Flight from Aspen to Leadville across Hagerman Pass

September 22, 2010

Flight in a Cessna 182 over Hagerman Pass. Departing from Aspen (ASE) enroute to Leadville (LXV). This was taken in 1999 during the Colorado Pilot Associate Mountain Flight Training. By Andrew Sarangan.

Aero-TV: The Cessna Skycatcher – Testing the Aircraft Across Country

July 24, 2010

Test Pilot Kirby Ortega Discusses the Advantages of Cessna’s New LSA At the 2009 AOPA Summit, attendees experienced an up-close encounter with Cessnas newest aircraft to enter the LSA market. Since the announcement of the 162 Skycatcher program in 2007, Cessna has received over 1000 orders. A two-place, single-engine piston, high-wing aircraft, the Skycatcher is a strong contender in the training market. Powered by the Continental O-200D 100-hp engine, the 162 Skycatcher weighs in at an extremely light 830 pounds empty weight, 280 pounds less than the 150. As a result, the aircraft features a cruise speed up to 118 knots and a maximum range of 470 nautical miles. After departing from San Diego’s King Schools, where the first production-conforming Skycatcher had been stationed during the development of Cessna’s pilot training curriculum, Chief Test Pilot Kirby Ortega flew the aircraft to Tampa, Florida. The three-day journey allowed Ortega to become more familiar with the aircraft’s handling and features, including the all-new Garmin G300 avionics system. With the increase in situational awareness and decrease in heads-down time, the G300 provides a great educational advantage for both students and instructors alike. The 162 arrived at the AOPA Summit as part of Cessna’s demonstration of its new Internet-based flight training software, available through Cessna’s Pilot Center network and developed in conjunction with Kings Schools. The web-training program, coupled with the

Mustangs Across America 2009 – Kingman, Arizona

April 21, 2010

For those of you who did not get Posting 17 or the attached video, here it is. The file size did not permit sending or receiving by email. Thanks to YouTube, I can post it for all to enjoy. Kingman, Arizona – at about 3400 feet above sea level, it is a small town spread far and wide and growing. Once a part of Nevada, Mohave County began attracting settlers in 1848 when the United States obtained the southwest by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. There was an influx of miners after the discovery of gold and many flooded the area in search of that mineral. Lt. Edward Fitzgerald Beal, a Naval officer with the US Army Topographical Corps, was ordered to build a government-funded wagon road across the 35th Parallel, and look into the feasability of using camels as pack animals in the southwest desert. He traveled through the Kingman area in 1857 surveying the road and then again in 1859 to build the road which later became part of Route 66 and Highway (Interstate) 40. When he first arrived, he found many existing trails that criss-crossed the Kingman area used by Indians to traverse the vast distances. Kingman itself did not establish until 1882 when Lewis Kingman located the route of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad (later the Sante Fe and now the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad) through town between Needles and Albuquerque. The Colorado River and the railroad were and remain the backbones of the local economy. Route 66 in Arizona is one of the longest sections of “The