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Aviation writer Rod Machado suggests you look at it
this way: Rather than think, "What do I lose if I don't get
there?" you should ask yourself, "What do I stand to lose if
I keep going?"

ASK FOR HELP

You're not alone up there. Air traffic control can help guide you
to an airport, whether it's because you're lost, low on fuel, or
seeking better weather.
On a summer-afternoon trip in 2017, I picked my way VFR
through patches of rain in my Piper Cherokee. Visibility was
still good-well, it was OK-and ceilings were manageable. I
had a Stratus ADS-B receiver that displayed weather on my
ForeFlight app.
I had just said goodbye to the Raleigh Approach controller who was giving me flight advisories, and trying to tune in
Washington Center on the radio. I looked up and saw a rain
shower in my path, and I couldn't see through it. And there
were showery, precipitous clumps all around me now.
I did a one-eighty. The blessed Raleigh controller saw my
radar track and called my N number. "Are you OK?"
"I am looking to find VFR weather," I said, punching away
at the Garmin 430. "I would like to land." My initial thought
was to backtrack to Raleigh Executive Airport, where I'd
stopped and fueled up.
The controller told me Rocky Mount/Wilson Regional
Airport, 10 nautical miles to the west, was showing VFR conditions. That sounded good to me. He gave me a heading while
I plugged the new destination into the GPS, and stayed with
me until I was within a few miles of the airport and dropped
out of radar coverage. That air traffic controller was watching
over one small blip on his screen to make sure she got to her
diversion airport, and I will always be thankful.

I looked up and saw
a rain shower in my
path, and I couldn't see
through it. And
there were showery,
precipitous clumps all
around me now.
WHEN YOU HAVE TO GET DOWN

In rare instances, you might not be able to reach your destination airport, or even the nearest diversion. Here's where a
calmly executed off-airport landing could be the best option.
No pilot really wants to land off-airport (Alaska and backcountry pilots are excluded from this generalization). To land
on a field or road under power, in control of the airplane, is
infinitely preferable to trying to land off-airport without power,
or while in instrument meteorological conditions.
When you plan a flight, plan for all the things that could
happen. With strategies in place, you'll know what to do when
nature calls, or weather threatens, or fatigue sets in. FT
jill.tallman@aopa.org
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