Learning Experiences

June 1999 Issue

Silent Intruder

‘All I could do was point out my window, which was full of the belly of another aircraft’

While waiting at the hold short line for runway 25 in the club’s Cessna 172, my instructor mentioned that there was a government King Air rolling up behind us from taxiway Alpha.

I was cleared for takeoff from our 3,947-foot msl airport to the practice area. This meant a right turn at 500 feet agl then staying below 5,500 feet until cleared higher. At 300 feet agl the tower asked me to start the right turn toward the practice area and to stay below 6,500. I presumed this was to clear the way for the King Air traffic and get our high-priced helped back to the legislature. Shortly after my turn, the King Air was cleared to take off. While climbing through 5,000 I made a quick instrument s...

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