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

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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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