Learning Experiences

December 2000 Issue

Stunning Surprise

‘The gear handle would not budge. It could not be extended, no matter what we tried’

It was probably the most embarrassing experience I ever had as a CFI, and a good lesson I learned.

I had just sold my 1980 B55 Baron to a real pilot. He was an 8,000-hour, on-call charter pilot, current in G3’s, G4’s, Citations and Lears who wanted his own toy. Part of the deal, however, was that I had to teach him how to fly the Baron.

Is he kidding me, I wondered? My 1,500 hours are confined to this Baron, a Duchess and a smattering of hours in small Cessnas and Pipers. What could I possibly teach him? So, I laughed when he made that part of the deal and said, “Sure, but you know more about flying than I’ll ever know.” “Perhaps,” he answered. “I could teach you to fly the G4, but y...

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