|Lock Haven ~ KLHV|
The drive to the airport gave me some concern. While the cold front had passed through last evening, the colder air had merged the morning temperature and dew point. Mist and fog lingered over the lakes and streams and changed the clear blue morning sky into IFR conditions. I worried that I might be forced to cancel.
I pulled up to hangar, opened the doors and got my preflight started. Sally is getting close to her own 100 hour condition inspection. While everything looks normal, I worried about the minor oil leak and how that will be handled during the inspection.
I rechecked my navigation. A direct course would take me too close to the Allentown Airspace. So I decided to travel a little west before turning north to go direct to my destination. While there were no TFRs in effect today, a major VIP visit over the weekend is going to effectively close Quakertown traffic routes to the south. I always worry about TFRs just "popping up" while I'm out flying.
Soap Box ~The Fear of Flying:
Acrophobia (from the Greek: ἄκρον, ákron , meaning "peak, summit, edge" and φόβος,phóbos, "fear") is an extreme or irrational fear of heights, especially when one is not particularly high up.I have a bit of Acrophobia. That third step on the ladder is as far as I go. But flying a small airplane is the definition of freedom. To be able to pick up and go (almost) anywhere at (almost) anytime is fantastic. But each freedom comes with a responsibility. A trust between the pilot, the airplane and our society. The real fear of flying is breaking this trust:
- Don't do something stupid. One of the famous last lines is, "Watch this!"
- Know your airplane. What is normal and what is abnormal. Listen to her.
- Know yourself. Establish personal guidelines and adhere to them. (IMSAFE)
- Know the rules. FARs, AIM, PHAK have them all written down. But do you understand them?
- Meteorology. She is a bitch, don't get her mad. Know your own limitations.
- Navigation. Try flying without the purple line. Pilotage is a skill requiring practice.
- Airmanship. Take a few laps in the pattern...on a windy day.
You see, I think the worries and fears keep a lot of us from going out to the airport. That's a shame because exercising freedom is really a lot of fun.
OK, I'm done.