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FLYING CARPET

By Greg Brown

SUZANNE GOLUB celebrates her first solo flight, at Flagstaff Pulliam Airport.

‘FOUR-WHISKEY-ALPHA—IS THAT YOU?’

GIRLS’ MORNING OUT

ey Greg, are you free tomorrow for ‘guys’ morning out?’” It was my former neighbor, Gary Wyant, from when Jean and I lived near Phoenix. Once or twice a year, Gary cruises his motorcycle an hour northeast through the Mazatzal Mountains from Fountain Hills, and I soar 35 minutes southeast over
the Mogollon Plateau from Flagstaff to rendezvous at Payson Airport’s Crosswinds Restaurant. Often I invite friends along; this time it was my retired Flagstaff neighbors, Suzanne Golub and Sue Weber. Suzanne is a student pilot, and Sue has long requested a ride. So early the next morning, we three winged our way toward Payson. “Is there anything you’d like to practice on this trip?” I asked Suzanne after takeoff. “Frankly, the radio is my nemesis. Every time I push the mic button I get stage fright. In fact, one day I was suffering and suffering on the radio while circling the traffic pattern. I babbled something on the radio, and the tower came back and said, ‘Four Whiskey Alpha—is that you?’” We laughed at her rendition of the controller’s quizzical inflection, and agreed that she’d handle communications this trip. “What got you interested in piloting, Suzanne?” asked Sue. “I’ve had a great desire to fly for as long as I can remember.  There’s not an airplane or helicopter that flies overhead that I don’t stop to watch, and wish I was going along, wherever they are going.” I’d learned of Suzanne’s passion for flight earlier, when I needed to relocate our Phoenix-area “airport car” from

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TRAVEL LOG: PAYSON AIRPORT (PAN)
Runways: 6/24, 5,500 feet by 75 feet Location: One mile west of the city of Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5,157 feet Fun fact: The airport has a well-regarded campground with fire rings.

Falcon Field to Scottsdale Airport. Jean was busy, so I’d asked Suzanne and her husband, Bob, to fly with me to the Valley of the Sun to reposition the car. “Sure, we’ll help,” offered Bob when he answered the phone. “I know Suzanne will want to go—she’s always been intrigued by flying.” Bob urged Suzanne into the front seat when we boarded that summer morning, and when I’d offered her the controls after takeoff, she’d exclaimed, “You bet!” Then, when we reached Falcon Field, Bob said, “Suzanne, I know you’d enjoy flying to Scottsdale with Greg, so I’ll drive the car over myself.” “That was incredible!” beamed Suzanne after we completed our mission back at Flagstaff. “Call me anytime you’re going flying, day or night, and I’ll come with you!” Sure enough, the following week she eagerly joined me in retrieving Jean from a Scottsdale meeting. I hardly got to touch the controls. “How do I continue this?” she asked after we landed. “Do you mean take flying lessons?” I asked. Not everyone has the will to tackle learning to fly at age 65, but Suzanne was eager to begin. By today’s flight, she was well along in her training with veteran Flagstaff instructor Fred Gibbs. “Suzanne, is there anywhere special you want to fly after earning your license?” asked Sue as we skimmed pine-carpeted Apache Maid Mountain. “Yes,” she replied. “I know it’s a long trip, but my first goal is to visit my best friend in Grand Junction, Colorado.” With that she transmitted our landing intentions at Payson Airport. Gary had already cinched a runway-view table when we entered the

FRED GIBBS

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Flight Training - March 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Flight Training - March 2011

Flight Training - March 2011
Contents
President’s Perspective
Right Seat
Flight Forum
Going Places?
This Weekend
Tech Tip
Success Story
Air Safety Institute
Since You Asked
Final Exam
Legal Q & A
Flying Carpet
Insights
Checkride
The Flight Training Experience: Making It Work
Where Do You Stand?
Is This Flightopia?
The 12-Step Lesson Plan
Weather
Flight Lesson
Who Will Fly?
Career Advisor
Career Pilot News
Can a CFI Use Pizza in the Cockpit?
Flight Instructor Burnout
By the Numbers
Advertiser Index
Debrief
Flight Training - March 2011 - Flight Training - March 2011
Flight Training - March 2011 - Cover2
Flight Training - March 2011 - Contents
Flight Training - March 2011 - 2
Flight Training - March 2011 - 3
Flight Training - March 2011 - President’s Perspective
Flight Training - March 2011 - 5
Flight Training - March 2011 - Right Seat
Flight Training - March 2011 - 7
Flight Training - March 2011 - Flight Forum
Flight Training - March 2011 - 9
Flight Training - March 2011 - Going Places?
Flight Training - March 2011 - 11
Flight Training - March 2011 - This Weekend
Flight Training - March 2011 - Tech Tip
Flight Training - March 2011 - Success Story
Flight Training - March 2011 - Air Safety Institute
Flight Training - March 2011 - Since You Asked
Flight Training - March 2011 - 17
Flight Training - March 2011 - Final Exam
Flight Training - March 2011 - Legal Q & A
Flight Training - March 2011 - Flying Carpet
Flight Training - March 2011 - 21
Flight Training - March 2011 - Insights
Flight Training - March 2011 - Checkride
Flight Training - March 2011 - The Flight Training Experience: Making It Work
Flight Training - March 2011 - 25
Flight Training - March 2011 - 26
Flight Training - March 2011 - 27
Flight Training - March 2011 - 28
Flight Training - March 2011 - 29
Flight Training - March 2011 - Where Do You Stand?
Flight Training - March 2011 - 31
Flight Training - March 2011 - Is This Flightopia?
Flight Training - March 2011 - 33
Flight Training - March 2011 - 34
Flight Training - March 2011 - 35
Flight Training - March 2011 - The 12-Step Lesson Plan
Flight Training - March 2011 - 37
Flight Training - March 2011 - 38
Flight Training - March 2011 - 39
Flight Training - March 2011 - Weather
Flight Training - March 2011 - 41
Flight Training - March 2011 - Flight Lesson
Flight Training - March 2011 - Who Will Fly?
Flight Training - March 2011 - Career Advisor
Flight Training - March 2011 - 45
Flight Training - March 2011 - Career Pilot News
Flight Training - March 2011 - Can a CFI Use Pizza in the Cockpit?
Flight Training - March 2011 - Flight Instructor Burnout
Flight Training - March 2011 - By the Numbers
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Flight Training - March 2011 - Advertiser Index
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Flight Training - March 2011 - Debrief
Flight Training - March 2011 - Cover3
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