Stretching my wings

Wish I was with you bro.
 
Dave would your flight take you near the border say west of the 5?
No that is NOLF, military. I will be crossing the 5 about 6 miles north of the border.
 
I didn’t know. When I was there I was in the Army. One day I will get back to see the lights we put on the boarder.
 
Hello Dave,

The weather this time of year in the San Diego area is wonderful. That will be an enjoyable flight along the coast. Be aware that other rotorcraft aviators also enjoy flying along the coast, especially military types so keep your eyes open and head swivelling.

Depending on the day, Torrey Pines will have hang gliding activity and sometimes RC glider activity there along the ridge/beach.

I see that you are planning on overflying Lindbergh Field (KSAN). Are you planning on flying along the VFR Corridor (3300' - 4700' MSL) or talking directly to the tower for a lower altitude transition through their Class B airspace? Either way is fine. Just remember within the Corridor, faster moving fixed wing aircraft will be transitioning with you.

Make sure to get plenty of video and share with us!

Enjoy the flight!

Wayne


 
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Glad to hear it!
I called the wx right today...the pro guessers said zero wind and no rain...its pouring outside.
 
Got my flight in today, just at 100 miles, 2hours 20minutes and 13 gallons of fuel. I really like flying a gyro in southern California
Hello Dave,

Racking up XC time for a higher rating perhaps? Did you get any video of your flight? The weather was fantastic yesterday.

Wayne
 
Just flying for fun, that is why I got my ticket, if I find a legit reason for some add-ons I'll go for it.

There's a couple videos on Facebook
 
Gyrocopter pilots
 
Gyrocopter pilots
Evening Dave,

I just finished watching the videos that you posted. Very nice. Your phone sure made your flight look much higher than 4100+ft MSL when you were flying within the corridor above KSAN Lindbergh Field.

Thanks for sharing.

Wayne
 
It felt like 4000'. I am getting used to flying at altitude, but chasing ravens at 300' is the way I like it.
 
Many have said that the higher one flies in an open framed gyroplane, the smaller the seat that one is sitting on becomes. Which canyon were you flying within? It looked somewhat like Carrizo Gorge - Goat Canyon.

Within Carrizo Gorge, there's a very famous wooden railroad trestle. The largest, longest and highest of its type in the world.

Wayne
 

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It's near Hellhole canyon preserve by Harrah's casino.
 

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I would like to fly Carrizo gorge, it is deep in some of the most treacherous mountains god ever created and it is more than 50 miles to a airport with fuel. Probably won't make that flight in my Vortex.
 
There is (or until recently was - haven't checked in a while) a more accessible enormous wooden trestle structure here, easily seen from GA aircraft (it's just off the runways for Kirtland AFB / Albuquerque Intl Airport so no 50 mile from fuel issue):


6.5 million board feet of lumber, and not a single metal bolt, screw, washer, or nut in it.

I was working at Sandia Labs, essentially next door, on a thermonuclear fusion project, when the trestle was nearing completion long ago. Many blamed it for high housing costs back then because of the effect on nationwide lumber demand.

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I would like to fly Carrizo gorge, it is deep in some of the most treacherous mountains god ever created and it is more than 50 miles to a airport with fuel. Probably won't make that flight in my Vortex.
That is for sure for Carrizo Gorge.

Many years ago when a group of ARNG soldiers and I were finished participating in an ARNG support to a Border Patrol mission. We were going to fly back up North to Los Alamitos JFTB. The Aircraft Commander was a railroad enthusiast so I mentioned to him about the wooden railroad trestle in Carrizo Gorge. So we flew up the canyon to take a look. The trestle is very impressive to see from the air, and yes no place to land safely during an emergency.

Wayne
 
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