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Old 12-26-2014, 11:36 AM
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Default SoCal Flying, Chino to Catalina Island

We are having wonderful flying weather in Southern California. So what's a pilot to do.... I know, hop in the RV-9A and fly over the pacific ocean to the Airport in the Sky, Catalina Island.

==- YouTube Video Link -==




My Nephew Travis flew with me. We both had life jackets on during the flight.



Catalina Island airport has a great restaurant on the field. Here is the patio.



A shot of the coastline as we flew home
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Old 12-26-2014, 11:52 AM
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Yeah...make me jealous at year's end

I've never flown to Catalina but it's on my todo list. If I didn't want to get a life jacket I could fly high enough to glide either way at midpoint, right?
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Old 12-26-2014, 01:39 PM
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Yeah...make me jealous at year's end

I've never flown to Catalina but it's on my todo list. If I didn't want to get a life jacket I could fly high enough to glide either way at midpoint, right?
It's a bit less than 30 nm, so yes, 10,000' would easily do it. But, take a look at the Catalina runway. An engine out approach needs to be spot on. An undershoot or overshoot would not be good.

The water is warm, there are usually lots of boats nearby. I wouldn't argue the lifejacket question either way, it's your judgement call.
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Old 12-26-2014, 03:52 PM
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Thanks Peter. I want to go there one more time.
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Old 12-26-2014, 03:57 PM
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Yeah...make me jealous at year's end
Yeah, what he said! I haven't been out to Catalina in 3 years, I gotta get back one of these days...

Kinda funny, your pic over the coastline looks pretty familiar, I took almost the exact same shot headed outbound to Catalina 3 years ago... and I see the hangar has been repainted, looks better!


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Old 12-26-2014, 04:00 PM
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Really nice, great video and radio chatter

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Old 12-26-2014, 07:51 PM
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Default Nice primer!

Thanks. I've been wanting to make this flight for a long time. Maybe I'll get down there in a few months. I'll have to stop by West Marine for a couple of life jackets first I guess!
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Old 12-26-2014, 08:36 PM
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Default SoCal to Catalina--the water is not warm!

If you had to ditch your plane in the water between Catalina and the mainland, don't count on the water being warm, winter or summer (58-69). Hypothermia would set in very quickly if not rescued.

It would be prudent to WEAR a life jacket. There won't be time to put it on before you hit the water. Certain times of the year there are many boats making the crossing that could assist if they saw you go in. You could fly high enough to ditch near the shore of Catalina. Most of that coastline is not accessible by car, only boat. Between the town of Avalon and the approach to the airport there are one or two camps that may be inhabited.

The narrowest point to cross is from Pt Vincente (Palos Verdes) to the isthmus.

Wear a life jacket, fly high on the way, study the runway diagram and make a precise approach. It is worth the effort once you get there!
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Old 12-26-2014, 08:58 PM
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Default Airport's Evolution

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As seen in 2012



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If you had to ditch your plane in the water between Catalina and the mainland, don't count on the water being warm, winter or summer (58-69). Hypothermia would set in very quickly if not rescued.

It would be prudent to WEAR a life jacket. There won't be time to put it on before you hit the water. Certain times of the year there are many boats making the crossing that could assist if they saw you go in. You could fly high enough to ditch near the shore of Catalina. Most of that coastline is not accessible by car, only boat. Between the town of Avalon and the approach to the airport there are one or two camps that may be inhabited.

The narrowest point to cross is from Pt Vincente (Palos Verdes) to the isthmus.

Wear a life jacket, fly high on the way, study the runway diagram and make a precise approach. It is worth the effort once you get there!
There was a recent article in "Kitplanes" magazine of an Experimental Homebuilt aircraft that did ditch near a boat. IIRC, they spent less than 15-minutes in the water.
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