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Ride of the Week

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunJeff Fay leans against the strut of his Cessna 172.
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About one and a half years.

They are more of this plane produced than any other plane.

About 1,000 hours. It’s about 10 times more than any other plane at (Truckee Tahoe) airport.

Mostly the scenery.

Over the Sierra Valley, Minden and Carson area and Stead.

The plane does not perform as well (at high elevation) and in the summer it’s worse. The engine makes less power.

It’s a rental and I use it for flight instruction. Anyone in the community is welcome to use it. You can get more information at http://www.sierra.aero.

Anyone in the area or even outside. About 70 percent are beginners.

Just the freedom and the ability to go places. Looking down and seeing the traffic jams. It’s fast, I like the speed. I moved (to the United States) because aviation is strong in this country. In Europe they are destroying it. The people in the neighborhoods who want to get rid of airplanes should think maybe next they will get rid of Harleys and boats. Live and let live.

I have another Cessna 172. It’s almost identical but the wheels retract.

I bought the plane in Michigan and flew it back.

It’s called a power-flow exhaust and it increases the power of the engine by 23 horsepower. It enables us to travel to a traffic pattern altitude sooner so we can reduce the power and the noise drops immensely. It’s an improvement that’s supposed to help with noise abatement.

Slightly, by one decibel. It’s a different tone.

It they have a (Cessna 172) and they are looking for an increase in performance this is a cost-effective way.