I started doing circuits today. Fun stuff. I don’t think that I will ever get bored of them. I have a lot to write about but I’m going to make this one short (and update you about other stuff in another entry).
I booked two lessons today. On the second lesson, I decided to bring along my GPS for the ride so that I could plot my track (and elevation) on a map for later study. Got to the airport and the weather was questionable but we decided to go up anyways. I figured it would be a good experience to see what its like to fly in low visibility.
I wish there is an archive of METARs and SPECIs online. So that I can go back to the time of the flight to see what the posted visibility is. If anyone knows of one, please let me know. In any case.. it was bad. At one point in the circuit, we couldn’t see the airport (on the base leg). According to my measurements in Google earth, the visibility was less than 1.5SM. So what we ended up doing, was follow woodbine south until we saw the runway, then corrected.
To better illustrate, you can download the track for Google Earth or you can see a Google Maps version. One thing to note though is that the elevation/altitude data from the GPS is pretty inaccurate. It doesn’t have a pressure altimeter in it so it calculates its height based on triangulation.