Curmudgeon at Twelve O'Clock!
Posted February 2018
When you fly a plane that drops like a neutron stone if the
engine quits, you kind of like staying close to the runway when
flying touch-and-goes. So I fly a pretty tight pattern.
This gets modified, of course, when other planes are in the
pattern. Despite the temptation, I never cut folks off. Often
they're students, and the patterns get stretched. I usually stay
cool, knowing that they're just learning.
Was a bit tough a couple of weeks back. There were about four
students in the pattern, and it was getting.... stretched.....
My patience does have limits.
Unbeknownst to me, our Chapter President was watching...and
listening. One of our older chapter members is getting
pretty frail and doesn't get out of the house much. The
President has driven him to the airport to watch the planes fly,
and they had a handheld to listen to the traffic.
Met him at the chapter meeting tonight. "We heard you, Ron...
you said, 'Fly Baby is turning base over Pierce County.' You
(For a geographical reference, the county line is about ten
miles south of the airport. I may have exaggerated.)
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