April 27, 2008
When I first started looking to
buy a Cessna 152, I joined the Cessna 150-152 Club. The
main reason was to get technical information about the 152 and to learn
what I needed to look for when I bought one. On the website, they
have a forum, where members can ask questions and talk to each other.
I posted a few questions and read the forums from time to time, but
hadn't really done anything with them yet.
When you call up on the radio as you
approach Cedar Key, the only taxi on the island calls up and asks you if
you need a ride. I told her I did, and she said she would meet
me at the airport. When I landed, I called one of the other
members cell phones and he told me where they were, and the taxi took me
After lunch, we walked along the strip
and socialized. Another guy flew down from Alabama to go to Cedar key. He
came roughly the same distance I did to get there.
At one point we were all standing in a
parking lot talking, so we eventually moved to a park and talked for about
an hour. Then it was getting late, so we called the taxi and headed
back to the airport.
After everyone looked at all
the planes, it was time to depart. There are no taxiways at Cedar
Key, so you have to back-taxi down the runway to leave. This took a little
coordination to make happen. I decided to try and get some pictures of the
planes taking off before I started my plane.
After everyone else left,
I started my plane and headed home. I climbed above the clouds again,
since that worked so well on the way up. The only problem was the clouds
had built up all day, and were taller. I ended up at 9500 feet before I
was above the clouds. That is a new altitude record for