AOPA Pilot Magazine - January 2015 - 34

PILOT BRIEFING
2015 SWEEPSTAKES

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'A whole new world'
Sweepstakes 152 gets rusty pilot
back in the air

"I never lost my desire to fly. But
I knew that I wanted to fly a lot
and get really good at it, or not
do it at all."

B Y D AV E H I R S C H M A N
LARRY HILL'S FACE LIGHTS UP as a slight tug on N152UC's
yoke causes the AOPA Sweepstakes 152 airplane to ease
off the ground and into the air at AOPA's home base in
Frederick, Maryland.
It's the first time Hill, 75, has flown a general aviation aircraft since 1967, when he soloed a very similar Cessna 150 at
Hyde Airport in Washington, D.C. "The thrill of getting into
the air and entering that whole new world hasn't changed at
all," said Hill, a retired landscape architect whose interest in
flying never waned during the nearly five decades since his
initial solo. "It's exactly as I remember it."
Hill attended an AOPA Rusty Pilot seminar at AOPA's seventy-fifth anniversary Homecoming Fly-In and was invited
for a flight in the 2015 Sweepstakes 152.
In the days leading up to the reintroduction flight, he
reviewed the 152's pilot operating handbook and checklists.
On the morning of his flight, Hill had done his homework and

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was familiar with the aircraft and its panel; he had memorized
the speeds for rotation, best rate of climb, and approach-but
the Garmin aera 560 touchscreen GPS was novel.
"The Cessna 150 that I learned to fly in had a compass
and a clock, and that was about it for navigation," he said. "I
spent a lot of time following roads, being worried about getting lost, and a couple of times actually getting lost. It's a lot
easier to follow that magenta line [on the GPS] than follow
railroad tracks."
The yellowing pages in Hill's logbook recounted a series
of flights in the spring and summer of 1967, all signed by
CFI W. Blanchard, a woman Hill remembers fondly. "She
was married to an Air Force colonel and he taught her to fly
in the style that he had learned, which is to say fanatically

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