Went up yesterday for some last minute practice before my exam tomorrow. It was a beautiful day to fly: 5°C and not a cloud in the sky (although the ATIS was reporting few at 26,000′).
During my run-up I hear Ground telling everyone to contact Tower on 119.9 for departures. Oh no! I immediately flashed back to the “poker run” last summer.
I’m number three waiting to take off.. not bad. I decide to do a circuit before heading north to practice.
My second take-off was right behind a 150. The 150s are smaller and slower than the 172s.
Tower: “Are you able an immediate take-off?”
Tower: “Taxi into position and hold, keep the power on, follow the 150 in front of you, fly runway heading and contact tower on 124.4 when airborne”.
By the time I roll into position Tower already cleared me to take off.
This is the first time I’ve had to contact another frequency while climbing out. Not a problem though, I made it part of my pre-take off checklist: flaps up, mixture rich, landing light off, check runway tracking, contact tower on 124.4:
Me: “Buttonville tower, DQG with you on 124.4”
As I suspected, I overtook the 150 at a blazing 105KIAS.
People were making positions calls left, right, and centre in the practice area. I saw probably 5 planes on the way up to Keswick all going in different directions. I was able to find a little pocket (my favorite, just east of Keswick on the east side of Cooks Bay, near Baldwin) to do some upper air work.
I decided to come back in at 1,800′ (thats low) just to keep out of everyones way. Little did I know that you can’t pick up the ATIS from that height from where I was. Coming back was no big deal, just had to switch back to 119.9 on final.
1.3 hours logged.