I wanted to take a moment here for an unashamed plug for Wings Aloft’s 14-day instrument course.
I just completed the course today, having begun the day before the attack. The checkride went well, despite today being the first ‘hard ifr’ day we’ve had during the course, with rain, gusty winds, and lowish ceilings. We managed to fly every day it was legal, and used simulators when we were grounded. Early in the emergency, Victoria Terminal (Canadian ATC) was a godsend, allowing us to shoot approaches in Bellingham WA under their control when all the US was shut down.
The instrument rating is looming as a basic requirement for using our aircraft when and where we want to. The WA course got the job done in a hurry, was tailored to the Cirrus, and was alot of fun.
Wings Aloft at BFI is a great facility, with a clubhouse featuring a hanger door opening onto Boeing Field. They are a Cirrus Service Center, so when my starter failed they had the broken power lug repaired in 20 minutes and we didn’t even miss the lesson. The guys on the line staff kept me fueled, my windows clean, and even washed the plane for the trip home!
A big thank you to Kevin, Nancy, Christy, Steve, Katy, Jim, Vince, Dimitri, Mito and everyone else at Wings who made this such a great experience. And now I can even fly home!