On 16 February, I took another crack at the squirrely coastal winds and found no shortage of crosswinds to practice in. Each airport--Cape Fear Regional (KSUT), Ocean Isle (60J), and Myrtle Beach Int'l (KMYR)--had wind blowing almost directly across the runway.
|Cape Fear Regional Jetport (KSUT)|
|Fueling up before departure|
|GPS Log (click to enlarge)|
We called up Myrtle Beach Approach, got a squawk code, and were vectored on an 18 mile base and 4 mile final for KMYR, which was once an Air Force base. I landed with a 13 knot direct crosswind, struggling again to get the crosswind corrections dialed-in. The airport was surprisingly quiet for a Class C airport in contrast with my experience at Richmond Int'l (KRIC), where I was taxiing in line with regional jets. My instructor said that the airline traffic doesn't pick up until March. We taxied back and took off. The takeoff clearance from the tower included "fly runway heading." To comply, the pilot simply points the airplane in the direction of the runway (180 in this case) and does not make corrections for the wind. You can see the effect of the wind by our ground track as we climbed out toward the beach.
|Myrtle Beach Int'l|
One thing I've noticed in my short time flying is that the aviation community is full of great people. I was really pleased with the CFI that I flew with and the flight training operation there. I also met the airport manager, Howie, who used to be the chief steward on Air Force One. Hopefully, I'll make it back there soon once I have my certificate.