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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2079 times:

Hey guys,

I'm sure all of us have experienced at least a few times a gorgeous day where the temperature is perfect, visibility is unlimited, and the air is so smooth you feel like you're sitting on your living room couch. What kinds of places in the US and the world have these conditions most predominately?

Out here in northern Colorado we often will get great visilibity but you must be up really early in the morning to not get bounced around some...

I know it might not be the best explaination of what I'm making this subject about, but hopefully you all will understand.  Big thumbs up

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User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2605 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2038 times:

San Diego has great weather nearly year round, it can get bumpy if you go east over the mountains, or over the coast when there is a nice breeze coming in but still, we have plenty of days I wish I could drop everything and fly.


Life is better when you surf.
User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7107 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2033 times:

Queenstown, New Zealand. Very nice and scenic (if that's your thing)

User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4204 posts, RR: 37
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2028 times:

I hear that Anytown, USA is a great place.


Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2112 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2012 times:

Here in Daytona Beach, FL, its great flying weather more times than not. Like right now, its gorgeous blue skies with not much winds. Of course, you have to fly before or after the inevitable afternoon thunderstorm during the summer days, but all in all its good for flying. Which is why we have ERAU and 4 other flight schools at our class C airport  Smile


Here Here for Severe Clear!
User currently offlineBMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1986 times:

During the summer months, nothing beats Montana! That's about as scenic as it gets in the lower 48. Well, in the northwestern part, the plains in the east are kinda dull. The winter is terrible though.

The archipelago outside Stockholm is beautiful as well. Just bring a life jacket!



johan



Altitude is Insurance - Get Insured
User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1968 times:

The smoothest air? Not in my neck of the woods!

Signed,
everyone


User currently offlineWoodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1044 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1960 times:

New England has been a great place to fly in my opinion. I remember taking off from Morrisville-Stowe one crisp winter day and after climbing to altitude over the Lamoille Valley, being able to see Mount Washington in New Hampshire over 60 miles away.

New York City was another cool place to fly if you didn't mind having to dodge airspace and talking to the controller to get what you want. Although now I probably wouldn't have done what I've done earlier in my younger foolish days. Trying to stay out of the New York Class B south of Long Island and trying to get into the Hudson River, New York Approach kept me below 500ft along the shore and handed me off to Kennedy Tower. It was kind of interesting being overflown by the heavies out of Kennedy, as well as flying up the East River, doing a steep turn to avoid LaGuardia, and then going up the Hudson River after circling the Statue of Liberty a few times.

I just recently had an opportunity to fly in Hawaii. The scenery is spectacular, especially along the north shores of Molokai and Maui, but your crosswind technique better be pretty good. As it's pretty turbulent near the surface. Flying in Hawaii is a bit different, GA support is almost non-existent, so getting fuel can be a bit challenging sometimes.

San Diego and Southern California has been my local flying area as of late. Unfortunately in Southern California, although the flying is pretty good, the visibility is absolutely horrible, with haze and smog reducing visibility down to 8-10 miles most of the time. After you climb out, the air is a sickly shade of yellow and brown. The air is relatively smooth along the coast. Although inland it gets turbulent. I really like the marine layer, it made for some easy IFR time. Flying up the coastline is pretty scenic and you get to watch the rush hour traffic on I-5 moving up and down the coast.

I do have to say I'd probably kill to have a job as a pilot with Flight International or Phoenix Air, the guys which do target towing for the Navy over the Pacific Ocean off Southern California. I think I'd like to buzz the Navy ships and jam the crap out of them for once instead of being the sitting duck waiting the "shoot" them down. Those guys come in at 100/150ft at 350-400kts and the CIWS Phalanx 20mm guns just go nuts trying to track them.




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User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1946 times:

Well for sailplane pilots smooth air is not the best flying weather, give me cumulus clouds galore, sort of like how Florida is during the Spring and fall months. Now the mountain wave is also makes for great soaring over near Reno, NV.

But other than that, the areas that have the most VMC weather in the US are Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, and Southern California.

I believe at the moment that the busiest GA airport is in Southern CA.



At worst, you screw up and die.
User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2700 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1930 times:

I enjoyed this very much:


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I would like to fly out west in a light aircraft sometime, to see the opposite as well.

Nick


User currently offlineKAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1959 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1927 times:

I recently flew to Colorado Springs from Austin and found the air to be quite smooth at 10,000 ft.....

The mountains are nice to see, it's interesting being at 10,000 or 11,000 ft and still looking up at terrain (pikes peak). I was tempted to do some flying through the mountains while I was there, but as it was I remained well to the east of the front range. Probably a wise decision as I am not too familiar with the area.

It was also interesting to see the baron take nearly 3000ft to reach rotation speed at KCOS.....good thing we had 11,000 ft runways.

