I flew into Half Moon Bay (KHAF)last weekend and I will share some intresting notes for all:
- It would appear (without studying the chart) that this uncontrolled airport would use Left Traffic for Runway 30 as right traffic is over land and higher elevation and the left is over the water - however - the sea lions prefer and mandate you fly right traffic for 30.
- Now Take off advice - you can not get reception on the runway to open an IFR clearance due to the hill top to the North and the clouds hover the coast at the airport frequently. While taking off RWY 30 there was a strong tailwind on 12 (eliminating the option of departing rwy 12, and clouds at 400 ft. hovering the west - yet leaving a safe VFR passage to stay clear of the clouds with an early cross wind of which I did behind another Cirrus. - Turning early did trigger a Noice Abatement violation which lead to a Ramp Check in San Carlos for this act. I had a IFR clearance on the phone yet unable to open it on the runway ( I am sure I could of shut down and called again - and perhaps opened the plan via cell in 15 minutes). I believe I will get a letter (so I was told) - who knows… I felt I acted safely under the circumstances - however all should keep in mind that this airport has eyes even when no one appears to be around.
- Parking - Food, one would think that parking at the airport cafe is the best transisent parking or the obivious parking, however parking 500 yards East of the threshold of rwy 30 is optimal as you can easily walk to the town (saves you 75% of the distance) 8 minute walk to have a great lunch (Airport cafe closes at 2pm Sunday).