Agua Dulce Airpark Ranch

I’ve gotten a little behind in my blogging. Last Thursday, I was given the choice to fly to: Agua Dulce, Santa Paula, or Catalina. I went for Agua Dulce.

On the way there (and back), we had to call SoCal Approach so that we could fly through the Class Charlie airspace over Burbank. It was a little more complicated than normal because I wasn’t used to using squawk codes or changing frequencies on demand.

I found the airport pretty easily, we overflew it and landed. Agua Dulce is a nice little airport in the hills. We landed about at sunset, parked, and walked around a little bit. They have a pool, lounge, and horse shoe pit. I don’t think they have camping space, but it would be a great little get-away if they did.

This was the first uncontrolled airport (no tower) I’d been to, so I had a chance to practice the radio calls you make in that situation. Basically, there’s a common frequency for the pilots to use to say where they are and what they’re going to do. If there’s some sort of conflict, you just have to work it out. Luckily, we were the only ones flying in the area, so it was pretty easy.

The flight back was nice. As we were taking off, the full moon was just starting to rise above the hills and coyotes were howling. We had to go back through Burbank’s airspace and even had a Southwest Airlines jet fly below us. By the time we landed in Santa Monica it was getting dark. I need to pick up a flashlight to keep in my flight back.