Why do I always start out my posts with an apology for taking so long to post. grrr
So I have been taking the required cross-country flights for my commercial certificate this last few weeks while studying for my oral and practicing the single-engine commercial maneuvers in the club plane. It’s keeping me pretty busy, but I love it.
I took a day VFR cross country to Yakima, which was fun. Rather uneventful though. I took my night VFR cross country to Paine Field in Everett, WA. That was a lot of fun. It has been a while since I have done any night flying. It seams like every airport that remotely gets any traffic in the northwest is doing something to their runways/taxiways. All the airports I was picking for my destination had runway/taxiway closures. Paine had it’s two longer runways closed and left the shorter(3000 feet) runway open. 3,000 feet is the minimum Hillsboro Aviation will allow their Seminoles to fly into, and it’s the minimum I’d probably fly into as well in a twin.
We left hillsboro enroute for Paine with all the weather and NOTAMS and feeling very confident and excited about the flight. Once we got within distance to pick up the ATIS report, we tuned in and listened to the long list of NOTAMS confirming that we are allowed to land on the planned runway. However they mentioned something I wasn’t told when I called Flight Service about the flight. The ATIS threw in at the end, “Pilot Controlled Lighting Inoperative”. Now we both hear that thinking, uh, does that mean we can’t turn the lights on? We radioed Seattle Approach asking if they could find out if the lights were on. They replied that they believed the lights were on. So we decided to continue with the flight and told Approach that if we didn’t see any lights we’d be coming back with intentions to land somewhere else, probably Boeing Field. Long story short, we were clicking the mic, trying to get the lights on, and I don’t know if they turned on from the mic clicking or if they were always on, but I didn’t see them til we were right over the top of the runway. We landed, closed and opened our new VFR flight plan, and were off enroute to hillsboro. That flight was fairly uneventful, just chatted with my flight instructor on the way back.
Ok back to studying.