40 Great Flight Simulator Adventures

by Charles Gulick

El Monte

Blues in the

North Position: 14974 Rudder: 32767
East Position: 6098 Ailerons: 32767
Altitude: 28 Flaps: 0
Pitch: 0 Elevators: 32767
Bank: 0 Time: 23:00
Heading: 243 Season: 3-Summer
Airspeed: 0 Wind: 4 Kts, 210
Throttle: 0

There are these blue runways in the IBM version of the simulator. I prefer to think they're moonlit. I like them because they're easier to spot from the air and somehow seem more realistic. Perhaps they are a later development of the constantly changing simulation. Maybe someday we'll even see a paved JFK Airport in New York. (JFK is, after all, not exactly one of your hometown grass strips.)
    Whether in an Archer or Cessna, you're in good position to get lined up for runway 24, here at Oceanside Municipal in California, though in the SubLogic version only one side of the runway has its lights working. Your takeoff will be over the ocean or, to be exact, the Gulf of Santa Catalina. You're all gassed up for a night flight to another blue-runway airport, El Monte, northeast of Los Angeles. You've met El Monte before in this book, but not at night.


Before you taxi out (Archer pilots are already there; check the position on the radar), tune your NAV to Seal Beach VOR, 115.7. You may be too far out of range to get a heading, but the DME will give you a distance readout.
    You can tell, using your chart and a straightedge, that a course of 300 degrees will take you toward Seal Beach, so you'll fly that heading until you pick up the station.
    Plan to turn right to your heading as you pass through 1500. Your cruise altitude will be 4500. Ready when you are.


Taxi into position and take off. After you get your exact heading, you're right over the coastline all the way to the Seal Beach OMNI. The road bending in from your left toward all those lights is Interstate 15. The highway more or less paralleling the coast is Interstate 5.
    The first city on your route is Santa Ana, where there's an airport curiously named after John Wayne, otherwise, Orange County Airport.

You may want to tune in the Duke's tower for a weather check on 126.0.
    Adjust your OBI as you fly, and you'll see (if you're heading 300) that it agrees with your course.
    The next big metropolitan area is, of course, Los Angeles. But the airport you see almost straight ahead, at about 25 miles from the Seal Beach VOR, isn't Los Angeles International. It's Meadowlark. Watch for its beacon. Your heading should take you directly over the runway.
    El Monte Airport is north of Seal Beach VOR and bears almost exactly on the 346-degree radial. So as you approach Meadowlark, plan to fly a FROM course on that radial from Seal Beach.
    El Monte is roughly 14 nautical miles from the OMNI station, and its elevation is 296 feet. So plan your letdown and approach accordingly. You should be in visual contact slightly more than 10 miles from Seal Beach. And you'll soon see it's blue as promised.
    El Monte's runway numbers are 19 and 1. So now on which end of the moonlit strip will you land, the near one or. the far one?
    What, you forgot the wind direction? Shame!

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