Turning the Page

Written by Sal Staiano
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August 2005-

We had talked about having a plane with more capacity and speed for a number of years. N7429X, our 1960 Cessna 172, was an old friend and had taken us many places over the last thousand hours we had flown her. She was the plane I got my instrument rating in and practiced for my commercial.

Known as the “Old Girl” at the airport she flew several times a week with the bulk of her time being cross countries to Oshkosh, Maine, Atlanta, Block Island, Key West and our biggest trip to the Bahamas this past year.

The “Old Girl” also went on many $100 hamburger runs throughout the Northeast area. We loved her, but many times we wanted to carry four full-size adults, and those long trips seemed especially long on headwind days.

I had analyzed our mission profile several years ago and decided the Cessna 182 to be the plane that would fit our needs.

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