"Cecil Chapman" writes:
Just a pipe dream at this point, but has anyone out there flown from the SF
Bay Area to Seattle (as the PIC, I mean)? Since my dad lives up there, I've
thought it might be fun to do someday, but no matter how I look at the
sectionals for the route - some of it doesn't look very 'pretty':
Go up along the coast and you have some airports but they are mostly along
the coast and subject to coastal fog (makes problems for a needed fueling
stop). Go up along I-5 and parts of the route get dark brown really fast.
Anyone do this? If so, what route did you take and why?
I've done it in a C-172 and an Aircoupe, both VFR in the summer. The
last time I flew up I5 and back along the coast. I'm from Sacto but
that's just 30-40 minutes from the Bay Area.
As for the "dark brown"--mountains--it's only slightly tricky from
Redding to Medford, or a little beyond. Get an early start and fly
past Mt. Shasta in the morning and you shouldn't have any problem.
I always considered the real problem to be the Seattle area weather,
but I've lucked out so far. Be prepared for several days delay if you