VOR Navigation To Scappoose
Today I took off from Portland area planning to go on a long flight around Portland airport, but instead, due to Aurora State being IFR conditions, I flew the first leg of my flight and returned.
Not that this flight didn’t have a lot going on. On the way out to the airport I made a call to Weather Briefing to get, well, a weather briefing for the area. This gave me the info I needed to know how much of my original fight was going to happen, and also how high I was going to be flying. I originally chose an altitude of 2000ft, but found out that flying closer to 1500ft was more likely due to cloud clearances.
This was my first flight getting back into using flight navigation aids. This flight I used the Battleground VOR to stay clear of Portland airspace and make my way over to Scappoose (KSPB). I found using the aid, when I was able to actually lock onto the course, was quite useful to point me in the right direction as I didn’t know where I was truly headed.
The departure out of Troutdale was using the Lacamus Lake departure – meaning I took off out of Troutdale and flew out directly towards the lake. This gave me ample distance from Portland (7nm) and a good line to get to direct to the VOR to head to my destination of Scappoose.
We got to Scappoose and I soon realized that I wasn’t sure of the landing runway. After listening in on the local traffic and listening to weather, the decision was easy to make to fly and land left-patter onto runway 15.
I was worried about flying at a non-towered airport again due to the radios, but after getting in the area, I was quickly able to get the swing of things and make my calls with the understanding that what I need to say is what I would want to hear from someone else out there. After this, the radio calls went smoothly.
It took me a bit to get use to landing here, but after a couple, things went quite well. After dealing with some traffic we weren’t too happy with, we left the area to fly back home to Troutdale.
The flight overall was a great lesson and I was pleased overall with my work today. Looking forward to the next flight and soloing again soon!
Flight Time: 1.5 Hours
November 1, 2012 / Jason /
Categories: Private Pilot Completion
- Total Flight Time: 218.5 Hours
- Pilot In Command Time: 125.7 Hours
- Solo Time: 100.8 Hours
- >50NM Cross Country Time: 60.5 Hours
- >50NM Cross Country Time (Solo): 27.8 Hours
- Night Time: 7.1 Hours
- Simulated Instrument Time: 4.8 Hours
- Landings (Day/Night): 521 (499/22)
- Flight Training Received: 92.8 Hours
- Ground Training Received: 30.8 Hours