by Charles Gulick
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|North Position: 15411||Rudder: 32767|
|East Position: 5747||Ailerons: 32767|
|Altitude: 2000||Flaps: 0|
|Pitch: 0||Elevators: 32767 (IBM only)|
|Bank: 0||Elevators: 36863 (all except IBM)|
|Heading: 150||Time: 1:15|
|Airspeed: 114||Season: 3-Summer|
|Throttle: 20479||Wind: 3 Kts, 60|
|You're over Santa Monica Bay in
southern California, on base leg for runway 6L at Los Angeles
|It's a beautiful night, and the
view out your left side is a colorful
one. You can pick out the runway at Santa Monica Municipal, and just
south of that is Marina del Rey.
|You'll want to get into approach
configuration now, and start your turn
to final about opposite the marina, because the runway is only a mile
below the inlet. Your inbound heading will be 67 degrees (the runway is
erroneously numbered). You're far enough out over the water (about
seven or eight miles) to get lined up nice and straight. Elevation at
LAX is 126. You can tune the VOR there on 113.6 if you like. And the
tower frequency is 133.8.
The runway you're bound for is the leftmost straight line you'll see on final. It and its companion runway look like one wide strip, but they're not. A few miles off the end of the runway you'll see the lights around the marina. Then after the disk access, the runway gets outlined and all kinds of lights brighten your approach.
This mode is a good one to sharpen up your night perception and your approach precision. Get it down real fine and you might even want to try a nighttime touch and go.