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Old 16th Jul 2012, 13:50
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Captain Nomad
Join Date: Jun 2001
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When low-performance pilots are put in the cockpits of high-performance aircraft, itís very easy for them to get into big trouble, very quickly. Thatís exactly what happened in the late 40s and early 50s, when a very fast, relatively inexpensive aircraft became very popular among the burgeoning middle class in the USA.
Once upon a time I was conducting a VFR navigation exercise with a person who fit this discription (the purpose of said nav was to get him to a location for business) in this very same V-tail machine. We encountered the very same situation (which develped quicker than he was used to) and it took positive action from me to overcome the "get-there-itis" and turn us around. He ended up going by road. I wonder what would have happened if I wasn't with him that day...

There are worse machines out there to pick on than the good old Bonanza - a true pilot's aeroplane...
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