I tend to travel a fair amount for work.
And occasionally, I get a little down time when I’m on a business trip. One of the best ways to spend it is by renting a plane, grabbing a local CFI, and going flying. There’s no better tour guide than a flight instructor — and no better souvenir than a logbook entry.
I’ve had the good fortune of buzzing down the coast of Los Angeles (many times, actually), shutting down departures at Indianapolis International Airport to get good iPhone shots of Indy Motor Speedway (with ATC permission, of course), and island-hopping in the Outer Banks.
One of the more unique experiences, though, came when I was in Denver earlier this year.
Denver means high altitudes. For instance, Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC) sits at a lofty elevation of 5,673 feet MSL. That’s higher than my typical cruising altitude here on the East Coast!