Flights of 13MIKE

by Fred J. Calfior and Douglas W. Miller

   Flight Scenario Nine

Salinas to San Jose

(San Francisco Area - estimated flying time 45 minutes)

Flight Series Three. You must be a hot pilot by now! Well, we'll see how good your pilotage is with this flight. Professor Miller here, for the start of this two flight adventure. This flight will begin at Salinas Airport, which is south of San Francisco, and fly north to land at San Jose International. Sounds simple, huh? 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 Salinas Airport without going through the initial setup steps. I will then turn you over to Professor Calfior who will take you through the PREFLIGHT 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. Listen to what Professor Calfior has to say about flying techniques. He is trying to help you obtain the best possible score.


This will be a compass and landmark navigation flight. The flight begins with a CROSSWIND departure from runway 8 at Salinas Airport. After departing the pattern, you will fly a course of 360 degrees (due North) and climb to 4500 feet. When the San Luis Reservoir is directly off your right wing, you will turn left to a heading of 300 degrees, and descend to 3500 feet. You will see two mountains in front of you - fly between them. When you emerge from the other side of the mountains, you will need to make an immediate left turn to a heading of 190 degrees (watch the mountain). You will see San Jose International Airport off to your right. When the airport is at your 4 o'clock position, you will turn to the right to enter a 45 for San Jose's runway 12L (Left). You will fly a standard LEFT DOWNWIND pattern with the exception of a shortened BASE leg because of the other runway next to you. 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 San Francisco. Find Salinas and San Jose International airports. Read the route of flight carefully and draw the route on the map. After you have finished drawing your route, answer the following questions.

**  a) What is the name of the airport to your right, about 20 miles into the flight?_________________________________________ (15 pts)

**  b) What is the height of the mountain to your left, as you turn towards San Jose?___________________________________________ (15 pts)

**  c) What is the name of the mountain in question "b"?_____________ (15 pts)

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