Learning Experiences

March 2004 Issue

Learning Experiences: 03/04

Blessed Delays
We were planning to depart for a family trip from our home airport of Gaithersburg, Md., for Lexington, Ky. Because I was a low-time pilot and still had fewer than 50 hours in my new Bonanza, I elected to bring my 2,000-hour CFI along on the trip.

I felt like it would make both me and the family feel more comfortable. After all, it was our first family trip since I got my private ticket 12 months earlier.

While driving to the airport, it was clear that the weather was lower than advertised. The TAF indicated that the morning fog would give way to a 6,000-foot scattered layer, but we had a solid 500-foot layer that wasn’t budging. There was no reason legal...

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