Don’t Wait for the SFO Hole

I took this morning off work to take advantage of the “crummy” weather we’re having, so I could shoot some approaches in real Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC).  The ceiling was 900′ and visibility was 3 miles in mist at San Carlos (SQL) when I was ready to depart.  These were probably the lowest conditions I’ve departed in since I’ve received my instrument rating but I was confident that I could make it back to San Carlos if I had any problems during takeoff and on my way down from the city I noticed there was a sizable break in the cloud cover over SFO so that was an option as well.

For this flight I filed from SQL to Charles M. Shulz, Sonoma Counta Airport (KSTS) in Santa Rosa.  Usually the weather is clear up there but today the ceilings were around Continue reading


Peanuts Approach

November 96988 proceed direct Woodstock, cleared RNAV GPS Runway 32 approach.

No, we weren’t flying in upstate New York, we were flying into the Charles M. Shulz airport (KSTS) in Santa Rosa, California.  Let me take you back to last night when I got a text message from my flight instructor suggesting we plan a trip up to Santa Rosa to practice some enroute work and new approaches.  As I was reviewing the available procedures, I was delighted to see the many references to Peanuts characters in the waypoints.  In March of 2000, the Sonoma County Airport was renamed after long time resident and comic strip artist Charles M. Shulz.  The fine folks at the FAA have obviously gotten behind the idea by naming several waypoints after some of my favorite Peanuts characters.  More on that in just a bit. Continue reading