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Matt Schmitzer …

… Montgomery Field Airport Manager is a good guy. We’re not so sure about his boss, but Matt cares about his customers and those of us who lease ground from the City. We like Matt Schmitzer. We’ll like him even

Posted in Rants

Ridiculous Runway Runaround Is Almost Over

The fumbling construction follies near completion and, mirabile dictu, Runway 28L opened for takeoffs and landings on 5May2016. After nearly ten months, Montgomery Field (no, I will never write the City’s new name for our airport), one of the bizziest

Posted in Montgomery Field Closure, Rants

The Police State – Big Brother Is Watching

Be careful what you do, what you say, and how you fly – Big Brother is watching. Apparently your friends (certainly not mine) at the FSDO get reports whenever you do something “wrong”. What does “wrong” mean? How about rejecting

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Montgomery Field Reconstruction

What’s been happening with the Montgomery Field Reconstruction project? Funny you should ask. One of us (the writer) has had hand surgery which made him so stupid (much stupider?) for a while that he had a hard time composing words,

Posted in Montgomery Field Closure, Rants

The Airport You Save Could Be Your Own

So … once again the forces of darkness make threatening noises towards another airport. Remember Meigs Field in Chicago? Now, Santa Monica is close to falling. First, let’s throw a couple of definitions at you: airport, n. sworn enemy of

Posted in Montgomery Field Closure, Rants

Pilot in Command

What does it mean to be “pilot in command”? We, as pilots, are familiar with the term, but do we really understand the responsibilities it conveys? I’m afraid that over the years I’ve come to believe that most of us

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So Why Do You Try To Damage My Airplane?

Yeah, you. You know who you are. Why do you insist on angling your airplane towards the runway and dusting those of us who taxi past while you’re running up your engine? Is it that bloody hard to turn your

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Communications Should Be Simple

Okay … I’m in full rant mode on this topic. How hard is it to communicate with ATC? Apparently it’s more difficult than anyone can imagine. I mean, we start communicating not long after we take our first breaths, don’t

Posted in Rants, Training Topics

The Ides of March

“Beware the ides of March,” sayeth the soothsayer in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. There were a lotta reasons why Caesar died: ambition, the pursuit of absolute power, and, perhaps, hubris, his excessive pride. We pilots enjoy the pride of our

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Whirlybird Weenies – a Pox upon Them

Okay, I know that all us airplane geeks need to band together and present a united front to groundlings, government slugs and other anti-aviation gangsters who want to restrict our flying pursuits … but I have to say it …

Posted in Rants