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On The Air: July 2015

Many years ago I was riding in the jumpseat on a Southwest Boeing 737 from Las Vegas to Burbank. The crew was looking for a shortcut to get relief from our elaborate routing. The best routing was to the HEC (Hector) VORTAC. The crew called:

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On The Air: April 2018

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On The Air: March 2018

 Subscribers OnlyIn Valdez, Alaska for the annual fly-in and STOL competition, a Lake amphibian (not known for its STOL capability),...

On The Air: February 2018

 Subscribers OnlyI was on an IFR arrival into Houston a while ago with busy Approach Control, when I heard the following exchange:...

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 Subscribers OnlyPilots around Lake Michigan know there’s a popular route down the lakeshore with the Chicago skyline just off...

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 Subscribers OnlySome things are inevitable. Sunrises and sunsets. A character in every Star Wars movie saying, “I’ve got a...

Charted Visuals

 Subscribers OnlyRecently, as is customary when I give an instrument proficiency check (IPC), before the flight I review en route and...

Readback: February 2018

Touch ... What? I fly behind a Garmin G1000 and found Frank Bowlin’s October article, “Multiple...

On The Air: January 2018

En route to Leesburg Executive around 1:00 a.m. inside Dulles Class Bravo, I heard a controller ask a United flight,...