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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: October 2018

Last week my wife and I departed Deer Valley Airport, in Phoenix in our Cessna 177RG. Before departing we received a...

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Communication Clarity

How about airplanes already on the ramp? Maybe an airliner advises he’s pushing back, but another one’s...

Readback: October 2018

Many pilots want to fly IFR more often but don’t quite remember how. If you addressed more of the basics and...

Pilot Shortage?

The normal path for a fledgling airline pilot is to build his/her hours—traditionally as a CFI for pitifully low...

On The Air: September 2018

I had this exchange on a flight back to a rural Arkansas airport from Florida. I usually fly IFR even in VFR...

Skew-T Log-P Diagrams

An upper air sounding from the Slidell, Louisiana, NWS site, located about 85 SM west of the accident site, depicted...

Back to Back

 Subscribers OnlyThis is your third trip to Columbia, Missouri (KCOU), where you’re flying in from the northwest in your trusty...

One In or One Out

Before I can clear an airplane for a visual approach, I have to ensure the pilot has either the landing runway, the...