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California to Hawaii   The Departure  

 

 

 

 

 

Hawaii Flight Planning

At 2100 NM, San Jose-Honolulu is the first and the longest leg of the entire trip. Established routes exist for this much-traveled corridor. Our route begins with the intersection named CLUKK and ends appropriately at CLUTZ. A random route could be filed, but by flying underneath the airliners, you have an alternate communications relay on the VHF (all traffic monitors 121.5). Also, if you ditch, you’ve got a good com link to search and rescue.

The pure jets, high overhead, leave contrails that a generation of ferry pilots have used to cross check their ded reckoning. We will be flying against the traffic flow (the standard routes are one way) with the hope of catching sight of these contrails on the horizon. Of course, our KLN 90B GPS can hold the route centerline as closely as jet nav gear.

A typical KSJC-PHNL day begins with headwind and ends with tailwind. This can be unsettling since a few hours out, your fuel computer may show that you are short of the fuel required to reach destination! Indeed a combination of early headwinds and the high cruise fuel burn associated with heavy initial aircraft weight may cause the aircraft to consume more than half its fuel before the midpoint is reached. Stout hearts will prevail.

Obviously a detailed navigation log must be constructed before the flight, and a check must be made at each waypoint of the actual winds encountered and groundspeed achieved. In addition, an ‘equal time point’ is computed to determine when less time is required to continue to Honolulu than to return to San Jose. This must be computed assuming both engines are running and again considering engine failure (single-engine flight requires a descent to less fuel efficient altitudes). Finally, a ‘point of safe return’ should be determined. This is the last point where one could turn and come home to San Jose with a suitable reserve. For us it’s about 1300 NM.

 


The Departure, the plane running at the San Jose Jet Center. 7/21/98

 


Ponceby on the roll for take-off, the launch of the trip! 7/21/98

 

"Our next report will come to you from Honolulu.

Tailwinds and aloha, --Doug and John"

 

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Click the following Legs for Progressive Reports

Departure San Jose, CA
Leg1 San Jose, CA to Honolulu, HI
Leg2 Honolulu, HI to Christmas Island, Kiribati
Leg3 Christmas Island, Kiribati to Apia, Western Samoa
Leg4 Apia, Western Samoa to Nadi & Matei, Fiji
Leg5 Nadi & Matei, Fiji to Port Vila, Vanuatu
Leg6 Port Vila, Vanuatu to Cairns, Australia
Leg7 Cairns, Australia to Darwin, Australia
Leg8 Darwin, Australia to Singapore
Leg9 Singapore to Male, Maldives
Leg10 Male, Maldives to Muscat, Oman
Leg11 Muscat, Oman to Amman, Jordan
Leg12 Amman, Jordan to Tel Aviv, Israel
Leg13 Tel Aviv, Israel to Valletta, Malta
Leg14 Valletta, Malta to Gibraltar
Leg15 Gibraltar to Cascais, Portugal
Leg16 Cascais, Portugal to Santa Maria, Azores
Leg17 Santa Maria, Azores to St. John, Newfoundland, Canada
Leg18 St. John, Newfoundland, Canada to Bangor, ME
Leg19 Bangor, ME to Danbury, CT (to see Doug's folks)
Leg20 Danbury, CT to Meadville, PA (to see John's folks)
Leg21 Meadville, PA to Boulder, CO
Leg22 Boulder, CO to San Jose, CA
Epilogue Epilogue
  Current position of Ponceby.

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