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Fall (such as it is) has arrived here in SoCal and a wise pilot might ponder a flight training plan for the upcoming winter weather. (Realize that “winter” here under SoCal Skies means four months of the spring-like conditions you’d

Posted in Training Topics

September Blog – ATC and Pilot Communications

My very good friend, Jeff Acord, has started a blog and anyone who cares about aviation ought-a start reading it. The URL is as follows: His first entry involves ATC-pilot communications and all of us can learn from it.

Posted in Training Topics


Monsoon. Conjures up images of rice paddies whipped by gales and slashing rain, don’t it? Clipper ships in South Pacific seas battening hatches and furling sail, riding out the storm. By odd chance, the version we get under SoCal Skies

Posted in Rants, Training Topics

Why We Fly

@sgdalyskyho #HeresWhyWeFly Why we fly. A statement. Or is it a question: why do we fly? Could it be a disease: “I’m sorry, Maam, but your boy has flyingitis. I’m afraid it’s incurable.” Maybe it’s an addiction as habit-forming as

Posted in Whimsy

How I Became a Flight Instructor – Part II

A funny thing happened on my way to the instrument rating which segues quite nicely into Part II of how I became a flight instructor. That’s a dumb opening, isn’t it? Sheez, who is this guy? Hokay, back to the

Posted in Aviation Stories

How I Became a Flight Instructor – Part I

This rather long, two-part journey begins with how I first met Martha and John King. I was at a restaurant, Thee Bungalow, for a party of some sort back in 1995. I ran into Ron James at the party. Ron

Posted in Personalities

The Luck of the Irish

March is upon us and Patrick’s Day is never far from an Irishman’s mind in this month. Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland and his holiday, a religious one in Ireland, is celebrated with a touch more alcoholic abandon

Posted in Training Topics

Stephen Aloysius Daly

Stephen Aloysius (O’)Daly This being February, it draws to mind me late, sainted Oirish Fadder, Stephen Aloysius Daly, whose 95th birthday we celebrate at the end of this month. I don’t often reminisce – okay, I do – but I

Posted in Personalities

Be It So Resolved

Doesn’t that sound dreadful? “Be it so resolved … .” Sounds like a political statement, don’t it? The beginning of another needless law. And, considering the horrors of the 2016 presidential campaign, the choices, the outcome, do we really want

Posted in Training Topics

A Christmas Carol

Okay, apologies to Dickens for borrowing the title … but, what the heck, he’s dead, and there’s no copyright on titles. I could call this “Moby Dick” if I wanted. (Why, of course, would be a pertinent question.) Perhaps I

Posted in Whimsy