8/21/2016 – (updated pictures & added Links)
Route: From F70 we head east over the town of Anza and nearly direct to thermal airport (KTRM) at 7500feet after picking up flight following. We then begin our decent over Thermal airport which is about 25 miles out from L77 (Chiriaco).
TIP: Turbulence can become intense over the Anza pass as you transition over palm springs. Remember to reset your altimeter, often times palm springs has a higher pressure than most cities to the west.
time in flight: About 30min.
- field elevation is 1700.
- Pattern is about 2700 feet.
- Runways 06/24 have rough surfaces
- Runway legth is 4600feet long.
- food- YES
- fuel- NO
- There are mountains to the south fairly close by to the airport.
- Runways 24 and 06 are left traffic but left traffic for 24 puts you close to the mountains south of the field.
Unfamiliar with the airport, I opted for right pattern into 24 to avoid the terrain and give myself more room due to the wind and also no one was arriving, departing or near the airport.
you can see what I mean….. Looking East.
TIP: Ain’t no weather reporting here. So you are on your own. We did a low pass to eye-ball the wind sock located south of runway and at the beginning of runway 06. We also researched desert centers wind before departing.
TIP: Chiriaco summit gets HOT. During our visit, the temps were 108 degrees F and density altitude was about 5500 feet.
We were nearly ran out of right rudder trying to hold the bird centerline due to a direct crosswind. Wind shear caused a 10kt drop in airspeed too.
FBO: What FBO……..No fuel.
Near by attractions: Chiriaco summit seems to have just a gas station to the normal traveler, however, it has much history and good food too! It even has a classic car restoration shop!
Walking to General Patton museum was quite nice (looking back toward the Cheveron station).
The General Patton museum is located close to the Cheveron station. This is a privately owned museum that will not disappoint.
A brief video that has a great explanation of the highlights of his career.
Many attractions exist outside including tanks and other vehicles used during WWII.
Look close and you can see artillery strikes on the armor.
As you can see, many very cool things to experience in Chiriaco.
Chiriaco Summit has a coffee shop across the way from the Chevron station that serves up some tasty hamburgers. They are on the small side, but the taste is big. Overall, a very impressive place. It’s maybe 200feet from the Patton museum.
Here explains the history of Chiriaco Summit, please read. Click to zoom.
You can also enjoy your food outside on the patio.
After spending about 2 hrs exploring, we departed runway 24.
TIP: There are no taxi ways here, so runway taxing is unavoidable at times.
We departed and climbed to 8500ft at 700ft per min at 120mph to keep the engine cool and the Comanche performed flawlessly.
More Information about General George S. Patton
-May your props always spin.