Photographer's Note

Holding an aircraft in the air is not the demanding part but rather landing the thing again and this is why a pilot has to practice this part over and over again and will probably never get to the point (at least for a private pilot) that it becomes a daily routine and one landing will be almost perfect, the next one a little harder, and you can also see this from the ground and you think ups this guy became a wind sheer from the side or forgot to set full flaps etc. etc. When you do landing practice the pilot very often does “touch and goes” which means they touch the ground, give full power and take off again. When this is the case and Benno does his landings I have a little extra time to watch into the back yard of others.

In this picture I was sitting in the backseat as the instructor was by his side and they did all sorts of strange things like landing with no flaps etc. etc. but it gave me the freedom to take some pictures without being in “charge” to observe the sky for other pilots that approach with you and especially in urban areas where the airspace is tighter than in other places it is a wise thing to have four eyes.

This picture reminds me so much of different friends I have in the States and Canada and how difficult it sometimes is to find their streets if you have no navigation system with you while driving along. My outlook address book has little remarks referring to a friend’s address saying things like “exit xy when entering San Jose, turn right at the next stop light and follow xy road until you see the Movie Theatre on your right, turn left and go all the way down until you see three palm trees and this is where you have to turn left, follow xy road, go over three stop signs, take a sharp curve to the left until you see four houses on the right hand side, the xy’s house is the third” …

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Additional Photos by Barbara Kehl (baba_flies) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1376 W: 3 N: 1963] (8829)
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