Aug 20, 2012
My friend glenn co-owned a 1968 Cherokee 180 and wanted to visit a
mutual friend who was staying at a cabin in Happy Camp, California.
He was slowly taking lessons, so we flew together a lot. The little
Cherokee was a basic VFR airplane with questionable VOR
reliability, but everything else worked fine.
I was confident as a 100-hour-plus pilot and looked forward to the trip from Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose to Northern California. The weather forecast called for some clouds, but I knew there was VFR weather inland a little over the Central Valley and along Interstate 5. This was long before GPS or even Loran, so it was going to be pilotage and dead reckoning all the way.