Flights of 13MIKE

by Fred J. Calfior and Douglas W. Miller

   Flight Scenario Six

Aurora to Bloomington-Normal

(Chicago Area - estimated flying time 45 minutes)

Calling all aircraft! Calling all aircraft! Has anybody seen Professor Miller? Oh, that's me! Yikes! It sure is windy around these parts. I guess you found that out on the last flight. I hope you keep that in mind when you fly this next scenario. This is the second flight of the Chicago area series. This flight can be flown as a continuation of the first flight, which began at Lansing Municipal, in the southeast portion of the Chicago area and arrived at Aurora Municipal in the southwest portion of Chicago. It may also be flown as a complete self contained flight. If you and Professor Calfior are continuing on to Bloomington-Normal, then you may skip the "SETUP" section and proceed to the "PREFLIGHT". If this is your first flight with "13MIKE", let me tell you how we do the setup. I will lead you through the initial setup phase of the flight simulator where you will set the aircraft type, winds, and position. I will show you how to save this setup so you may return to the Aurora Airport without going through the initial setup steps. I will then turn you over to Professor Calfior who will take you through the PREFLIGHT of "13MIKE" to set your instruments, TAXI, and perform a RUN UP of the engine prior to takeoff. He will instruct you in the TAKEOFF, CLIMB OUT, LEVEL OFF, COURSE CHANGES, DESCENT, APPROACH, and LANDING procedures that make up the bulk of this scenario. And do listen to what Professor Calfior has to say about flying techniques. He is trying to help you obtain the best possible score.


The route of flight follows well established departure, climb, cruise, descent, and landing procedures. The procedures begin with a departure from runway 36 at Aurora Municipal, with a climb out to 3000 feet. From midfield on the downwind leg, you will fly on a 225 magnetic heading until intercepting the JOLIET 290 radial. Then you will turn left to a heading of 210, continue climb to 4500 feet, and maintain that heading until intercepting the JOLIET 256 radial. Proceed inbound on the PONTIAC 348 radial, and descend down to 3500 feet. When over PONTIAC VOR, fly outbound on the PONTIAC 182 radial until you intercept the BLOOMINGTON 060 radial, where you turn right for a 45 degree entry to enter a left hand traffic pattern for landing on runway 11. After filling out our flight plan in Appendix A, and calling the Flight Service Station (FSS) to file it, we need to turn to Appendix B, and locate the sectional map for Chicago. Find Aurora and Blomington-Normal airports. Draw the above route on the map. Now answer these questions.

**  a) What is the name of the airport on the tracks, as you cross the 290 radial of Joliet?_________________________________(15 pts)

**  b) What's the name of the river you cross, as you head south to Pontiac VOR?_________________________________(15 pts)

**  c) What interstate do you parallel and cross, inbound from Pontiac VOR to your destination?_________________________________(15 pts)

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