Back to Compton

This evening, I flew back to Compton — this time, solo. I had a chat with the plane captain and my old instructor when I was getting ready. They suggested that I take the mini route instead of the special flight rules area. I hadn’t used the mini route before, so I was a little nervous about trying it out, but it seemed like a good time to give it a shot. Now that it’s all over, I’m glad I did.

It’s really nice to know that you’re the only plane in the area and that the LAX tower is keeping an eye on you on radar. I messed up on a few things, but nothing bad. It was nice to make the flight for the first time on a quiet Thursday evening instead of a busy Saturday afternoon.

Compton was pretty quiet again. There was one helicopter ahead of me on the way in, and I was by myself on the way out. The setting sun and haze did make it tricky on my way back. I’ll be sure to keep that in mind in the future. I’m looking forward to exploring more to the south of LAX.

One Response to “Back to Compton”

  1. a broken thought » Blog Archive » $100 Hamburger Says:

    […] The flight back went well, but I ran into a small problem at LAX. I was planning on using the mini route again, but LAX closed it at the last minute due to clouds. I was able to circle around and use the special flight rules area instead. Luckily it was still clear at Santa Monica, so I was able to land. We had a good time, but I don’t know if I’ll be going back to Riverside any time soon — there are just too many other airports to check out. […]

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