Learning Experiences

June 2000 Issue

Sometimes You Win

I had spent all my time focusing on one danger and let another sneak up on me

Four years ago my wife and I made the decision to buy an aircraft. We live in San Diego, where the weather is typically good for flying and there are many exciting destinations a short flight away.

It was my job to select the aircraft. We needed a plane that could carry four adults with luggage and still have good performance at altitude. Our research led us to a Cessna 210.

We bought a local airplane with a good maintenance record and set about upgrading it. The improvements took some time, and to celebrate their completion we planned a weekend trip to Las Vegas with another couple. I am an instrument and commercial rated pilot with more than 600 hours in a Centurion, but still I did...

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