Miracle Over Lake Del Valle [The Flying Gourmet]

Jim Jellison - The Flying Gourmet

It was a not so great day to go flying, the morning started with low clouds and gusting winds.  But, I had cancelled my aircraft rentals two Fridays in a row and I was determined to get some time in an aircraft that I had recently been checked out in.   By the time I drove to the airport, the overcast was breaking up and the winds had calmed down enough that I proceeded with the preflight.

Sticky Gear

The aircraft is a beauty, a 1980 Cessna 172, Cutlass RG, that has been totally refurbished.   Her bright shiny paint glistened in the morning sun and the smell of her new leather seats was almost intoxicating. I commented to my flying companion that this bird was quite a departure to some of the other rental aircraft I had taken him up in.

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