Airienteering with 13MIKE

by Fred J. Calfior and Douglas W. Miller

AirLeg 30

“See that '27' with the four cornered brackets close by the Twin Hi-rise visual check point? That always shows the ceiling of the Class D airspace. To be perfectly honest, I still get all messed up remembering what these new Class dah-dah airspaces really are! I teach VFR navigation, and I have to ask my students, 'What did I say Class D airspace is?' Anyway, it used to be called the airport traffic area, which goes from the surface to 2500 feet AGL at individually tailored radii. Since Santa Monica airport's elevation is 175 feet, that's why the symbol on the Terminal Area chart says '27', for 2700 feet. Cool, huh?!!”

1) Climb to “3500” feet

“The first aircraft factory in the United States began under the supervisory eyes of Glenn Curtiss, where he built and sold his first airplane for profit. He kind of stole the control surface idea from the Wright brothers, and they didn't like that, so they sued Curtiss for patent infringement. After four years, they actually won the suit!”

2) Harriet Quimby was the:

If your answer is “first woman to fly across the English Channel”, go

           to AirLeg 53

If your answer is “first female pilot in America”, go to AirLeg 11

If your answer is “first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean”, go to

           AirLeg 76

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