Night and Morning Flights around Downtown Portland
The weather was looking like it was going to be quite rainy, therefore cloudy, this week, so I took the opportunity of decent weather to take a number of friends flying. As a VFR (visual flight rules) pilot, I’m unable to fly through the clouds, and since I live in Portland (where there are plenty of cloudy days), the number of days I can fly are limited. Thankfully, this Monday night and Tuesday morning were looking good, so I was able to get some people in the skies.
My friend Jessica was visiting me in the area and the sky happened to clear up, so hit up Lisa and Angela to go on a night flight. The winds were pretty calm so we departed from Troutdale on runway 25. We took off north across the Columbia river to make a north bank transition over PDX airport. The lights were incredible with all the traffic and builds being lit up below. Very festive with the holidays coming up. Lisa had mentioned how it looked like tree branches with the roads glowing in all directions. The flight circled us around downtown taking in all the glow from below. We finished our flight leaving the downtown area over Mt. Tabor before returning back to Troutdale airport.
I saw that the weather was looking pretty good for Tuesday morning early on Monday, so I put the call out there to see if people wanted to get up before the sun to go on a flight before I had to be at work. Chrissy, Matt, and Michael chose to go and we had an awesome flight similar to the one above, however we got to enjoy the sun peaking past Mt. Hood while we flew. I had planned to take them through the Columbia Gorge for a bit longer, but with the winds blowing hard causing plenty of turbulence, we decided to save it for another day.
Thanks for everyone joining in on the fun early this week and looking forward to the next time I can take you flying.
I’m excited to keep this going and fly even more peoples when the weather is good and I’m not at work. Hopefully you’ll be next!
November 22, 2016 / Jason /
- 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