Shared flights taken by Pascal Duchemin

4/7/2019 - N398ES (Logged Time: 2.00)
C-172 R, Cessna Skyhawk ASEL
KCCR KAUN KCCR
Fly through Class C SAC. Fly over clouds ---------------- Myself and a friend took of from runway 19L. Weather was scattered over Sacramento area, so I decided to fly above the clouds at 3500 instead of 1500 as originally planned. Auburn airport had 3 traffics when 10 miles out, but by the time I got in the pattern, they had all landed. After a brunch right on the APRON at the "wing Cafe" we went back up and this time cloud coverage over SAC and Travis was overcast at 1500. I decided to climb to 4500 and hope that we would find a hole before getting closer to KCCR (which we did). Landing on 32 R was uneventful.
3/23/2019 - N398ES (Logged Time: 1.60)
C-172 R, Cessna Skyhawk ASEL
KCCR KDWA KCCR
Touch and goes. Flight following. Calm winds
2/23/2019 - N5082U (Logged Time: 1.40)
C-172 RG, Cessna Cutlass ASEL
KCCR KAPC KCCR
Airport operations pilotage. Take off and landings
2/9/2019 - N5082U (Logged Time: 1.20)
C-172 RG, Cessna Cutlass ASEL
KCCR KCCR
airport operation, takeoff. simulated emergency landing.
1/12/2019 - N5082U (Logged Time: 1.40)
C-172 RG, Cessna Cutlass ASEL
KCCR KCCR
Airport operation. Take off and landing. Simulated emergency
12/22/2018 - N5082U (Logged Time: 0.90)
C-172 RG, Cessna Cutlass ASEL
KCCR KCCR
C172RG Complex aircraft checkout. Slow flight, stall, simulated emergency ------------- Bird strike on final approach
12/15/2018 - N398ES (Logged Time: 0.50)
C-172 R, Cessna Skyhawk ASEL
KCCR KCCR
Touch and Goes - Short app, slip to landing, emergency landing
10/27/2018 - N398ES (Logged Time: 1.20)
C-172 R, Cessna Skyhawk ASEL
KCCR KTCY KCCR
Flight following - fly close to mount Diablo -------------- Weather was calm in the valley. I decided to head East to Tracy and check out their downtown by bike after landing there. Ground was quite busy, it took me a few mn to get clearance to taxi to 19. When up in the air, I went up to 3500 feet and flew east of Mount Diablo. I could not get good comms with Norcal Approach until I passed most of Mount Diablo. I was handed ti 125.1 pretty much right away. An Helicopter got in the pattern before me doing a touch and go. I realized that meant for him to land on the runway numbers and take off again. After an uneventful landing, I biked to downtown Tracy to check out their Saturday morning farmer's market. This was just a quick 20 mn bike ride.I got a flat tire (on my bike), the folks at skyview aviation were cool enough to let me use their air compressor to add some air. I took back off runway 30 on a straight in departure and talked to Norcal up until arriving in CCR. My Garmin GPS was acting up. Basically the VFR chart would not show up/render. I realized this was due to an update they had released that required redownloading all the chart. Fortunately I had a chart on paper anyways.
10/14/2018 - N398ES (Logged Time: 1.10)
C-172 R, Cessna Skyhawk ASEL
KCCR KCCR
Bay tour - Go around O88 ---------- When preparing the flight in the morning, I was aiming to go to Half moon bay. At the time, the metar was calling out sky clear. Unfortunately this was an hour and a half prior to take off and there is no TAF for that airport (SFO was calling sky clear the whole morning). When I go closer to Berkeley, I quickly realized that a coastal layer of cloud was all over and I wouldn't be able to reach my destination. I flew a few 360 over San Francisco and since I had the plane reserved for a little longer, I decided to head to Rio Vista (O88). After a quick 20mn flight, I called CTAF for traffic advisories and no-one responded. The AWOS was announcing wind 133 @4 (well, at least, that's what I heard/understood). when calling out entering left downwind for runway 15, someone on the ground warned me that I was going to land with a tailwind. I announced then that I would land on the opposite runway (33). I did a few steep turns in order to enter base for 33 but unfortunately was too high and too fast. I could have done a full stop on 33 but probably not a touch and goes, I decided to go around. During that time, 3 other traffics were inbound and were aiming for runway 25 (longer runway, and actually the better choice due to the low winds). I exited the pattern and got back to KCCR. Some lessons to learn. Continuously check the weather when going to an airport on the coast. If deciding to go to an alternate/non-planned airport, pay more attention of what are the right runways to choose; even if it requires doing a couple 360 before getting closer to that airport in order to get additional information.
