11 October 1982

The four C's

When you are lost, or starting to run into trouble, new pilots are taught the four Cs: Climb, Communicate, Confess, and Comply. I was flying a short cross-country to Georgetown Ohio, fifty miles south of Xenia. I had flown the appropriate heading and time, and by my calculations I should have been at the airport, but I did not see it. To get a better look I climbed from 2500 feet to about 5000 feet. The airport was directly beneath me. Fortunately this time I did not have to Communicate, Confess or Comply. You can almost always see better if you climb high.

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