Learning Experiences

May 2002 Issue

Juice Runs Dry

ďMy stomach started churning when I saw the needle was dead. Not even a flutter.Ē

As a student pilot, Iíve become accustomed to the fact that being on the learning curve isnít something new. There was, however, a particular learning experience I had not anticipated quite so early in my aviation career.

I had approximately 40 hours of flying time and was going out to the training area to practice ground reference maneuvers. I had just finished doing my first cross-country solo a few days earlier, so going just to the training area 10 miles away didnít seem like a big deal. It was a perfect morning, clear blue skies and best of all, no flight instructor in the right seat.

I flipped over the starter key and nothing happened. After a few pathetic turns of the prop, one...

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