9/29/2018 - N398ES (Logged Time: 1.90)
C-172 R, Cessna Skyhawk ASEL
KCCR KPVF KCCR
Flight following 1500' AGL. ----------------- I took off from runway 19 on a calm but cloudy day. My destination, placerville. Knowing that clouds would be over the valley, I either has a choice of going under or below. I chose 1500 get on flight following assuming that if clouds would get lower, I would find a way to go above or if things got worst there were plenty of airports on the way. The flight all the way to the Sierras was pretty uneventful, since I was flying low, I worked on my pilotage skills and tried to navigate based on ground references. The arrival at placerville was pretty cool. The step is on the top of a hill, so about 5 miles out I was pretty much at the same altitude as the actual field. A couple traffics were on there we way in, but I entered in the pattern number one. After landing, I biked down the hill to the historical Downtown. After an hour and a half, I took off again. Noise abatement procedures call out for an immediate 10 degrees left turn, then I went straight out and ask for 2500 flight following since the cloud ceiling had increased. On arrival at Concord, there was another airplane arriving pretty much at the same time as me. Controller asked me to extend my base to the right ( landing runway was 19L ). I actually didn't understand the call until after, so made a right turn ( should I made a left turn ). Fortunately, the traffic was already easy passed and below me and got changed to 19R. Landing was uneventful.
9/15/2018 - N398ES (Logged Time: 1.40)
C-172 R, Cessna Skyhawk ASEL
KCCR KOAK KCCR
Practice stalls, turns, emg landing - bay tour
8/19/2018 - N398ES (Logged Time: 1.40)
C-172 R, Cessna Skyhawk ASEL
KCCR KCCR
Flight in smoke - Bay tour ------------ Fires were still ongoing in the north but cloud coverage in the airport was clear. A friend and I took off runway 32R. After reaching about 600 feet, visibility was lowered. We flew over the carquinbz bridge and realized that there was still a marine layer by the coast ( we were trying to do a bay tour). We reach Sausalito and basically could not see the ground. A tour seaplane flew under us coming under the cloud layer and was heading north. I went ahead and followed the plane a little and flew towards point Reyes. Marin layer was quite significant there too. We headed back to KCCR, virility at the airport and the area in general was 7 miles. We were requested to go for a left downwind for runway 32L. After one of the plane doing pattern work on 32R was done, we were switched to 32R.
7/22/2018 - N9559D (Logged Time: 1.70)
C-172 R, Cessna Skyhawk ASEL
KCCR O61 KCCR
Flight following - Short landing ----------------------
6/24/2018 - N9559D (Logged Time: 1.30)
C-172 R, Cessna Skyhawk ASEL
KCCR 2O3 KCCR
Flight following - Xwind landing 2O3 ---------------- I left out of runway 32R and climbed to 2500 on my way to Angwin Parrett. I contacted Travis app for flight following. When getting closer to Napa airspace, I asked if I was clear into it, which the controller told me I was not. I climbed by a couple hundred feets. When I started flying in between the Napa area hills, the controller told me to sqwak VFR. There was no AWOS at Angwin, after flying over the field, I saw that runway 16 was the ideal runway (but wih a fairly decent Xwind). When on short final with 30 degrees flaps, I realized that it might have had been better to have 20 degrees. I did not want to change my configuration so close to the ground. Even though the runway was just 3200, I had enough room to complete my landing safely. A few bumps occurred when fairly closed to the ground, due to the airport being at the top of a hill with trees all around. This was a great landing, but I made it down OK. I had brought a folding back with me, so took the opportunity to visit the campus that was down the hill. After abou an hour, I came back to the airport. There are no taxiways, so I backed taxied all the way to runway 16. The flight back at 3500 was quite uneventful
6/10/2018 - N398ES (Logged Time: 2.50)
C-172 R, Cessna Skyhawk ASEL
KCCR KMPI KCCR
Flight following - Sight seeing East of KMPI ----------------- A friend and I took off to the east for a flight to the Sierras. Right after leaving KCCR tower, I reached out to Travis approach who basically told me they could not get me VFR flight following and to call Norcal on a specific frequency.. For some reason the radio quality was quite bad, they could hear me but I could not hear them. A Southwest airline flight which was above us was able to relay the Sqwak information and better frequency. The flight through the valley was pretty uneventful. After almost an hour flight, we reached out the Sierras. I decided to fly over the Mariposa airport and get closer to Yosemite. The mountains/hills were getting taller and taller, so could not get too much east of the airport. I did a 180 back to the airport and made sure that a couple delta planes on the opposite side of the pattern were not in my way. The landing was pretty enjoyable from a scenery perspective. There wasn't much going on at the airport, we headed out back west. I chose 2500 feet at first, but it was quite bumpy. After a climb to 4500 feet, things were much more stable/calm.
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