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Winter Wonderland

Ah, wintertime. Ain’t it grand? Under SoCal Skies, winter ain’t much compared to other parts of the country. In Pittsburgh where I went to college, sub-zero wind chill factors, ice, sleet, snow and freezing rain were the winter norms. We

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The 40-hour Private Pilot Myth

Flight has lots of mythology: Icarus and Daedalus; Pegasus, the winged horse; flying dragons and flying monkeys (c.f. “The Wizard of Oz”). One of the biggest flight training myths is that of the 40-hour private pilot. (An even greater myth

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The Male/Female Pilot Myth – a short treatise

There are those who will tell you that males make better pilots than females. In a word, that is hogwash – or, if you prefer plainer language, bullshit. In many ways, women take to flying easier and quicker than men.

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Those Terrible TFR’s

 A few years ago (okay, a dozen or so) the President of the United States paid a visit to Southern California. Good ol’ W landed at Miramar, then also graced the LA area with his presence. In the aftermath of

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Choosing a Flight Instructor

Of all the challenges facing a student pilot, the most important may well be choosing the right instructor. With no experience and little guidance, you are supposed to select someone who will influence your life more than you can imagine.

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Training Airplanes

Unless you’re as strange as me and my taildragger mates, you probably don’t want to learn to fly in a J-3 Cub, Citabria, Decathlon or some other tailwheel type – although there are strong arguments for such training. We’ll save

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