EVENT


Monthly GAC Light Event

We are trying something new.  It’s called a Greenbrier Aero Club Light Event.  It’s a chance to fly a planned flight or flights but no commemorative will be awarded.  As with all GAC events,  flying this event is totally optional.

It is our plan to offer a different Light Event each of those months in which we do not offer a major event (commemorative awarded).  GAC Light Event flights will not earn commemorative awards.


FROM GAC001 DAN GEORGE
DEPARTURE: KMTN Martin State Airport
DESTINATION: KLWB Greenbrier Valley Airport

NOTAM:
My favorite flights are to and from Martin State Airport, Baltimore MD.  Back in the old Greenbrier Virtual Aviation (GVA) days our charter service made a good deal of (imaginary) money from a weekly flight to Baltimore and back to Lewisburg WV hauling finished products, repair and upgrade parts and sales/technical support people for ABB (ASEA Brown Boveri) and returning people and equipment back to Lewisburg,   Here’s  the return leg:

Plan the flight for a turboprop twin or small bizjet. I usually fly my King Air or Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 at FL200 for the trip

Start at Martin State KMTN then as follows:
SWANN ISEC, GARED ISEC, PXT VOR, MOL VOR, COVEY ISEC, KLWB
Before COVEY ISEC listen to KLWB wx, usually you will be vectored to land on runway 4 but do occasionally need to use 22 depending on the winds that day.



FROM GAC002 BILL COX
DEPARTURE: KBJC Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport
DESTINATION: KASE Aspen-Pitkin Co/Sardy Field Airport

NOTAM:
Here's one I like for it's nifty departure procedure and approach.  Best done in a light turboprop, but a piston twin will do well.  The trick is you've got to climb over the Denver area before you can penetrate the Front Range of the Rockies.  Then you land in just one direction at Aspen.

Computed route from ROCKY MOUNTAIN METROPOLITAN (KBJC, KB) to ASPEN-PITKIN CO/SARDY FIELD (KASE, KA): 3 fixes, 100.0 nautical miles

Cruise altitude between FL200 and FL160
KBJC (0.0nm) -SID-> DBL (86.8nm) -DCT-> KASE (100.0nm)
ID      FREQ   TRK   DIST   Coords                       Name/Remarks
KBJC             0      0   N39°54'31.70" W105°07'01.90" ROCKY MOUNTAIN METROPOLITAN
DBL     113    249     87   N39°26'21.64" W106°53'40.84" RED TABLE
KASE           171     13   N39°13'18.76" W106°52'05.64" ASPEN-PITKIN CO/SARDY FIELD

Tracks are magnetic, distances are in nautical miles.
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KBJC SID DBL DCT KASE



FROM GAC055 LAURIE COOPER
DEPARTURE: NZDN Dunedin Airport
DESTINATION: NZMF Milford Sound Airport

NOTAM:
NEW ZEALAND – DUNEDIN TO MILFORD SOUND  NZDN_NZMF
The flight is testing, the country is beautiful and I like the Airplane, though any slow type will do, vis. DHC Twin Otter. I flew in the Britten Norman BN2.
Tune ADF NDB to HL 378.0 & NAV1 to LX VOR 117.10.
Set weather to Clear or Fine.
Depart Active R/W  and head for NDB HL climbing to 4500`
Overhead HL NDB turn right to 264*
When VOR LX DME is at 38 miles turn right to 304* and follow the valley and river until DME VOR LX is 20  miles, then turn right to 355* fly direct to LX.
Over LX turn left to 265*, Commence climb to 5500`.
Set NAV 1 to SH VOR 113.6, Fly direct to SH.
Over SH turn left to 211* and fly down the centre of the lake until DME SH reads 15 miles. Begin climb to 8000`.
Turn right to 318*, keep down the lake centre until DME SH reads approx. 21 miles.
Turn left to 284*. The ocean will be visible between the peaks.
You will pass to the left of a high peak at DME SH 40 miles. Start descent to 2500`. At DME SH 60 miles turn left to 194*, re-set OBS to 097*.
At intersection of SH 097* turn left to 097*. Commence descent to 1200`.
Enter Milford Sound, keep as safely as possible to the right and configure for landing.
When runway is in sight adjust heading for visual approach to Runway 11 (100*)

WARNING: The runway is short and narrow AND NOTE:  FS9 says + 9 feet and FSX says  + 846 Feet.



