Sedona flying

Mike Willis

I'm a 50+ hour student pilot taking my time learning to fly at Bourn, near Cambridge UK. Problem is that with the "wonderful" English weather and a hectic work schedule I don't get to fly that often. So when I get the opportunity I fly when I'm travelling. A couple of times now I've had a weekend in Scottsdale, the posh end of Phoenix Arizona. So I track down a flying school and book a lesson. No problem, and the view is a little different than England. The photos below are from my latest exploits in Scottsdale, February 7th 2004. Thanks to Clive Martin the flying instructor, and Will Eve passenger and photographer. Click on any photo for a high-resolution version, and here for more details of the flight in case you fancy doing it yourself. Sedona is a town around 40 minutes flying time north of Scottsdale in the middle of a National Park famous for it's red rock formations. From Scottsdale you fly over the McDowell mountains and then follow the Verde river. After about 25 minutes you come to the wide canyons and red rocks. There had been a snowfall 4 days earlier and you can see some still lying on the high ground.

Cold start at Scottsdale
Cold start at Scottsdale
Sedona 2
Sedona 2
Sedona 3
Sedona 3
Sedona airport from the East
Sedona airport from the East
Sedona 5
Sedona 5
Sedona 6
Sedona 6
Sedona 7
Sedona 7
Sedona 8
Sedona 8
Sedona 9
Sedona 9
Sedona 10
Sedona 10
On the ground at Sedona
On the ground at Sedona
Sedona 12
Sedona 12
Sedona 13
Sedona 13
Turning downwind, Scottsdale
Turning downwind, Scottsdale
Click here for a detailed description of the flight and flying in the US, and useful links in case you fancy doing it yourself.