Briefing and Flying in Paradise City


Before flight, pilots get their morning briefing for the Paradise City pattern and, as happens, things had changed since last year, necessitating more detail and new instructions for the early birds who showed for the post-dawn session.

Shortly after the green flag went up, the flying began in earnest, with LSAs, Experimentals and ultralights sharing the airspace around the south side of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport as they have since before there was even a category called LSA.

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Dave Higdon
Dave travels far and wide as a long-time aviation journalist, so the subject of survival skills—what to pack, how to use it—was never far from his curiously sloping frontal lobes. Because we all tend to focus on the building and test-flying, knowing what to bring on that first long cross-country of the year gets lost like a Cleco in a chip storm.


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