Friday photo: danger lurking behind the clouds


The moment: danger lurking behind the clouds

The place: Near Asheville Regional Airport (KAVL), Asheville, NC

The aircraft: Piper Aztec

The memory: While I would have preferred a clearer view of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, NC on the way back north from a family vacation in South Carolina, the obscured view east toward Mt. Mitchell illustrates the dangers that can lurk in mountainous areas. This was an IFR trip for sure and routing and altitudes should always be carefully selected so you can enjoy the sights from a safe vantage point.

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It was his first airplane trip at age seven that made Eric decide to become a pilot. "While boarding the airplane, a flight attendant noticed my interest in the flight deck and urged me to go talk to the pilot. I give a lot of credit to that pilot for my career choice." He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and went on to an airline career. Eric now heads Sporty’s flight school and directs the University of Cincinnati’s Professional Pilot Training Program. In addition, Eric serves as a Captain in Sporty’s corporate flight department.