Airienteering with 13MIKE

by Fred J. Calfior and Douglas W. Miller

AirLeg 33

1) Upon crossing the LAX VOR “076” radial, turn RIGHT to a heading of “190

“Kind of leaves a pit in my stomach to leave the womb of the Los Angeles VFR corridor. Doesn't it do that to you too? But the floor of the airspace we're heading to is 5000 feet, so your rock solid 2500 foot altitude puts us well below the lower limits of the Class B airspace. The beginning of controlled airways had its roots in the Post Office airmail pilots era. The Post Office built a lighted airway between Cheyenne, Wyoming and Chicago in the first half of 1923. Then in August of that year, a regular service was flown from New York to San Francisco for a four day period, using this lighted airway during the night portion of the flight! It's an idea that caught on, and has given us airways as we know them now - but we have all the fancy radar navigation stuff to aid us today! If those early pilots saw us today, they 'd call us wimps!”

2) Go to AirLeg 4

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