Thursday, July 19, 2007

Morning of Departure

Today is the day. I just checked the weather for Santa Monica:

Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS)
Output produced by TAFs form (1343 UTC 19 July 2007)
found at

KSMO 191251Z AUTO 00000KT 10SM CLR 17/15 A2984 RMK AO2 SLP102 T01720150
KLAX 191250Z 00000KT 10SM FEW020 18/15 A2984 RMK AO2 SLP101 T01780150

KLAX 191120Z 191212 VRB04KT P6SM FEW011
FM1600 25008KT P6SM SKC
FM1900 25012KT P6SM SKC
FM0500 24007KT P6SM SCT006

For the non-aviators, the wind is calm, visibility is 10 miles and the sky is clear. The forecast for nearby LAX shows that clear skies are expected all day.

I am hoping to be in the air around 10:00 and on the ground in SMO by around noon. After a short break to stretch my legs, I will be back in the air headed east. Unfortunately this means entering the southwest furnace in the heat of the day, which is not great for flying or comfort. The good news is that my goal is modest. I want to get out to the AZ border. I am actually planning to divert from the route for an overnight in Laughlin, NV (KIFP). There aren't many places to stay at airports along the route between Barstow and Kingman, AZ.


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