Learning Experiences

February 2005 Issue

Learning Experiences: 02/05

Sage Experience
I didnít become a pilot until 1987; the man who gave me my check ride then was in the left seat 15 years earlier, in 1972, when the story Iím about to tell occurred.

We were in his Cessna 210. His wife and two kids were aboard, and a college friend tagged along on the trip from Gunnison, Colo., to San Jose, Calif. They were off to a wedding, he was to meet a girlfriend and I was going to Eugene by airline.

Gunnison was IFR, so we circled to 16,000 feet to get clear. Off to the west, we hit more overcast and followed railroad tracks to Price, Utah, to wait out the weather.

Once off the ground again, I recall breaking through a partial overcast with a mou...

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