The case for an instrument rating
James explained that his buddy Andy flew out of Banning Airport, and how every Sunday the two would convene with the “Coyote Aviation Breakfast Club” at Redlands, and fly to a nearby airport cafe.
“Andy was headed to meet us when he struck a ridge in low clouds and fog. Sadly, on bad-weather days like that we normally all drive to a local restaurant but Andy decided to fly.” James described his friend’s reputation for making risky flights in poor weather by following freeways and dodging terrain with a handheld GPS.
“I feel guilty for not voicing my opinion on his poor judgment in this area,” said James, “but I wrongly assumed that after years of flying, Andy ‘knew what he was doing.’ Anyway, I doubt anyone’s advice would have mattered.” I expressed my condolences, but James had more personal concerns on his mind…
Continue reading “New Chapter,” Greg’s October, 2011 Flying Carpet column here. (This column first appeared in AOPA Flight Training, 10/11 issue.)
Photo: James Mckinley poses with the FlyCorona club Bonanza at Sedona Airport, Arizona. (Photo by Stacy Hagen.)
©2011 Gregory N. Brown
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