoff was at 1913Z There was a strong headwind, which lowered my groundspeed to only 46 mph in places, resulting in the 126 mile long trip taking 2 hours and 29 minutes. Although I was blown off course 3 miles to the east by the wind, I was able to identify and correct the error, and hit the Encino, NM nav point. The remainder of the trip to Carrizozo was uneventful. See attached images: Image 1 Near Bernal, NM 1934Z Image 2 Encino, NM checkpoint. Although the town is small, the road junction stood out clearly Image 3 Salt Lakes near Duran, NM
  3. Leg 4 Pre-flight- 17 February 2019 Las Vegas (NM) Municipal (KLVS) to Carrizozo Municipal (F37) A check of the weather this morning shows that snow is coming from the west, and will cover most of the northern and western half of New Mexico for the next two days. I had planned on covering some of the scenic areas in the northern part of the state, but being delayed for a couple of days wasn't appealing to me. I'll tentatively plan on covering the four corners area (where Arizona/Colorado/New Mexico and Utah meet) toward the end of the journey, after I do the Grand Canyon. For right now, to avoid the weather, I'm going to fly south towards the White Sands/La Cruces area. Later this week, I'll try to fly into the scenic Big Bend area along the Texas-Mexico border, as the weather along this route looks relatively good for the next couple of days. Today's flight will end at Carrizozo Municipal airport. This is to the NNE of White Sands, and is also next to the Lincoln National Forest, so there should be some good views when I fly out of here tomorrow down to White Sands. (see chart below. Note that east is up and north is to the left on this image). The one problem with this route is that the navigation checkpoints are far apart, and they really aren't that good. I cross a couple of major roads in the early part of the trip, which can give me a groundspeed. However, I don't get a really good navigational checkpoint until I reach Enicno, NM, almost one hour into the trip. The weather for a 17 Feb 1845Z takeoff looks good. Excellent visibility, and only a few clouds. There are some gusting winds out of the west, but nothing too difficult: METAR: KLVS 171653Z AUTO VRB03KT 10SM CLR M01/M18 A2984 RMK AO2 SLP107 T10061178 METAR: KCQC (Clines Corner) 171653Z AUTO 25010G17KT 10SM CLR M01/M12 A2987 RMK AO2 SLP128 T10061117 METAR: KALM (Alamogordo/White Sands) 171735Z AUTO 21007G15KT 10SM CLR 09/M09 A2996 RMK AO2. The terminal area forecast also looks good, although the winds gusts may be picking up to 26 knots of so when I'm landing. However, Carrizozo Municipal runway is oriented 06/24, and it looks like the prevailing winds will be from approximately 240, so these gusts shouldn't be too bad. Icing will only be a problem for the first third of the trip, and only if I don't get off the ground before late afternoon. KCNM [Carlsbad/Cavern City] TAF: KCNM 171121Z 1712/1812 29005KT P6SM SCT250 FM172000 24018G26KT P6SM SCT250 FM180100 23007KT P6SM FEW250 KCNM [Carlsbad/Cavern City] TAF: KCNM 171121Z 1712/1812 29005KT P6SM SCT250 FM172000 24018G26KT P6SM SCT250 FM180100 23007KT P6SM FEW250
  4. 16 February Winds of 31 mph with gusts of 44. No flying today. Heck, the Cub would literally take off when taxiing into that headwind. METAR: KLVS 162153Z AUTO 27031G44KT 10SM SCT075 05/M12 A2959 RMK AO2 PK WND 27044/2145 RAE24 SLP981 P0000 T00501122
  5. Image 5 Painted Cave, Bandelier National Monument NPS photo by kevin stillman https://www.nps.gov/band/planyourvisit/painted-cave.htm Image 5 Pecos Baldy 12,487 feet Pecos Wilderness) Source: https://www.pecosnewmexico.com/images/businesses/attractions/Pecos_Baldy/Pecos_Baldy_Santa_Fe_Baldy.jpg And for those with a taste for history, Las Vegas, where I ended the flight, has a colorful reputation, being described as "without exception there was no town which harbored a more disreputable gang of desperadoes, and outlaws than did Las Vegas." It apparently was at one time or another home to such illustrious citizens as Doc Holliday, Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Bob Ford, and Wyatt Earp, among others. https://www.legendsofamerica.com/nm-lasvegas/
