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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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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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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

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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

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The Problem with Airport Traffic Patterns … Redux

Our flying club suffered a mid-air in mid August, 2015, and 5 people died. I’m not writing about the events – no one will know what really happened until many months have passed, and, even then, we may never know

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The Value of Practice

Once we achieve our private pilot certificates – nearly overwhelmed by the hours of practice that’s required, not to mention the money spent – we tend not to practice landings, or maneuvers like slow flight, very often. After all, we

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The Ground Loop

Writing about one’s own stupidity is never easy – especially when that stupidity had government witness. Nonetheless, enough time has passed to assuage the embarrassment and psychic pain, so let me tell you about my ground loop. First, for those

Posted in Aviation Stories, Training Topics

Just How Slooooowwwww Can You Go

I learned a big time lesson last month. I’ve been flying since 1975, instructing since 1998, and you’d think in all that time that I’d learn how to fly slow … and teach people how to fly slow. And I

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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

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Taking on the Tailwheel

By Kris Lichter and Glenn Daly Kris: One of the things you learn about pilots as you become one yourself is that there are different strokes for different folks. Some people live to fly high and fast, others love cruising

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