A light drizzle was falling from the low overcast layer. The Charleston, West Virginia tower was reporting VFR, but it was a day no one really wanted to be out flying. Our pilot had just flown his Cessna 172 in from Upstate New York and was making a quick fuel stop on his way down to Memphis. The next leg of his journey was about 4 hours and he was eager to be done for the … [Read more...] about How Much Ice Will it Take?
Low Visibility in SFO
On a clear day in San Francisco, nothing is more beautiful than the 28L or 28R approach over the bay toward the city. You can see everything the city has to offer and usually marvel at the aircraft just a short distance off your wing paralleling you on final. This wasn't one of those days. It wasn't quick thick fog, but the costal marine layer had set in and was disrupting … [Read more...] about Low Visibility in SFO
What Cows Can Teach You About Density Altitude
It was a hot, sweltering summer day in Las Vegas. Las Vegas, New Mexico that is. Running a little low on fuel, our pilot decided to make a quick stop at the Las Vegas Municipal Airport. There's not really much to do but get fuel at KLVS, so the stop was quick and the tanks were full in about 15 minutes. Our pilot had spent all Spring operating in the Mid-Western United … [Read more...] about What Cows Can Teach You About Density Altitude