Mooney Seven Charlie Foxtrot

The second flight of the day takes us through western Colorado, Utah and Arizona:  over Canyonlands National Park, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon, to Grand Canyon National Park airport (KGCN). The weather forecast shows some rain a few miles south of the Grand Canyon airport, slowly moving to the north.  We discuss whether to wait in Montrose or not, but decide to take off — with a plan to divert to Page, Arizona (KPGA) if the storm moves north.  Out of Montrose, we climb at 10,500 ft to cross a small pass on the Uncompahgre range. As we climb out, we notice that 7CF’s suction gauge has dropped to zero, which means our backup attitude indicator — an important instrument for flying in the clouds — does not work. The most likely scenario is that the vacuum pump broke, and we will have to get it…

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