Learning Experiences

August 2007 Issue

Mind Of Its Own

I was flying my 1976 Piper Arrow out of the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport south of Miami. It was a marginal VFR day in mid-December. Earlier, I had planned to make a local flight, but stay close to the airport in respect of the weather. Knowing the area and with weather capability on my GPS, I felt confident Id stay out of trouble. I decided to stay in the pattern for a few touch-and-go landings with short approaches. After my third circuit I was turning left crosswind after departing one of the easterly runways. Wind was from the east at around 12 knots.

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