Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Los Angeles Day Trip


It was still much more notice than I received at my previous job, but I ended up going to Los Angeles for a day trip a few weeks ago. Surprise!


This was my second official trip in the Phenom 300, and our first in RVSM altitudes (it took a week to get those documents signed by the FAA, so we climbed past FL290 through FL410 and cruised at FL430 on our way to Baton Rouge for our first trip).

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Since LA is less than an hour away, it was nice to be able to fly at a normal altitude of 36,000 feet.


Although, this little rocket climbs to 43,000 in about 19 minutes. I’ll just let that sink in for a second. It’s a BEAST!


We left with five passengers on board for the 4:00 PM departure to Van Nuys Airport in northern Los Angeles. Had I been here for the day, you know I would have visited the happiest place on earth!


Alas, it wasn’t meant to be, since we were only here until about midnight. It did give me time to run to a local BBQ joint for some dinner.


I can’t believe the prices, but I was able to get out of there with just a sandwich and steak fries for less than $10.

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It was good, but I prefer pulled pork and not huge slabs of meat slapped onto a bun. The sauce was incredible, though, and I treated Hubby to a bottle of the stuff.


He isn’t one for treats from my trips, but I have never known that man to turn down BBQ sauce.


After dinner, I worked on logbook entries to be up-to-date with the FAA so I could renew my flight instructor certificate by the end of this month.


I also got to show the line guys how to fuel a Phenom 300…did I mention it is single-point refueling and pretty much fuels itself?! It’s a dream!


Sorry. I just get really excited about this machine. It has been so much fun flying it, and I found out a little more regarding the avionics. Each time I fly, I find a new thing that the Garmin 1000 Prodigy can do to make my life easier. It’s so impressive what this computer does!

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We landed at home around 1:00 AM and had no traffic to fight, either in the air or on my drive to Mesa. I crawled into bed next to a warm and snoozing Hubby around 1:45 AM.


I’m pretty sure I was still able to steal all the covers, despite my limited time asleep. I still refuse to believe this happens, but Hubby insists that I have such mad skills.


A nice, easy, beautiful day at work. Everyone wants to look at this airplane on the ramp. It’s so fun to show it off! I still have to pinch myself to believe this is all really happening!


Phoenix – Van Nuys – Phoenix


  1. Your pictures are beautiful, sis! I am so glad you are enjoying this new job, it was surely an answer to prayers (many of them by many people!).
    That would have been fun to hit Disneyland for a day! You have mentioned you don't mind going by yourself (I think one day there alone might be OK), maybe the next time you are headed that way!

    1. I haven't been to Disneyland since my Senior Trek (I won't even mention the number of years). Is that even legal?!


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