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brasher801
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Cross Country and MOA's

I am going to fly an Archer from Birmingham Alabama to Catalina Island California next month and have low time. I just got my ticket in May. I will be flying VFR the whole way. I want to make this a fun trip and stop and see interesting airports along the way. So if you know of any that fit this please post them for me. Also, I noticed the west is littered with MOA's. While I understand I can just go fly right into them I also understand that is a pretty boneheaded thing to do. Being low time and no experiance with this I am looking for help and suggestions on how to do this trip and stay out of trouble doing so. How about some of you old heads with lots of time helping out a low time old pilot. Well not to old but 50 is not young anymore either. 

Thanks for any input I can get. I can tell you I want to fly to Sedona Airport on top of the Mesa on the way out. 

Happy flying, Ed

VAThomasJr1
 

 

It's no big deal...BUT..... One thing you should consider when planning your cross country flight, well actually two things:

 

1. File a VFR flight plan for each leg of your flight and talk to weather. You maybe force to spend the night at certain location due to bad weather and low visibility, so take enough money to cover hotel expenses just in case. I enjoy flying Piper low wing airplanes as well which leads me to;

2. As you start to approach Arizona, there are mountains taller than 10000ft. Is your aircraft pressurized and capable of flying this high?

You are right, there are a lot of MOAs, especially in Arizona and New Mexico, but if you flight plan, Fight Service can tell you if the MOAs are active or not during your flight. You can always request flight following on each your legs as well. ATC will give you VFR coverage and alert you to traffic as well as tell you if MOAs are active or not.

Sounds like a fun trip, wish I was going.