Learning Experiences

January 2008 Issue

Flat Light

It was a mid-winter afternoon in southeast Alaska. We were having one of those beautiful CAVU days, with the temperature warming into the lower 20s. It had been cold for three weeks and the lakes were completely frozen. I asked my non-pilot friend Greg if he would like to take "the little plane" and land on the lakes with me. I fly an Experimental homebuilt, which fits into the LSA category. It has tundra tires, which makes it ideal for beaches or frozen lakes with little or no snow. The first lake was only a few minutes away. We flew over it at low altitude to check the surface. It looked fine, so we did a left 360 and set up for the landing. We touched down, finding the frozen lake surface as smooth as glass. Power in, pull back and we were off to the next lake.

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