briefer on the phone mentioned places I
had never heard of. Okay, not completely
true: I’d heard of the Chattahoochee in
an old country song, but that didn’t help
me in this situation.
Despite our rush, Jason encouraged
me to slow down and take time to brief
the briefer. In situations like this, it’s a
good idea to let the weather briefer know
you’re not familiar with the region. This
way, the briefer can better explain where
the weather is and what it’s doing.
Weather is often a big learning curve
for new pilots, and when you’re away
from home, it is even more so. I’ve found
most FBOs have similar weather-check-ing stations that are easy to use once you
familiarize yourself with them. Like most
things in aviation, it just takes a little
practice. Now when I travel, I take every
opportunity to check the weather at different FBOs in order to better acquaint
myself with various tools. Another little
big thing that is no longer a big thing.
I have a toddler at home who seems to
learn something new every day. Each day
is a new, exciting frontier for her. I feel
the same way every time I fly because I’m
an aviation toddler.
Tie-down knots, self-serve fuel
pumps, and learning to check the
weather aren’t a big deal in the grand
scheme of things, but they ended up at
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRADY LANE
the top of my highlight reel this year. Why?
Because when you share your chocks, teach
someone how to pump gas, or patiently
explain where the Chattahoochee River is,
I’m reminded we are family, and for that I
Soon my little toddler will learn to tie her
own shoes, and I’ll be extremely proud of
her. I recently learned a new knot myself and
can’t wait for the day when I can teach her
that as well.
Brady Lane, EAA 808095, is a multimedia journalist
for EAA and a sport pilot. To see videos on how to
tie tie-down knots and self-serve fuel pumps visit www.
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