For this adventure I chose to do some technical flying around the Tampa Bay area. Under VFR conditions we can use basic NDB equipment to navigate between Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida. I chose a Cessna 172 because it’s slow enough that I can see the sights without worrying about the instruments, but this adventure can be done in any small, NDB equipped aircraft.
I used SkyVector.com for charts. I recommend using the Tampa TAC chart plus plates for KSPG, KCLW and KTPF.
Depart Peter O. Knight Airport (KTPF) to the south. Exit Hillsborough Bay and fly in a generally western direction around the southern end of the Tampa peninsula. You should see a golf course and MacDill AFB on the tip of the peninsula.
After MacDill (PICNY NDB 388) cross Tampa Bay and head south along the shore of the Clearwater/St. Petersburg peninsula. You should see Albert Whitted Airport (KSPG) before you round the southern point of St. Petersburg.
After rounding Pinellas Point fly north along the beaches until reaching PIE R290 (116.40). Turn east and look for Clearwater Air Park (KCLW). It is approximately 11 DME on the PIE R315.
At this point you can land at the untowered KCLW, or fly to Whitted Airport via the VOR RWY18 approach, or return to Knight Airport via either the NDB RWY3 or the NDB A. I landed at KCLW because I grew up about 500 yards south of RWY 34. It’s good to be back home.