Learning Experiences

August 2011 Issue

Open-Door Policy

My earliest aviation-related learning experience came years before I earned my private certificate, or even soloed. I was a passenger in a Cessna 182 Skylane my father rented for a business trip to central Missouri. I donít remember all the details, but I was probably in elementary school, so it likely was during the summer. At the time, I was too young to see over the Skylaneís seemingly massive instrument panel. We were droning along on the flight home, minding our own business, with my father flying from the left seat and me in the right, when a sudden rush of air and noise announced the pilotís-side door had sprung open.

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