by Fred J. Calfior and Douglas W. Miller
Set ZOOM to "1.0"
Set TIME to "11:05"
"Yeah! Isn't Professor Miller a cool setter-upper?! I'm Professor Calfior for those of you who are new, or to those of you who have forgotten me already! I'll be flying with you in the right seat for this flight, and to begin this cross country properly, let's get our ATIS information. Let me see, the frequency is - oh yeah, 124.4! Dial it into the communication panel. "
1) Tune COM to "124.4" (ATIS)
"LA VERNE BRACKETT FIELD, INFORMATION SIERRA, 1800 ZULU WEATHER, SKY CLEAR, VISIBILITY FIVE IN HAZE. TEMPERATURE 93, WIND 270 AT 10. ALTIMETER 29.96. CAUTION FOR MOWERS OPERATING NEAR THE APPROACH END OF RUNWAYS 26 RIGHT AND 26 LEFT. ALL AIRCRAFT DEPARTURES ARE ON RUNWAY 26 LEFT - ALL ARRIVALS LANDING ON RUNWAY 26 RIGHT. ADVISE ON INITIAL CONTACT YOU HAVE INFORMATION SIERRA."
"They don't get any more exciting than that, do they?!! Mowers! They're probably spies critiquing all the landings to the airport general manager! Well anyway, runway 26L is where we need to go. Let's set up the instruments as we need them before we think about taxiing."
2) Set "Altimeter" and "DG"
3) Set XPDR to "1200" (VFR code)
4) Tune NAV 1 to "110.4" (POM)
5) Set NAV I OBS to "164" in the upper window
6) Tune NAV 2 to "112.2" (PDZ)
7) Set NAV 2 OBS to "276" in the upper window
8) Set the DME to "NAV I" and "DIST"
9) Check CARB HEAT is "OFF"
10) Check GEAR "DOWN"
11) Turn STROBE "ON"
12) Check LIGHTS are "OFF"
"Ready to taxi? Now double check one more time that you've got your cockpit in order, and then switch to La Verne's Ground Control frequency, 125.0, and get a clearance to taxi to Santa Monica -1 mean to 26L so we can get to Santa Monica!"
13) Tune COM to "125.0" (Ground)
"LA VERNE GROUND, THIS IS CESSNA 13MIKE AT THE RAMP, READY TO TAXI TO RUNWAY 26 LEFT WITH INFORMATION SIERRA."
La Verne Ground:
"13MIKE, TAXI TO RUNWAY 26 LEFT. USE CAUTION FOR MOWERS IN THE VICINITY."
"You are facing runway 26L (left). Make a left turn and taxi to the beginning of the touchdown area for runway 26L. When you get to the departure end of 26L, turn right and hold short of the runway. We will go through our runup here." See Figure 2.1.
Figure 2.1. Taxi to runway 26 Left.
1) Set brake (hold down to prevent aircraft from moving)
2) Advance power to about "1800" RPM
** 3) Select CARB HEAT "ON", record RPM drop_____ (5 pts)
4) Select CARB HEAT "OFF"
** 5) Select "LEFT" Mag, record RPM drop______ (5 pts)
6) Select "BOTH" Mags
** 7) Select "RIGHT" Mag, record RPM drop______ (5 pts)
8) Select "BOTH" Mags
9) Reduce power to idle
10) Set FLAPS to first notch (10 degrees takeoff configuration)
"Yup, you're certainly right! Now that you've completed your pretake-off checklist, the next step is to activate your f ight plan."
"LA VERNE GROUND, 13MIKE WOULD LIKE TO ACTIVATE ITS VFR FLIGHT PLAN TO SANTA MONICA AT THIS TIME."
La Verne Ground:
"13MIKE, YOUR VFR FLIGHT PLAN IS ACTIVATED. HAVE A NICE FLIGHT."
"13MIKE, GOOD DAY!"
"There's no line of airplanes in front of us, and you look ready to go - you are, aren't you? Then get us on Tower frequency, 118.2, and get our clearance for takeoff. "
11) Tune COM to "118.2" (La Verne Tower)
"LA VERNE TOWER, CESSNA 13MIKE, READY FOR DEPARTURE RUNWAY 26 LEFT."
La Verne Tower:
"13MIKE, YOU ARE CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF."
"13MIKE CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF."