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Flying to Chino (KCNO) from El Monte (KEMT)

January 27, 2019

Author: Bianca Yang
Email: ipacifics@gmail.com

Let’s talk a bit about flight planning today. I just completed a training trip with my instructor and two friends (see photo) out to Chino airport today. This flight was originally meant for Tuesday, 1/22, but there were still very strong winds from the windstorm on Monday (gusting 9 - 26kts), so we postponed to today.

El Monte (KEMT), which is nicknamed Elmoo on TACs (terminal area charts), is our home airport. Chino is about 21nm south east of El Monte. To get to Chino, we will pass under Ontario’s airspace. This means our altitude will be limited to 2500’.

Notice there is another airport that is in between KEMT and KCNO: KPOC, or Brackett. Their airspace extends down to the northern intersection of the 60 and 57 freeways. We will avoid them by aiming towards the southern intersection of the 60 and 57 freeways. Be careful not to mistake the compass rose for their airspace.

Approximate final trajectory:

Assuming runway 19 (preferred runway) is in use from KEMT, we’ll ask for a left crosswind, or southeast departure. It just happened that day that the winds were favoring runway 1, so we asked for a right crosswind departure. We made our right turn fairly early, at about 300ft AGL, or 500’ MSL. We aimed for the hotel on a hill, which is the blue region just north of the Pomona Freeway flag on the TAC. From there, we aimed for the southern 60/57 intersection, then straight on towards Chino.

We talked with Chino tower about 10 miles out, or when we crossed the 57. Winds were variable that day, so there was a bit of turbulence heading over Puente Hills. Normally, runway 26 is favored at Chino, but that day, winds were mostly favoring runway 8. We landed 8L, and got off at Kilo.

We did two touch and go’s (if my memory is behaving properly) on 8L before we asked for a runway change to RW 3. Again, winds were variable. There was a helicopter practicing on the north east side of RW 3, so ATC took some time to move him. We were almost on base when ATC asked us to delay and head further south because a jet was coming in. We obeyed by climbing a bit to the south then gently circling over the cow fields.

The pilot of this jet was really something. He initially said something to ATC that was relevant for Ontario. ATC corrected him and then gave him instructions on heading to Ontario. The pilot didn’t repeat instructions back correctly, so ATC continued to work with him on making sure he got the frequencies right and was clear on his intentions. Once that was done, we got cleared to approach RW 3…until that jet decided it was actually going to land at Chino. So we proceeded to circle again. We watched the jet land, then made our final touch and go on RW 3 before heading back to El Monte.

Here’s a couple random notes regarding Chino airport. You can really smell the cows. The airport is surrounded by a bunch of lush, green fields, some of which have cows. Mind you, we’re flying something like 1400 - 2200’, and the smell of manure is still hitting hard. There is also a temple just west of Chino airport. I didn’t get any photos, but it’s really a sight from the air. They have a big pink building with a gray star on top. There are also two prisons near the airport. Those are certainly useable as markers for final approach.

We executed left crosswind after takeoff from RW 3. We pretty much retraced our path over Diamond Bar, then angling up to the 10, then following the 10 back for right traffic onto RW 1. We contacted KEMT about 10 nm out. Overall, this was a pretty uneventful training trip. There was a bit of turbulence, but nothing big enough to bother me or my passengers.

I brought two friends with me that day, so weight and balance calculations were definitely a necessary procedure before the flight. Here’s a picture of the numbers I used:

We filled up pretty much to max gross, so 30 gals of fuel. 760’s fuel consumption is about 7.4gph, so at 42nm straight line round trip distance, and 110kts cruising speed, we had plenty of margin for all the other things we wanted to do that day.

Here’s a free online service where you can track flights. The flight I just described was from 1/24, 10:57am - 12:07pm.