Trip Start Sep 01, 2012
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As I passed the city of Albuquerque I then experienced some quite strong updrafts (and down) as the midday heat increased. In the end it was prudent to switch off the autopilots " height hold" to avoid a possible stall (or over speed) as it trys to maintain height
Immediately ahead I noticed an unusual shape on the desert floor which I later got confirmation was the famous "Meteor Crater". This crater is almost a mile in diameter and several hundred feet deep. I snapped a couple of photos as best I could.
As I approached my destination the views become quite outstanding. The mountains become red in colour, and took the form of those Western movies I was brought up with. Deep canyons and stunning shapes, and heights !
Sedona airfield is perched on a plateau at 5000ft above sea level and has no air traffic control. All aircraft just use an airborne frequency, and it seems to work very well. The approach takes the form of landing on an aircraft carrier, but with mountains ahead.
On the ground safely after 5hrs and 15 mins, but with slightly sweaty palms ( it was 28c) !
This airfield is situated in one of the most stunning areas you could find. Everywhere you look these red mountains surround you. I could almost imagine seeing John Wayne or Ronald Reagan riding into view.