Realistic Commercial Flying with Flight Simulator

by John Rafferty

Chapter 19
Southbound Commuter: Seattle to Olympia

It's still a mild but typically gray and "squishy" winter day in Washington State. You've remained in the captain's seat during the brief stopover here at Seattle-Tacoma International; now the attendant informs you the passengers and luggage are aboard, so you prepare for the continuation to Olympia.

For this second leg, the clearance routing is often direct to Olympia, although sometimes they route you through McChord. In any event, it's a short and routine hop.

Program Setup Values
Time1235 hours (12:35 p.m.)
CloudsLevel 1: 2300-2800 feet


At the WashAir Gate, After Contacting Ground

WashAir Flight Two 0 One
Cleared to Olympia
Direct McChord
then McChord R-229 to Budle Intersection
Maintain three thousand
Squawk three four three zero

You read back and indicate ready to taxi.

WashAir Two O One cleared to taxi for Runway 16.

Approaching the Threshold of Runway 16

WashAir Two O One hold short of the runway
Contact Seattle Tower on one one niner point niner so long.


WashAir Two O One Seattle Tower
You're cleared for departure
Runway 16
Altimeter three zero point one zero
Wind one seven zero degrees at six
Visibility seven miles
Temperature 53
Runway heading on departure.

At 1000 Feet

WashAir Two O One contact Seattle Approach
On one twenty-three point niner good day.


WashAir Two O One Seattle Approach
Climb and maintain three thousand
You're cleared direct to McChord.

5 Miles DME Before McChord

WashAir Two O One contact Tacoma Approach
On one twenty-one point one so long.



Figure 19-1. Approach Plate, Olympia VOR RWY 17

10 Miles DME After McChord, On R-229

WashAir Two O One Tacoma
Descend and maintain two thousand
Expect the VOR approach to Olympia Runway 17.

15 Miles DME After McChord

WashAir Two O One descend and maintain fifteen hundred
Contact Olympia Tower on one twenty-four point four good day.


WashAir Two O One Olympia
You're cleared for the VOR approach to Runway 17
Altimeter three zero point one five
Wind one six zero degrees at five
Visibility ten miles
Temperature 58.

On the Runway

WashAir Two 0 One turn left at the runway intersection
Contact Ground on one twenty-one point six see ya later.


Clear of Runway 17 and Taxiing East on Runway 8

WashAir Two 0 One Olympia Ground
Proceed to the end of Runway 8
Then turn left and continue on to your gate.

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