February 2000 Issue

Sole Man

Long cross-country flight in marginal weather puts VFR pilotís skills to the ultimate test

Sidle up to any pilot you see at the airport. Ask about his or her attitude toward safety. Whether flying the latest and greatest corporate jet or propping the most tired tube-and-fabric antique, that pilot will give the same answer.

ďSure, Iím a safe pilot. After all, itís my behind thatís riding just aft of the instrument panel.Ē

Few people like to admit that they have shortcomings as pilots. And when they do, itís usually tempered with some mitigating circumstance that demonstrates that bad things only happen to the other guy.

They donít fly instruments, but theyíre conservative about the weather. They donít fly often, but when they do theyíre extra careful. They skimp on mainte...

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