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Old 05-18-2018, 07:58 PM
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Default RV7 USA Perimeter Flight

My wife and I will be flying our RV7 around the perimeter of America over the next 6 weeks. We are watching the weather and hope to depart KMQJ, Indianapolis, Indiana, Monday, 5/20/18. Our trip officially begins when we fly north and hit the southwest shore of Lake Erie at KTDZ, Toledo Executive Airport. We'll fly eastbound with our first overnight at Niagara Falls, KIAG. If you'd like a little company, we'll be looking for RV friendly places to land.



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Old 05-18-2018, 09:46 PM
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Great plan perfect timing! Go for it. Watch for the thermal dangers and violent T-storms along Arizona border, try to talk your way via R-spaces. If you don't have a Russian accent they may let you fly through from Yuma.

Look for two unmarked aerostats hanging over Rio Grande passed Laredo. If you stay at least 10 mi from the border they are no factor. Remember they are not charted.

Talk to ATC within Corpus Christi airspace cluster. Tons of training flights. Mucho trafico.

North Carolina coast near Camp Lejeune and further north to Cherry Point NAS is saturated with always active ranges. Plan deviations from the shores.

Watch your navigator in VA off the Circle of Doom. A lot of restrictions.

Plan your gas/oil in eastern and northern Maine. A fuel pump at an unattended field will always be inop when you have 5 gallons left in your tank.

Enjoy we are waiting for a report.
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Old 05-18-2018, 10:19 PM
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Default DC Special Flight Rules Area - Mandatory Training

Vlad makes a good point: Any flights within 60 miles of the DC VOR, even transiting the airspace without landing, requires you take an online course and carry the paper certificate card, for the Special Flight Rules Area. Closer in, there are more intensive traffic control and even preclearance via the US Secret Service for the close-in "DC-3" airports. If you plan to circumnavigate at the 60+/- range, also beware the Camp David Area (R-4009 and P-40).

https://www.faasafety.gov/gslac/ALC/...g.aspx?cID=405
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Old 05-18-2018, 11:05 PM
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Great plan perfect timing! Go for it. Watch for the thermal dangers and violent T-storms along Arizona border, try to talk your way via R-spaces. If you don't have a Russian accent they may let you fly through from Yuma.

Look for two unmarked aerostats hanging over Rio Grande passed Laredo. If you stay at least 10 mi from the border they are no factor. Remember they are not charted.

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Southern Arizona thunderstorm season - aka the monsoon - typically starts around July 4th, you should beat it. If not just plan on quitting your day flying around noon or so.

The two aerostats mentioned are in the middle of Restricted Areas so any navigation device you use should keep you well clear.

Sounds like a neat trip.
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Old 05-19-2018, 05:50 AM
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The two aerostats mentioned are in the middle of Restricted Areas so any navigation device you use should keep you well clear.

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There are two more Gil without any P areas. Total four blimps along that frontier two of them not charted. Hanging around 5,000 feet.
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Old 05-19-2018, 06:50 AM
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Thanks for all of the suggestions. Kind of scary that there are tethered balloons out there that are not marked: Yikes!

Had no idea Arizona had a Monsoon season, but had looked for a way through the complicated airspace near Yuma. We plan to make many deviations for R and P airspace (spent hours looking at the maps).

Judy my wife will be sharing piloting duties. She will be flying left seat and I will be right. She is an accomplished pilot on her own. She started the Laidies Love Taildraggers organization that has several thousand members.
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Old 05-20-2018, 09:38 AM
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Not sure I can do this on the fly from my phone but will try. We're off in moments!

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Old 05-20-2018, 10:40 AM
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There are two more Gil without any P areas. Total four blimps along that frontier two of them not charted. Hanging around 5,000 feet.
Yes, but aren't they in marked R areas?

These are the three from El Paso to the Pacific with an approx. 5 mile diam Restricted area -
Yuma - R2309
Sierra Vista - R2312
Deming - R5115

Where did you find the others not marked or in existing R areas?
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Old 05-20-2018, 11:00 AM
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Had no idea Arizona had a Monsoon season, but had looked for a way through the complicated airspace near Yuma. We plan to make many deviations for R and P airspace (spent hours looking at the maps).

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Yuma is easy, V66 from Gila Bend (cheap fuel) to El Centro...
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Old 05-20-2018, 02:49 PM
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Gil - I live in the area Vlad was referencing the unmarked balloons. These are not charted and are moved to different locations periodically. They usually fly them at less than 2500'. They have cameras and surveillance equipment on board to monitor traffic around the Rio Grande river and surrounding ranch land. There are actually more than two in the area from Laredo to Brownsville, TX there must be at least 5 or 6, however they rarely fly at the same time. During the daytime they are easily seen and avoided. I am sure there are more along the southern border all the way to California. There are also larger aerostat balloons that can go up to about 10,000' if I recall, and those are depicted on the charts. So if you are flying within 40 miles of the border better keep your eyes open.

Boyd - if you get to the Edinburg, TX KEBG area let me know as there is hanger space, cheapest fuel within 150 miles, the best Mexican food you ever ate and accommodations for you if the timing is right.
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