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apprehensive, Jean and I soon
sped oceanward thanks to the
tailwind.
Our first jolts occurred
over the Mojave Desert. "And
we're not even to the mountains yet!" Jean exclaimed as
she tightened her seatbelt.
But to our surprise the ride
smoothed, and we experienced only light turbulence
topping the coastal range and
SUNSET at Oceanside Beach, California.
descending over Oceanside Beach. Despite a few
bumps tracking the noise abatement
utes early. I filed a flight plan-important
approach along the San Luis Rey River,
to do pretakeoff for TFRs-and prepared
our approach and landing were uneventto circumnavigate south over the Salton
ful. The only minor trauma was to our
Sea if necessary. Departing the pattern, I
ears, descending from 10,500 feet to the
asked SoCal Approach about a clearance
28-foot-elevation airport.
through the outer ring.
With the burden of responsibility lifted,
"You'll need to go around it," said the
Jean and I soon sipped wine seaside with
controller. "ThisĀ is a real serious TFR." To
Tim and Hedy. The next day and a half
my alarm, neither panel display nor tablet
proved blissfully relaxing, with nothing
depicted the TFR at that point to help
but great conversation, beach strolling,
bypass it. I'd examined the chart adeand outdoor dining. Other than accessing
quately beforehand to picture its southern
the airport, we never even entered a car.
extent, but not monitoring progress
Another impediment I'd discovered in
real-time made me nervous. Just then, the
planning this trip was the establishment
controller called back. "I'm coordinating
of a large presidential temporary flight
with LA Center and it looks like you'll be
restriction (TFR) over Palm Springs on
able to go through it."
our day and route of return home. Palm
Once cleared through the outer ring, I
Springs's Coachella Valley is bounded by
steered well clear of the no-fly zone and
high mountains and restricted airspace
informed ATC before turning on course
both north and south, making it a major
toward Flagstaff. (I had no desire to test
general aviation thoroughfare to and from my handy intercept procedures refercoastal Southern California-and difficult ence card.) Lessons learned along the
to circumvent.
way: The panel display took 20 minutes
As usual, the TFR's central no-fly zone
to download and display the TFR, and
would be closed to all general aviation
I hadn't activated my tablet's TFR map.
aircraft. The surrounding 30-mile-radius
I should have addressed these issues
outer ring was penetrable on an active
before takeoff. Once clear, Jean and I
flight plan with radar following and
could finally relax and savor the joys of
discrete transponder code. Even there,
our journey.
however, we weren't assured of getting
"Sure beats driving!" said Jean when
through: "workload permitting, ATC may Flagstaff appeared on the horizon 90 minauthorize transit operations." Clearly,
utes later. Yeah, other folks might prefer
this was to be avoided. Since the TFR was to drive their cars for eight hours worryto activate at 11 a.m., we planned a 9:30
free. But boy, do they miss out!
departure.
However, on departure morning, I
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