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Aviation Weather Geographical Areas

Ever get a briefing, or read an Area Forecast, and see references to areas such as "Interior Valleys/SW Oregon", or "Eastern Slopes", or "High Plateau", or "Willamette Valley", and wonder where those areas are exactly?

If you've lived in Oregon/PNW for a while, maybe you can figure it out (hopefully you know where the Willamette Valley is). But if you're flying XC, and at a fuel stop get an updated briefing, you may not know where "Uqita Basin" or "Four Corners Area" is! Or where the "Lower Arkansas Valley" is (it's NOT in Arkansas!). Click the read more link below (or the title of this article) to reveal more.

Well, I shared this a few years ago, but having met quite a few newcomers to our area since then, it occurred to me that maybe I should share it again.

It's a nationwide map with all the regional area names: https://aviationweather.gov/static/images/maps/FA-areas.pdf

(Hint: Put this PDF in your EFB!)

By Shannon Miller
20150810

28M's Panel as of 2015 May

An evening flight reveals the Club's 182, 28M's panel in this May 2015 flight image. A newer item is the ADS-B out supporting transponder at lower right.

28M Preparation

November 1228 Mike, the club's 182, exterior view on May 17th, 2015.

A more recent photo of the Club's Cessna 182, N1228M, just before an evening flight in May, 2015.

A Golden Hour Flight in May

Setting Sun over the Oregon Coastal Range from HFC's Cessna 182

The setting Sun over the Coastal Range from the Club's 182, 28M.

Welcome Mary Schu!

Welcome Mary Schu! Mary is our latest Club Authorized CFI and we're proud to have her associated with our club and available to our membership as a flight instructor! Mary has been named the 2015 National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year by GA Awards, a cooperative effort between more than a dozen sponsoring organizations from the aviation industry and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Read more about Mary and the GA Awards program at http://www.comeflywithus.net/news.aspx?id=61 .

Mary will initially instruct in our Cessnas: 99C and 28M.

99C Awaiting Fuel Back in 2011.

The Club's 172 "99C" awaits fuel on 2011 April 3.

Here is a newer (though quite old) photo of the Club's 172, "99C" awaiting a fueling just outside of D14, one of three Club hangers. 99C briefly spent time prior to this out of doors in the West tie-downs. The Club takes pride in maintaining our aircraft and having them hangared is a great way to keep them looking great!

This photo is from 2011 April 3.

Celebrating 66 years of flying! Since 1954...

The Hillsboro Flying Club is celebrating 66 years of flying. The club was incorporated as the non profit Tektronix Employee's Flying Club on January 4, 1954. We've been in continuous operation ever since. Come celebrate flying by joining the club!

Club Deb on the ramp at Seatac!

One of our club members flew the Deb to SEA for a meeting with officials there. Here is how he described the flight:

I guess their continuous surprise was more about my intentions to land at KSEA when the current weather was below IFR minimums while I was still enroute. One of the first controllers I got handed off to asked me to state my RVR requirements. J … I guess the last Bonanza he handled was ILS CAT II/III certified? J (Well maybe he wanted to know if my personal minimums were in excess of IFR Cat I mins? Did any of you ever get asked that question? At least he seemed ok with my answer “1/2 mi”)

Thankfully the weather report was spot on and the ceiling had “lifted” to 200 feet with great visibility below the deck, so no real problem getting down, in particular with all the approach lights they have set up there.

Getting out was equally “easy”, note though that I forgot to switch on Transponder to ALT for Taxi and got asked to do so halfway down the Taxiway T – I recommend we change the checklist to remind ourselves to set Transponder to ALT prior to taxiing.

Other than the low clouds over Seattle – a beautiful day to fly. Visibility in excess of 100nm …

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