Icing Encounter: Home from Palm Springs

Snapshots of a trip back from Palm Springs, California (KPSP), to Austin Executive (KEDC). (Photography by Robert Goyer)

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Unforcecast widespread icing over El Paso turned what was to be a benign VFR flight into an interesting IFR journey. The worst of it was soon over, and the remainder of the trip was an air tour to remember.by Robert Goyer
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A hundred miles later, the clouds thinned and despite high winds, the ride remained remarkably smooth.by Robert Goyer
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Approaching Midland, Texas, the clouds began to thin and we got occasional glimpses of the ground, some of them geometrical.by Robert Goyer
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The peaks in Guadalupe National Park are spectacular even from 11,000 feet.by Robert Goyer
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Beyond Midland and approaching Junction, Texas, the combination of late afternoon light and a perfectly scattered and even cloud deck led to the most brilliant show of sun rays I've ever seen.by Robert Goyer
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Who said there are no straight lines in nature? The West Texas horizon and the perfectly smooth cloud deck say otherwise.by Robert Goyer
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One of the advantages of the gorgeous silver wings on the Cirrus: they get painted the colors of the sky.by Robert Goyer
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Nearing Austin, this was my welcome home. Who could ask for more.