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COMMENTARY / FLYING LESSONS
I was a little skeptical about his approach, but once we were in
the air, it was clear he knew his way around both devices, which
was a huge help. Ditto for his ability to figure out a MacGyver-style
fix for a leak in the whiskey compass that developed 4 5 minutes
into the trip, using only a few scraps of paper, a ratty tissue, and a
single Band-Aid scrounged from the depths of my purse.
But Connor’s real contribution to the trip was simply the
company and perspective he provided. The first part of our
journey east was actually north, to Idaho. That isn’t exactly a
straight line course to Boston, but I’d learned over the years that
the Cheetah doesn’t like altitude in hot, summer weather. Coming
across Texas one time, it was a challenge to maintain 8,500 feet
in the airplane. If a downdraft cost me 400 feet, it would take 20
minutes to get it back.
As a result, I don’t plan routes on summer trips that require
altitudes higher than 8,000 feet. And there are only two places in
the Rockies you can reliably get through at 8,000 feet or less: the
pass near El Paso, Texas, and the Monida Pass, just north of Idaho
The route north from Livermore ( just east of Oakland,
California) took us over terrain I’d flown over many times before:
Sacramento, Redding, Mount Shasta, Klamath Falls, and Redmond,
Oregon. But to Connor, it was all new. And so it became new again
to me, as well.
As we passed the two, 11,000-foot-long parallel runways at
Travis Air Force Base, just north of San Francisco, Connor asked
what the pilots did when a crosswind was blowing there.
“The Air Force doesn’t care about crosswinds,” I answered.
Connor burst out laughing.
“What’s so funny?” I asked.
“Just…the way you said that,” he answered, still laughing. Lots
Connor sizes up photo opportunities at the Snake River Gorge in Idaho.