October 2018 Issue

Familiarity, Contempt

Accomplishing several no-drama flights over the same route doesnít mean the next one wonít pose a problem.

If youíve been flying for very long, itís likely thereís a route you frequently use. It could be a quick out-and-back to the nearest $100 hamburger or cheapest avgas, or an hours-long trek to Grandmaís house. Itís something youíve flown often and know well enough to almost do it without a chart. You understand the topography along the way, where the bolt holes are and how any weather may influence the flight. You may even have a couple of the frequencies memorized, along with expected ATC routings.

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