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Night flight delight

One of the last requirements that I needed to complete for my Private Pilot's License was a cross country trip after hours.  I needed to go 50 miles away, and the trip had to last a total of two hours.  Dana and I met on Wednesday at 21:00 to depart Westosha to Madison, Wisconsin.  We couldn't have asked for a better night.  The sky was both clear and smooth with an almost full moon lighting up the darkness.  The trip was one of the best trips I've taken in a long time.  We were hitting all of our checkpoints right on time.  Navigating through Madison's class Charlie airspace was easier than I expected.  Both the departure/approach controllers as well as the tower controller were very professional and understanding.  It probably helped too that there wasn't a lot of traffic around.  My landing was one of the best landings I've ever done.  Obviously the extremely long runway helped ease the pressure of landing quickly.  It also helped to add just a touch of power when touching down.  By advancing the throttle just a hair before landing, I was able to grease it really nice.  After our stop at Madison, we headed over to Burlington, Wisconsin because we were just a little ahead of schedule.  This landing wasn't nearly as good as the first one because it was especially hard to judge the distance from the ground.  Burlington's runway was redone only a few weeks earlier and it still needed to be painted.  Nothing broke, so I suppose it can be considered a good landing :)  A short 5 minutes south and we were back at Westosha.  With 2.1 more hours in my log book, I've finished up all of my night requirements.  Boy do I love to fly.  Thanks for reading!!!

-Evan Krueger

One Response to “Night flight delight”

  1. THAT SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT TRIP AND A GREAT TIME. I AM A 73 YEAR OLD STUDENT PILOT JUST FINISHING UP MY CROSS COUNTRY AND AM LOOKING FORWARD TO MY UPCOMING NIGHT FLIGHTS. THANKS FOR THE LOOK INTO THE FUTURE.

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