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Not The Freeway, Dummy

This late August rant comes courtesy of the dummy flying a Cherokee-6 who landed on the I-5 freeway on August 24th. The freeway? Really? Oh, yeah – and as things happen when dummies experience engine failures – it was just

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Slow Flight

This rant about slow flight is a work in progress. I had to rid it of a lot more anti-FAA commentary to proceed, then, of course (me, being me) ran out of time to complete it before my deadline. Hence,

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What Happens When You Start an Airplane

A very simplified, non-technical discussion Did you ever wonder what happens when you go to start an airplane? Let’s assume a standard General Aviation airplane, like a Cessna 172, or a Piper Cherokee, or any number of types, or those

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How To Save a Botched Landing in a Tailwheel

Dan and I were working to get him current in the club Citabria, 901T, on Monday, 22July2019. Immediately below you’ll find Dan’s recounting of the incident, and then you’ll get to read why it was all my fault “After about

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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

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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

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Flight School vs Flying Club

Which is better? A Flight School, or a Flying Club. Perhaps we’ll venture a few guesses in this month’s blog.

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BASIC MED … ALLELUIAH

Up until now, in the long, forlorn, misbegotten history of FAA, the agency has done exactly one good thing: ATIS. I mean, before whatever FAA genius (insert chuckle, guffaw or cackle, as appropriate to your own level of sarcasm/cynicism) decided

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WINTER PLANNING

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

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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: radar-contact.com. His first entry involves ATC-pilot communications and all of us can learn from it.

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