It was a not so great day to go flying, the morning started with low clouds and gusting winds. But, I had cancelled my aircraft rentals two Fridays in a row and I was determined to get some time in an aircraft that I had recently been checked out in. By the time I drove to the airport, the overcast was breaking up and the winds had calmed down enough that I proceeded with the preflight.
The aircraft is a beauty, a 1980 Cessna 172, Cutlass RG, that has been totally refurbished. Her bright shiny paint glistened in the morning sun and the smell of her new leather seats was almost intoxicating. I commented to my flying companion that this bird was quite a departure to some of the other rental aircraft I had taken him up in.