Pilot Journal
Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Best Of The West!

Where we love to fly

Lake Powell, Arizona & Utah
Jessica Ambats, Editor
Airport: Page Municipal Airport (PGA)
Activities: Jet-skiing (through rock canyons), houseboat cruising, swimming, mountain biking and secluded camping. (Lake Powell has nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline!)
Best Season: Year-round
Flying Tips: Check density altitude during the summer. If you’re arriving from the south/southwest, the most scenic route is via the Grand Canyon VFR corridors. Continue northeast over Marble Canyon into Page, Ariz.
What to Bring: Bathing suit, sunscreen, camera
URL: www.lakepowell.com

Mammoth Lakes, California
Jeff Schroeder, Advertising Manager
Airport: Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH)
Activities: In the summer, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and golfing. In the winter, skiing, skiboarding and…skiing!
Best Season: Year-round
Flying Tips: Watch out for strong winds coming over the Sierra Nevada mountain range throughout the Owens Valley. Also, there’s no runway snow removal at night.
What to Bring: All of your outdoor sports equipment, but if you forget it (or can’t fit it), you can buy or rent anything imaginable there.
URL: www.mammothmountain.com

Our Favorite European Destination!

Lago di Como, Italy
Jim Lawrence, LSA Editor
Airport: Aero Club Como (water landings only!) and Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)
Activities: Get your seaplane rating at Lake Como, Italy’s only seaport! Windsurfing, sailing, boating, paragliding, celebrity sighting and shopping.
Best Season: March through October
Flying Tips: Study up on local aviation regulations.
What to Bring: Recreational gear, web-enabled cell phone, guidebooks
URL: www.aeroclubcomo.com


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