Learning Experiences

November 2009 Issue

Three Green?

The weather wasnít too bad for my Thanksgiving holiday trip south to see the folks, but the headwinds were fierce. So I decided the smart thing to do would be stopping at North Carolinaís Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT) for fuel, a stretch of the legs and another dose of weather information before pushing on. The flying clubís Hershey-bar-wing Piper Arrow I rented for the trip had seen better days, but nothing was amiss. Until, that is, I put down the landing gear as I neared the runway at CLT. I heard the system operating, felt the gear thunk into place and noticed the increased drag, but didnít have any of the three green lights I expected.

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