On this flight we decided to venture to the southwest to an airport that I’ve never been to and that is usually used on the flight test; Somerset. I made no flight plan for this flight (too short to be a cross country) so I had to wing it but it was fairly easy as the Solberg VOR’s 240 degree radial passes directly between Caldwell and Somerset. We took off from Calwell and transitioned southwest through Morristown’s airspace and tracked Solberg southwest bound until we reached Somerset. At Somerset we did a few landings (a good learning experience as the airport is a short field and has an odd inclination in the middle of the runway). Once done there we flew back to Caldwell via Solberg and a Morristown airspace transition and I learned just how close Caldwell is to the lateral limits of the Class B airspace (where it goes down all the way to 1800′), not just the vertical limits (2500′ base above CDW).
Logbook Entry N811JD (C172)
VOR-NAV, TRAFFIC PATTERN, SHORT FIELD TAKOFFS AND LANDINGS, GO AROUND, RADIO COMMS