El Centro/ Imperial (KIPL) California

Route:

This flight we head to El Centro Imperial airport KIPL. After departing French Valley, we climbed to 7500 feet and contact SoCal for flight following. We will fly over the city of Anza and down to Borrego Springs then proceed directly to the soul the end of the salmon sea, being careful to avoid  The restricted area.

Here is an example of a route that we took.  Please do your own flight plan mine may not be the best.

Foreflight
ForeFlight is such an amazing tool

The route that we  chose seem to be the fastest and most direct.

During departure I noticed a the Comanche performing very well…..900 feet a min vertical speed at 7500feet altitude at 120 mph…..well above the Vy speed for the plane.

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Comanche climbing great.

 

Enroute:

Overall, our in route  scenery provided a very pleasant flight. We experienced quite a bit of turbulence over the Anza Valley but that soon gave way to  smooth air. This particular day we had about a 25knot head a wind which significantly increased are in route time to about 55 minutes.

These photos are collective pictures of both the trip out and trip back from Imperial over the Anza Borrego desert/Ocotillo Wells area. I LOVE THE ANZA BORREGO DESERT.

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Airport Environment:

  • Elevation: Minus 54 feet
  • Class E airspace
  • Runways: 14,32  right traffic 32
  • Runways: 08, 26 right traffic 26
  • Boarders El Centro NAF’s class Delta

 

Enroute Imperial KIPL airport, it was easy to see the Naval Air Force base, however, identifying imperial KIPL airport was a bit more challenging. I did a Google earth the airport and found a group of white structures we used as our land mark, just to the south of runway  32, which help to us identify the airport among all the farmland.img_0666

Can you see the imperial airport? On the left is the easily Identifiable  Naval air base…… Difficult, hu?

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Time in Flight: About 40 min average.

FBO:

Imperial actually has a terminal. There is a small airline that does daily flights to LAX.

Near by Accommodations:

El Centro is a pretty busy little town. We found that there were many new stores including larger commercial brands. I found El Central and its people to be pleasant. Any who, El Central is very accommodating and can find most anything here. Not a whole lot to do in terms of entertainment but a nice little town.

Places Stayed:

We stayed at the Airporter AKA Rodeway inn. This hotel is a literal stones throw away from transient parking. It is a 2-star hotel but we found out room to be updated and clean. The staff was friendly and willing to help out.

The entrance to the pool.

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The airporter hotel

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Looking toward the airport.

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REACH…. Saving lives and loving every minute…..

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REACH MEDEVAC helicopter

Thoughts:

El Centro is a upcoming town whose main focus is agriculture. This makes for an AMAZING flight over the desert but do not count on good airport food or many near by attractive accommodations. With that being said, I found this area to be pleasant and quaint with nice people. Plus, the fighter planes fly overhead frequently which allows for some entertainment.

 

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