by Fred J. Calfior and Douglas W. Miller
"Salinas FSS, good early morning to you! I'm off to a dawn start on an IFR cross country in aircraft tail number November 9413MIKE, which is a Cessna 182 RG. Departure from Watsonville Municipal in about forty five minutes, and I'll cruise at eight thousand feet. This will be a coastal route up to the north, west of Woodside to Oakland International. ETE will be seventy minutes."
"There are no flight precautions for your flight.
A strengthening low pressure system is over central California.
Watsonville's weather currently is reported as a measured ceiling two hundred overcast, visibility one in heavy rain, temperature seven two, wind two niner zero at six, altimeter two niner eight six.
Enroute ceilings are generally one thousand broken, six thousand overcast.
Oakland currently is reporting estimated ceiling four hundred broken, two thousand five hundred overcast, visibility one and a half miles in light rain and fog. Temperature six niner, dewpoint six five, wind two eight zero at one zero, altimeter two niner eight four.
About one half hour ago, a King Air reported flying through seven thousand feet in a climb, fifteen miles south of Woodside VOR, and encountering light turbulence.
Terminal forecast for Watsonville is ceiling three hundred overcast, visibility two.
Enroute ceilings are forecast one thousand overcast.
Oakland's terminal forecast for your time of arrival is ceiling five hundred broken, three thousand overcast, visibility one and a half miles, wind two seven zero at one one.
Winds at niner thousand, which are good for eight thousand, expect two five zero at two niner.
No NOTAMs, either local or distant.
Is there anything else I can do for you?"
FILING THE FLIGHT PLAN -
"Can you slip some of that coffee through the telephone lines?!! think I'll go ahead and file. It all sounds good to me."
"IFR, November 9413MIKE, Cessna 182 RG - slash A, one two five true airspeed, Departure - WVI, one two zero zero Zulu, eight thousand feet, Route - AY NDB, direct MOVER intersection, Victor twenty five to SANTY intersection, direct EUGEN intersection, HADLY ONE ARRIVAL to destination Oakland. ETE is zero plus seven zero. Fuel on board five plus four five. Alternate - San Jose International, [YOUR NAME - CONTACT PHONE NUMBER - HOME BASE], two on board, Red over white."
"Okay! Let me verify this somewhat. You want to fly direct from AY NDB to MOVER, right? Then also direct from SANTY to EUGEN?"
"Yeah! Let's work with that, and I'll probably get vectors once I'm flailing around up there anyway! No problem from my point of view. Is it okay?"
"Oh sure! I just wanted to make sure you weren't planning on Victor airway-ing it all the way through. Give me a moment to contact Oakland Center, and I'll have your clearance for you."
"If you're ready to copy, I have your clearance."
"I'm ready to copy."
"ATC clears Cessna 9413MIKE to Oakland International Airport as filed. Maintain eight thousand. Monterey Departure frequency will be one two seven point one five. Squawk five six one six. Clearance Void Time will be one two one five Zulu."
"Cleared to Oakland as filed, eight thousand, Monterey Departure one two seven point one five. Five six one six is the squawk, and void time of one two one five."
"Readback correct. Have a great flight!"
"Thanks, and have the best day all day!"