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September 2020

FOG Skywriting

September 20, 2020 - September 27, 2020

Inspired by the AOPA article PILOT SKYWRITES TRIBUTE TO GEORGE FLOYD  about  the Canadian Cirrus SR22 pilot, Dimitri Neonakis who is using his airplane as "an artist’s brush to create images that are close to his heart."  Check out the article in the link, plot your image on your charts and use flight following and perhaps Flight Aware to create the image.  We'll post all the images to the participants and take a vote on the most popular one.

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5-Day Colorado Trip

September 30, 2020 - October 4, 2020

5-Day Colorado Trip Exploring the Great Basin and Continental Divide From the Bonneville Salt Flats to Leadville to the Grand Canyon and everything in between. This year FOG travels across the Great Basin of Nevada & Utah to the highest elevation airport of Leadville in the Colorado Rockies and then on to Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon and finishing at the lowest altitude airport of Furnace Creek, Death Valley. After this trip, you will be experienced in 95% of terrains…

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October 2020

The Beale Crossing

October 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020

Beale Air Force Base has a permanent Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR over it.  We all know it and we all avoid that area. But did you know you can cross it?  This month's challenge is to research the TFR and then cross Beale airspace according to the rules of the TFR. Good luck.  It'll make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and then brace for the rush of adrenaline that follows.

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Full Moon Flyers – Changed to KSTS

October 4, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Due to smoke we will change our destination tonight to enjoy  outdoor socially distance dining at Santa Rosa's Sky Lounge.  The flight is spectacular, the restaurant is in the terminal building.  The night flight home can be used to renew your night currency and/or satisfy a night cross country requirement as well as the San Francisco City Nightscape is truly a memorable experience. We will meet at the restaurant at 6:30 pm for their outdoor dining experience in light of…

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November 2020

The San Andreas Fault

November 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020

The San Andreas Fault roughly extends 750 SM from SE California near Arizona to NW California at the Pacific Coast.  It forms the tectonic boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate.  The slip rate along the fault ranges from 20 to 35 mm (0.79 to 1.38 in)/yr. The fault is capable of making earthquakes as big as an 8.3. For full details see Wikipedia's  The San Andreas Fault. How much of the fault can you fly?  Some, most or all. During the…

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SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 Block 5 Rocket – Vandenberg AFB

November 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Take a plane down to the Vandenberg area to watch a SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 Block 5 Rocket. Click on the link below for more details:   https://www.spacelaunchschedule.com/launch-schedule/launch-details.php?id=1311 Note: Date and Time may vary so check the link for updates

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December 2020

The Sacramento Trilogy

December 1, 2020 - December 14, 2020

Anytime during the first 2 weeks of December fly to Sacramento California and land at all 3 towered airports in one day.  Sacramento International (KSMF), Sacramento Executive (KSAC) and Sacramento Mather (KMHR).  Submit a 1 sentence description of your flight to flyoutgroup@gmail.com so we can all compare all of our experiences.  Don't forget to beware of valley fog.

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Fly to Chico (KCIC) and Witness Where History Took Place in 1961

December 13, 2020 - December 31, 2020

  According to some “official” sources the first air hijacking attempt on American soil happened on July 31, 1961 when pipeline worker Bruce Britt, Sr., boarded and attempted to commandeer a Pacific Airlines flight at the Chico Municipal Airport, in Chico, California, intending to return to his home in Smackover, AK.        CLICK HERE First U.S. skyjacking attempt was in Chico

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January 2021

IFR Pilots Assemble

Fri Jan 1 - Sun Jan 31

IFR Pilots assemble!  Your mission is to fly down to Southern California anytime this month and complete at least ONE Tower Enroute Control (TEC) Route of your choice.  While TEC routes are prevalent on the East Coast, there is a handful of them in Southern California. The large-number of major airports scattered close to each other along the Pacific Coast presents a unique opportunity to fly under TEC. Instead of viewing LA from a high-altitude, try a TEC route the…

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New Airport of the Month – KPTV

Fri Jan 1 - Sun Jan 31

2021 brings in a new year and FOG would like to explore a new airport every month.  If you have been to our choice, investigate another and fill us in. This month, Porterville Municipal Airport (KPTV) is our choice.  The airport was opened in September 1942 as Porterville Army Airfield and was used by the United States Army Air Forces Fourth Air Force as a training base during World War II. Located between Fresno and Bakersfield, it's a great place to…

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