FROM GAC055 LAURIE COOPER
DEPARTURE: LGTS Thessaloniki Makedonia Airport
DESTINATION: LGIO Ioannina Airport

NOTAM:
LGTS-LGIO  Makidonia.Thessolomiki  to Ioanmina in Greece. If the names don`t get you the Mountains will.
Set Nav 1 to VOR KOZ 109.60 Kozani T/O and climb to 8000` 256*.
Over KOZ turn Left to 230* and set Nav1 to VOR YNN 108.30. Ioanmina.
At DME 30 miles Call tower at LGIO for Full Stop Landing Instructions.
Fair weather will give you Rwy.32.
Begin descent at DME 24 Miles and weave your way through the Mountains to line up for final approach.
Land and enjoy an Oozo.
Nice Mountains and Approach to Rwy.
In a DH 104 Dove it took 70 minutes.


FROM GAC037 BONG EVANGELISTA
DEPARTURE: RPLL Manila-Ninoy Aquino International
DESTINATION: Baguio Airport

NOTAM:
ROUTE: CAB VOR
Rent a GA aircraft at Manila-Ninoy Aquino Intl airport and head up north to Bagiuo City. NOTAM airport elevation’s at 4251 feet. I usually used the Cessna Caravan, estimated flight about 40 min at 160kts.

I have great memories about this city, this was one of my favorite vacation areas when I was a kid. We couldn’t afford to fly up there, we drove and dealt with the most rugged and intimidating roads I’ve ever seen.


FROM GAC055 LAURIE COOPER
DEPARTURE: VNJS Jomsom Airport
DESTINATION: VNBL Baglung Airport

NOTAM:
VNJS-VNBL  Jomsom to Baglung in the Nepalese Himalayers.
Mountain flying below the towering peaks at its best.
An ideal aircraft for this is  a Mooney Bravo. Set the Wx at Fine and clear , ready for T/O Rwy. 06 Fuel 25% is plenty.
VNJS is at 8800` ASL
After T/O turn Right and head down the valley at 10000`, no more.
At about 18 miles from VNBL start descent at about 1000`/minute;
Keep to the left of the valley until you line up with  Runway 19. (if you can find it) which is at 2815` ASL.
It is only a 34 mile trip and should take about 20/25 minutes.


FROM GAC058 ANDREW PALENA
DEPARTURE: KPIE St Pete-Clearwater International
DESTINATION: KOPF Opa-Locka Executive Airport

DEPARTURE: KPIE St Pete-Clearwater International
DESTINATION: MYBS South Bimini Airport

DEPARTURE: MYBS South Bimini Airport
DESTINATION:  MYES Staniel Cay Airport

NOTAM:
If you are a fan of Florida & Island hopping, if you are worn out on winter cold and snow, then these flights are sure to please.  Andrew has offered a set of three flights as follows.
KPIE--KOPF St Petersburg/Clearwater to Opa Locka Executive Airport (note, several arrivals available, have fun).  Andrew goes on to state that this is one of his favorite routes.

KOPE--MYBS Opa Locka to South Bimini Island will take you to Andrew’s favorite destination.

MYBS--MYES South Bimini to Staniel Cay the Bahamas.  Careful route planning will give you an enjoyable island hopping experience and plenty of alternate landing sites in case of an unplanned event.  This is also one of Andrew’s favorite routes.

All are short and appropriate for light twins or even single engine aircraft.  Route planning is up to you on these flights.  Enjoy!




FROM GAC001 DAN GEORGE
DEPARTURE: KCRW Yeager Airport
DESTINATION: KEYE Eagle Creek Airpark Airport

NOTAM:
Another fave of mine is flying into KEYE Eagle Creek Airpark Indianapolis IN.  I have no idea why but I always end up with a smile after landing at Eagle Creek.  It’s not a big field, it’s not at high altitude nor does it have a tricky arrival, although I usually fly in using the CLANG6 Arrival.   The field has a 4200 ft runway.  KEYE, one of my favorite airfields.

Take off from KCRW Charleston WV then:  LIVES ISEC, GAILL ISEC, DQN VOR (my entry point to the CLANG 6 ARRIVAL), MIE VOR, CLANG ISEC, KEYE runway 21.

The flight was planned for my King Air or my Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 and takes about an hour and 20 minutes.