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Features July 2017 Issue

Across the Pond

Across the Pond

Even the simplest of routes can present some complex challenges. And forgetting to check the charts can catch you by surprise.

On occasion I have a flight ďacross the pond.Ē No, itís not an ocean crossing, although it sometimes feels like it. These flights cross Lake Michigan, and require a bit more planning than flights over land. When you fly around the Great Lakes, itís taken for granted that if youíre in a single-engine piston aircraft, you have to carefully examine the risks and mitigations. Donít want to cross the lake at all? Fly around it and spend that extra time to stay over land. Not good weather for a crossing? Same deal.

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