Friday, November 11, 2022

Just Breathe

"Life is not what you expect: it is made up of the most unexpected twists and turns." - Ilaiyaraaja

View of the mountains as you pop through the clouds in a Cessna 172 airplane.  Circa 2009.

It's a beautiful summer day, bright blue sky, very few clouds, with the mountains towering only a few miles to the west, wind is calm.  The airplane is currently in the runup area at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan airport (KBJC) along with multiple other aircraft all getting ready for takeoff.  It's a busy day and there's lot of traffic going in and out of the airport with a big mix of small prop aircraft, corporate jets, military planes and everything in-between.  James is training for his commercial pilots license so the plan is to takeoff and head north of the airport, practice some commercial license maneuvers for an hour then come back to the same airport.  James is the pilot in command (PIC).

(to instructor)
(Heavy radio traffic in the background)
Runup complete, you ready to rock?

Yup, let's do this.
(Instructor closes and latches cockpit door to his right)
(James closes and latches the small window to his left)

Door is closed and latched.

(keys up microphone)
Metro Tower, Arrow niner-two-two-delta-bravo at one-one left, ready for takeoff, northbound departure.