If you read the previous post, you understand that this was a long time coming. And even up to the last minute, we were nearly thwarted. This quick night flight has been a long time in the making.
We go through the start up sequence, perform the engine run up, set the radios, and depart runway 3 with a destination of Stanley County Airport, VUJ.
Since this was a night cross country, the typical landmarks would be nearly useless so instead I picked out things like major highways, bigger cities that would have bright lights. Airports, tracking their green/white alternating flashes. Also for each one of these, I had two radials one from LIB to the north and one from SDZ to the south which would help me stay on track.
Once on course, I dialed in the first radial and then called up flight services to open my flight plan.
Me: “Raleigh Radio, Raleigh Radio, Cessna 89433 on 122.45.”
FltSvc: “89433, Raleigh Radio, go ahead”
Me: “89433 would like to open flight plan”
FltSvc: “89433, confirming round robin to Stanley county. For in route information……..”
Flight plan now open, I dial up a flight following.
Me: “Raleigh Approach, Cessna 89433”
Ral App: “Cesnna 89433, Raleigh Approach say request”
Me: “Approach, Cessna 89433 is type 152 slant uniform off of Tango Tango Alpha enroute to Victor Uniform Juliet climbing through three thousand five hundred to four thousand five hundred, request flight following”
Ral App: “89433 squawk 0216 and ident”
Me: “0216 and ident, 89433”
Ral App: “89433, we have you 10 miles west of Sanford at four thousand one hundred, once at altitude report any changes, altimeter 29.61”
Me: “Roger, will report”
With the housekeeping out of the way, we are on our way. It was quite pleasant since the cool air was smooth. Once trimmed in cruise flight, I just made small corrections depending on how my waypoints were turning out.
Once released from flight following, we got the AWOS from VUJ and I made my first call to a tower at an airport.
Me: “Stanley Tower, 89433”
Tower: “89433, say request”
Me: “89433 is Cessna 152 inbound to land”
Tower: “89433 fly base runway 22L report when entering airspace”
Me: “Wilco, 89433”
Once we enter airspace
Me: “Tower, 89433 has entered airspace”
Tower: “89433, there is no traffic in front of you, report when entering base”
Me: “Will report, 89433”
I slow the aircraft and drop a notch of flaps setting up for the base leg. Once I am at 1600 feet, pattern altitude, I make the call.
Me: “Tower, 89433 is base runway 22L”
Tower: “89433, you are cleared for the option runway 22L, winds are calm, altimeter 29.65”
Me: “Cleared for the option 22L, 89433”
I won’t bore you with the rest of the communication but once we landed I was instructed to contact ground where I requested immediate taxi for departure.
Once we cleared airspace, Stanley tower wished us a good night and we got back on flight following for the trip back. It was an uneventful trip back and overall a very pleasant flight. It was a long time coming, nearly a month and a half of trying.
Now, I am trying to the the long cross country out of the way and start my check ride prep.
I could have done without all of the drama but it was good to get back in the air.
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