October 2008 - Back to Atlanta and Lawrenceville · · PAGE 277.
October 5, 2008: Marty flew most of the
time enroute to our fuel stop near Villa Rica, Georgia. We pretty much followed
Interstate 20 all the way to the Stockmar Airport (20GA). The airport had a sloped runway
where I landed uphill and took off downhill when it was time to depart.
I was listening to the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF) of 122.9 MHz
and heard another RV on approach just before I got into the traffic pattern. I later
met the pilot after getting fuel. It seems that he bought an RV-9A originally built
by Mark Pickens in 2003. I did not get to see the airplane on the ground today, but
go here to see how it looked when I photographed it January 10,
This hangar at the field had three airplanes with radial engines inside.
Marty headed over there to talk with the mechanic while I took this photo.
They quickly found out each of them were in the Navy in the 1960's and 1970's.
This airplane may not be familiar to non-Navy personnel. It is a Howard
DGA-15P made in 1944 for the Navy and used for executive transport for admirals during and
after World War 2. The radial engine is a Pratt & Whitney R-985. The other
radial-engined airplane behind the Howard is an SNJ used as a Navy trainer in WW2.
Sitting beside the Howard is this beautiful Twin Beech.
After a good visit with the RV-9A pilot and the mechanic, it was time to head
for the Lawrenceville Airport (KLZU). The shortest route was across the heart of
Atlanta just below the Class B airspace at 3,500 MSL. I called Atlanta approach
right after departing Stockmar. The controller assigned me a radar transponder code
and did NOT clear me into the Class B airspace. We made the trip across town flying
under the 6,000 MSL floor of the Class B, away from the airliners, etc. We cruised
across the top of Charlie Brown Airport, aka Fulton County (KFTY), and across part of the
airspace for Peachtree-DeKalb Airport (KPDK).
This map overlay shows my route of flight from Stockmar Airport near Villa
Rica, across Atlanta to Lawrenceville, Georgia. The three ground tracks I made to
and from the Chattanooga area are also visible. The two tracks close together show
my morning trip down using the autopilot and my return trip after 5 PM, also using the
autopilot. The analog NAVAID autopilot tracks about one-half mile right of the GPS
course line. That bit of tracking error kept me out of the path of a Mooney one day
when I flying north over the Daytona Beach area.
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