The mission was simple. Travel from my home base to Suwannee County Airport in northern Florida to conduct an Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Rusty Pilot seminar. The weather was perfect. Blue skies, great visibility, a scattered layer well above my normal cruising altitude, light winds, and warm temperatures all added up to a beautiful day to fly.
But my company car, a bright yellow and black Cessna 152, was in the process of being lifted onto pedestals for display inside the AOPA Campus main tent at SUN ‘n FUN. It was certainly not going to be my primary mode of transportation for the trip.
Under normal circumstances I’d go to my back-up plan. My flying club operates a C-182 that is faster, roomier, and every bit as much fun to fly as the C-152. But since I’d neglected to book it, one of my fellow club members was prepping it for a trip to the Florida Keys.
It wasn’t long before I realized my options had whittled themselves down to one. Drive. Yep. Actually, get in the car, head for the Interstate, and roll 200 miles to my destination.
In theory, that’s no big deal. In practice, it can be significantly more challenging. [Read more…]