Mt. St. Helens with Melissa, Tomas, and Kristen
I haven’t flown anyone this year (2016) and since the weather was so lovely outside, I booked a flight for Saturday, called up my coworker, and got the ball rolling to go flying.
For today’s flight, I took my co-worker, Melissa, who is a former pilot (way more experienced than myself), but she hasn’t flown in a while, her husband, Tomas, who is an aviation geek, and my girlfriend, Kristen, who always enjoys a good flight. We decided to go flying around Mt. St. Helens and were not disappointed.
The Flight Around Mt. St. Helens
There were some clouds in the area, but nothing that would cause us any problems. So, I did my pre flight inspection, gave them an intro to the plane, and we all got inside. After starting her up, we taxied and made our northbound departure to Mt. St. Helens.
The weather was excellent and the climb up to 10,000 feet was smooth. Once we got in the area and to our altitude, we enjoyed our rounded 180 around Mt. St. Helens. Unlike last year where we didn’t have the greatest snow fall, the mountain was looking good and the caldera was full.
I let Tomas take the controls and begin our decent back towards Troutdale. Towards the ground I took back the controls, radioed into Troutdale, and made a smooth landing.
One thing that for sure happened was to peak Melissa’s interest to start flying once again. Awesome!
Thanks to Tomas, Melissa, and Kristen for being my first passengers of 2016. Looking forward to so many more!
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April 2, 2016 / Jason / 1
- Total Flight Time: 205.2 Hours
- Pilot In Command Time: 112.4 Hours
- Solo Time: 87.5 Hours
- >50NM Cross Country Time: 64.2 Hours
- >50NM Cross Country Time (Solo): 31.5 Hours
- Night Time: 5.1 Hours
- Simulated Instrument Time: 4.8 Hours
- Landings (Day/Night): 506 (486/20)
- Flight Training Received: 92.8 Hours
- Ground Training Received: 30.8 Hours