35. Iwakuni to Yamaguchi-Ube - 6 July 2004

 
  Approaching Kudakutsu
 
  Ube
 
  Ube

Another short but pleasant flight, 49 nm at 6,500 ft. I took off from Iwakuni in clear weather, and clomb over the mountains to the west. Scenically, the most interesting thing was the coastal town of Kudamatsu, which is surrounded by a circle of islands. Passing over Kudamatsu, I was now over water and the weather turned foggy as I made my descent into Ube. Several miles out, I tuned in the localizer for the runway reciprocal of mine, but was confused as to how I should interpret it. If I dialed in my runway heading, would the needle deviate to the right if I needed to go right? I could tell from the other VOR that that wasn't working. Sure enough, the airport was to my left. I reset the localizer for its own heading, and entered the traffic pattern. Speed and altitude are now under control, though my crosswind leg was too short, which mean that I couldn't turn onto final until I was already past the centerline. But the speed under control, I was able to recenter before touchdown.