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VFR flight, in particular, has in it’s essence a strong freeing quality. You don’t need most of the instruments; through sight picture and pilotage you can successfully get to where you aim.
“As I pushed northward through the darkness of the cold Christmas Eve night, the cockpit was warm and cozy, and all seemed right with the world.”