Go or No Go?

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By BILL BOND

A recent return flight from Kentucky taught me valuable lessons about this significant question when flight conditions are marginal.

I tend to avoid flight when weather conditions are less than ideal. Most pilots are coached, “Better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air, than in the air wishing you were on the ground.”

However, when is your flight a risk? When is careful being too careful?

Recently I had an exhilarating chance to explore the risk envelope of my piloting skills and my confidence in my 1968 Mooney M20C.

Bill Bond’s 1968 Mooney M20C.

The flight from my home airport, Anoka County-Blaine Airport (KANE) in the Minneapolis area to Lexington, Kentucky, was pure joy. An instrument rated buddy of mine, Brian Albright, assisted in the right seat and my wife Susie poured over Good Housekeeping magazines in the back with plans for a nap when we were at cruise.

We refueled at Jasper County Airport (KRZL) in the farm country of Indiana, where the self-serve fuel was a bargain and folks were friendly. The noon sun toasted the tarmac as two pilot buddies and their wives landed to join us in their Piper Comanche on our predetermined stopover to our shared destination.

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