Learning Experiences

October 2000 Issue

The Limbo Dance

‘I decided to follow the highway, holding steady at 30 feet agl’

It was a flying day. The sky had not a single cloud, the temperature was 78 degrees. It was April 1st and I was an 18-year-old April fool with a freshly minted private pilot license.

I actually flew twice that day. The first flight of the day was just not enough, so I had to go for more. The afternoon sun was dipping to the west as I headed out in the 152 with my passenger, a friend’s roommate.

What a grand time we had zooming over the hills and valleys of the desert right out to a large lake north of town. Then, the foolishness began to kick in. “Wanna get a closer look at that boat?” I yelled above the roar of the engine. “Sure!” she hollered back.

So I dipped lower, getting us...

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