Picture below taken yesterday climbing through 9,000ft just east of KCOS.



User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

Hey Nick,

Nice pics! I have some news that you might find... interesting.

Anyway, speaking of the west, I found some cool pictures in the a.net database of my old stomping grounds.

Old home field, got my private through CFI here, not to mention stood on top of that mountain four times, and mountain biked all around it:


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Photo © Nathan Anderson



Flew here once, just goofin' off trying to build up enough time to take my commercial checkride:


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Flew to this airport splitting time. Five hours of flying in the summer bumps, but very fun.


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Photo © Europix



Flown to this airport more times than I can remember, driven past more times than that.


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Photo © Nick Sharp



I have the utmost respect for these guys:


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Photo © Jeff Miller



And finally, a good shot at Salt Lake Int'l:


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Photo © Brett B. Despain



'Speed

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User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2700 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1836 times:

NormalSpeed,
Congratulations on getting hired! I'm quite sure that's what you mean if I understood another one of your posts.

Nick


User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1814 times:

Yup. You headin' back in the fall?

'Speed


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29802 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1803 times:

Any place you can shut down the Avionics master on the aircraft.


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User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1802 times:

Well, HMO has 300 cloudless and slightly windless days a year (desert) with almost 30 miles visibility, but this is also the case of most of north western Mexico. I'd say the same for Arizona, California and New Mexico.

The only downside is that temperatures almost every week in late spring and until early fall rise above 40 Celsius. Also ,if you think the desert is boring on the ground, then you might like it more from the air. Big grin

Just my $0.02 clams  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineBMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1780 times:

'Speed!

Awesome pictures! I've been to Provo once, on a x-country from Grand Junction, CO and I can nothing but agree with you. Utah is very beautiful. Hope to go back!

johan



Altitude is Insurance - Get Insured
User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3150 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1748 times:

L-188, your last post has earned you a spot on my respected users list!

I had forgotten how much fun it is to just slow down, get low and look around while I was doing my instrument and multi training.

I would love to fly out of Grand Junction, I've visited Moab, Ut a couple times for mountainbiking trips and the high desert is just captivating. Of course, getting a good, clear day in St. Louis is rare during the summer, but during the winter months if a strong high pressure moves in the visibility is unlimited and at night you can look out one window over central Illinois and see the glow of Chicago, and out the other one to see the glow of St. Louis. That's cool.



DMI
User currently offlineHAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2561 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1738 times:

I'll put in my recommendation for the Pacific Northwest US - western Oregon & Washington.

With the obvious exception of off-and-on IFR conditions in the winter (low clouds & rain) the weather is usually beautiful. It's not hot enough to cause thermal turbulence, not windy enough to cause terrain turbulence, and the occasional rain keeps the skies clear and visibility great. The scenery is spectacular too, with lots of green trees, mountains, ocean shores, and Puget Sound waters to look at.

I spent three years as a CFI there, and have been living there for over 20. Now, after flying all around the US, I still think it's the best place for small plane fun.

HAL



One smooth landing is skill. Two in a row is luck. Three in a row and someone is lying.
User currently offlineTimT From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1610 times:

I have to agree with XFSUgimpLB41X. Anyplace is great!! However, I also consult www.100dollarhamburger.com to see if I really want to go. I mean, why just go and burn the gas if you can't make it a destination. One of my favs during my student days was the Flying Turtle. (MFD) But just to go do touch & go is good enough. Never have to leave the pattern to have a good time.


User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1602 times:

Nighttime over the Southern California coast. Smooth as silk.

User currently offlineRalgha From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 1614 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1600 times:

Vote number 2 for the Pacific Northwest. Western Oregon here.


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User currently offlineQantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 25
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1597 times:

Of all the places I've flown, the South island of N.Z. invariably blows me away, every time I go - it's just so pristine and beautiful, and...well, weather-wise it's not always great, but enjoyable nonetheless. I would shamelessly self-plug to illustrate, but I'll spare you; check out my N.Z. photos through my profile if you'd like.  Big grin

Cheers,
QantasA332


User currently offlineCFIjames From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1555 times:

I agree with the others, Utah is fantastic, I lived there for a year, my fiancee worked at Heber, and I completed my multi and CFI at Provo. I've since moved back to New Jersey again and one of my favorite flights is flying up the Hudson River at 500 feet. It is still open to VFR traffic under the class B areas, which is great. The view is still spectacular, even though the dominating Twin Towers are now only a memory. I've taken some good photos from the air but none are A.net quality.
For aircraft owners on the East Coast: I work at an airport in Medford New Jersey, it was originally built as a weekend getaway for pilots and their families. There's an airplane-shaped pool, full service restaurant, recently renovated 24 room motel, golf course, pilot shop...and more. Email me if you want more info or the web site.



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