San Carlos, California to Phoenix, Arizona
Trip Start Dec 23, 2012
39Trip End Mar 30, 2013
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The weather was nice heading south over Salinas and the San Joaquin valley, but I stayed with the IFR clearance, with a routing that periodically changed as I proceeded south. North of Los Angeles it was a bit bumpy, and my originally-filed altitude of 9,000 feet got pushed up to 11,000 feet to get over terrain (but no icy clouds this time). After being pushed around a bit to avoid LA-bound traffic, I finally got vectored onto V64/V16 for a straight route east to Phoenix for a VFR approach and landing at KGYR.
Goodyear airport is southwest of Phoenix and a good place to go if you’re just looking for a quick stop for fuel or an overnight. It avoids most of the busy Phoenix airspace. It also has a great FBO - Lux Jet Center - who arranged the free shuttle to a nearby Holiday Inn (with crew rates). When the Jet Center manager came out the greet me, he noticed the cargo fuel tank on board. I told him I’d flown around the world in N788W last year. He said that over the past 5 years they’ve had 3 RTW flights pass through KGYR. I wonder who they are, and if I know them. The airport is clearly a good stop if you’re zipping across the southern part of the US.
There are a number of defunct or retired DC-10's, 747's and other large commercial aircraft parked at KGYR. It's a small "boneyard" compared to a few others in the dry desert climate where a hundred or more old airliners are parked. On my RTW trip, flying from Vanuatu to Pago Pago, I talked to a Quantas crew flying overhead who were ferrying a plane to a boneyard in California. Sad to see all that technology sitting idle.