The pilot-owner of a 1964 Cessna 210D, a 50-year-old physician with about 300 hours, left Winchester for Lynchburg, alone, a few minutes before 8 o'clock on an April evening. He had made the same trip, in both directions, many times. Several of those had been in the past few weeks, and, with a newly acquired instrument rating, he had filed IFR on each of them. One of those trips was at night, but the eight-tenths of an hour of solo actual instruments that he had logged had been in daylight. He had flown in actual instrument conditions, with an instructor, during 4.6 hours of his training; the rest was simulated. This was his first solo night IFR flight in weather. Its every detail would be recorded and preserved, second by second, by an electronic engine and systems monitor and data logger.