Editor's Log

February 2008 Issue

Dimensions

Two round trips up and down the east coast over the recent year-end holidays reinforced for me the incredible transportation value that is the personal airplane. They also reminded me we are operating these airplanes in not just three dimensions, but four. The fourth? Time. My first flight involved a solo "hop" of some 755 nm from my new home in Florida to my old one in the D.C. area. Due to some personal complications as well as the need to perform some much-needed TLC on the airplane, I didn’t get away until late in the day; most of the flight would be at night. Some of that delay was by design, however, involving a fast-moving and wet front pushing in along my route from the west, extending north to New England and south into the Gulf of Mexico. It was dumping rain all along the east coast, and the weather-guessers were advertising real wind—gusts to 35 knots in some locations—to come in behind it. Ceilings were low until the front passed, but they wouldn’t matter much if I had a 35-knot direct crosswind at my destination.

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