Tampa-Clearwater Refresher Tour

C172 — N1033A — Peter O Knight Airport, Tampa, FL — Basic Review, Xwind T/O and Landing, Pilotage/Dead Reckoning, Gusty Winds, Touch&Go, 2 Landings — 1 hr

by Christian Peritore


© 2015 Christian Peritore

[Test project for software study. Not for commercial or profit.]

Oh, I gotta fly… I just couldn't resist; I just had to take another flight or I was gonna go postal. Oh boy, here we go again.

Hello, I’m Christian Peri with another entry to my Pilot Blogbook.
This flight was my Tampa Clearwater Refresher Tour

This flight was Nov 6, 2012. Cessna 172, N1033A - Atlas Aviation
Flew out of Peter O Knight Airport, (Davis Island) Tampa, FL > a tour around the greater Tampa Bay and back.
Basic Review, Xwind T/O and Landing, Pilotage/Dead Reckoning, Gusty Winds, Touch&Go, and 2 Landings
1 Hobbs Hrs

See, the idea is; the plane flies, and not the airport.

I briefed the one and only passenger to keep her arms and legs inside the ride at all times, and away we go.

So we takeoff. The first Leg is across the inner Hillsborough Bay and head down. Under the TPA 1200ft Class B shelf, we maintain 1000ft and head southeast out over the inner Bay looking for the chimney stacks on the far side as our first visual waypoint.

I said to my partner in the back seat, “Hey, use your cell camera, and take some shots as we go.”
“Of what?”
“I mean be Japanese and shoot friggin EVERYTHING!”

Some gusty winds out over the Bay… The CFI jumped to catch the yoke as the wind pushed the starboard wing up sharply.
I’m like “What, it’s a hurricane? You know, I trained in the gusty Miami area, and solo’d at dusk in the rain with 35 mile-an-hour gusts. So no big deal here.”

We followed the swampy east coastline on down the inner Bay leading into main Tampa Bay inlet.

At the mouth of the Bay, the Sunset Skyway Saint Pete bridge was absolutely majestic as we crossed over and turned northwest. Oh yeah, now THIS is one of the many reasons I fly; I love a good view… Even better than spontaneous sex on a Sunday afternoon.

We follow up the west of St. Pete coastline, passing Treasure Island, Indian Rocks Beach, and up joining Clearwater.

Quick check of the gauges and safety as we go. Gauges look fine, check, check and check. Electrical systems ok. No cabin fire. We’re not pressurized so no one is gonna get sucked out of the cabin. If the engine crapped out right now, we might crash, but if we do crash, we’re gonna set down in a swamp with alligators and snakes.
So given that, what’s there to worry about?

Prop is spinning, we’re not out of fuel, everybody’s still in the plane and accounted for, so we keep going.

Flying over Flag at 2000ft was by far the highlight for me. I’ve been there a hundred times, but looking down on Ft. Harrison from 2000ft was a whole new experience that not many can say they’ve done.

Pass over CLW Airpark… Yup, it’s still there.
And we turned eastbound heading in for Tampa.

We follow the 60 Gulf to Bay Causeway over the Old Bay straight to TPA.

Right about passing Clearwater, you gotta start requesting Clearance to head over Tampa airport… See, like LAX, Tampa airport has a special passover Corridor where we cross perpendicular to a couple of the biggest and busiest strips in the country. Thus we gotta get clearance and squawk code.
So we contact the tower director for this sector, and we’re cleared for the vector, Hector, and set the autopilot detector as our backup connector protector to prevent any potential flight deviation objector.
(No, I’m not gonna repeat that one.)

Then 2200ft and follow right over the top of their smaller 9/27 runway.

From there the we head southeast away from Tampa Intl. for our final descent on the last leg back to Knight airport. The wind is coming up from 240, so we need to utilize runway 22 with the slight crosswind landing.

Then up again for a quickie Touch&Go, and back around the pattern once more, to satisfy my last quest for altitude for this trip.

A well-deserved victory dance... and another precious hour in my Logbook.

That's it for this blogbook entry.
Watch for the next entry, maybe I’ll get out of muggy Florida and fly in the snow…
That’ll be cool.