  6. And now for some real-world photos of the areas I virtually visited during this leg: Image 1: Sandia Peak, 9,702 ft (2,957 m) Credit: MARELBU https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Albuquerque,_USA,_New_Mexico_-_Sandia_Mountains_-_Sandia_Peak,_9,702_ft_(2,957_m)_-_panoramio.jpg Image 2 San Francisco Catholic Church , Golden, NM (check point 2 where I turned to 351 magnetic after leaving Sandia Mtns) Credit : Elisa.rolle - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden,_New_Mexico#/media/File:San_Francisco_Catholic_Church.jpg Image 3 The Sandia Mountains at sunset, looking Southeast from Bernalillo (checkpoint 1 on my route) . Below is the Rio Grande. Source: G. Thomas - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandia_Mountains#/media/File:SandiaMtnNM.jpg Image 4 Cochiti Dam. Source: https://www.cochitilake.org/lake
  7. Leg 3B Flight- 15 February 2019 Los Alamos (KLAM) to Las Vegas (NM) Municipal This leg was a bit more challenging. , because of the portion of the flight up the Sangre de Cristor Range/Pecos Wilderness area. Basically, I screwed up and went up the wrong spur, which dead ended in a peak I think was over 12,000 foot tall, well over the Cub's ceiling. As my airspeed was dropping off and the ground was coming up as I approached the peak, I took the better part of valor and reversed course, heading south, then turning east. I crossed the Sangre de Cristor Range near San Geronimo and flew to KLAM from the west, instead of from the north as I planned. The landing was also challenging. During my approach to runway 20, the winds were 240/19 with gusts to 27. I successfully landed the Cub, with only my pride bruised. Image 1 West of Santa Fe. Rio Grande River is in Upper Left Image 2 Approaching Pecos Wilderness from the West, NW of Santa Fe Image 3 Approching KLVS near Montezuma NM
  8. Leg 3A Flight- 15 February 2019 Double Eagle, NM (KAEG) to Los Alamos (KLAM) This leg was uneventful. Take off was at 1800Z. Weather was as predicted: Clear sky, little to no wind. See attached photos: Image 1 North Face of the Sandia Mtn 1842Z Over Cochiti Dam SW of Santa Fe 1923Z
  9. Leg 3 Preflight- 15 February 2019 Double Eagle, NM (KAEG) to Las Vegas (New Mexico) Municipal (KLVS) A new day dawns bright and clear. At my anticipated take off time of 1700Z, the weather is clear, moderate winds and few clouds: METAR: KABQ 151652Z 36009KT 10SM FEW040 BKN200 BKN270 11/01 A3000 RMK AO2 SLP131 MTN TOPS OBSC SE T01060011. The Terminal Area Forecasts for Santa Fe/Los Alamos and Las Vegas also look good, although there may be some high wind gusts at KLVS when I arrive at approximately 2300Z. However, given the orientation of the runways there, I think I can handle it. I will also have enough endurance to go to an alternate field, if necessary. : TAF: KSAF 151130Z 1512/1612 26012KT P6SM VCSH SCT025 BKN050 FM151500 26015G25KT P6SM SCT050 BKN120 FM151800 27014G22KT P6SM SCT060 SCT120 FM160100 32007KT P6SM SCT200 TAF: KLVS 151130Z 1512/1612 23020G30KT P6SM VCSH BKN050 OVC100 FM151400 27025G33KT P6SM SCT050 SCT120 FM152100 27020G29KT P6SM SCT200 FM160200 25008KT P6SM SCT250 Although there are clouds present and the freezing level will be approximately were I am flying, there is a very low chance of icing:
  10. Leg 3 Preflight- 14 February 2019 Double Eagle, NM (KAEG) to Las Vegas (New Mexico) Municipal (KLVS) This flight is intended to see some scenic areas of the Albuquerque area, while still heading in a generally easterly direction. The first part of the trip will go from KAEG to Los Alamos (KLAM) via the Sandia mountains. After topping off my gas at KLAM, the route will go to KLVS via the Pecos Wilderness area. This is partially to challenge my minimal VFR and mountain flying skills. My intent is to fly north between the two main spurs of the mountains there. The charts show two peaks that are 12636 and 11960 feet high. This is above the ceiling for the cub, but there is a pass between them just west of the town of Cleveland, NM that I should be able to fly through. The other problem is weather. I wasn't able to fire up the computer for the flight until later in the afternoon. This is what the weather looked like then. Sigh. There is always tomorrow:
  11. The western part of the US is really beautiful country, with some really interesting and unusual scenery. I'm trying to highlight some of this beauty during this transcontinental Cub flight.
  12. No flying today. Real life interfered with my virtual life. However, I thought some real photos of the Petrified Forest National Park may be of interest, as it was on yesterday's flight. These are all National Park Service photos from their website https://www.nps.gov/pefo/learn/photosmultimedia/photogallery.htm
  13. Jury1942-Nice photo! Thanks for sharing. what scenery program were you using to get those images?
  14. Image 4 Crossing Lookout Mountain Image 5 Mt. Taylor 2151Z Image 6 Leaving the San Maeto Mountains near Bibo, NM 2204Z