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Pilot’s Library – 2

Last month we peered into my pilot’s library and found 5 books – out of the more than 100 flying-related volumes I own. We may only get that much farther, but, what the hell, I like this exercise and none

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A Pilot’s Library

Do you have your own library of flying books? I do. I’m thinking that most pilots do, but I haven’t asked the question – so we’ll just assume that all pilots have a library … and, if they don’t, they’re

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Christmas Gift Flying Movies: Redux

Were there any decent flying movies made after 1960? In last year’s Christmas blog, we mentioned Tora, Tora, Tora, which hit the theaters in 1970 – and is still worth a viewing, especially if you like great flying sequences and

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Flying in Hawai’i

If you’re lucky, one day you’ll get to fly in Hawai’i. I had the opportunity for nearly a year and loved it. You would too. The temperatures are tropical (more in a minute), the clouds are usually benign, the skies

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Christmas Gift Flying Movies

It is our habit – Laurel’s and mine – on Thanksgiving Day to start watching all of the 25 or so Christmas movies we own. Our Thanksgiving tradition begins in the morning with pumpkin pie for breakfast – face it,

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Why We Fly

@sgdalyskyho #HeresWhyWeFly Why we fly. A statement. Or is it a question: why do we fly? Could it be a disease: “I’m sorry, Maam, but your boy has flyingitis. I’m afraid it’s incurable.” Maybe it’s an addiction as habit-forming as

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A Christmas Carol

Okay, apologies to Dickens for borrowing the title … but, what the heck, he’s dead, and there’s no copyright on titles. I could call this “Moby Dick” if I wanted. (Why, of course, would be a pertinent question.) Perhaps I

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An Ode to Solo Flight

Well … maybe not an ode … that would infer poetic skills that I lack. Regardless, first solo is usually the one aspect of flight that, while recalling the epic moment, glazes over the eyes of grizzled, gruff, experienced airmen.

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Serious as a Heart Attack … Part Deux

Could this be the happy ending promised last month? Perhaps. So, on Thursday, June 2, 2011, exactly 7 days after my “STEMI” (that’s hospital talk for “The Big One”) Laurel and I stepped off Hawai’ian Airlines Flight 15, SAN-HNL. Laurel

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Serious as a Heart Attack …

… or … how really bad things can lead to really good things … if you’re willing to look for them You all know the phrase: the summer offensive was, “Serious as a Heart Attack;” the guy exited the meeting

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