Finally, after weeks of strong surface winds and even stronger at 3000 to 6000 feet--must be Oklahoma, the winds finally calmed down a little bit. So it was time to complete my last major requirement before being able to be tested for my Private Pilot Certificate (to be finished very soon)! The FAA requires a Cross Country Solo Flight of 150 nautical miles or greater with landings at 2 other airports besides your own. So I took off from KPWA (Wiley Post) flew west to KSCM (Clinton Sherman Moore) in Clinton OK, then Southeast to KADM (Ardmore Municipal) in Ardmore, then back over Oklahoma City to my home Airport, about 277 nautical miles as the crow flies. Obviously it all went well. What follows are pics and excerpts from my trip!
KPWA Tower: "2099D(elta) Taxi to and hold short runway 35 Right, left turnout approved, Departure Frequency 124.6, SWAK 5120."
That's me on the Taxi way headed to the active runway at KPWA
ME: "Oke City (Oak City) Departure, Skyhawk 2099D off Wiley Post climbing through Two-thousand five-hundred."
Departure: "2099D climb on course and Ident."
That's me en route to KSCM
Me: "Sherman Tower, Skyhawk 2099D 10 miles to the east inbound to land with the ASOS (A-sauce--Not for steak BTW)."
Tower: "2099D, plan Right Base runway 35 right. Wind 320 @ 8, dew point is minus 2, Altimeter is Two Niner, Niner, Niner, no traffic observed between you and the airport, report on right base at 2 miles out."
That's me standing next to 2099D on the ground @ KSCM
Ft Worth Center: "2099D, Altimeter is Three zero, zero, zero, frequency change approved, contact Fort Sill Approach on 118.00."
Me: "Three zero, zero, zero, frequency change approved, Contacting Ft Sill on 118.0, good day."
Me: "Ft Sill Approach, 20099D with you Five-thousand Five-hundred"
Ft Sill: "Radar Contact, continue on course"
That's me somewhere over Oklahoma (of course I know where I am) Cruising at 5,400, 108 knots Indicated Air Speed, 120 knots ground speed, headed to KADM (Ardmore).
Me: "Ardmore Tower, 2099D 12 miles to the West inbound to land with Echo"
Ardmore Tower: "2009D make left base for runway 35 clear to land."
Me: "Clear to land, runway 35, 2099D."
Me: "Ardmore tower, 2099D going around"
KADM Tower: "go around, make right downwind for 35"
KADM: "2009D, left on Alpha-one Right on Alpha, Taxi to parking"
Me: "Alpha-one, Alpha, to Parking 2099D"
That's a CAP Plane and some Jet, the only others I saw at Ardmore. The on-field Restaurant was closed--frown--but the Tower was open!