Learning Experiences

October 2002 Issue

Confusion Reigns

“I realized that I was closing with the terrain somewhere to my front”

I was planning a flight in a Cessna 172 to maintain night flight currency. Another pilot, who also held a commercial certificate and claimed 900 hours total time (to my 377) agreed to split the cost of the rental and we would each do three landings.

I got a standard weather briefing and filed a VFR flight plan. I asked my companion if he wanted to make the flight out or the flight back. He said he hadn’t flown in a while and just wanted to get familiar with the airplane.

I said I would be PIC for the flight to a nearby airport, and he could be PIC on the trip back if he so desired. He didn’t respond.

We took off from Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego at about 1910 and m...

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