It was a cold winter evening in February 2007. I was still a pretty fresh private pilot who was just getting ready to begin training for my instrument rating. To my surprise, the flight school owner called and asked if I wanted some free flying. I tried to temper my excitement at the thought of not having to pay for flight time, but alas, I responded with an enthusiastic “Absolutely!” In no time, I was on my way to the airport. Earlier in the evening, an instructor and his student landed at Lagrange Airport, approximately 30 nautical miles away. When they were preparing to leave, the aircraft would not start. The flight school owner explained that he needed someone to go pick them up as soon as possible. The only airplane available was a new-to-us 1973 Piper Cherokee 180, in which I had not had a checkout. Being that I had done all of my primary training in a Piper Warrior, the owner said I would be fine and gave me his blessing to do the flight.