February 2008 Issue

Little Voices

I wanted to write in response to the recent Learning Experience entry Ground Reference (September 2007) and the idea of ducking under a cloud deck on a flight between Buffalo, N.Y., and New York City. I donít doubt the author knows the route like the back of his hand, so flying it under a low overcast may be safe. Iíve flown the route from Buffalo to Utica, N.Y.; the moisture pumped in from the lakes was something else. I didnít want to be high and on top, but I canít recall why. Despite my best efforts, the flight ended well thanks to Buffalo approach. They took me up and over the tops all the way to UCA where I made a simple, safe approach. The ceiling there was at minimums but it was the smoothest air Iíve ever flown in, and some of the safest. The writer mentioned hills, but no reference to antennas as he flew. Hills in general are favored by radio stations and cell phone companies, and most often harbor a danger I learned to call "Porcupine Ridge." Every radio station wants to be there.

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