I usually flip through looking for an article that stands out, catches my interest, before starting at the beginning. Just like in the days of newspapers I would dig into the sports pages then go back and start with the headlines.
The cover photo caught my eye, a Cessna, with the title noted below.
Yes, you can use a slow airplane to travel. Differently. Page 16
"The problem with an airplane like that is you can’t really use it for travel,” said a pilot looking out the FBO window at a Cherokee 140 sitting on the ramp. That pilot was saying that an entry-level airplane—think two or four seats, fixed gear and no more than 160 hp—can’t go places.
I about spit my hot chocolate out. The author, Dave Higdon, goes on to defend the bug smashers, making a funny relating back to Lindbergh's flight.
"Sorry St. Louis, I'm not flying to Paris unless I can average a buck-fifty...No. Lindbergh flew more than 33 hours between Long Island and LeBourget, averaging 107 mph over 3600 miles."
The comment from the pilot in the FBO was made about the authors very aircraft. Mr. Higdon goes on to makes the case, how to use the typical four seat single engine for travel.
The author walks through his steps about utilizing his plane, a Cherokee 140, to travel. As he noted, You gotta start somewhere, and he did, right out of the gate. Six days after passing his private pilot check ride he and his bride flew from Wichita Kansas to Washington, D.C. That's a big first step in my book.
Higdon goes on to talk about planning and being flexible, his suggested minimum equipment list and strongly encourages obtaining an instrument rating. I agree with his article and have blogged about some of these very topics.
- Nothing beats a good plan, and a plan B
- Keep current data for electronics up to date
- Read and research your destination
- Know your equipment, and its limitations
- Get that instrument rating
It's time for me to get motivated and get a few things done around the house, maybe even take 08Romeo out for a quick hop.