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Flying from Great Flalls MT to Pocatello ID

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Barry Wood
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#1 Posted: 8/21/2009 13:57:22

Guy's

I am planning a trip from Calgary to Las Vegas. One of my legs will be from Great Flalls MT to Pocatello ID.

I am planning to go pretty well direct, past Helena then to the whitehill VOR and to Dillon and then Pocatello.

The plane I am using is a Musketeer and not a good climber so I am a little unsure about the altitude and terrain.

It does look like the route is through some wide valley’s, but any comments on the route would be helpful.

Thanks



David King
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#2 Posted: 8/21/2009 22:33:17

Don't know if it helps, but there was some great feedback for mountain flying in the Rockies on this previous post.

EAA people are great, and there are some people who left numbers, and email addresses. You can try to contact them. Lots of information from good people. 

http://www.oshkosh365.org/ok365_DiscussionBoardTopic.aspx?id=1235&boardid=147&forumid=175&topicid=2563&page=1



Steve Fabiszak
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#3 Posted: 8/23/2009 10:50:15

We recently flew a trip from KOGD to KDLN and back to KOGD. My friend wanted to do some shopping at the Patagonia factory outlet store in Dillon. The highest terrain is around Dillon. The average MEA in the area is 11,300 msl. But note the route I15 takes south from Dillon. Follow the highway to the Snake River plain and it's clear sailing to Pokey.

Dillon has looong runways and a courtesy car. Town is 2 miles away. Recommend the "Garage Restaurant".

 



#4 Posted: 8/28/2009 14:02:30

Hi Barry,

ThIs is Jeanne MacPherson from Helena, MT. I work at MDT Aeronautics Division we are located on the Helena Airport.

I fly this part of the country often.

Flying from Great Falls to Helena following the Interstate 15  or  a little bit west following Highway 287 puts you in the lower terrain.  From Helena  going south to Whitehall, follow Interstate 15 (the Boulder Hill has massive guy wires across the Interstate) to Boulder ( there is a grass airstrip in Boulder 3U9) , the most open route from Boulder to Whitehall is along Highway 69 wide open valley, a little bit east of a direct route to the Whitehall VOR, then you are in a open valley from Whitehall to Dillon. From Dillon head south following Interstate 15 over Monida Pass ( puts you in the lowest terrain with options, there is a paved runway Dell 4U9 (7000' in length) half between Dillon and Monida Pass (no fuel at Dell), then smooth sailing...wide open to Pocatello.  It's a beautiful flight.  Feel free to call if you have questions at 406-444-9568



Richard Shankland
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#5 Posted: 8/28/2009 15:10:56

Barry ..........

Leaving Great Falls headed West, don't be surprised if Great Falls departure calls out traffic at 10 o'clock, 11 o'clock, 12 o'clock, and 1 o'clock. They did that to me once and I was sort of panicked, looking for all that traffic. When I replied, "No Joy on the traffic", he came back with, "Look lower - it's a train!". I could hear chuckling in the background.

Rich     shocked



Dan Moudree
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#6 Posted: 8/28/2009 15:44:14

Have flown that stretch several times.  Cross Helena airport southbound for the valley that heads to the Whitehall VOR, then the valley over to Dillon.  Then you have a decision on how to proceed south towards Idaho Falls and on to POC.  Coming out of Dillon, if you have abundant altitude you can pick your way south.  If altitude is limited to say 8500 msl then head for the big valley housing the city of Dell and cross the mountain range further south at Monida Pass.  The interstate will be below you.  I am estimating it will take you about 2 hours from Helena to Idaho Falls.   Watch the weather, pick your time.  Good luck.  Hope this helps. -



Chuck Bodeen
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#7 Posted: 8/30/2009 10:46:30

Hi Barry,

You might like to try Google Earth flight planning. You can set up a route and then see it over the 3D globe along with all the airports and waypoints. Some methods even show NOTAMS.

www.aeroplanner.com

http://pilotsandweather.com

http://www.nc-software.com

You can also get 3D views of controlled airspace from

http://www.gelib.com/maps/Sectionals/Aero_Charts_nl.kml

Chuck Bodeen - Las Vegas



Barry Wood
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#8 Posted: 8/30/2009 17:48:50

Using Jeanne's and Dan's info  and putting it in Google earth with the sectionals that Chuck suggested made it very clear which route to follow.  Thanks everyone for your help. 

 I can tell that this fourm will be great tool.

 



Jesse Schoolcraft
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#9 Posted: 8/30/2009 22:10:50
Richard Shankland wrote:

 

Barry ..........

Leaving Great Falls headed West, don't be surprised if Great Falls departure calls out traffic at 10 o'clock, 11 o'clock, 12 o'clock, and 1 o'clock. They did that to me once and I was sort of panicked, looking for all that traffic. When I replied, "No Joy on the traffic", he came back with, "Look lower - it's a train!". I could hear chuckling in the background.

Rich     shocked

 

You should've said that you had the traffic in sight. Then they would've been the ones that panicked.



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