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Some weeks ago I was discussing pickled eggs with Robi but in the end of our “serious” photo on-line discussion he also asked me why I chose ISO400 for my picture and I said I had absolutely no idea :) These things happen to me constantly and remind me a little bit of taking the wrong bus number like I did the other day and I had to walk back. I answered that maybe it would be wise to have a checklist with me like pilots have that I could go through …. ISO … checked, White balance … checked, Shutter speed … checked, Filter .. on, Tripod … oops ! in the car, Format … raw etc. etc.

This picture was taken this summer before a night flight to Moab and also here the pilot does a walk around with a checklist inspecting various parts of the aircraft but also the fuel and the oil levels while doing the outside check. This continues inside before you start the engine, before taking off, before landing, after you have landed and after you have parked the aircraft. This can be tons of stuff like setting the right amount of flaps for taking off or landing, programming the GPS and radio frequencies, checking the fuel colour for the right fuel, setting landing lights, closing flight plans etc. etc.

Don’t ask … but yes, it is NOT a wise decision to make a night flight in a single engine aircraft over rocky terrain with no chance to land anywhere and for those that have been to the Moab area know what I am talking about. We had someone on board with us knowing the area very well not only as a pilot and instructor but also as a geologist explaining some of the terrain below us. We landed in Moab shortly after sunset (the arches were already a little bit too much in the shade for good pictures) and returned in complete darkness following the highway for safety reasons, a lonely stripe of lights in the middle of nothing and I guess this was the real treat for me just a few lights, the engine going making me sleepy and the voices of the pilots over the headsets talking to the tower while preparing the landing.

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Additional Photos by Barbara Kehl (baba_flies) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1383 W: 3 N: 1979] (8829)
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