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Looking for practice area information around Puget Sound
« on: May 26, 2017, 03:28:30 PM »
I am based in Auburn, but have wings & can travel.  Can you all tell me about practice  areas (within 50 miles or so) of Seattle and the Advisory Frequencies.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Looking for practice area information around Puget Sound
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2017, 03:45:40 PM »
Practice?  You mean as in akro?

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Re: Looking for practice area information around Puget Sound
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2017, 03:51:45 PM »
By practice, I mean airwork for normal category flyers.

- Stalls
- Maneuvers
- Engine out practice

Etc... trying to shake the rust out of this old pilot.

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Re: Looking for practice area information around Puget Sound
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2017, 06:20:16 PM »
It is very common for people to practice above and north of lake stevens - not so far from auburn but you have to navigate a lot of dense airspace to get there.
Several schools seem to practice over the valley from about monroe to about carnation - be warned some will call it "northeast practice area" while folks from harvey field will call it something else (I would announce duvall-carnation.)
There are surely some closer to auburn - call a school or flight instructor there, or at Thun field.
Always used the conventional plane-to-plane 122.75

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Re: Looking for practice area information around Puget Sound
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2017, 07:45:43 PM »
Traditionally, the Auburn flight schools have gone a few miles east of Lake Tapps as a practice area.  Not to much activity out there, these days.

Just make sure you're a few miles south of Evergreen and north of South Prairie. 

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Re: Looking for practice area information around Puget Sound
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2017, 08:10:27 AM »
Closest to you there are two informal practice areas, the Northeast Practice Area and the Southeast Practice Area.  People commonly announce on 122.75 for both of them.  They are split by the Tiger, Squak, Cougar mountain group. 

The SE area is, as Ron said, the plateau between Lake Tapps and the foothills.  Quite a few private strips there, they are all on 122.9.

The NE area is Snoqualmie River valley running from Fall City to Duvall area and the forest to the foothills.

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Re: Looking for practice area information around Puget Sound
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2017, 08:23:30 AM »
It'd be nice if people would ID by nearby towns, as in "Lake Tapps practice area" or "Duvall practice area". 
Those of us who didn't train at Auburn or Boeing  or Renton might not be familiar with just where those areas are.
And Auburn's "northeast practice area" might be different from Crest's or Harvey's or Thun's.
Kinda like the whole "island crossing" or "bend in the river" thing.

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Re: Looking for practice area information around Puget Sound
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2017, 09:11:38 PM »
It'd be nice if people would ID by nearby towns, as in "Lake Tapps practice area" or "Duvall practice area". 
Those of us who didn't train at Auburn or Boeing  or Renton might not be familiar with just where those areas are.
And Auburn's "northeast practice area" might be different from Crest's or Harvey's or Thun's.
Kinda like the whole "island crossing" or "bend in the river" thing.
Yea, I never did like the "bend in the river" thing. That's like saying..."over Mable's steak house". If one likes to use these obscure landmark names, how bout throwing in a "2 mile northwest" along with it. Just sayin.

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Re: Looking for practice area information around Puget Sound
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2017, 10:19:17 PM »
If I were at Auburn and just looking to do some basic air work, the first place I'd try (after looking over the Seattle TAC and the L-1 Enroute chart) is the area between Enumclaw, Buckley and the foothills.  For 3,000' and below, I'd bet that area would be fine as long as you're doing your clearing turns and keeping an eye out.
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Re: Looking for practice area information around Puget Sound
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2017, 08:00:10 AM »
It'd be nice if people would ID by nearby towns, as in "Lake Tapps practice area" or "Duvall practice area". 
Those of us who didn't train at Auburn or Boeing or Renton might not be familiar with just where those areas are.
And Auburn's "northeast practice area" might be different from Crest's or Harvey's or Thun's.
Kinda like the whole "island crossing" or "bend in the river" thing.
Yea, I never did like the "bend in the river" thing. That's like saying..."over Mable's steak house". If one likes to use these obscure landmark names, how bout throwing in a "2 mile northwest" along with it. Just sayin.

I'm with you. It was something I learned on my first true cross-country flight into unknown territory, fumbling with a paper chart while trying to fly solo, looking for one of those little VFR Waypoint flags. Eventually, I gave up and asked.

Arlington's Island-Crossing = "Arlington traffic, Island-crossing, 2 to the NW inbound ...
Harvey's bend-in-the-river = "Harvey traffic, 4 to the NW over the bend-in-the-river, inbound ..."
Harvey's over-the-landfill = "Harvey traffic, 2 to the south over the-landfill, inbound ..."

I remember being baffled my first time into Paine with "Report the tanks..."
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Re: Looking for practice area information around Puget Sound
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2017, 06:32:39 PM »
FWIW ... my favorite practice route includes the Mariner transition over SeaTac and over north of Bremerton.  Feels less busy than Enumclaw area.  Biggest downside is that it's mostly forested terrain.
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