Sara has been up a few times with me already, but this was Kates first time. The flight was at 830 in the morning, so the air was still smooth and the visibility was decent. This was my first flight over the city since the airspace changes were made last month.
The only difference I noticed was that I was given a squawk code right away before taking off. I was advised to report over the 401 and 404, when I did, was told to flip over to city centre. Piece of cake.
I have a questions to any controllers out there. When a VFR aircraft calls up and mentions their squawk code, can you just punch the code on your radar and the target will be highlighted? Similar to if I just pushed the ident button on my transponder?
We flew around the city a few times and noticed a huge bike racing going on downtown. It was pretty cool seeing the streets closed and all the bikers riding around.
All in all it was a great day for a flight, the passengers had a great time!
I’m going to be creating a passenger briefing hand out that I can email to my passengers before the flight that will cover all the legal requirements. I will of course still go over everything in person, that way they will know what to expect and can ask me any questions they might think of by reading the printed hand out.
I’ll be sure to post it here when I’m done.
(All photos courtesy of Kate)