I took the family for a 100 dollar burger run yesterday 2/24/18. We departed KSGU at 12:00 for KHND.
The flight was relatively un eventful, and very smooth. After departing KSGU I contacted LA center for flight following. They gave me a squawk number to transmit. The frequency was incredibly busy. After around 5 minutes I still hadn’t been told that radar contact had been received. I then proceeded to call them again then asked if we did indeed have Radar contact. We did so we proceeded on our way un interrupted.
We approached KHND from the west. When you fly in you have 1,500 ft of altitude to work with from the surface to the bottom of the class Bravo.
There is only a narrow canyon to fit thru. Once I was past the canyon, and was in range to contact KHND tower I realized it wasn’t going to be a normal approach in due to traffic. The frequency was busy, and I ended up having to turn south before I entered the airspace as there was no break to communicate. After staying out of the airspace for a minute or so hugging the ridge I was able to call inbound. We where sequenced behind a Euro coupe, and followed them in. The landing was uneventful, we even got to see an awesome private jet take off while holding short of 17R.
Once we taxied to parking we where met by a employee of the FBO to give us a ride. We loaded up then went, and ate our lunch. Not too bad of a spot to eat let me tell ya.
We hung out in the airport for a bit, so the kids could stretch their legs some more. Then we headed back out to the plane. The wife and kids loaded up while I did my pre flight. We started up, checked ATIS, then requested taxi. They always ask your direction of flight, and destination after taxi instructions are given. We asked if they could arrange a departure to the north for Sierra Golf Uniform SGU. He came back a couple minutes later with a squawk, and departure frequency for LAS.
We took off with a departure to the left approval. Upon turning Crosswind tower handed me off to Las Vegas Departure. Upon radar contact he asked me if I could hit the numbers for the 26s. I told him I could, and he proceeded to clear me into the Bravo direct to the 26 numbers at or above 5000ft. Just like that we where flying directly over Vegas, and one of the busiest airspace’s in the country. Just prior to reaching the runways they told us to turn right heading 340. Which set up for an awesome shot.
I was on cloud 9 the rest of the day after that one. The flight back was un eventful, with a greased Landing back in KSGU.