|Half Moon Bay from the Aeronca, photo by my father, 1969|
My father had a friend with a mechanical-starting Cessna (ours was a prop-starter), that he liked to cut the engine, when in flight, and drop a few hundred feet, calling it "lighter than air", scaring the heck out of us, before starting the engine back up ("Having fun, kids?"). When my mom found out, she wanted to kill the guy. Thankfully, my brothers are good pilots, and they learned a more responsible way to fly.
My brother Tom owns Table Mountain Aviation in Oroville, and is as careful as our father was reckless. The absolute MAJORITY of the time, those things stay up in the air. Though my father DID die in a private plane crash, in 2004....most aircraft stay up when they're supposed to.
|My brother Tom Hagler, with his "Scout" airplane, at his business, Table Mountain Aviation.|