Editor's Log

June 2008 Issue

Irony Out Of Control

A recent Friday evening found me liberating my airplane from its hangar for a short local flight designed to warm the oil before draining and sampling it. Home plate, the Venice (Fla.) Municipal Airport (VNC), is afflicted with a common ailment: anti-airport activism. Since noise is a common complaint, Runway 22 is preferred in "calm" winds; it’s even in the AWOS’s remarks. On this day, winds were something like eight knots from 290, and two aircraft were in the pattern for Runway 31, which intersects 22. Choosing a safe interval between other traffic, I launched, climbing above the pattern and leaving the area. Since I wasn’t really going anywhere, I left the local Unicom frequency active. At this point, a student/instructor combination in a 152 had the airport to themselves.

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