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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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