First Flight to Santa Barbara

I’m pretty sleepy, so I’m going to keep this short. Today I flew (with plenty of help from my instructor) to Santa Barbara. Here’s the list of firsts that go with this flight:
first time to land at a Class Charlie airport
first time to plan a flight in detail (on paper) and fly it
first time to file, open, and close a flight plan
first time to use flight following
first time to use flight watch.

It was also the farthest flight that I’ve made so far. Overall, it was a lot of fun and a huge learning experience, but some of the radio stuff got a bit overwhelming. Of course, most of the radio work was right after take off, right before decent, and on the ground. This left some gaps in the middle of the flight to relax (a bit) and focus more on holding my course and altitude which is not as boring as it may sound. The views were really nice, and the air was relatively clear.

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