Learning Experiences

January 2006 Issue

Learning Experiences: 01/06

It’s Not A River In Egypt
Having completed an IFR ground school and earning a multi-engine rating a few months before, I was preparing for a career change to “professional pilot.” A classmate had asked me to fly his wife from Lee’s Summit, Mo., to Norman, Okla., to pick up their two children, a 12-hour round-trip drive. I chose the aircraft I obtained my multi-engine rating in, a Model 55 Baron/Colemill Conversion, and asked a close friend/instructor to accompany us. My now ex-girlfriend came along.

The first indicator of a problem was when we had to use a ground cart to get the engines started. In the run-up, every system behaved as it should. After an uneventful flight and ab...

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