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Life As We Know It – Six Weeks Since The Shutdown Over The Coronavirus Pandemic

Life as we know it, for now. It’s funny what gets you excited when you’ve chosen not to instruct and your spouse is laid off. Much of the excitement is financial. Seriously, when do we ever get excited by something

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Altruism vs Novel Coronavirus

This originally started out to be a paean to Patrick’s Day, and where we were going to spend it, in Hawai’i. The subject, or title, of this piece took care of that. How the novel coronavirus affects aviation, or at

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2020

Twenty-twenty. The importance of vision in a momentous year. Because I didn’t have twenty-twenty vision, I was never going to be able to fly for the airlines. Although things have changed for the better in the last forty-five years since

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Why Don’t You Do Right?

A long, long time ago, the brilliant vocal artist, Billie Holiday, sang: “Why don’ t you do right Like some other men do?” At the time, Billie was singing to an unfaithful lover. She didn’t realize, then, that she was

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Deadline

Reference Heading This month’s blog was supposed to be about the above-named topic “reference heading”. I started it earlier in April, then life, etcetera, got in the way and, well, I’ve run out of time. I’ll get to “Reference Heading”,

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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

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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

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Cross Country Traffic Pattern – Redux

The topic of this month’s rant is the constantly annoying, logically unexplainable, incredibly expensive, sometimes dangerous, often unsafe, and bloody frkn stupid cross country traffic pattern. The 2016 version of the Airplane Flying Handbook, FAA-H-8083-3B, recommends flying a normal airport

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WHY THE HELL DO THEY CALL IT A STALL?

I’ve been actively involved in aviation since 1975, but I’ve been passionately engaged in aviation my entire life – or at least since my first airplane ride in a United DC-6 from Idlewild to San Francisco in 1952. That would

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MONSOON

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

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