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Michigan to California in a Cessna 162 Skycatcher
Cross Country Flight Planning
Date and Time:
Wednesday, February 18, 2015, starting at 19:30 Pacific Standard Time Download Calendar File
Wes Irish
Brief Description:
In May of 2014 the speaker was tasked with delivering a Cessna 162 Skycatcher LSA from Michigan (near Toledo, Ohio) to Palo Alto, California for the new owner. The VFR-only Skycatcher performed flawlessly, but the 2500 NM journey was not without its challenges. Multiple weather systems brought clouds, low visibility, thunderstorms, high winds, and even tornadoes along the route.

In this talk we'll discuss flight planning, weather briefings, in-flight weather information, En Route Flight Advisory Service (EFAS), and working with ATC. We'll talk about alternates and, in general, how to plan for the unexpected. The talk includes photos, chart, and actual radar tracks to illustrate various aspects of the trip.

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Location of Seminar:
West Valley Flying Club
655 Skyway Rd. STE 101

San Carlos, CA 94070
Directions to Venue:
WVFC San Carlos is located in the Skyway building.
Fly-in Seminar?:
20 seats at the facility, 4 remaining for online registration.
Registration Information:
Seminar has passed.
Sponsoring Division:
Contact Information:
WVFC Member Services
Phone: (650) 856-2030
Additional Event Information & Acknowledgement of Industry Sponsor(s):
Wes Irish is an instrument rated commercial pilot, CFI, and ground instructor and has been flying for almost 20 years. He is also a Traffic Watch pilot, regularly flying reporters around the SF Bay Area to report on traffic and news as it happens. Wes instructs at West Valley Flying Club, at both the PAO and SQL locations, and is currently accepting new students.

This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club. WVFC is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing superior flight instruction, safe, well-equipped, professionally maintained rental aircraft at reasonable cost. West Valley Flying Club has been providing the San Francisco Bay Area with Flight Instruction since 1973. For more information, visit www.wvfc.org.
Equal Access Information:
The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your request as soon as possible with the person in the “Contact Information” area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually required to arrange services.
Credit Applicability:
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
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