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Old 09-22-2012, 06:55 PM
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Default Zigzagging Southwest. What to see?

I plan to invade South West mid October. I have solid connections and plans for Colorado and San Diego. Huge area between them is a mystery unknown and planning is still in progress. To be honest I am a bit overwhelmed which happens rarely. I have Day VFR RV-9A , O2 onboard and a lot of time. I can wait for better WX if bad encountered.


I would appreciate any advice from locals where to fly, what to see and how to do it right way. I would love to fly over Spaceport America and Davis Monthan Boneyard but I could not find any info or procedures. So I assume these areas are restricted for GA overflights. Two Valleys are on my list - Monument and Death anybody been there lately?


Please suggest something. Where to stop? What to see? Any airports with on field or walking distance accommodation? Not interested in Holiday Inn Express all cash goes inside fuel tanks



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Old 09-22-2012, 07:18 PM
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Good idea. I suggest a Grand Canyon fly-over and they have an airport there to get a closer look.

Also Los Alamos NM. Easy walk from airport to hotel. Maybe even get a tour arranged of the historic Los Alamos National Lab. You may need to apply for such tour in advance. Go to their website to find out. I know they let Russians in because I read this article:

http://www.lanl.gov/science/NSS/issu...1/story8.shtml
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:27 PM
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The Spaceport Restricted R-5111 (A to D) area is by 12 hr advanced Notam only, you should be fine to overfly it...

Call them and see if you can get permission to land.

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Old 09-22-2012, 07:38 PM
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Only certain areas of the Grand Canyon are open to overflights. Get the special sectional for the Grand Canyon.
I'd advise against KGCN unless time is limited. Avgas is very expensive. Instead go to Valle, 30 miles or so south. Call ahead and reserve their rental car if you want to tour the park on the ground. If you're staying overnight there's a motel/restaurant within walking distance of the Valle airport.
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:46 PM
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Default ABQ Balloon Fiesta, Oct 5 - 14

Hundreds of hot air balloons, special shapes, fireworks, night glows.

PM me for more details, I'm a volunteer and will be working the Gas Balloon event. Also you can google Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta for all details.

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Old 09-22-2012, 09:22 PM
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Carlsbad Caverns

Four Corners

Zion National Park (NP)

Bryce Canyon NP

Canyonlands NP

Arches NP

Capitol Reef NP

Natural Bridges National Monument

Antelope Canyon (Page, AZ) http://www.antelopecanyon.com/

Stay at Monument Valley and tour by vehicle. http://www.gouldings.com/
Supposedly there is another hotel near the visitors center.

Stay at Death Valley and go to Badwater.

Las Vegas for a day/night (Bellagio fountains, M&M World)

Fly through the Green River/Mineral Canyon north of Canyonlands NP. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LqdtVgaDSQ

Go to the Grand Canyon.

Just a start of course

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Old 09-22-2012, 09:37 PM
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Add Sedona AZ to Ron's list.

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Old 09-22-2012, 10:02 PM
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Vlad, save your gas on the zig-zag and hit the north points on the way in and the south points on the way out.

I would add Catalina Island since you are coming so far. Just off the coast of CA. What are your San Diego plan? I'm one of the locals here.
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:35 PM
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Vlad, save your gas on the zig-zag and hit the north points on the way in and the south points on the way out.

I would add Catalina Island since you are coming so far. Just off the coast of CA. What are your San Diego plan? I'm one of the locals here.
Looks like Sedona is the right hand bottom point of the route "W" path...

A little North is Flagstaff, and if you like the stars, a visit to the Lowell Observatory is certainly recommended.

http://www.lowell.edu/visit.php

Go on the right nights and they even let you "have a go" and look through the 1896 32 ft long refractor telescope.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:26 PM
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Chiriaco Airport is a good stop for lunch and a visit to the General Patton Museum. It covers American tanks from WW II to today. Has a great restaurant for lunch. It is near Palm Springs, California between Phoenix and San Diego. If you stop give a heads up and Ill meet you. Here is more info.

http://www.airnav.com/airport/L77

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