Learning Experiences

January 2019 Issue

Shortly After Takeoff

My background as a crewmember aboard military aircraft gave me a strong appreciation for practicing emergencies. Thirty-two years after earning my private certificate, I had my first one. The early September evening started out like most other cross-country flights my wife and I had taken in the 18 months since we bought our Piper Archer II. Our plan was take off around 1600 local, get a good night’s sleep at our destination, then I was to take my instrument-rating checkride the next morning.

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