Learning Experiences

March 2006 Issue

Switchology

It was a fairly warm summer, and exasperation with my quest to add my multi-engine land (MEL) rating was starting to grow like beads of sweat. In turn, my ME instructor—whose patience and professionalism has long since earned him sainthood—had been a pretty good sport all through this process. But, we still had some practice ahead of us, since I wanted Commercial privileges from the rating as well as to be comfortable with this well-worn-but-reliable Seneca I on the gauges. It was during this training that I learned to think before touching anything in an airplane.

The day’s mission was designed to add more polish to my skills. I had gotten fairly comfortable in the Seneca, which was just...

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