Southern Illinois University Carbondale Daily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
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Transcript'Then we were soaring into the clouds..
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WhJi would Uhclittl CoGld 1 do U? Was I scmd? Did f vant 10 change my mlad7, ..
Before ] could find answers to these questlocu, the con¬ trols of tbe aircraft, Cessna 172, were torrid over to roe.
T had betnlnritedbya mem¬ ber erf the STU SaJukl Plying Club to a 45-mljjua flight, vUh IS mlni/tCA at the con¬ trol a, over ibc Carbondale and Marlon areas on a Satur¬ day afternoon,
PUocing the plane was Cr- aon Greene, sophomore from Eiranaton, EU., wbo re¬ ceived his private pilot's li¬ cense through che Cluh.
Routine steps and precau- tloriB taken on [he ground be¬ fore cbe plane may be alr- borr e would amount to an ex¬ tremely Ehorough Dafety In¬ spection on a car, I Buspeci.
The first step In preparing to puE a plane [n flight ac¬ tually Involves fieTcral steps as }( U called a "valk- around, " The purpose of ihc rr?k about the pJane Es to check the encmal apparatus on the
cnifE ieelng thai all Is secure f ry5 Ia coodlrloa to operate as expected*
wing flaps are checked (or free move mem, and the lead¬ ing edse ol the propeller Is Inspected for tinwanicd cractfl.
Receiving the okay fro^i Greene, a pbot£p^^r, my¬ self and (he pilot got Into ibo codcplr and fasteoed oarveat- belEs, ready for fligfiK. Or so I thought. ' - -'¦' ¦ ' '
We taxied a st^rt distance along the plane "parking ramp'' and, wben we reached the nmway, we turned aroimd and stopped.
According to Greene, we bad only begun our pre-fllghi check- He held In front of me a l7-!tcm Hot of tbe do's and doni'fl before taking off.
J waiui'i too concerned with all tbe ground work, bowcver, I did wonder If this wan in¬ cluded In my -IS-mlnuic flight time which muse be Just about gone.
"All switches In proper pofllilon, everything secure, carbuera tor-heat okay for melting posslbfe Ice In iho carbuerator, magnctoaopcra-
Of^ correcaly simI cnftne nm- oQered co st&dencs, racnUr ArcA H of die Ualreraliy Cen- nlaf dkMf, " Tbese were sul staCT by the Stlskl F1yli tcr to alkrw smdem to sign Greene's conuneots as he wem Cfab, vp for a 45 cUntta tM^ Ui-
dovTQ the chedk-llst. I wis On January. 29. rocndvra of dtidlni 13 mlmnga o^cflc- cenalnly reUcred cnryrblng tbe Cluh will be located la trols, for S - mec wUb oar pox's appnrral bat 1 wasn't eveo sure yet he w£9 talking about a iAiiK.
Getting ready for take off, | rechecked my safety belt and braced myself onlyto"relax" ¦gain during a alight delay due CO pUno traffic
Finally, we were off, taxing down the runwsy at what seem¬ ed ¦ phenomenal speed—65 m^lcs per hour. Then we were soaring into tbe clouds a cmooth take-off,
Wben my rum at the con¬ trols came I was certain we would descend on noc so smooth a flight, ibi as last as wc had como up. For some reason, all went well and I was maneuvering the plane Ln mid air,
I rcllnfjuisbcd the controls as wc prepared to bnd_ Wc touched earth with ibc same ease as o left her, decreas¬ ing our speed slowly to touch the runway evenly and glide baci: to our parting place.
My flfgbr waa a preview ol similar air excursions to be
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