Learning Experiences

January 2012 Issue

Three Out Of Four

As a 1700-hour pilot with what I consider a set of prudent and safe practices, I knew my initial 10-hour engine break-in flights would be VFR-only. Certainly, there was no reason to take chances. After liftoff on my second hour of break-in flights, I reported in to our local tower to make them aware I was out there flying around their Class C airspace, near Lexington, Ky. As I reported my altitude, 3000 feet, and well below the cloud deck, the friendly controller politely responded, “We show your Mode C as 2400.”

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