Today is Friday morning (first day of our weekend) so let me catch up on the last couple of days. The last post was on Tuesday, so starting from Wednesday... Things are really starting to culminate and wrap up on my current course. On Wednesday we performed the final lab session of the quarter while flying from Bakersfield Municipal (L45) to Meadows Field (KBFL) and flying the ILS approach to runway 30R for the third time this week. On this particular session I increased the cloud cover from a broken layer to an overcast layer with the bases at 500 feet above the ground. It made for a very interesting approach!
Yesterday, which was Thursday, was mainly a day of paperwork that I've fallen behind on all week! A boring day really but good to get things finished for the quarter and academic year ending. Next week is examination week and after that a four week break until the beginning of the next academic year starting in September. One important task completed yesterday was the presentation of the second research project by one of my graduating students. His project topic was Human Factors in ATC and he did a very good job of presenting the history of human factors studies in aviation and then demonstrated a few basic concepts such as human error, fatigue, and performance. This project was divided into two areas: a research paper written in APA style, and a PowerPoint presentation.
Today (Friday) I plan on flying all of my simulator aircraft out to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma and begin using that airport as a base of simulator operations. Yuma is a dual-use military and civilian airport where there are four landing strips providing eight designated runways. One of these runways is primarily used by the Marine Corps squadrons flying AV-8B Harrier jets. The airport is within Class D airspace and provides a good geographical location for long cross country flights into the SoCal (Southern California) airspace.
Here is the airport diagram: MCAS Yuma
This snapshot was taken from the VFR Sectional Chart:
So, a good work week has come to an end and now Pilot Mike is going to get started on some simulator flying and adding some improvements to Wings of the World!