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Finesse

I’ve flown with a couple of pilots lately who had been away from flying for a while. One was a former instrument student who hadn’t done any instrument work in a few years. The other was a private pilot who

Posted in Training Topics

Pilot’s Library – 2

Last month we peered into my pilot’s library and found 5 books – out of the more than 100 flying-related volumes I own. We may only get that much farther, but, what the hell, I like this exercise and none

Posted in Whimsy

A Pilot’s Library

Do you have your own library of flying books? I do. I’m thinking that most pilots do, but I haven’t asked the question – so we’ll just assume that all pilots have a library … and, if they don’t, they’re

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Christmas Gift Flying Movies: Redux

Were there any decent flying movies made after 1960? In last year’s Christmas blog, we mentioned Tora, Tora, Tora, which hit the theaters in 1970 – and is still worth a viewing, especially if you like great flying sequences and

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Fire Season

So we’re on a slightly north-northwesterly heading at 10,500 feet somewhere between east of Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint, Idaho, nearing Lake Pend Oreille. Smoke from the fires we believe to be west and northwest of us – northwest of Priest

Posted in Ramblings

Parachute Operations at Oceanside Airport

Are the parachute operations at Oceanside Airport, safe? Or unsafe? When a pilot gets a letter from his local Flight Standards District Office, it rarely portends fun. “Whoopee. I just got a letter from the FSDO. Laissez les bons temps

Posted in Rants

Autumnal Equinox and Full Moons and Santa Ana’s

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a bartender. I did it for a year or two in college (too many beers destroyed my retentive abilities so accuracy suffers), and for over a decade

Posted in Ramblings

A DAY IN THE LIFE

A day in the life (of this flight instructor) (The title of this piece in no way references the 1967 song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and first played on the amazing album, “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club

Posted in Training Topics

Flying in Hawai’i

If you’re lucky, one day you’ll get to fly in Hawai’i. I had the opportunity for nearly a year and loved it. You would too. The temperatures are tropical (more in a minute), the clouds are usually benign, the skies

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April Fool

A collection of flying speculations appropriate for the day. The Buffoon-in-Chief, Donald F (hmmmm … what could we think up for that middle initial?) Trump, appoints Rocket J Squirrel as FAA Administrator. When informed that Mr Squirrel was a fictional

Posted in Rants